McCallum on Golf

The Taranaki women’s golf team failed to fire at the Toro national women’s interprovincial tournament played at the Muriwai Golf Club in West Auckland last week. The five strong side opened strongly with a 4-1 win over Tasman but then suffered four straight losses to Manawatu-Wanganui, Hawkes Bay, Wellington and Bay of Plenty before beating Otago 3-2 in the final round of section play. The Taranaki side then lost to Southland in the play-off for 9th position to finish in 10th place. Celeste McLean recorded one win and two halves at number one, Rochelle Keegan had three wins from her seven games at number two, Vanessa Bouvet had two wins at number three, Holly Winter was Taranaki’s best performer with five wins, while Joanne McDonald was winless at number five.

Only a few starting spots are available for the popular Mitre 10 MEGA New Plymouth Taranaki three golf tournament. The 54 hole tournament tees off at New Plymouth on Saturday 28th December, with the second day at Inglewood on Sunday 29th and the final round at Westown on Monday 30th December. Tournament organiser Brett Williams (ph 06 758 6202) is still taking entries and has done a tremendous job to get 170 entries to date.

A field of 94 players competed in the Stratford Golf Club Open Hamper. The best gross was recorded by Matthew Morris with a three over par round of 74 while John Moore (79-13-66) took out the best senior net and John Durdle, the best stableford with 40 points. In the intermediate division, Carrol Coulton had the best gross with an 85, Grant Stieller (86-19-67) the best net and Robin Bosson the best stableford with 39 points. The best gross in the junior division went to Danny MacDonald with an 88, while Trevor Percival (90-26-64) had the best net and Simon MacInnes the best stableford with 43 points. In the women’s division, Ann Braithwaite took out the best gross with a 79 and Carolyn Koch (85-18-67) won the best net and the top stableford went to Jill Evans and Jenny Oien with 40 points.

Waverley golfer Bob Black featured at the New Zealand Seniors national championships played at the Rotorua Golf Club recently. Black won the junior B matchplay championship and also won the Henry Ahrent memorial trophy for the best net in the qualifying round. Urenui’s Helen Beaurepaire won the women’s best stableford trophy.


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