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Dean Baldock came out on top to win the inaugural Westown Cup last weekend. Playing on his home course Baldock 74-72-146 came from 3 shots behind after the first round to defeat Inglewood’s Ben Joseph 71-76-147 by 1 stroke, with Tumahu’s Joseph Doyle 74-75-149 taking out 3rd spot. 1st place in the Net went to Westown’s Kasper Gwerder who had rounds of 88-22-66 &92-22-70-180-136


The Cup attracted field of 48 golfers including 14 women, with a further 47 joining the Cup field to play on the Sunday in the Golf Zone Open. For Baldock it was a fruitful weekend with his 2nd round 72 the low round in the Golf Zone Open. Inglewood’s Chris Watson 99-35-64 had the best Net, with Waitara’s Sejin Joung – one of the 14 women entries – winning the Stableford with 43 points. Whilst organisers would have hoped for larger fields, hopefully they will be encouraged to perceiver with the idea of spreading the tournament over 2 days and that other clubs in the district take this event – and others - into consideration when planning their own club calendars next year.


One event that did have an impact on playing numbers was the Grant Clements Memorial Tournament played at Mount Maunganui. The 72-hole tournament attracted a field of 75 men and 11 women with many of the country’s leading amateur golfers; including 6 golfers from Taranaki. The tournament was reduced to 54-holes this year due to heavy rain making the course unplayable until the Saturday afternoon. The best of the Taranaki contingent was Ethan Jones 68-75-73-216 who finished in a tie for 15th place, 12 strokes behind the winner NZ Represent Daniel Hillier 70-66-68-204. Results of other Taranaki Golfers: Jamie Reid Fitzroy- 73-76-75-224 24th=, Fletcher Broderick New Plymouth 77-77-72- 226 34th=, Joshua Morris Te Ngutu 75-79-76-230 & Sanjay Modgill New Plymouth 75-76-79-230 39th=, Monte Burmester New Plymouth 80-77-79-236 57th=.


The Men’s Handicap Pennant resumes this weekend when the 3rd round is played at Manukorihi and Inglewood, and for some teams this weekend’s matches are do or die affairs. In the North Section at Manukorihi, the two home club’s teams go head to head in a match that will no doubt be generating plenty of discussion and banter in the clubrooms. New Plymouth and Westown clash with defeat for either side effectively ending their hopes of progressing to the knock-out stages. In division 2 the same fate will fall on Fitzroy1 if they do not beat Tumahu, and while Kaitake1 and Inglewood both have a one win one loss record, defeat for either will make qualification that much tougher. In division 1 of the Taranaki Wide section at Inglewood, the unbeaten Eltham play Manaia, knowing that a win will cement their place at the top of the table. The other team with 2 wins from 2 are Waverley who takes on Te Ngutu2 in what is likely to be a very closely fought match. Fitzroy2 take on Pungarehu who will be very keen to produce a much stronger performance after 2 heavy defeats. In division 2 Champions Te Ngutu1 face Inglewood in what is likely to be another very closely fought match with both teams keen to keep their 100% records. Kaitake take on Hawera and should be too strong for the South Taranaki team who have been disappointing so far this year losing their first 2 matches. The final match sees the other 2 teams who are yet to win a game; Waitara and Patea take on each other knowing only one of them will have any chance of progressing to the Quarter-finals.


The Women’s Mid-Week Pennant competition got underway this Monday at Waverley and Westown. In Section One at Waverley there were easy wins for host club Waverley and current holders Opunake both winning 5-1 against Kaitake and Manaia respectively. Urenui1 also took all the points against Stratford 4-2, whilst New Plymouth and Waitara halved their match 3-3. In section 2 Patea had a good win against Inglewood 3½-2½ and hosts Westown managed to get up over Manukorihi by the same margin in a closely fought match. Te Ngutu also had a win against Pungarehu by the same margin and Urenui2 were too good for Hawera comfortably winning 5-1.


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