Golf News


New Plymouth Golf Club recently completed their Men’s Strokeplay Championships. In the Senior division the title was won by Andrew Searle who shot rounds of 77-71-72-70-290 to finish 6 strokes ahead of Mark Kennard 72-72-77-75-296. The Intermediate title went to Stefan Campbell 78-74-78-79-309 with 2nd placed Don Armstrong 78-77-74-84-313 a further 4 strokes behind. The Junior division was won by Brian Gubb 85-85-93-81-34 with Bryn Thompson 85-83-91-93-352 the runner-up. The Limits went to Wayne Humphreys 93-89-86-86-354 who finished just ahead of Grant Crossan 89-88-91-87-355


New Plymouth played host to this year’s Vanburwray Taranaki 5000 last Sunday. A field of 112 men and women played the course in beautiful conditions. Despite the glorious weather the Ngamotu course still proved a challenge with only 22 golfers playing to or better than their handicap. However there was still some impressive scoring amongst the 22. The best Net of the day across the whole field went to Westown’s Leo Lornie 75-13-62. Fletcher Broderick fired a 3 under 69 on his home course to take the best gross prize. Fellow New Plymouth golfer Valmai McEldowney 80-10-70 was 1st net in the Women’s division. Best Net in the seniors went to Westown’s Paul Suniel 75-9-66. In the Intermediates, Richard Pepperell NP 81-13-68 took the 1st net prize, with Steven Kelly – Tumahu 82-19-63 winning the Junior section net. The Team Prize went to Westown whose best 5 net scores total of 330 was 21 strokes better than the Runners-up New Plymouth.


A number of Taranaki golfers will be competing in this year’s NZ Amateur Strokeplay Championships which begin at Hastings Golf Club today. Amongst them will be Fletcher Broderick, Ethan Jones and James Malone who will line up alongside 141 other leading men and women amateur golfers vying for one of New Zealand Golf’s top events. For the men there will be a new champion, with last year’s 2 time winner Luke Toomey now professional. Whilst there are no Taranaki Golfers in the women’s field there will be plenty of interest to see how many of the players who played at last year’s Women’s Interprovincials fare. Last year’s winner Chantelle Cassidy will be looking for her 3rd title, whilst there will strong challenges from Alanna Campbell, Carmen Lim, Amelia Garvey and Rose Zheng.


Waitara Club Captain, Paul Martin had reason to celebrate at the weekend when he achieved the milestone of shooting his age for the first time. Playing on his home course the 10 handicapper shot a 2 over par 69, which included 3 twos. 


Opunake maintained their 100% record in this year’s Women’s Mid-week Pennant after Monday’s 4th round of matches at Opunake and Inglewood. Playing on their home course they overcame Urenui 3½-2½. Waitara are also unbeaten after defeating Kaitake 4-2 and sit 1 point behind Opunake on the ladder. Manaia had a win by the same margin against New Plymouth, whilst Waverley easily accounted for Stratford 5-1. At Inglewood the previously unbeaten Te Ngutu lost 3½-2½ to Patea in a closely fought match. Hawera got their first points of the season with a 3½-2½ win against Manukorihi. Hosts Inglewood is still without a win this year after going down 4-2 to Urenui 2 and Pungarehu handed Westown a 6-0 thumping. Points after 4 rounds: Opunake; 8, Waitara; 7, Patea, Pungarehu & Te Ngutu; 6, Urenui 1 & Urenui 2; 5, Westown &Waverley; 4, New Plymouth & Manukorihi; 3, Hawera 2, Kaitake 1 & Inglewood & Stratford; 0.                            


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