Last week’s Men’s and Women’s Toro Interprovincials in Northland saw both Taranaki teams off the pace. The Women’s team competed at Sherwood Park Golf Club – Whangarei where despite opening the tournament with a 3-2 victory over Aorangi, found the going tough for the rest of the sectional play and had to wait until the final day to record their only other victory, beating Tasman 4-1 in the 11th and 12th play-off game. During the sectional play the team found themselves up against the eventual back to back champions Auckland and beaten semi-finalists North Harbour losing both games 5-0. They were also well beaten by hosts Northland 4-1 and suffered a narrow defeat to Manawatu-Wanganui 3-2. All 6 of the team were able to record one individual win, with Rochelle Keegan achieving the best record of the week with 3 wins a half from her 7 games and Celeste Mclean recording 3 wins.
The Men’s event which started a day later at Mangawhai Golf Club saw the Taranaki team finish in 10th place overall. Defeats on day 1 to Southland 4½-½ and Canterbury 3½-1½ meant they were always going to struggle to finish higher up the ladder. A 3-2 victory on day 2 against Otago and other results going their way gave the team some hope, but a 4-1 defeat against North Harbour who would go onto win the title, ended the team’s hopes of a semi-final berth. A half against Hawkes bay 2½-2½ and a 3-2 win over Poverty Bay East Coast saw the team climb to 10th position overall. Fletcher Broderick recorded the best individual record for the week with 4 wins and a half from his 6 matches.
Scores in recent weeks at golf clubs around the district have provided ample evidence that summer golf is well and truly here. 47 points plus from 1 or 2 golfers have not been uncommon with a great deal more scoring over the 40 point range. There has even been one or two over 50. However it is hard to imagine many getting past Waitara Golfer Lewis Faulkner’s 54 points he racked up at New Plymouth’s Christmas Hamper last Sunday. Playing on a 34 handicap Lewis had a 87 to finish 5 points ahead of Inglewood’s Chris Watson, who must have felt confident that 49 points would be more than enough to take out the Junior Division.