Talented 11-year-old strikes first hole-in-one

JERRIE VALLI
Last updated 05:00 07/05/2014
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TOP SHOT: Luke Harvey, 11, struck his first hole in one while competing in the Junior Day at Invercargill Golf Club.

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At just 11, Luke Harvey has struck his first hole-in-one.

The talented youngster, who is a member at Greenacres, was competing in the Junior Day at SBS Bank Invercargill Golf Club last week, striking his hole-in-one on the 12th hole.

Golf Southland golf development manager Jenna Gainford said the achievement was very exciting. "It was such an amazing thing to happen to a boy that loves golf so much, who is so full of energy and has been working so hard on his game," she said.

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The Southland Country ladies team didn't quite get the result it was after when it faced its Otago Country counterparts at Gore on Monday. The Southlanders went down 7 to 4 , winning the pairs battle in the morning 2sfr1/2- 1sfr1/2 then losing the individual games 6-2 in the afternoon.

Pam Macleod and Marg Hughes were the only two Southland ladies to record individual wins, with Mcleod beating Li Ying Moroney 3 and 2, and Hughes beating Karen Mitchell 6 and 4.

In the pairs, Olivia Frost and Helen Baird squared their game with Laura Hoskin and Jo Hicks-Beach, Bronwyn O'Brien and Pam Macleod beat Liz McRae and Li Ying Moroney 1up, and Lorraine Froger and Marg Hughes beat their counterparts 3 and 1.

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The ILT Great Southern Challenge teed off on Sunday, with 138 players taking part in the first round at Queens Park.

The home team was forced to share the top points with Greenacres, with both clubs now tied on 383, followed by Southland (375) and Invercargill (341).

Greenacres members topped the ladies points table in the individual standings with Hoana Ayto on 42 points, and Jill Goodall and Carol Brown on 37..

Jason Milne (Queens Park) posted the top men's result in the 0-13 category with 42 points, Jim Bowman (Greenacres) was the best of the men's 14-18 section with 41 points, and Ian Ellis (Southland) topped the men's 20+ section on 39.

The next round will be played at Southland Golf Club on June 29.

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Several Southland junior golfers competed in the South Island U19 Championships at Cromwell last week. Sam McCracken and Blake Shirley finished in the top 20 in the male under-19s, Danielle Bailey won the under-13 girls division and Danielle Price was third in the under-19 girls division.

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Country clubs were again to the fore when the 2014 Women's National Teams Event teed off at Winton last week.

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Defending champions Waikaka were again top of the 17 Southland teams that played, with a total 132 points enough to see them through. Pairs Dianne Cleland and Monica Hansen and Janis Steel and Lois Byars each contributed 66 points.

Drummond finished runners-up with Susan Racz and Faye Dudfield's 70 and Beth Lindsay and Barbara Kincaid's 63 giving them 133, and Tokanui finished third with 136; Allison Yorke and Jean Fallow on 70 and Melissa Yates and Glenys Crack on 66.

Waikaka's scores will now be compared with winners from other regions to find a national winner.

- The Southland Times

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