Home advantage proved to be just that for Southland Golf Club, as they claimed the lead in the ILT Great Southern Challenge at the halfway point of the competition.
The second round of the four-round challenge, played between the four town golf clubs - Southland, Invercargill, Queens Park and Greenacres - was played on Sunday at Oreti Sands, and it was the home club that took full advantage, with a large field of 170 for the day.
Southland posted 387 points for the day, ahead of Greenacres 353, Queens Park 344 and Invercargill 338.
Cody Harper (Invercargill) was the top scorer in the men's 0-11 grade, with 40 points. However as a pro, his points did not count towards the Invercargill total.
It was all Southland golfers that dominated the other men's grades. In the 12-18 grade Paul Pou was top with 42 points, with Simon Townsend on 39. And in the 19-36 grade Michael Mohi scored 43 points, with Stewart Russell on 40.
For the ladies Southland's Di Ross top scored with 41, with Jill Goodall (Greenacres) on 40.
Those results mean Southland now lead the competition with a total of 762 points, ahead of Greenacres 736, Queens Park 728 and Invercargill 680.
Cody Harper had a great day on Sunday - he also set a new Best Gross Round at Oreti Sands with a 67.
The record was previously held by Jeremy Hall with a 70, set on July 25, 2012.
Riverton Golf Club's Pig on a Spit tournament will be played on July 13. Entries are open until July 9 and inquiries can be directed to Simon Fraser or to the club.
The annual ambrose golf tournament at Drummond Golf Club, and fundraiser for the Invercargill and Districts Victim Support Group fundraiser, will be held on July 13.
The tournament is open to teams of three (which can be mixed) with nett to count on each hole and a tee-off time of 10.30am.
Entries with handicaps and golf identifier numbers can be made to Mary-Anne Lindsay at Mary-Anne@gladvalefarms.co.nz by Wednesday, July 9.
The Dipton Golf Club's Farmers Social Tournament will be held on Wednesday, July 16, which promises a day off the farm. Open to both social golfers and competitive golfers, there will even be a side by side bike to give you a ride up the steep hill instead of having to drag your clubs up, and there will be a start time of 12 noon. Inquiries can be directed to David Stuart at email@example.com.
The next round of the Northern Southland Golf Pennants competition will be played on Sunday (July 6) at Riversdale. Lumsden are leading the competition.
Triallists for the Southland men's, men's masters and junior boys' teams will be posted on the Golf Southland website this week (www.golfsouthland.co.nz). Trials for the representative teams will start on July 19.
- The Southland Times