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JERRIE VALLI
Last updated 05:00 16/07/2014
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BUSY SCHEDULE: There has been plenty going on at Southland golf courses lately.

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There has been plenty going on at Southland golf courses lately, with the Gilmour Rosebowl changing hands, the Laing Shield staying put, plenty of local action and some of Southland's top male golfers getting ready for the Presidents Pennants and Southland trials.

Laing Shield

The Laing Shield will stay at Oreti Sands for at least another month, after the holders beat Kingston 4-2 on Saturday.

The scores were (Oreti Sands names first): Gary Henderson beat Graham Stevens 3/1, Alan Dennis beat Don Hume 2up, Geoff Gaitt lost to Steve Turton 2down, Michael Mohi beat Peter Stone 2 up, Graeme Sherlock lost to Ian Huffadine 4/3 and Ian Ellis beat Lindsay Sinclair 4/3.

Southland's (Oreti Sands') next challenge will be from Gore next month.

Gilmour Rosebowl

The Gilmour Rosebowl now has a new home at Queens Park, after the ladies wrestled the trophy from Lumsden with a 4-1 win on Thursday.

The prestigious trophy was getting comfortable at Lumsden, with the club defending nine times, but Queens Park were too strong.

Results (Queens Park names first): Wendy Fairweather lost to Jody Drysdale 6/5, Naoko Anderson beat Anne Osment 2 up, Kate McGregor beat Liz Senior 1up, Mary Symons beat Lois Mitchell 2/1 and Jan McColl beat Maureen Stewart 4/2.

Queens Park's first challenge will be from Waikaka in August.

Presidents Pennants & Southland Trials

Golf Southland's Presidents Pennants competition will tee off this weekend, with the first round at Greenacres on Saturday.

Eight teams will contest the challenge, with Invercargill A, Greenacres, Golf Southland Juniors and Nightcaps in Section 1 and Invercargill B, Gore, Queens Park and Wyndham in Section 2.

On Saturday Invercargill A will play Nightcaps, Greenacres will play the Golf Southland Juniors, Gore will play Queens Park and Invercargill B will line up against Wyndham.

The games will also double as men's trials for Southland's representative teams - those not involved in a pennants team but wanting to trial should also turn up.

Handicap System

New Zealand Golf has made a couple of changes to the handicap system. Anyone interested should take a look at the New Zealand Golf website - www.golf.co.nz.

Northern Southland Pennants

The second round of the Northern Southland pennants competition was played earlier this month at Riversdale, with Lumsden narrowly leading over Waikaka. The next and third round will be played on Sunday at Waikaka.

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Hedgehope Greensomes

Hedgehope Golf Club is introducing monthly mixed greensomes, which will be held on the first Sunday of each month starting on August 3. Tee off at noon, $10 per couple. Inquiries can be made to Mark Frew at mark.frew@woosh.co.nz.

- The Southland Times

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