Low scoring features in presidents pennants

JERRIE VALLI
Last updated 05:00 23/07/2014

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The MLT Presidents Pennants competition teed off in style at Greenacres on Saturday, with low scoring a feature of the day.

Scott Hellier (Gore) showed his form with a 70 - the best score of the day - while Karl Mariu (Invercargill) and Blair Sinclair (Wyndham) both shot 73.

In Section One, Invercargill A had a comfortable 4-0 win over Nightcaps (K Mariu beat K Dobbie, C O'Rorke defeated B Dobbie, P Adams beat L Todd and R Bell beat J Harding) and Greenacres beat the Golf Southland Juniors 3-1 (J Hall beat S Hansen, D Mills lost to S McCracken, J Ng beat J Kean and B Geary beat D O'Connor).

In Section Two, Gore dominated Queens Park with a 4-0 win (S Hellier beat T Proudfoot, G Brinsdon beat N Paraki, L McCall beat J Milne and S Brinsdon beat B Leathwick) and Invercargill B beat Wyndham 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 (P Howley lost to B Sinclair, B Harper beat G Sutherland, I Sherbourne finished all square with A Petterson and T Chadderton beat D Owen).

The next round of the MLT Presidents Pennants competition is on August 2, at Queens Park.

The first two rounds of the pennants competition double as trials for the Southland men's representative teams and, while the standard was high at the weekend, players will be looking to impress in the next round. Senior men's (10 players), masters (six) and executive (four) teams will be named early next month to play Central Otago.

Almost 140 golfers lined up for the third round of the ILT Great Southern Challenge at SBS Bank Invercargill Golf Club on Sunday.

With just one round to play, Southland (Oreti Sands) holds the lead, after winning Sunday's round with 421, ahead of Queens Park (407), Invercargill (387) and Greenacres (372).

In the individual results, Jill Goodall (Greenacres) was the best of the ladies, with 40 points, with Wendy Fairweather (Queens Park) also scoring well, with 37 points.

In the men's 0-11 section, Roger Stewart (Queens Park) and Tony Chadderton (Invercargill) top-scored with 42 points each. In the men's 12-18 section, Afa Collins (Southland) was the best, with 44 points, with Johnny White (Queens Park) on 42. In the men's 19+ category, Bill Baigent (Southland) finished with 47, and Gary Henderson (Southland) posted 45.

The overall standings now have Southland on 1183, ahead of Queens Park (1135), Greenacres (1108) and Invercargill (1067).

The final round will be played at Greenacres on August 10.

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Southland's oldest golf tournament - the Fescue Cup - will be played at Mossburn Golf Club on Sunday, August 3, and organisers are encouraging all golfers to get involved.

The club is proud to host the annual tournament; which it says boasts great sponsorship and prizes.

The field is restricted to 68 players, so get your name in now to guarantee your place. Tee-off is at 11.30am and entries or inquiries can be made to principal@mossburn.school.nz.

The tournament is Mossburn's only tournament of the year and the club appreciates all support.

This weekend's Fiordland Classic in Te Anau has attracted a full field of 114 teams and, with a new major sponsor on board - Peppers Retreats and Resorts - there will be a fantastic first prize up for grabs. The format starts with a 4BBB on Saturday and medal on Sunday, all preceded by the Fiordland Hotel-sponsored Stableford on Friday.

The popular tournament has a waiting list and, for the first time, it also has a $5000 hole-in-one prize up for grabs.

The club has had tremendous support from sponsors and is confident this year's Classic will be the biggest and best yet. In anticipation of good weather, the club is looking forward to a great weekend.

Some good news from the junior talent in the region - Liam Hewitt played in the Chisholm Park Junior Open in Dunedin last week, winning the best gross for the under-14 boys; an excellent effort.

- The Southland Times

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