There’s no challenge too big for Southland

JERRIE VALLI
Last updated 05:00 28/08/2014

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There has been plenty going on on the local golfing scene of late - and there's plenty coming up too.

Southland wins

Southland Golf Club (Oreti Sands) has won the 2014 ILT Great Southern Challenge after the final round was played at Greenacres on Sunday.

Nearly 130 golfers lined up for the event and, in the end, Southland won the honours reasonably comfortably with 1597 points over the four rounds.

Queens Park finished second with 1516, followed by Greenacres on 1485 and Invercargill on 1409.

The top male golfer over the four rounds was Southland's Bill Baigent, who recorded 157, while Jill Goodall (Greenacres) was the top-scoring female with 150.

On Sunday, Judith Russell (Southland, 41 points) and Elaine Hansen (Queens Park, 40) top scored for the ladies.

In the men's senior competition on Sunday Paul Pou (Southland) finished top with 43 points, with Jacob Eade (Southland) on 40.

In the men's intermediate division Stuart Coburn (Greenacres) put up 42 points, with Steve Wilson (Southland) on 41.

And in the men's junior section two Southland players topped the scoring, with Liu Nimo on 45 and Meke Lome on 43.

The ILT Great Southern Challenge is played between the four town clubs and has proved a very popular and competitive addition to the golfing calendar.

Town vs Country

The Town ladies got the better of their Country counterparts when the teams met at Mataura on Monday, winning the morning foursomes 6-4, then the afternoon's singles 11 1/2-8 1/28 ½. That gave the Town team a 17 1/2-12 1/2 and the prized Jackman Salver.

Southland Foursomes

The Monarch Motels Southland Men's and Women's Foursomes is on at Queens Park on Sunday.

Entries for the tournament - which is being revived after a number of years of not being contested - closed yesterday but, anyone still interested in competing, can contact Golf Southland at golfsouthland@woosh.co.nz.

Greenacres Tournament

Greenacres is hosting an open tournament on Sunday, September 7, and the club is encouraging everyone to get involved.

The tournament, sponsored by Southern Automobiles, is an 18-hole individual stableford with men's and ladies grades.

The start times are 8am or 12noon, the maximum handicap index is 36.4 for men, 40.4 for ladies and there are great prizes.

Whilst entries are due to close on Wednesday September 3, organisers say they will accept limited late entries and entries or enquiries can be directed via email to joanduff@xtra.co.nz or greenacrescountryclub@vodafone.co.nz.

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Success for Mossburn

Mossburn has won the Northern Pennants competition for the fourth year in a row.

Just three of the scheduled four rounds were played, with bad weather forcing continued postponement and then the cancellation of one round. Mossburn held a seven-shot lead after three rounds, giving the club its fourth title.

The win caps a good year so far for the club, It has had great turnouts on club day, defendedthe George Rodgers Trophy a few times, junior members are starting to emerge, club members have supported and had success in tournaments Southland-wide and it hosted a very successful Fescue Cup recently.

MLT Presidents Pennants

The final section round of the MLT Presidents Pennants will be played at Invercargill Golf Club on Saturday. Finals are scheduled for September 7.

- The Southland Times

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