The Southland men's senior and masters golf teams got their representative seasons off to a good start, both beating their Central Otago counterparts at Millbrook in the weekend.
The senior men's team faced a good challenge from Central Otago, eventually doing enough to secure an overall win, winning 10½ matches to Central Otago's 9½.
The team was buoyed by the efforts of New Zealand representative Vaughan McCall and Liam Balneaves - both won each of their two rounds.
The Southland masters team was more convincing in its 8½-3½ win over the Central Otago masters, with Glen Sutherland, Craig O'Rorke and Gary Radka each winning their two games.
The weekend was a very positive one for O'Rorke - not only did he win his two matches, but he also claimed his first hole in one during practice on Friday.
The Southland executive team lost 1½-2½.
The senior and masters teams' next representative outings will be in early October, in a triangular with Otago and Aorangi.
In other Southland golf news, Mataura has prised the prestigious Laing Shield from the hands of previous holders Tokanui.
Mataura won 4-2 in a close encounter. Mataura's Warren Ross made a great tee shot on the 18th to clinch the narrow, but important victory.
Results were: (Tokanui names first) Morgan Buckingham lost to Adam de Pass 2/4, Graeme Tait lost to Warren Ross 1 down, Morgan Ferguson lost to John Munro 3/4, Mark Buckingham beat Russell Clark 7/6, Simon Smith beat J Keena 8/7 and Julian Blair lost to B McNab 2 down.
There was also plenty of club competition at Queens Park at the weekend, with the third round of the ILT Great Southern Challenge seeing 61 golfers tee off in the morning and 122 in the afternoon.
The standings after the third round put Queens Park at the top (1185), followed by Southland (1152), Green Acres (1145) and SBS Bank Invercargill (1078). The fourth and final round will be played at Southland Golf Club (Oreti Sands) this weekend.
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