Masters women's team prove hard to beat

JERRIE ANDREWS
Last updated 05:00 15/11/2012

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The Southland's women's masters team achieved a very special feat last weekend.

Not only did they win the national women's masters tournament for the fourth consecutive year, along with Robyn Pullar being named top individual, but they did it at home and, when the pressure was on going into the final round, they still came out on top.

When questioned on why the team has come to dominate at a national level, a number of possible reasons are flagged. Having the likes of Pullar and Robyn Boniface, both low handicappers, in the same team has certainly helped, as has the fact that the nucleus of the team has stayed the same for the past six years.

The players are all good friends on and off the course, they don't put pressure on each other; rather, they play for one another.

The team concentrates on its own game, rather than focusing on the pressure of being the defending champions year in, year out.

And all of the players take great pride in playing for their province. They practice and prepare well and, while there was added pressure during the weekend's tournament, given it was hosted at SBS Bank Invercargill Golf Club, fellow Southland golfers didn't heap the pressure on, they left the team to do its job.

With one round to play the heat was on, with the Southlanders leading by just one shot. To go on and win by 11 shots shows that this team has something special and the record four straight victories is further proof of that.

Southland players have also dominated the individual standings in this tournament - Boniface held the individual title for four years, only for Pullar to win it this year.

It is a simply outstanding result.

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Southland Golf Club (Oreti Sands) is holding a golf tournament with a difference on Sunday (November 18).

Every hole in the tournament, sponsored by Bowmont Meats, will be a par 3 and every hole will also have a nearest to the pin.

It will be a fun day out and is open to all affiliated golf club members. The morning field will have an 8am-8.30am start and the afternoon field will start between noon and 12.30pm.

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The most recent primary school tournaments were held last week. The Northern zone tournament was played at Mossburn, attracting 17 teams.

The results saw Northern Southland College clean up, with first, second and third places.

The Eastern zone tournament was held at Mataura, with 13 teams competing.

Gorge Road was first, Longford second and Tokanui third.

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The Champion of Champions tournament is being played at Winton Golf Club on Monday.

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It is designed for Southland's top women golfers and silver and bronze division titles are both up for grabs.

It also incorporates a team event, from which the score from the winning team is submitted to New Zealand Golf, which collates nationwide results and finds a national winner.

Up to 15 clubs are expected to be represented at the tournament.

- Southland

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