Awards function to salute outstanding year

JERRIE ANDREWS
Last updated 05:00 29/11/2012

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Golf Southland has had an outstanding year and, with new members continuing to take advantage of the half price promotion at the four town golf clubs, the sport is in good stead.

Another successful year will be celebrated at this year's Golf Southland awards breakfast, which will be held on December 18 at Elmwood Gardens from 7.45am.

The breakfast will include a guest speaker (to be announced) and is a chance to look back on a fine year of golf in Southland as well as recognise the achievements of many.

For more information and tickets, contact Golf Southland at golfsouthland@woosh.co.nz.

■ The Southland women's golf team had a fantastic win over its Otago counterparts in the Salisbury Cup at St Clair Golf Club at the weekend, winning 11 games to five in a great two rounds of golf.

Southland won both rounds 5½ to 2½ on the back of some impressive performances, including large wins in the morning's round to Robyn Pullar (6 and 5), Kerry Mariu (5 and 3) and Fiona Murray (5 and 4), and again in the afternoon to Angela Gerken (5 and 4), Olivia Frost (5 and 4) and Murray (3 and 1).

The results are particularly encouraging given the national women's interprovincial will be played on the same course, so the five-strong Southland team to contest that tournament - Pullar, Gerken, Frost, Mariu and Bronwyn O'Brien - will certainly be looking to build on the weekend's imposing performance against Otago.

■ While the representative season is in full swing, there are also a number of tournaments coming up on Southland's local golfing calendar.

Today more than 100 women golfers will line up at Queens Park Golf Club, representing 15 clubs, for the 4BBB tournament.

The Gore Women's MLT 4BBB Tournament will be held at Gore on Monday December 10.

For entries, email Brenda Duncan at duncan@ispnz.co.nz.

■ On Sunday, January 13, Wakaia Golf Club will hold its annual tournament, on the same weekend that the township will celebrate its 150th anniversary.

It is a tournament the club has worked hard to preserve. Four years ago, with a field of just 24, the club swung into action to make changes, making the men's first prize a $150 bag of gold ($1 coins), and the second $75. It opened the tournament to women with a first prize of $50 and second $30 in silver (50-cent coins) and by last year it had attracted a field of 65.

It is a tournament the club is keen to grow further and one they hope golfers will mark on their calendars now. Email Trevor at troon@paradise.net.nz for more details.

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- The Southland Times

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