McLean safe on home turf

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 04/02/2013

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Tyler McLean was yesterday crowned the 2013 Southland strokeplay champion at his home course of the Invercargill Golf Club.

Heading into the last of the four rounds McLean held a two-shot lead and he ensured the win wasn't going to slip from his grasp when he notched up a round of 70 to finish off.

He won the tournament by four shots with a combined total of 287 over the four rounds which included shooting 69 on Saturday afternoon.

McLean headed off Liam Balneaves, who shot 291 over the four rounds, and Jeremy Hall (293).

In fact, Cody Harper had the best overall gross score shooting 284, but he was ineligible to win the Southland Strokeplay Championships because he has turned professional.

In the intermediate grade Craig O'Rourke took out the honours with his 301 one shot ahead of second-placed Paul Adams.

It was Riversdale's Blake Shirley (328) who won the junior division with Douglas Carmichael (331) second.

It was a thriller in the masters section which was played over just the two rounds when Ngarimu Paraki won the title following a playoff.

He birdied the second hole of the playoff to head off Ross McLean and Tony Chadderton for the victory.

For Southland's leading golfers the focus will now switch to the SBS Invitational Championships at the Invercargill Golf Club later this month.

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- The Southland Times

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