Boniface leads match play champs again

Southlander Robyn Boniface qualified again in top position at the NZ Golf women's match play championships after the 18-hole qualifying round yesterday.

Boniface (Queens Park) has won three in a row and is attempting to make it a fourth at the Otaki Golf Course. After a round of 76, on the par 72 course, she will face Kapiti member Adrienne Clarke in the opening rounds of match play today.

Looking to win her first New Zealand senior match-play trophy is Janie Field from Napier, who shot 77, only one shot back from Boniface. Field is a credible district representative who will square off against Carol Leary (Waihi) in the first round of match play today.

Waikato representative Robyn Pellow (Ngaruawahia), who has won the Veterans Challenge Cup four years ago, will play local Levin member Joanne Wilton-Eadie in her first round of match play.

Otaki's hopes are on Fiona McBride and Kay Wall, who both qualified in the top division. McBride will play Jillian Reakes from Pirongia, and Wall will take on Maree Whiteman from Ngahinepouri.

Other matches contesting advancement into the quarter finals in the top division include good friends Marilyn Stobie (Hamilton) and Trish McBride (Ngahinepouri), along with Gina Carter-Omundsen (Te Marua) playing against Julie Gee from Coromandel. Judgeford's Saida Wilson will play Caroline Scott, who plays out of the Wanganui Golf Club.

All matches in the top division compete 'off the stick' while the other divisions are contested in a handicap match play event. The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Thursday, with both semi-finals and finals being played.

Top 32 scores

76 - Boniface, R

77 - Field, J

81 - Pellow, R; Whiteman, M

82 - Carter-Omundsen, G

83 - McBride, F; Wilson, S; Stobie, M

84 - McBride, T;

85 - Scott, Caroline; Reakes, J; Gee, J

86 - Wall, K; Wilton-Eadie, J; Leary, C; Clarke, A

87 - Mark, A; McConway, G

88 - Hunter, J

89 - Selwyn, C; Shum, C; McLeavey, L

91 - Turner, F; Lust, H

93 - Byelich, H

94 - Matthews, J; Waight, G

95 - Mackwell, M; Bertelsen, P

96 - Fouhy, C; Hughes, M; Andrews, N

The Southland Times