Fescue Cup offers prestigious titles and prizes

The Fescue Cup may be one of Southland's oldest tournaments, but age has done nothing to weary its popularity.

Organisers of the annual Mossburn tournament are looking forward to welcoming another full field for the well-supported tournament, which will be held on Sunday, August 4.

Along with the prestigious titles at stake, there is great sponsorship and great prizes and, with the field limited to the first 68 players, organisers are urging people to get their entries in as soon as possible. To secure your place contact Andrew Pardoe-Burnett at principal@mossburn.school.nz.

Invercargill Golf Club had a very good start to Golf Southland's Mataura Licensing Trust Presidents Pennants competition on Saturday, with the competition teeing off at Southland Golf Club (Oreti Sands) and both Invercargill teams taking convincing wins.

In section one, Invercargill B beat Greenacres 3½ - ½ (D O'Connor def J Hall, C O'Rorke sq D Mills, B Harper def B Geary, B Terry def N Piggot) and Wyndham beat Queens Park A 2½ - 1½ (B Sinclair lost M Tautari, G Sutherland def T Proudfoot, B Dynes sq P McDonald, R Mainland def S Carroll). In section two Invercargill A beat Queens Park B 3-1 (T McLean lost G Radka, K Mariu def J Osbourne, K Dobbie def E Clark, P Adams def M Mackway-Jones), while the Golf Southland Juniors drew 2-all with Gore (L Campion def J Kean, G Brinsdon lost S McCracken, J Hellier lost L Todd, J Morris def G Ruddenklau). The next round will be played on August 3 at Winton.

The Northern Southland Golf Clubs pennants series took some time to get into full swing, with bad weather forcing the postponement of two rounds, but it has been back in action of late with the second round played at Waikaia on July 7 and the third round at Dipton on Sunday.

The third round was played in fine conditions, with all eight clubs competing in teams of four in a stableford competition. The Dipton Golf Club has its usual challenges of hills and sloping greens and there were said to have been a few comments on the added challenge of Ken Todd's pin placements on some tricky slopes.

It all added to a good day out, with the home team claiming full points - 141, followed by Kingston on 131 and Mossburn 129.

Mossburn leads after three rounds (398 points), followed by Lumsden (387), Waikaia (285) and Dipton (282).

The final round will be played at Kingston on Sunday, August 11.

Dipton Golf Club is holding its PGG Wrightson Farmers and Friends tournament on Thursday, July 25, teeing off at noon. Social golfers are welcome and all inquiries can be made to David Stuart at djs40@hotmail.com.

Ever thought your course was better than the rest? Or maybe it's predominantly run by volunteers who cut grass, split wood and pull weeds. Well, this is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the contributions made by those valuable team members.

The Southern Turf Managers Association is taking nominations from clubs for the following awards for 2013: best presented course, volunteer or voluntary group of the year and trainee/apprentice of the year. Clubs must have their superintendents registered to the STMA as financial members to be eligible for nomination and nominations can be emailed to John Humphries at sthtma@yahoo.com.

The Southland Times