Southland's women golfers have yet again proved they are at the top of their game nationally, with several of club golfers recording top places in New Zealand Golf's 2013 Women's Home Links competition.
The national contest includes several competitions, from juniors through to veterans. Competitors play on their home courses and national winners are determined based on individual club results, with scores worked out relative to the New Zealand Course Rating. Winton's Jennifer Wilson and Pam Forde produced a fantastic result to win the Nancy MacCormick Memorial Foursomes - the first time in several years that Southlanders have won a national title in this competition.
Ursula Scully (Wyndham) placed second in the Coronation Medal - a competition that dates back to 1908 - Robyn Pullar (Invercargill) was fourth in the Best Gross Cup, Shirley Bennett (Invercargill) was fourth in the Veterans Cup and Averil King (Winton) was fifth in the Aotearoa Cup.
The Waikaka team of Dianne Cleland, Monica Hansen, Janis Steel and Lois Byars, also placed fourth in the New Zealand Golf 2013 Women's National Teams Championship, after winning the local tournament.
The results are a reflection of the strength in women's golf in the south and are great reward for our club players.
The Fiordland Classic was said to be another fantastic weekend out, with 108 entries in the field.
Te Anau teams came first, second and third for the first time and overall winners were Mick Woods and Lex Suddaby on 204. Suddaby has been playing the tournament for 32 of its 36 years and, although he has been in the prize list before, this year was his first win. Rod Carson and Lindsay Bernstone (206) were second and Roger McQuillan and Paul Phelan third (208).
Warren Davis and Andrew Pardoe-Burnett won the Saturday 4BBB, with Rod Carson and Lindsay Bernstone runners-up.
The John Thompson Memorial Trophy for the best combined nett went to Chris Sherlock and Gary Sherlock (138), whilst the best gross score went to Scott Hellier (71), with the runner-up Gary Radka (74). Helen Baird scored the ladies' best gross score (83) with Bronwyn O'Brien runner-up (87).
The best nett over the field went to Kym Howley, with Gary Sherlock runner-up, and for the women, it went to Sheree Hemi, with Shona Elder runner-up.
The popular tournament was also a memorable one for Paul Craig, who scored a hole in one on hole No 3 on Saturday.
Janis Steel also scored a hole in one recently, at Waikaka, playing hole No 4 Monument - a 132m par 3. Although members have been successful in scoring holes in one of late - Denise Sutherland got one two months ago at Gore - the last time one was scored at Waikaka was in December 2001, so members will be hoping Janis has broken the drought.
A charity tournament held at Drummond at the weekend netted $1000 for Victim Support. Organisers say it was a wonderful day out, with the winning team from Winton scoring a nett 63.
Invercargill Golf Club will hold its annual ladies' country day on August 12 and is calling for entries. The tournament traditionally attracts more than 70 golfers from throughout Southland. Entries are open until August 7 and can be made with Margaret Baillie.
- The Southland Times