Southland's senior and masters men's golf teams got their representative seasons off to the ideal start at the weekend, with both beating their Central Otago counterparts by comfortable margins at Winton.
The senior team won 13.5 games to 6.5, while the masters side overwhelmed its opponents 11.5 to 0.5.
The two comprehensive wins saw all of Southland's players score well, with Scott Hellier, Tyler McLean and Jeremy Hall, in particular, well under the card.
It was an outing that pleased the Southland selectors, who said the depth of talent within the region was increasing and the competition for places in each team was sure to heat up as the representative season continued.
Golf Southland chairwoman and selector Robyn Boniface said they were exceptionally pleased with the outcome and the quality of the weekend's play.
"The pleasing thing for us is not only the wins, but that they all played very, very well," she said.
"Places in each team look like they will be very competitive this year - to have that depth and have such a wide choice is great."
The Southland and Central Otago executive teams had two differing rounds - each winning one round 3-1, to finish with four wins apiece.
Southland's players will now go back to trial mode, with two rounds of the MLT Presidents Pennants competition remaining before the Southland championships at the end of September.
The next representative competition is a triangular in early October.
Seniors: Southland 13.5 - Central Otago 6.5
Masters: Southland 11.5 - Central Otago 0.5
Executive: Southland 4 - Central Otago 4
- The Southland Times