Country, Town vie for Jackman Salver

JERRIE VALLI
Last updated 05:00 21/08/2013

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Forty of the south's top female players have been named to contest the annual Town versus Country tournament, which will be played at the Invercargill Golf Club on Monday.

The town team have tended to have their nose in front over recent years.

However, with the large number of players involved, the tournament comes down to a real team effort and this year will be no different as they contest the Jackman Salver.

The tournament is split into silver and bronze divisions, with the format being foursomes in the morning, singles in the afternoon and alternates between a town and country course each year, and is set to get all of the players back into competitive mode.

Gore High School will send a four-strong team to contest the national secondary school tournament in early September, which will be played at the Templeton golf course in Christchurch.

The team comprises Blake Shirley, David Lamb, Jeffrey Popham and Ryan Kirk.

Mossburn Golf Club is on a roll. Having just won the Northern Southland pennants, the club has now won the George Rogers Memorial Challenge Trophy, beating Waikaka 3-2 who had held it for the past year.

The results were: Warren Davis won 2 and 1 over Garth Cross, Nick Hamilton lost 1 down to Dave Sutherland, Andrew Pardoe-Burnett won 3 and 2 over Robert Weir, Barry Stevenson won 1 up over Chris Martin and Isaac Stevenson lost 5 and 4 to George Lamb.

The club's first challenge is in September against Waikaia.

The fourth and final round of the Great ILT Southern Challenge will be played at Queens Park on Sunday (August 25), with tee-off times being 8am or 12 noon.

As it stands, it is tight at the top with Southland Golf Club (Oreti Sands) leading on 1130 points and Queens Park on 1120, while Greenacres is on 1094 and Invercargill on 1062. It will no doubt be an exciting end to what has been a very popular competition.

The three winners of last year's Dipton men's club championships have all retained their titles this year.

In the senior final Allan Baird beat Sam Dunnage on the 38th hole; in the intermediate final Chris Stewart beat Ewen Dunnage 5 and 3; and in the junior final - a replay of last year's final - Adrian Shirley beat Murray Eaton 8 and 6.

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The latter match was said to have included a great effort from the 80-plus year-old Eaton.

While some players complain about the hills on the Dipton course, he manages to get around 36 holes.

The finals featured a grandfather and grandson - Ewen Dunnage and his grandson Sam Dunnage.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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