Vaughan McCall will be back in Southland colours this weekend, spearheading the men's senior team in a triangular tournament at Cromwell.
New Zealand's No 1 amateur has gained plenty of valuable playing experience in Australia and the United States this year and, with upcoming trips to Brisbane next week for the Keperra Bowl, and then China for the Asian Amateur, he will look to make the most of his time with the Southland team.
He'll be joined by a strong lineup, with Southland matchplay champion Matt Tautari, Jeremy Hall, Tyler McLean and Kyle Dobbie rounding out a talented top five in the 10-strong team to play Aorangi and Otago.
The men's masters team includes the familiar faces of Karl Mariu, Paul Adams and Glen Sutherland among other regulars, while Daniel O'Connor and Scott Hansen will lead Southland's under-21s.
The triangular will be a great test for all three teams because, with the teams to be reduced in number for further tournaments this season, each player will be looking to cement their representative spots.
Southland had a very strong outing against Central Otago in early September and will be looking to continue that form this weekend.
Senior: Vaughan McCall, Matt Tautari, Jeremy Hall, Tyler McLean, Kyle Dobbie, Jason Osborne, Tegan Proudfoot, Brad Harper, Scott Ramsay, Brett Dobbie. Scott Hellier unavailable.
Masters: Karl Mariu, Blair Sinclair, Paul Adams, Glen Sutherland, Gary Radka, Craig O'Rorke, Ewan Clark, Glenn Brinsdon.
Under-21s: Daniel O'Connor, Scott Hansen, Liam Todd, Sam McCracken, Jarrod Kean, Robert Gregory.
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Golf is a sport blessed with plenty of hard working and passionate players, administrators and supporters.
Two people who have given a huge amount to the sport over the years were recognised recently at the Greenacres club's annual meeting.
Euan Jamieson and Lenore Harvey were both elected life members of the club for their services to the club and golf over many years. It was wonderful reward for years of dedication to the game and the club itself.
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Oreti Sands (Southland Golf Club) sent in a nice story this week about member Laurie Knipe.
Nobody practises more, with little result, than Knipe, a 33-handicapper.
All that changed last Saturday when he shot 85 off the stick for a nett 52. Playing in the club captain's choice (best two stablefords on par-fours, best three on par-fives and all count on par-three) Knipe had 30 stablefords on the first nine and finished with a massive 56 stableford points.
His round included seven nett eagles, one nett albatross and three one-pointers.
His three team-mates included 8-handicapper Ross McLean, of Invercargill Golf Club, whom he beat off the stick.
Unfortunately, Knipe's massive input didn't result in a win for the team, who finished second.
Well done Laurie! It makes all those hours of practice each week well worth it.
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