All eyes this weekend are on the ILT Foundation-sponsored Invitation Charity Pairs, a showcase event on the Southland calendar.
Many former champions spearheaded by world number one Jo Edwards will again be looking to achieve success in a strong field with many formidable combinations.
Competition started with a promotional event last night at Waverley with the charity invitation event conducted at the Kew and Bluff greens today and concluding with the finals tomorrow at Waihopai.
Participants in the Carnaby Cars-sponsored Southland Triples Championships had to contend with extreme winds all through the qualifying and post-section rounds of the event held recently in the Eastern Sub-centre district.
The Invercargill club was toasting the success of their senior ladies team after Pat Clark skipped her team of Glenice Paisley and Pam Calder to a 16-8 victory over Waikiwi's Wendy Jackson, Michelle Preston and Liz Tomlins.
The win achieved for Clark her 10th title and a bar for her gold star.
In a touch of irony it was Paisley's first win, over her former teammates, since moving clubs.
The final was even through the first seven ends but Clark pulled clear after 10 ends and consolidated her position with four shots on the 12th end virtually sealing the result.
Averal Fowler (Balfour), Sue Kincaid and Gail Scammell and Shona Klimeck (Gore RSA) Yvonne Williams and Sue O'Shea were the beaten semifinalists.
In the senior men's event Northend's Norman Lelievre, Iain McCallum and Steve Ferrari proved too strong for Bryan Harvey (Waikiwi), Craig Merrilees and Bruce Ross winning comfortably 17 shots to 10.
McCallum's ability in adjusting to the windy conditions was a telling factor and the Northend trio, although dropping two shots on the first end, was always in control from that point despite dropping three shots on the 12th end.
Lyall Spencer (Northend), Sonny Tautari and Russell Murdoch and Steve Sanders (Te Rangi), Sheldon Bagrie-Howley and Earl Dodge finished third equal.
In the development grades Iain Walker and Tony Topping, of Waikiwi, combined with Lindsay Jennings, of Tokanui, to win their first Southland titles, dominating the final over Barry Winwood (Riversdale), John McCurdy and Ken Carson, 16-3.
In the ladies event the composite team of Bronwyn Stevens, Angela Johnstone and Pam Peters gained the honours with a 17-11 victory over Waverley's Julie O'Connell, Wendy Sutherland and Ngaire Moreton.
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