Popular ILT Challenge ready for tee-off

JERRIE VALLI
Last updated 05:00 30/04/2014

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The Great Invercargill Licensing Trust Southern Challenge tees off on Sunday, with the first round to be played at the home of the defending champions - Queens Park.

The competition, which sees all four town-based clubs - Queens Park, Southland (Oreti Sands), Greenacres and Invercargill - vie for bragging rights, is popular one, with hundreds of golfers usually turning up.

Sunday will be the first of four rounds, with each club getting hosting rights and the next three rounds scheduled for Southland Golf Club on June 29, Invercargill on July 20 and Greenacres on August 10.

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If luck comes in threes, then it's all been out at Greenacres Country Club lately, with three holes in one scored recently.

The first was from Michael Ayto, holing out on the 145m No 2 hole early last month.

The second came from Lynley Burgess last week at the 11th hole, a 136m par 3.

Then, on Saturday, April 26, Robbie Birch hit his ace on the No 2.

These shots mean seven holes in one have been scored at Greenacres since March last year. Others to record a hole in one over that time are Tony Manu (No 18), Lenore Harvey (No 18), Colin Young (No 11) and Steve Harris (No 18)

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New Zealand Golf will be in Invercargill on Tuesday, May 6, holding a free seminar on Secrets to Success: Membership and Retention.

The seminar, part of the national body's 2014 Golf Club Seminar Series, will be at Queens Park Golf Club from 6pm to 8pm and will be presented by Butch Mawdsley and Garth Partridge, from Integrated Intelligence Ltd.

There will be an emphasis on building a plan for your golf club and developing actions to achieve results. Four important keys will be covered, including focus (where you spend your time), growth (how you sell and market your club), numbers (managing everything by the numbers) and implementation (the way you get things done).

For more information, contact Linda at Golf Southland. Email golfsouthland@woosh.co.nz.

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Southland (Oreti Sands) has held on to the Laing Shield by beating Ringa Ringa 3 to 2 .

The results were (Southland names first) Alan Dennis beat Jon Spraggon 7/6, Graeme Sherlock all square with Neville Bennett, Ian Ellis beat Chris Sara 2up, Ray Marsden beat Peter Bayne 4/3, Laurie Knipe lost to Eamonn Ganley 6/5 and Bill Baigent lost to Ron Matecki 3/2.

The next challenge will be from Bluff in May.

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A strong Southland Country ladies team has been named to play Otago Country in Gore on Monday, May 5.

Flying the Southland flag will be Olivia Frost (Lumsden), Helen Baird (Dipton), Bronwyn O'Brien (Tuatapere), Pam McLeod (Winton), Anita Fraser (Riverton), Liz Senior (Lumsden), Lorraine Froger (Wyndham), and Marg Hughes (Te Anau). Shona Elder (Te Anau) is reserve.

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Golfers in the region aged 19 and under are encouraged to to be in Gore on Sunday for the MLT Junior Cup. The tournament is a chance for juniors to play in a tournament environment, with an 18-hole championship teeing off at 11am and a 9-hole competition at 1pm.

All levels and abilities are welcome. Contact Gore Golf Club for more information or to register. Email gore@golf.co.nz.

- Southland

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