Opunake quartet claim crown

NICK NORTHAM
Last updated 05:00 29/05/2014

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The Taranaki final of the women's national team final took place at the Inglewood Golf Club on Monday.

Fourteen teams took part in perfect conditions.

To meet the event's requirement of playing a course with a rating of at least 70, the women played off the blue tees.

The format requires two pairs from each club playing net two ball best ball, with the two rounds combined for a team score.

The winners were the Opunake Golf Club team of Betty Gadsby, Marg Wellington, Wendy Vickers and Janelle Forsyth with a net 17.6 under the course rating score of 123. Runners-up were the Pungarehu team of Sharon Adamson, Lyn Hamill, Susan Crowley and Bev Robinson on 129.

Patrick Moore has been confirmed as the selector/coach of the Taranaki women's senior representative team.

Moore, a PGA teaching professional, is looking forward to taking up the reins and helping the team fulfil the potential he believes exists within the ranks of women golfers in the province.

He hopes to build a squad around the trio of talented younger players Celeste McLean and Holly and Tyla Winter, as well as more experienced golfers such as Rochelle Keegan.

Moore is confident that with the right preparation the team is more than capable of reaching the semifinals of the interprovincial championship to be held at the Lochiel Golf Club, Hamilton, in December.

On Sunday, 18 pairs competed in the Central Taranaki Foursomes at Eltham.

Played over 30 holes (par 119) in testing windy conditions, the leading scores were as follows: Men's foursomes, net Keith Stanners and Michael Boland 1 (net 111), runner-up net, Mark Ropiha and Graham Yaxley (115); best gross, Kerry and Jaron Otene (118); mixed division, net Wayne Hart and Wendy Burnand (117) 1.

The employment of a temporary green did not prevent Fitzroy golfer Dilip Patel achieving his first hole-in-one earlier this month.

Using a five wood on the fourth hole, Patel's ball looked destined for the hole on the 163m temporary green the moment it landed.

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