New Plymouth professional Grant Moorhead returned home on Sunday after a mixed two-week stint in Fiji.
Moorhead (70-71-70-211) shot a five-under-par total to finish eighth in the 54-hole F$30,000 Fiji Open played at the Fiji Golf Club in Vatuwaqa.
Auckland professional Ryan Fox won the event, shooting an impressive 15-under-par total to win by six shots.
By winning the Fiji Open, Fox qualifies to play in the NZ$2.2 million Asia Pacific Open Golf Championship Panasonic Open at Higashi Hirono Golf Club, Miki City, Japan, from September 20-23.
In the second event, the Starwood Classic, 41-year-old Moorhead had rounds of 72 (Denarau) and 77 (Natadola) to finish 18th.
The rain-affected event had two days abandoned with the reduced 36-hole event won by Michael Hendry (67-69-136).
Taranaki junior representative Hayden Chamberlain is the 2012 Waitara senior men's matchplay champion.
The 17-year-old Francis Douglas Memorial College student took out his first senior championship title in style with an impressive 3/2 win over former Taranaki representative Shane Grylls in the 36- hole final on Sunday.
Chamberlain shot a four-over- par round of 71 to be all square after 18 holes before sizzling home with a personal best round of 63 (four-under-par) to clinch the title.
In the intermediate division, Geoff White accounted for strokeplay champion Steven Saward 5/4 over 36 holes while in the 18-hole junior final, Ethan Beggs edged out Doc Van Praagh 1 up.
Manukorihi golfer Ivor Sarten notched up his fifth hole-in-one recently.
Playing in the Kaimai Classic at the Mount Maunganui Golf Club over Queen's Birthday Weekend, the eight handicapper used his favourite four iron to ace the 140- metre par-three fourth hole, the same club he used to score two holes-in-one last year!
A field of 51 golfers, including five women, competed in the latest Taranaki seniors golf event at Westown last week.
The winner of the men's monthly button was Kevin Miles (Inglewood) with 43 stableford points while the women's winner was Sue Miles (Inglewood) with 32 points.
Other results: Senior, Gerrard Keegan 42, John Van Praagh 39, Grant Lester 38; Intermediate, Alban Reid 38, Paddy Keegan 37, Ron Klenner 36, Terry Reardon 36; Junior, John Gane 41, Colin Wheeler 39, Peter Spurway 37, Trevor Hughes 37, Ted Bennell 37, Lloyd Dobson 37.
The finals of the Taranaki Women's Golf Pennant competition were washed out at Stratford on Monday and will be re-played at Stratford next Monday.
The semifinals have Opunake up against Inglewood and Kaitake against Patea with the respective winners to play the final on Monday afternoon.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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