Owen has a few senior moments in Australia

DAVID MCCALLUM
Last updated 05:00 23/08/2012

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New Plymouth professional Craig Owen has fallen off the pace in the latest series of Australian Seniors PGA events.

Owen finished 17th equal in the $A10,000 City of Ipswich Legends Pro-am last Friday, firing a 74 to finish six shots behind Australians Allan Cooper (68) and David Good (68).

Owen finished out of the money on Monday in the $A15,000 Ken Barton Memorial Legends Pro-am after shooting a 78 at the Wynnum Golf Club. The event was won by West Australian professional Kennedy Tutisai, who shot a 67.

And on Tuesday, Owen shot a 75 in the $A10,000 Carbrook Legends Pro-am to finish tied for 23rd, eight shots behind Mike Zilko.

Sixty-four players took part in the latest Taranaki Seniors event at the Kaitake course last week. The men's monthly button was won by Westown's Gerard Keegan with 40 stableford points, while the women's button was won by Stratford's Veronica Hignett with 36 points.

Other leading scores: Senior men, Robert Snowdon 39, John Van Praagh 37; intermediate, Peter Barker 36, Murray Davidson 36; junior, Lou Ramsdale 38, Brian Venables 38, Murray Gray 38; women, Ann Braithwaite 35.

Taranaki representative Jamie Reid (68, 70, 138) shot a two-over-par total to defend his Fitzroy Golf Club senior men's strokeplay title on Saturday.

The Massey University student beat Brian Rowland (72, 68, 140) by two shots with a further five shots back to Ross Whitmore (75, 70, 145).

The intermediate division was won by Trevor Woodward (78, 75, 153) who edged out Kasey Ross (79, 75, 154), Peter Brisco (77, 77, 154) and Wayne Goldsworthy (78, 76, 154).

In the junior division, Steve Murray (80, 88, 168) finished six shots clear of Dave Heyes (88, 86, 174), with Elia Levi (88, 87, 175) and Lloyd Phillips (87, 88, 175) tied for third. The limit division was won by Michael Gilbert (93, 96, 189) with Thomson Mitchell (99, 93, 192) finishing runner-up.

Sub-par golf was the feature of the Inglewood Golf Club's senior men's matchplay final recently.

Brothers Kerry and Tyla Otene finished nine and eight under par respectively over the 36-hole final, with older brother Kerry winning the title one-up.

The intermediate division was won by Aaron Burgess, who beat John Tofts 7 and 6, while the junior title was won by Cliff Edgecombe, who beat John Bromell 4 and 3. Lyall Smart won the limit division, beating Gordon Aitken 6 and 5.

New Plymouth amateur Brad Hayward finished 13th equal in the North Harbour strokeplay championship last weekend.

Hayward shot rounds of 74, 72, 79 and 74 for a total of 299.

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Manukau golfer Nick Voke (69, 65, 67, 70, 271) shot an impressive 17-under par total to win by seven shots.

- Taranaki Daily News

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