Club bragging rights to be decided
T aranaki's top club will be determined on Sunday when the New Plymouth Golf Club hosts the inaugural 18-hole competition.
The Versatill Taranaki competition has attracted entries from 14 of the province's 20 clubs.
The Dow AgroSciences-sponsored event features four players from each club who qualified for the final by winning their respective handicap division - senior men (10 handicap and below), intermediate men (11-20), junior (21 and above) and women.
The format of the final is a stableford competition, with the top club being the team with the highest aggregate stableford score of all four players.
The teams competing in the final are Eltham, Fitzroy, Hawera, Inglewood, Manaia, Manukorihi, New Plymouth, Opunake, Patea, Stratford, Te Ngutu, Urenui, Waitara and Westown.
■ Taranaki junior golfers Sanjay Modgill (17) and Holly Winter (14) both claimed top five finishes at the New Zealand age group championships last week.
Modgill (72-69-74-215) shot a two-over par total to finish third equal in the under-19 boys' section at the Waipu Golf Club, while Winter (82-82-77-241) finished second in the girls' under-15 section played at the Mangawhai Golf Club.
The overall boys' championship was won by Tyler Hodge (69-72-72-213) from Manawatu-Wanganui, while Te Rongopai Clay (78-77-75-230) from Wellington won the junior girls' title.
Other Taranaki scores were: Boys, Charlie Boon (81-82-163, missed cut); Fletcher Broderick (89-80-169, missed cut); Daniel Lundt (84-89-173, missed cut); girls, Vanessa Bouvet (84-85-78-247, 14th=), Celeste McLean (86-82-82-250, 16th), Tyla Winter (98-96-95-289, 40th), Tineka Kumeroa (99-106-95-300, 50th).
■ Inglewood golfer Joan Burgess got her round off to a perfect start recently when she scored a hole-in-one with her first shot of the day.
Starting on the 109 metre par three 10th hole on her home course, the 28 handicapper used a five wood to score her first hole in the 30 plus years she has been playing.
■ New Plymouth golfer Thomas Hill (76-77-153) finished eighth at the Wanganui Open played at the Wanganui Golf Club last Sunday.
The 36-hole event was won by Trent Munn (75-71-146) from the Manawatu Golf Club who shot a six-over par total in atrocious weather conditions.
■ Twenty-five pairs competed in The Golfer two ball, best ball challenge at the Manaia Golf Club.
The junior combination of Celeste McLean (3 handicap) and Claudia Munro (18 handicap) won the event with 48 stableford points, one shot clear of Gary Dowdle and Phil Elliott who edged out Greg Elliott and John Oliver on countback for second.
McLean and Munro will now compete in the Australasian final at the Raddison Golf Resort on the Gold Coast from October 14 to 16.
■ The Egmont Championship has been rescheduled to be played at the Stratford Golf Club on Sunday, September 23, after the 36-hole event was abandoned last Sunday.
Taranaki Daily News