Women to tackle southern challenge

The Taranaki women's masters team will play the first round of the national interprovincial women's masters tournament at the Otatara Golf Club in Invercargill tomorrow morning.

The four-strong side of Svala Garner (Urenui), Debbie McCallum (Te Ngutu), Eleanor Hodson (New Plymouth) and Kim Lucas (Westown) will play 54 holes of strokeplay, with the best three individual gross stableford scores contributing to the team score in each round.

Taranaki finished seventh last year with hosts Southland looking to make it back-to-back titles after clinching last year's event by a single point over Hawke's Bay. The final two rounds of the tournament will be played on Saturday.

A field of 55 players participated in the Taranaki Seniors October monthly tournament at the Inglewood Golf Club.

The men's monthly button was won by Trevor Hughes, from Manukorihi, with 46 stableford points, while Kaitake's Pauline Gray won the women's button with 37 points.

The November monthly tournament will be played at the Stratford Golf Club on Monday.

Other leading scores: Senior men, Duncan Elliott 42, Peter Dombroski 42, Basil Dodunski 41, Ross Fah 41; intermediate, John Van Der Leeden 45, John Kelly 42, Don Sole 41, Mario Marinovich 40, Peter Wilkes 40; junior, Lewis Ramsdale 42, Bill Scott 42; women, Janet Christiansen 36, Sue Summerfield 34.

New Plymouth golfer Murray Martin has been selected in the New Zealand senior men's team to compete in the Asia Pacific Seniors Championship in Hong Kong from November 28 to 30.

The other members of the six-strong team are: Michael Barltrop, Arthur Parkin (both Auckland), Rodney Barltrop, Frank Borren (both Wellington) and Andrew McKechnie (Waikato).

Martin will then compete in the Hong Kong Seniors championship from December 5 to 7.

The Stratford Golf Club matchplay championships were completed recently.

In the senior men's final, Tony Cawley proved too strong for Grant Kite winning the 36-hole final 6 and 4. In the intermediate final, Jeremy Johnson upset his father Terry to win 3 and 1, while Kris Kretschmar took out the junior title with a 6 and 4 win over Murray Cook. Robbie Barnard proved too strong for Ray Reitzema in the 18-hole limit division with a 6 and 5 victory.

New Plymouth Golf Club member Matthew Dalman scored a hole-in-one on his home course recently. The 20 handicapper used a six iron to ace the 149m par-three ninth hole. Former Taranaki school teacher Karo Preston notched up her first hole-in-one using a three wood for the perfect shot on the 170m par-three 14th hole at the Waikare Golf Club.

My apologies to Nick Williams for playing the wrong ball last week . . . Nick beat Elton Whakatutu 5 and 4 to claim the Patea limit championship, not vice versa as reported last Thursday.