Taranaki men face classy lineup in matchplay

DAVID MCCALLUM
Last updated 05:00 29/11/2012

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The Taranaki men's golf team face a tough assignment next week when they compete in the national interprovincial matchplay tournament at the Otago Golf Club in Dunedin.

Fifteen teams from throughout New Zealand will be split into two divisions and begin round-robin play on Tuesday, with the top two teams from each division progressing to the semifinals next Saturday.

The five-strong Taranaki side have drawn some tough opponents including pre-tournament favourites Waikato (Tuesday afternoon) and Manawatu-Wanganui (Friday afternoon).

Taranaki's other round-robin matches are: Tuesday am versus Aorangi; Wednesday pm versus Wellington; Thursday am versus Hawke's Bay; Friday am versus Auckland.

The Taranaki team in playing order is: Brad Hayward, Jamie Reid, Zach Lewis, Joseph Doyle and Brook Gray.

Taranaki Masters representative Tony Hardy proved that experience can compete with youth when he beat Tyla Otene 2/1 to claim the 2012 Westown senior men's matchplay title.

The intermediate division was won by Richard Barlow who beat Dan Park 4/2, while the junior title went to Brian Dombroski who beat Colin Webby 5/4. The limit final was won by Errol Tuffery who beat Gavin Grant at the 19th.

In the weekend women's finals, Rochelle Keegan beat sister Nicole 2/1 to win the silver division, Trish Byers beat Marg McDougall 2/1 to win the bronze one division and Trixie Harvey beat Patricia Adlam 3/1 to win the bronze two division.

In the mid-week women's finals, Kim Lucas proved too strong for Marilyn Sheridan to win the silver division, Aew Kretschmar beat Jo Butler 3/2 to win the bronze one division and Maureen Cornwallis beat Christine Mori 6/4 to claim the bronze two title.

The feature of the 2012 Manaia Golf Club matchplay championships was the senior women's final with young guns Celeste McLean and Holly Winter facing off. In the 36-hole final, Winter came up trumps on this occasion with a 4/2 victory.

The senior men's title went to Michael Sharp who beat Neil Bryant 3/2, while the intermediate division was won by Ethan Jones who beat Quentin Symes 7/5.

The junior title went to Alan McKay who beat Robert Snowdon 2/1. The 18-hole limit final was won by John Oliver who beat Winston Kidd.

In the women's intermediate final, Carolyn Koch beat Michelle Furness 3/2 and the limit title went to Brylee Winter who had a convincing win over her mother Michelle.

The Urenui senior men's pennant team took first place in the second round of the Taranaki seniors pennant competition played at Te Ngutu Golf Club.

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The Urenui team finished with an aggregate net score of 346, two shots ahead of Inglewood Red with a further five shots back to Fitzroy and Te Ngutu No 1 on 353.

Manukorihi Club member Gary Johnson scored his first hole-in-one last Saturday.

The nine handicapper used his trusty seven iron to hole out on the 109-metre par three ninth hole at his home course.

- Taranaki

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