The Taranaki women's representative golf team trade places with their male counterparts next week when they compete in the national women's interprovincial matchplay tournament.
The men's event is being held in Dunedin at the Otago Golf Club this week and the women's championship will also be hosted in Dunedin at the St Clair Golf Club from next Tuesday.
The five-strong Taranaki side face a tough opening day with matches against Waikato and Canterbury. There will be little respite on Wednesday with matches against hosts Otago and Auckland. The team then meet Aorangi on Thursday morning and have a bye in the afternoon before their final round-robin match against Hawke's Bay on Friday morning.
The Taranaki team, in playing order, is Carol Chard, Holly Winter, Celeste McLean, Rochelle Keegan and Vanessa Bouvet.
The Taranaki women's representative team played a warm-up game against Manawatu-Wanganui at the New Plymouth Golf Club on Sunday. The match was reduced to 18 holes because of bad weather with Taranaki winning 4 -1 . Individual results were (Taranaki names first): Carol Chard lost to Amber Thomson-Newth 2 down; Holly Winter all sq with Emma Clayton; Celeste McLean b Kelly Nicholas 7/5; Rochelle Keegan b Stephanie Hyatt 2/1; Vannessa Bouvet b Caroline Scott 3/1; Joanne McDonald b Jill Hall 1-up.
The Steve Williams New Zealand mixed age-group championships will be hosted by the Inglewood and Stratford clubs from Friday next week until Sunday. The 72-hole event, which is run by the Taranaki Junior Golf Society, will have under-13, 15, 17 and 25 sections for boys and under-15 and 25 for girls. To play, call Braydee Otene on 06-764 7541.
Taranaki's premier Christmas golf tournament, the North Taranaki three-day event, has a new sponsor. Mitre 10 Mega Jones & Sandford take over from Cobb & Co who have been sponsors of the 54-hole tournament for the past 10 years.
The tournament tees off at Inglewood on Friday, December 28, with the second day at Westown and the final round at New Plymouth on Sunday.
Two debutants in the 2012 Taranaki Men's Toro team fought out the 2012 Tumahu senior men's matchplay championship with Joseph Doyle edging out Brook Gray 1-up in the 36-hole final.
In other divisions, Hamish Kape defeated Peter Smyth 4/3 to claim the intermediate title, and Wizz Manuel beat Rex Hodson 3/2 to claim the junior division.
The limit division was won by Paul Downes, who beat Brian Sharpe 1-up. The women's Bronze One title went to Molly Jones who beat Lydia Braddock 3/2, and the Bronze Two division was won by Anne-Marie Sicilliano who beat Donna Sharpe 3/2
Eltham Golf Club member John Smith received the perfect 60th birthday present on Sunday when he scored his first hole-in-one. Playing on his home course, Smith used a five iron to hole out on the 109-metre par 3 seventh hole.
Meanwhile, Manaia Golf Club member Greg Elliott scored his second hole-in-one when he played the perfect shot on the 123m par 3 ninth hole at his home course last Wednesday, playing in the monthly tournament.
Elliott's father Phil, who is a life member of the Taranaki Golf Association, has now witnessed eight holes-in-one without having scored one himself.
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