Beard snares title at age-group classic

18:31, Dec 17 2012
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Westown's Des Wilcox drives on the fourth hole at the Inglewood course.

Mt Maunganui golfer Hayden Beard won the overall gross title at the Steve Williams New Zealand mixed age-group classic at the weekend.

Beard, who plays off a 0.6 handicap, was 11 under the card for the 72-hole tournament, played over three days.

He opened with a four-under-par round of 67 at Stratford on Friday and backed it up with rounds of 65 and 64 at the par-68 Inglewood course on Saturday. In the final round at Stratford on Sunday, Beard shot an even-par 71.

The overall girls' gross winner was Manaia's Tineka Kumeroa, a 12 handicapper, after rounds of 83, 77, 86 and 85 for a total of 331.

The overall net was won by Cambridge 22 handicapper Angus Holmes with scores of 64, 67, 59 and 67 for a total of 257.

Manaia's Brylee Winter, 10, playing off a 34 handicap, won the girls' net with a 248 total after scores of 67, 65, 55 and 61. Her third-round 87 was the first time she had broken 90 off the stick.

Age-group winners were: Under-13 boys' gross, Joshua Morris (Hamilton) 347; net, Liam McFarlane (Omanu) 258; under-15 girls' gross, Kumeroa; net, Winter; under-15 boys' gross, Greg Shaw (Manawatu) 305; net, Holmes; under-17 boys' gross, Bailey Smith (Mt Maunganui) 278; net, Jarron Pittams (Te Ngutu) 266.