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Baird 'finally' wins Westown Classic tournament

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 19/02/2013
Darryl Baird
CAMERON BURNELL/Fairfax NZ
DARRYL BAIRD: The Kaitake 54-year-old won the Westown Classic strokeplay tournament at the weekend after finishing second "four or five times".

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Kaitake's Darryl Baird didn't set the course on fire, but he scored well enough to beat a strong field in the Westown Classic strokeplay tournament at the weekend.

The two-handicapper shot rounds of 75 and 76 on Saturday, then improved on Sunday with a one-over par 73 in the morning and a closing 71 to finish on 295.

"I finally won it," the 54-year-old said yesterday.

"I've been trying long enough. I've been second four or five times."

Baird said either himself or a member of his family had played in the event for the past 26 years.

"Stuart [son] and Chanelle [daughter] have both won it. Stuart has won both the juniors and seniors, Chanelle the ladies," he said.

"The course was tough, very hard and fast. The scoring wasn't that flash, if you missed a green, you had trouble getting up and down."

Stuart, who plays his golf at the Akarana course in Auckland, finished fourth after rounds of 81, 74, 73 and 72 for a total of 300.

Tied for second two shots back were Inglewood brothers Tyla and Kerry Otene.

An opening 82 dented Tyla's chances of winning the Good Home-sponsored event. He followed up with rounds of 73, 72 and 70, but the damage had been done. Kerry also started poorly with a 79, then had rounds of 73, 70 and 75.

Late entry Holly Winter won the women's competition.

The Manaia teenager was meant to have played in the South Island strokeplay championships at the St Clair course in Dunedin but couldn't get a connecting flight for the trip south when a plane broke down.

Instead, she decided to play at Westown and with rounds of 77, 72, 77 and 72 finished with a 72-hole total of 298 to win by eight shots from New Plymouth's Vanessa Bouvet on 306.

Bouvet, who shot rounds of 78, 80, 75 and 73 was six clear of Urenui's Svala Garner.

Meanwhile, New Plymouth's Brad Hayward finished fourth in the South Island strokeplay championships after firing a final round three-under par 68 at the St Clair course in Dunedin on Sunday.

Hayward had rounds of 67, 72, 70 and 68 for a four-round total of 277.

The event was won by Bay of Plenty's Peter Lee, eight shots clear of his rivals after rounds of 64, 68, 66 and 69 for a total of 267.

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