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Taranaki five in strokeplay invitational

DAVID MCCALLUM
Last updated 05:00 21/02/2013

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A five-strong Taranaki men's golf team will compete in the Southland Invitational tournament at the Otatara Golf Club, near Invercargill, this weekend.

The 72-hole strokeplay event is recognised as the unofficial provincial teams strokeplay championship.

Sadly, the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and North Harbour Golf Associations have opted not to participate in the event, which is now in its 36th year.

Organisers have put up plenty of incentives for those competing, with the top three teams receiving $5000, $2000 and $1000 respectively and the top three individual players receiving vouchers to the value of $1500, $1000 and $500 respectively plus a $500 voucher for the best individual 18-hole round.

The Taranaki team is: Brad Hayward, Jamie Reid, Zach Lewis, Joseph Doyle and Sam Jones.

❏ Taranaki's No 1 amateur Brad Hayward (67-72-70-68-277) fired a seven-under par total to finish fourth at the South Island men's strokeplay championship at the St Clair Golf Club in Dunedin last weekend.

The 21-year-old finished 10 shots behind Bay of Plenty's Peter Lee (64-68-66-69-267). New Plymouth's Steven Heyes (73-71-71-70-285) finished 14th equal, while Zach Lewis (70-78-75-72-295) finished 32nd equal.

❏ It was great to see a name from yesteryear - Daryl Baird (75-76-73-71-295) - take out the Good Home Restaurant & Bar Westown Classic last weekend.

The former Taranaki No 1 got away with a soft winning total of seven over par for the 72-hole event. Scoring was very mediocre in good scoring conditions, with only six sub par rounds for the whole tournament. The best individual rounds were only two under par scored by Tyla Otene (round four), Kerry Otene (round three), Joseph Doyle (round two) and Fletcher Broderick (round one).

❏ New Plymouth golfer Jack Kurta notched up his fourth hole-in-one last Wednesday when he used a pitching wedge to ace the 116m par three 14th hole at his home course.

❏ The Manukorihi golf course remains open after vandals stole a golf cart and went on a joyride at the weekend. Course convener Paul Martin said there had been some damage to greens but they were still playable. Police are continuing their inquiries.

❏ The second round of the Dow AgroSciences men's handicap pennant competition will be played on Sunday, with the Taranaki-wide divisions playing at Te Ngutu and the North sections at New Plymouth.

Feature games see Patea up against Opunake and Eltham versus Manaia (both Taranaki wide). In the North section, last year's champions Manukorihi One are up against Fitzroy One.

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❏ Tumahu's Brooke Gray won the men's division one competition with a gross score of 97 at the Pungarehu Golf Club's 27-hole Coastal Classics tournament.

The division 2 winner was Logan Crowley (gross 111), with Robert Billing winning division 3 with a score of 120. Scott Anderson won division 4 with 129. The women's silver winner was Sharon Adamson (gross 119), with Susan Crowley winning the bronze with a score of 129.

The tournament has been held annually for more than 50 years, with the Pungarehu club celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

- Taranaki Daily News

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