Moorhead takes on best at NZ PGA

Last updated 07:22 28/02/2013

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New Plymouth professional Grant Moorhead will tee it up with New Zealand's top professionals at The Hills in Queenstown today.

The NZ PGA Championship has a unique format and incorporates two separate competitions - an individual tournament with a NZ$450,000 prize fund and a team competition which features 66 invited amateurs playing alongside the professionals.

After the starting field of 144 professionals has been cut to 64 after the first two rounds, these 64 professionals will then each be paired with an amateur and in conjunction with the professional tournament, will play the last two rounds in a fourball best ball format for the NZ$50,000 NZ PGA Pro-Am Championship.

The leading New Zealand professionals competing include defending champion Michael Hendry, David Smail, Mark Brown, Ryan Fox, Gareth Paddison, Greg Turner, Phil Tataurangi and Richard Lee.

Moorhead (70-71-141) finished seventh at the $25,000 Omaha Beach Pro-am last weekend.

The 36-hole event was won by Auckland professional Steven Han (70-68-138) with a six-under-par total, one shot clear of four players - Richard Lee (68-71), Michael Hendry (73-66), Doug Holloway (69-70) and Fraser Wilkin (68-71).

Taranaki professionals Dominic Barson (77-77-154) and Patrick Moore (80-79-159) finished 29th and 36th respectively.

The Taranaki men's team finished in a tie for 10th at the SBS Southland Invitational tournament played at the Otatara Golf Club in Invercargill last weekend.

Taranaki No 1 Brad Hayward (74-71-70-74-289) put up another solid performance with a one-over- par total for the 72-hole event to finish 10th equal in the individual competition.

Auckland won the teams event with an aggregate score of eight- under-par 1144, with Manawatu second on 1152.

Otago's Brent McEwen (71-66-66-72-275) was the leading individual player with a 13-under- par total.

The Taranaki team total was 1203 and individual scores were: Jamie Reid (78-76-74-73-301), Zach Lewis (77-79-79-81-316), Joseph Doyle (79-78-74-77-308) and Sam Jones (78-75-73-82-308).

After two rounds of the Dow AgroSciences men's handicap pennant competition, two teams - Inglewood Two (division one ) and Te Ngutu Two (division two) - are the only teams with a perfect record in the Taranaki-wide competition.

In the North competition, Kaitake One and Inglewood One remain unbeaten in division one while the frontrunners in division two are Kaitake One and Fitzroy Two.

The third round of round robin matches will be played on Sunday with the North divisions at Kaitake and the Taranaki-wide divisions at Inglewood.

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Fifty-eight players competed in the Taranaki seniors monthly tournament at Te Ngutu.

The men's monthly button was won by Paddy Keegan, of Inglewood, with 42 stableford points, while the women's button went to Sharyn Newsome, of Fitzroy, with 37 points.

Other leading scores were: senior, Duncan Elliott 37, Don Weston 37, Kevin Miles 37; intermediate, Tom O'Connor 41, Ian McKillop 39, Warren Hooper 39, Ted Broadhurst 39, Patt Carr 39; junior, Ron Thomson 41, Buster Smale 40, Murray Davidson 39; women, Jill Evans 37, Pauline Gray 37.

- Taranaki Daily News

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