Talented teen wins U21 title at Westown Classic

DAVID MCCALLUM
Last updated 05:00 20/02/2014

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Fifteen-year-old Ethan Jones claimed the under-21 title at the Westown Classic at the Westown golf course last Sunday.

The talented Manaia teen finished level with Hamilton's Matt Morris on 293 after 72 holes in the strokeplay event. Jones shot rounds of 74, 73, 72 and 74, while Morris shot rounds of 68, 75, 75 and 75. On the first playoff hole, Jones made a birdie three to win.

The pair finished second equal in the open event behind Inglewood's Kerry Otene, who finished on 291 after rounds of 75, 74, 70 and 72.

The second round of the Taranaki men's handicap pennant competition will be played on Sunday, with the North divisions playing at Kaitake and the Taranaki-wide division in action at Te Ngutu.

The feature Dow AgroSciences matches in the North competition see Fitzroy One against Inglewood (division one) and hosts Kaitake One versus Westown One (division two). In the Taranaki-wide division one, defending champions Waverley face neighbours Patea, while Pungarehu face a tough assignment against Te Ngutu Two on their home course.

New Plymouth golfer Murray Martin (75-74-75-224) finished 14th equal at the New Zealand Seniors (55 and over) strokeplay championship at the Omaha Beach Golf Club last week.

The 54-hole event was won by Michael Baltrop (71-71-71-213) who shot an even par total to edge out Australian Samuel Christie (70-70-74-214).

Taranaki women representatives Celeste McLean (87-77-164) and Holly Winter (89-84-173) both failed to make the 36-hole cut in the Lawnmaster Classic at the Manawatu Golf Club last week.

Westown Classic champion Kerry Otene recently won the Coastal strokeplay championship, 63 years after his grandfather Heck won the inaugural event in 1951.

A feature of the 27-hole event played at the Pungarehu Golf Club was a hole-in-one scored by Paul Haskell from the Golf Zone.

Haskell, who also sponsors the Pungarehu Golf Club, used a nine iron to hole out on the 145m par-three sixth hole.

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