Clearwater two clear in U-23s

16:00, Dec 04 2012

Clearwater and Russley won the under-23 and under-19 team competitions at the Christchurch Golf Club at the weekend.

The Clearwater team of James Cadenhead, Oscar Cadenhead, Ryan Crocker and Fraser Mearns won the under-23's 36-hole, best three of four scores counting tournament by two shots from Russley. Windsor's three-man team of Steve Dallow, Willie Silcock and Sam Thomson won the under-23 net prize.

Russley's Connell Kilpatrick, Adam Vining, Jacob Roberts and Vincent Guan won the under-19 stroke competition by 11 shots from Kaiapoi while Weedons' Jordan Mills, Blair Chatterton, Garth Tipper and Brett Tipper won the net section.

Oscar Cadenhead (Clearwater) had the U23 best gross with 145 while Tom Hardy (Coringa) won the U19 gross with 149.

❏ ❏ ❏ Charteris Bay's Hec Dawson had as much reason to celebrate as anyone at the picturesque course's centenary celebrations at the weekend.

Dawson, a 31-handicapper, was a late entry to the celebrations' combined stableford tournament on Saturday and, with a full field, looked set to miss out.


A no-show allowed Dawson into the field and, partnered with Nicky Coop, he went on to win the tournament and pick up the "new-old" trophy for his troubles.

The new trophy that the club members will be playing for each year is carved out of a 100-year-old kauri mantlepiece from a Lyttelton house that was pulled down following last year's earthquake.

Club captain Allister Cotter said the centenary celebrations were a huge success with past members travelling from around New Zealand and overseas to join the current members.

For the history buffs, Charteris Bay began as a golf course 100 years ago (obviously) after landowner Orton Bradley donated the land to the club.

❏ ❏ ❏ Advice from a golfing cynic

Golf balls are like eggs; they're white, they're sold by the dozen and a week later you have to buy more.

The game of golf is 90 per cent mental and 10 per cent mental.

If you want to get better at golf, take it up at a much earlier age.