Southland Strokeplay Championships
It may have been the Southland Strokeplay Championships, but only a few locals featured in the senior placings when the championships teed off at SBS Bank Invercargill Golf Club over the weekend.
The Men’s Senior title went to Jack Turner of Arrowtown, with rounds of 77, 66 and 74 enough to earn him the trophy over runner-up Zach May (Russley), with 218, and third-placed Jonny Mackay (Cromwell) with 221. Liam Hewitt was the best of the Southland men, finishing sixth.
Russley golfer Maddie May won the women the Women’s Senior title, with rounds of 73, 75 ad 76 for 224. Sumin Kang was second with 225 and Invercargill’s Robyn Pullar made sure a Southlander featured on the podium with third place.
The Men’s Intermediate title was won by Bryan Cantley (Invercargill) over runner-up Doug Carmichael (Invercargill). Glen Sutherland (Wyndham) won the Men’s Junior division and Paul Adams (Invercargill) won the Men’s Seniors 50+ competition.
Southland’s young junior talent was due to tee off for the Southland Junior Strokeplay Championships at the same venue today. (Thursday 23 January).
Two Southlanders to represent New Zealand
Southland golfer Robyn Boniface will be joined by Invercargill golfer Robyn Pullar as they don the fern, with the two named in the six-strong New Zealand Women’s Seniors team to take on the Australians next month.
The duo are featuring in their second time in this event; the Women’s Seniors Trans-Tasman Trophy, which will be contested at Taupo Golf Club this year. Boniface has been named as captain.
The two sides will battle it out in Foursomes and Four-ball on the first day, followed by singles on day two.
The Women’s Seniors Trans-Tasman Trophy had its inaugural event last year, where Australia managed to etch their name on the silverware first.
Riverton Golf Club will hold its Summer Ambrose on Saturday (26 January). The two-person ambrose is open to men, women or mixed pairs and has an 11.30am tee-off time. Spaces are limited, so contact the club for more details.
The Winton Mitre 10 Twilight Ambrose Tournament will be played next Friday (31 January), with a 2.30pm tee off time. The tournament is open to teams of three – at least one golfer must have a handicap. Entries can be made to [email protected] by 27 January, or enter on the day. Entry fee is $20 per person (includes a BBQ on course and light food supplied in the clubhouse). Non-handicapped men will play off a 24 handicap, and ladies a 36.