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Southland Strokeplay Championships

A high-quality field contested the annual Southland Strokeplay Championships at Invercargill Golf Club during the weekend.

Just shy of 50 of the south’s top amateur golfers lined up in the men’s 54-hole championship event, and it was Rangiora’s Kazuma Kobori who took the title; with rounds of 70, 71 and 70 enough to secure the talented young golfer the win.

Southland golfers were hot on his heels, with Liam Hewitt (Queens Park) runner-up with rounds of 77, 72 and 69, and Liam Balneaves (Invercargill, rounds of 75, 73 and 72) and Matt Tautari (Invercargill, rounds of 73, 69 and 78) finishing third equal with 220.

Otago’s Andrew Hobbs won division two, and Dunedin junior player Baxter Meder won division three.

The women’s field was smaller in numbers, but still full of quality, with Wakatipu’s junior talent Sumin Kang winning the title with consistent rounds of 74, 74 and 73.

Remuera’s Aileen Du was second with rounds of 78, 76 and 70 and Akarana’s Rianne Li was third with rounds of 76, 75 and 78.

Dipton’s Alan Baird won the 36-hole seniors (50+) event, with Paul Adams (Invercargill) runner-up.

Organisers said the standard across the categories was extremely high and some great golf was played during the two days.

The Otago and Canterbury strokeplay events would be played in the next couple of weeks, forming the House of Travel Tour combined with the Southland event, with overall prizes up for grabs.

Laing Shield
NIGHTCAPS has yet again defended the Laing Shield; this time beating Tokanui 5.5-.5.

Individual results were: Brett Dobbie beat Steve Ferguson 4/2, Stu Dobbie beat Rata Smith 7/6, Ross Mangels beat Selwyn Earwaker 3/2, Peter Booth squared with Cor Arts, Jay Petherick beat Darrin Crack 2/1 and Keith Clark beat Hayden Peters 7/6.

Play golf and raise money for charity
A DAY of golf for a great cause?

That’s right – the chance to play golf for a day and raise money for a very worthy charity, the Hawthorndale Care Village, is happening at Queens Park on February 10.

The annual DB Liquorland Charity Tournament was always a great day out, and organisers had no doubt this year’s event would be another cracker, with an amazing cause and a fun day on the cards.

The event was a 4BBB stableford, and was open to pairs of any combination (men, women or mixed; maximum women’s handicap is 40.4, maximum for men is 36.4). There were tee-off times between 8am and 8.30am, and noon and 1pm, and the event was sponsored.

Calling all left handers
The 57th Southland Left Handers Tournament is being played at Winton Golf Club on Sunday, February 7, with a 12.30 tee-off time.

The tournament is an 18-hole competition, and entries and inquiries can be made to Graeme Carroll at xmas.winton@xtra.co.nz.Sports NewsNIKE HOMME

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