On Par – Golf Southland


Robyn Boniface on top of New Zealand
Southland’s Robyn Boniface has added yet another national title to her already impressive haul, winning the New Zealand Women’s Senior Match Play Championships.

The championships were played at the New Plymouth Golf Club last week, and Boniface was a clear standout, beating Robyn Pellew 5/4 in the division one final to win the Veterans Challenge Cup.

Thirteen Southlanders competed in the tournament, with other good results coming through. Te Anau’s Marg Hughes won the plate in division four, Te Anau’s Judy Matthews won the division five flight, Tuatapere’s Lynette Chambers won the division six plate, Gore’s Brenda Duncan won division seven and Dipton’s Paddy Craig won the division seven flight.

MLT Handicap Pennants
The MLT Handicap Pennants got under way on Sunday.

Division one teams played at Riversdale and the top three teams after round one were Hedgehope 1 (207), Tuatapere (220) and Tokanui (221). The top individuals were Darrin Crack (Tokanui, 63) and Brian Meikle (Hedgehope, 66).

Riverton topped division two (played at Mataura), with 229, over Gore (230) and Mataura A (232). Queens Park’s Nathan White was the best individual with 73.

Dipton hosted division three teams and also topped the scoring with 217, over Lumsden (220) and Hedgehope 2 (228). Lumsden’s Jeff Sinclair (68), Wyndham’s Alex King (70), Hedgehope’s Brendon Price (70) and Dipton’s John Broughton (70) were the best individuals.

Junior Series
Golf Southland’s junior summer series got under way at the weekend at the Invercargill Golf Club, with a great turnout of young golfers and their parents supporting the event, in superb conditions.

The four-round series is new to the calendar and new players are welcome to join, choosing from 18-hole, nine-hole and six-hole events. The next round will be played at Gore on March 14.

Anyone interested can email Simon Boland at junior@golfsouthland.co.nz or for more information see www.golfsouthland.co.nz or follow Golf Southland on Facebook.

Free golf lessons
Don’t forget, new and beginner golfers can take advantage of free coaching from local professionals in the coming weeks. Simply turn up at Donovan Park from 5.30pm-7pm on Monday, March 1, Thursday, March 4, Monday, March 8, and/or Thursday, March 11.

All equipment is provided, all you have to do is turn up and enjoy.