On Par – Golf Southland


Positive start

Golfers Southland-wide are back in the swing of things in a big way, with an almost 23% increase in the estimated number of rounds played in the first two weeks of June.

Golf New Zealand figures show from June 1-15, 2019, an estimated 2358 rounds of golf were played in Southland, while in the same period in 2020, that figure was 2898

Nationally, figures are equally as positive, with rounds played up 27.8% for the first 15 days of June compared to 2019. And national club membership was also up 3.6% at the May month end on 2019.

Southland golfers are also supporting local tournaments in large numbers.

The Fiordland Classic, scheduled for July 25 and 26 at Te Anau Golf Club, already has a full field and a waiting list. Anyone wishing to get their names on the waiting list can find more details at www.teanaugolf.co.nz.

Winton Golf Club’s Par 3 Tournament also reportedly attracted a full field when it was held recently and there are plenty more events on club calendars which are looking to be well supported.


The rescheduled MLT Vice Presidents and Handicap Pennants competitions both got back under way last weekend, after initially starting in March.

The MLT Vice Presidents Pennants teed off at Winton and saw Queens Park tie with Invercargill 3-all, and Winton beat Gore 5-1.

The morning round was called off due to frost and will now be played on July 11, alongside the next round of the competition.

Individual results can be found at www.golfsouthland.co.nz.

Meanwhile, the MLT Handicap Pennants competition got back into gear on Sunday, with 23 teams.

Division 1 teams played at Waikaka, and Hedgehope 1, Gore 2 and Mataura B were the top teams of the round, with Gore’s Barry Newport and Hedgehope’s Shaun Cowley the best individuals. The same top three teams now lead the division.

Division 2 teams played at Tuatapere. Riversdale 2, Tokanui and Mataura A were the best teams, and Riversdale’s Dean Whaanga the top individual. Tokanui leads the division overall.

Division 3 teams were hosted at Riversdale which saw Riversdale 1, Nightcaps and Queens Park 1 top teams, with Riversdale’s Morgan Will the best individual. Riversdale 1 leads Division 3 overall.

The next round will be played across Wyndham, Mataura and Bluff on July 12.

Golf Southland AGM

Golf Southland’s AGM has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 9, at the Gore Golf Club.

The event will start with afternoon tea at 3pm and the meeting will start at 3.30pm.

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