‘The Ital­ian Job’ win chal­lenge

Fiji Sun - - Sports - WAISEA NASOKIA Edited by Osea Bola

New Zealand’s ‘The Ital­ian Job’ won the 2016 Sher­a­ton Villa Teams Golf Chal­lenge at the De­na­rau Golf and Rac­quet Club on Satur­day. The team of Mar­got Lup­ton, Ross Pratt, Carl Mitchell and Betty Tocker carded 871 points. Team AC (Trish Cor­bett, Jack Al­lan, Mar­i­lyn Cross and Steve Cross) fin­ished in sec­ond spot with 847 points, 10 shots ahead of The Fore Amigo’s team of Julie Gee, Trish McBride, Max Allen and Deb­bie Adgo. The best-placed Aus­tralian team was Divot Dodgers con­sisted of Wayne Rai­son, Va­lerie Stevens, Ma­rina Davies and Derek Larsen in 4th place. The Sher­a­ton Fiji Villa Teams Golf Chal­lenge com­bines the points of all four team mem­bers over four rounds, in a mod­i­fied ‘sta­ble­ford’ scor­ing sys­tem that ad­justs hand­i­caps af­ter each round. PaR nz Golf­ing Hol­i­days di­rec­tor Denise Lang­don said this year’s Villa Chal­lenge turned out to be a ‘war of de­ter­mi­na­tion’ due to the heavy rain ear­lier in the week, 72 holes were played over three days, in­stead of spread over four, with a break in-be­tween. “There were 124 play­ers from New Zealand, Aus­tralia and Fiji en­tered, a record turnout, rep­re­sent­ing 48 clubs,” Lang­don said.

“An es­ti­mated $630, 000 (ex­clud­ing air­fares) was con­trib­uted to the lo­cal econ­omy by the vis­i­tors. Many also brought do­na­tions and cloth­ing for the Reef for Life Char­ity, sup­port­ing those Fi­jian fam­i­lies af­fected by the Cy­clone Win­ston floods ear­lier in the year.” The Sher­a­ton Group com­pris­ing of the Sher­a­ton Fiji, De­na­rau Golf & Rac­quet Club, Sher­a­ton Vil­las and Westin Ho­tel have been the nam­ing spon­sor for many years.

The tour­na­ment was sup­ported by Vic­to­ria Wines, Tay­lor-Made Adi­das, Pure Fiji, Sheridan and TOMTOM Watches, and Jacks of Fiji restau­rants. The 2017 tour­na­ment open­ing and reg­is­tra­tion will be held in Septem­ber.

The Sher­a­ton Fiji Villa Teams Golf Chal­lenge com­bines the points of all four team mem­bers over four rounds, in a mod­i­fied ‘sta­ble­ford’ scor­ing sys­tem that ad­justs hand­i­caps af­ter each round.

Photo: Denise Lang­don

2016 Sher­a­ton Fiji Villa Teams Chal­lenge win­ners Ital­ian Job (from left), Carl Mitchell, Betty Tocker, Mar­got Lup­ton, and Ross Pratt on De­na­rau Golf and Rac­quet Club on Satur­day.

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