Youth tour­na­ment smash­ing suc­cess

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Cromwell’s teenage golf­ing ace Inia Lo­gan is con­tin­u­ing his win­ning streak com­ing first in his di­vi­sion at the South Is­land Un­der 19 Cham­pi­onships and fourth over­all.

The three-day tour­na­ment, held in Cromwell last week, at­tracted 110 play­ers from not only around the South Is­land, but from the North Is­land and Aus­tralia. The field played in un­der 13, un­der 15, un­der 17 and un­der 19 years of age di­vi­sions.

Di­rec­tor of Golf Peter Smith said fog de­layed the start of day one but when play got un­der­way at 10am the weather cleared to a per­fect au­tumn day.

‘‘It was un­playable at 9.50am but by 10am it was fine so we were lucky. Even on Fri­day it was clear at 8am but the fog came in at 8.30am so again we had to keep an eye on it.’’

Inia, 15, had been a stand­out player win­ning the un­der-17 di­vi­sion with a to­tal score of 218 and com­ing fourth in the over­all tour­na­ment, he said.

The over­all men’s win­ner was Ha Bin Suh, 13, from Waitem­ata with a score of 214.

‘‘I think it was bril­liant. We did a few ex­tra things and with the driv­ing range now ev­ery­thing was easy — it was a big event and with prac­tis­ing fa­cil­i­ties I think that’s why the play­ers liked it so much,’’ Smith said.

Inia said play­ing on his home course gave him def­i­nite ad­van­tage.

‘‘I played pretty good. I shot 73, 74, 71 for three rounds with a to­tal of two over par.’’

Ar­row­town’s Laura Hoskin, 18, won the un­der-19 di­vi­sion with an over­all score of 226, while the women’s over­all ti­tle win­ner was the North Is­land’s Brooke Hamil­ton, 16, who fin­ished with 208, also smashed the women’s course record with a 67 in the sec­ond round.

Photo:JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Ace: Inia Lo­gan, 15, of Cromwell won the un­der-17 di­vi­sion at the South Is­land golf cham­pi­onships and came fourth over­all.

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