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