Golfers happy as en­tries saved

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By JIM CHIPP

Ti­tahi Bay golfers have had a suc­cess­ful sea­son, but now they are heav­ing sighs of re­lief.

This year Ti­tahi Golf Club women play­ers won the Lans­downe and Cham­pi­onship com­pe­ti­tions, and came sec­ond in the Mary Al­ward/ Tu­akana com­pe­ti­tion.

Ti­tahi club mem­bers com­bined with Te Marua and Boul­cott’s Farm play­ers for the Lans­downe, and with Te Marua golfers in the Cham­pi­onship.

The Mary Al­ward/ Tu­akana team led the con­test but lost a play- off against an­other Porirua club, New Judge­ford.

Fol­low­ing com­plaints from other clubs, a pro­posal was mooted to ban joint teams, but the teams’ sur­vival looks likely now Welling­ton Golf As­so­ci­a­tion has de­clined to rec­om­mend the rule change.

Lynell Huria is Ti­tahi Golf Club pres­i­dent and plays in its cham­pi­onship com­pe­ti­tion women’s team on Satur­days.

She said the small club had dif­fi­culty field­ing women’s teams be­cause it only had two play­ers avail­able for the mid-week Lans­downe com­pe­ti­tion.

It only had two or three play­ers on sin­gle digit hand­i­caps but needed six to field a com­pet­i­tive cham­pi­onship team.

‘‘We were kind of dis­ap­pointed [by the pro­posed ban] be­cause we just wanted to par­tic­i­pate,’’ she said.

Huria had also feared up- and- com­ing golf­ing stars such as Te Ron­gopai Clay would have been forced to join larger clubs to play com­pet­i­tive golf.

‘‘ She hasn’t said that she would move but, to be hon­est, it’s in her best in­ter­est.’’

Welling­ton Golf man­ager Peter Brins­don said some clubs had wanted the change but WGA had de­cided last Tues­day not to rec­om­mend ban­ning com­bined teams.

‘‘ There is no change.’’


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