Watt a golf vic­tory

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By RAN­DALL WALKER

Emerg­ing Tawa golfer Brady Bernard helped Para­pa­raumu Beach claim Welling­ton un­der-19 hon­ours last month.

The Para­pa­raumu Beach team locked up the Watt Cup for another year, af­ter out­play­ing Welling­ton’s five other premier un­der-19 teams over 11 games.

Last year the side won the cov­eted tro­phy for the first time since 1975, and to back it up again this year showed their tal­ent and boded well for the fu­ture, team man­ager An­drew Levesque said.

This year’s cam­paign started badly, with a 7- 1 away loss to Boul­cott’s Farm on March 1, but the Para­pa­raumu Beach ju­niors never dropped another game. They turned the ta­bles on Boul­cott in the re­turn home fix­ture on April 19, win­ning 41⁄ 3 be­fore tri­umph­ing 5-3 in the fi­nal at Mi­ra­mar on May 31.

‘‘Go­ing into the fi­nal it could have gone ei­ther way, be­cause Boul­cott 1 are a very good team,’’ Levesque said. ‘‘It was touch and go there for the first 15 holes in the fi­nal, it was only de­cided in the last two or three.’’

Bernard, Gray Lau­ren­son, Cooper Wat­tam and Con­nor Levesque played the fi­nal, with Cooper win­ning both his matches.

‘‘He’s nor­mally our No 2 and I put him to No 3 for that rea­son. I said to him ‘I want two points out of you’, and he de­liv­ered.’’

The youngest mem­ber of the side, at 14, Cooper said it was good to win back-to-back ti­tles with new faces in the team.

A high­light was beat­ing Boul­cott at Para­pa­raumu Beach, af­ter the heavy open­ing round loss.

‘‘We all prac­tised pretty hard that week. We just had con­fi­dence play­ing on our home track.’’

The Para­pa­raumu team fea­tured seven play­ers over the sea­son, also in­clud­ing Glen­nie Hayward – one of two girls in the com­pe­ti­tion – Fer­gus Aitken and Eli Manuel.

Rang­ing in age from 14 to 17, they would be el­i­gi­ble for a tilt at a three­p­eat next year.

‘‘ It’s a good achieve­ment them,’’ Levesque said.

‘‘They’re all pro­gress­ing . . . and have re­ally come to­gether as a team, and it’s look­ing good for the fu­ture, not just for the Watt Cup, but also for the club.’’

Para­pa­raumu’s tally over the sea­son in­cluded three draws, but two of them were oc­ca­sions when they could only field three play­ers and there­fore for­feited two points, Levesque said.

‘‘It was a good ef­fort, they fought well. Glen­nie, in one game, she was three down with three to play and ended up get­ting a half for us, so that meant we had the draw.’’

Glen­nie, Gary, Cooper and Con­nor were also mem­bers of the Para­pa­raumu Col­lege team which won Welling­ton’s sec­ondary school com­pe­ti­tion in March and will con­test the na­tional fi­nal at Manor Park in Septem­ber.

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