Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate ex­ceeds 2011 suc­cess

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

The 2012 NZCT Aims Games saw Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate’s team of golfers look­ing to back up their 2011 per­for­mance, where they se­cured three sil­ver medals.

This year the school’s golf team was rep­re­sented by two of last year’s mem­bers, Sam Weather­ley and Jack Trower, and were joined by two year 7 students, Chaise Stoner and his cousin Con­nor Stoner.

Af­ter day one, at the Omoko­roa Golf Club, the team was com­ing sec­ond over­all, with 115, but trailed Illmin­ster In­ter­me­di­ate (127) by 12 shots, and led Mt Maun­ganui In­ter­me­di­ate (114) by only one shot.

Only each team’s three best of the four scores, from each round, counted to­ward the team to­tal.

Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate took the lead on day two, at the Omanu Golf Club, and did not sur­ren­der it.

They scooped the gold medal with a team to­tal of 453, six shots clear of round four’s home course team, and sil­ver medal­lists, Mt Maun­ganui (447), and 31 shots clear of the bronze medal­lists, and round three’s home course team, Tau­ranga (422).

All the boys con­trib­uted to the team to­tal, with Chaise Stoner hav­ing 37 points on day three, and 43 points on day four, Sam Weather­ley 35 points on day one, while Jack Trower had 37 points on day one, and 35 on day four.

This was only out­done by the fact Con­nor Stoner climbed from fifth place, on day one, to claim the in­di­vid­ual gold medal for boys’ stable­ford, with an ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing 178 points, 34 un­der his hand­i­cap.

Con­nor’s low­est round card­ing 43 points (7-un­der) and his best round of 47 points (11-un­der) at Omanu, but show­ing real grit, and de­ter­mi­na­tion to hold out the other con­tenders, on the fi­nal day, to shoot a 9-un­der 45 points.

Credit must be given to the coaches and man­agers who helped the boys stay fo­cused.

They were John and Louise Trower and Dar­ren Weather­ley.

When Con­nor was asked how he felt about the re­sults, he shrugged his shoul­ders, and said: ‘‘ It’s pretty cool, I guess.’’

All four of the team play at the Mata­mata Golf Club.

Suc­cess: Sam Weather­ley, Jack Trower, Chaise Stoner and Con­nor Stoner.

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