Young golfers make the grade

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART

Two Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents helped Waikato to win the New Zealand Booth Shield Tour­na­ment for the first time since 2005.

Cameron Rum­ney, 15, and Jack Trower, 13, were two of five boys and five girls cho­sen to play for Waikato in Wellington over Labour Weekend.

The team played 54 holes over two days and the top seven play­ers had their scores counted af­ter each round.

Cameron had all three of his nets counted (67, 73, 76), while Jack had his first two (72, 75).

The team was up 24 shots af­ter the first 18, 16 af­ter the sec­ond and fin­ished up seven shots ahead to win the shield.

They were com­pet­ing against six other teams from North­land, Bay of Plenty, Poverty Bay, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and Wellington.

They also had the Wellington weather to con­tend with, with wind at the Tren­tham Camp Golf Club reach­ing speeds of 120kmh.

It was the first year rep­re­sent­ing Waikato for Cameron, who is a mem­ber of Ti­rau Golf Club and has been play­ing for about five years.

At start of the year he was play­ing off a 25 hand­i­cap and now he’s down to a 12 hand­i­cap.

Jack first played in the tour­na­ment when he was just 9 and this is his fourth year in the team.

He is a mem­ber of Mata­mata Golf Club and has been play­ing ‘‘prop­erly’’ for four years.

‘‘Be­fore that I was just go­ing out about once a month with my Grand­dad,’’ he said.

Cameron said he en­joyed the chal­lenge of play­ing a sport where ev­ery- thing is up to each in­di­vid­ual player.

‘‘It’s just like all the pres­sure is on you.

‘‘If you stuff it up, you only have you to blame.

‘‘And when you win, you know you have played well, in­stead of some­one else try­ing to take the glory,’’ he said.

On par: Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents Cameron Rum­ney, 15, and Jack Trower, 13, were part of the win­ning Waikato Booth Shield team.

ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

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