Walton scoops ti­tle for golf fours event

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - GOLF

Walton pair Dianne Sweeney and Deb Ring won the 43rd New Zealand Women’s Se­nior Handicap Golf Four­somes at Mata­mata Golf Club.

For their four days’ work, the pair win the NZLGU Se­nior Women’s Salvers and the 2016 ti­tle.

In a closely fought match that moved be­tween the front and back nines.

The Walton duo de­nied the Mata­mata pair­ing of Lynne Ed­monds and Brenda Hull a cov­eted home win.

Sweeney, also Waikato Women’s pres­i­dent, and Ring took an early lead that they held till the 11th, be­ing 3 holes up.

‘‘Top qual­i­fiers af­ter Mon­day’s net qual­i­fy­ing round were Ngaire English and Robyn Pardy.’’

Ed­monds and Hull how­ever clawed back to be all level at the 15th. A way­ward tee shot put the home favourites out of bounds on the tricky par 3 - 16th, fol­lowed by a missed putt on the 17th gift­ing Walton a 2/1 win.

On reach­ing the fi­nal, Sweeney and Ring needed 20 holes to edge out Janet My­ers (Cam­bridge) and Nan John­ston (Hamil­ton) in the morn­ing’s semi-fi­nal.

Ed­monds and Hull had an eas­ier run when they se­cured their fi­nal place 2/1 against fel­low Mata­mata mem­bers, Ruth Tay­lor and Diane Voyce.

Top qual­i­fiers af­ter Mon­day’s net qual­i­fy­ing round were Ngaire English and Robyn Pardy.

Both are mem­bers of North Shore Golf Club. English is a past rep­re­sen­ta­tive for North Har­bour.

Pardy is the daugh­ter of the late Bob Glad­ing.

Sadly for this pair­ing, their early form could not be matched and they lost their first match last Tues­day.

They also lost their fi­nal match of the tour­na­ment, the bat­tle for Flight 2 to the 2011 win­ners, Donna Sullivan (Wee­dons) and Wendy Storey (North Shore).

Also in the prize pool for the top divi­sion were Ros­alie Brown and Dixie Horne, both from Mt Maun­ganui win­ning the Plate, and Gil­lian Ha­zle­hurst and Lynn Ryan (Mata­mata) win­ning the other Flight.

More pic­tures, page 28.

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