Mata­mata suc­cess­ful host of Fes­ti­val of Golf

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - SHEELAH LAMB

The re­cent Fes­ti­val of Golf at Mata­mata was a re­sound­ing success.

On Friday, July 7, the New Zealand four­somes re­sults were as fol­lows: Win­ners Brit­tney Dry­land and Joanna Kim (71, 68), run­ners up Vi­vian Lu and Sil­via Brunotti (72, 72) and third placeget­ters were Lucy Owen and Chantelle Cas­sidy (73, 72).

Nett win­ners were Caitlin Mau­rice and Ella Camp­bell (74, 72). Run­ners up Sian Steven­son and Zeta Syme (79, 70).

In third were Siyi Keh and Karameli Vi­tale (74, 75).

Satur­day dawned promis­ingly for 78 play­ers in the 43rd Ruth Mid­dle­ton event.

Af­ter the first two rounds Siyi Keh (Paku­ranga) held the lead on to­tal 139 from New Zealand stroke and match­play cham­pion Chantelle Cas­sidy on 141.

In the fi­nal round these two were teamed with 3rd place Shani White (Gulf Har­bour) on 147.

Lead­ing the Nett was Jill Mor­gan (Cam­bridge) 71, 67.

The fi­nal round on Sun­day was played in heavy but fine weather.

The lead­ing three quickly be­came a two horse race with Siyi Keh keep­ing her nose in front un­til the fi­nal four holes.

New Zealand champ, Chantelle, pro­duced a stun­ning fin­ish with birdies on the four holes to take the ti­tle by one stroke from Siyi.

Chantelle has won the Ruth Mid­dle­ton Cup fourth time in five years.

The Nett win­ner, Jill Mor­gan, (Waikato’s No 1 Masters player) played a stun­ning fi­nal round of 71 of the stick (Hcp 6) to take out the Burke Salver by a huge mar­gin of 12 shots.

Her three Nett scores were 71, 67, 65.

Run­ner Up was Jen­nifer Man­ning (Hor­sham Downs).

Two Mata­mata play­ers Sheelah Lamb (9th) and Pam Wright (16th) fea­tured in the Nett prize list. John and Jackie Mid­dle­ton at­tended the fi­nal day and prize giv­ing.

Ev­ery year John speaks with af­fec­tion about his late mother’s love of golf and how proud she would be to see so many young, and not so young, golfers show­ing their tal­ent.

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Chantelle Cas­sidy, Gross Win­ner with John Mid­dle­ton.

Nett win­ner Jill Mor­gan af­ter the Fes­ti­val of Golf at Mata­mata Golf Club.

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