Code change works for winning pair
Two past New Zealand representatives recently claimed the 2016 MidAmateur titles at Mangawhai Golf Club.
Former New Zealand tennis representative Brett Steven (Titirangi) won the Neil Woodbury Cup after a ‘matchplay’ finish in the 54-hole stroke event.
Trailing by two shots overnight behind former North Harbour representative Ben Jujnovich (Redwood Park), Steven played the tough 5924m course in stunning form with a one over 73 in his final round to finish two shots ahead of Jujnovich.
Steven, 46, better known to New Zealanders for his distinguished tennis career, was competing in his first national event. His previous best result ever in golf being runner-up at the Titirangi Club Championships.
Steven, who played on the world tennis circuit for 11 years from the late 1980s now works as a wealth adviser assisting clients with individual portfolios and family trusts.
Another former New Zealand representative making her mark was senior women’s winner, Jill Morgan (Te Awamutu), who previously played hockey at international level.
A stalwart of the current women’s Waikato Masters team, Morgan was awarded the best-placed Women’s Masters individual in 2006 and is the reigning New Zealand Women’s Senior Champion.
Morgan opened with a one over par round of 73, followed by a 75. Even though the third round of the tournament produced her poorest score, 77, she could not be caught. In her wake were many district representatives including runner-up Debbie McCullum (Te Ngutu) and previous three-time Mid-Amateur winner Kathy Olsen (Maraenui). he long-awaited new sculpture for The Hills is resplendent in its position alongside the eighth tee box. Upon its arrival from the UK the original pre-1950 phone box was completely restored and it sports an authentic phone from the 1950s.
Although visitors to the course will not be able to phone home from this latest addition to The Hills sculpture park, it does feature an intercom that allows golfers to phone the clubhouse and order food and drinks for delivery during their round.