Code change works for win­ning pair

The Cut - - 3RD TEE -

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.

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