Togetherness key for Otaki women’s golf team
‘‘We've had the same squad for three or four years in a row. Everyone knows everyone well.’’
A team of ‘‘competitive funsters’’ have brought Wellington’s oldest golf trophy to Otaki for the first time in 35 years.
The Otaki Golf Club women’s team took out the Mary Alward/ Tuakana interclub competition with a 7-5 win over Kapiti Golf Club in the final recently.
They finished runner-up in the 15-team competition last year to Royal Wellington.
Captain Kay Wall said the team’s togetherness was the foundation for their victory.
‘‘We’re sort of competitive funsters we reckon ... we’ve had the same squad for three or four years in a row. Everyone knows everyone well, and no-one feels pressured.
‘‘In golf it takes years to build up your confidence and one shot to lose it ... we’re very comfortable in each other’s company.’’
The tournament was played in singles and four-ball best-ball matchplay format.
Otaki played from the front throughout the final. Their opening two pairs both had cleansweeps to put them up 6-0, meaning their final two pairs needed half a point between them to seal the title.
The third pair, Audrey Rigby and Linda Watkins, lost their singles matches, but took their four-ball down to the last hole, a par 5. Rigby, a former women’s football international and Nottingham Forest representative, was the only player to reach the green in three shots, and putted out for the championship.
‘‘She said she was more nervous in that match than for any other in her life,’’ Wall said.
Otaki, who topped their division and the entire competition with six wins from eight roundrobin matches, went straight through to the final. and were able to watch
from the comfort of their home course as Titahi Bay and Kapiti, the two other division winners, battled for a finals spot.
‘‘We were very interested in that. If Titahi Bay won we wouldn’t have had to give so many shots. They have some low handicappers,’’ Wall said.
The tournament has been running for 85 years.
The Otaki Golf Club women’s team celebrate victory.