High­land flings re­tain ti­tle

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Na­tional women’s disc golf cham­pion, Palmer­ston North’s Gemma Sul­li­van won her fourth North Is­land women’s ti­tle in Auck­land over Labour Week­end.

Held at the Wood­hill Moun­tain Bike Park, the first four-day event is the coun­try’s sec­ond big­gest tour­na­ment af­ter the na­tion­als.

It at­tracted 50 top men and women play­ers, in­clud­ing Sul­li­van’s fel­low na­tional Fly­ing Ki­wis squad mem­ber Hay­ley Flintoff, from Wanaka.

The two women com­peted in Van­cou­ver in Au­gust dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral world team cham­pion- ships, where New Zealand finished with a sil­ver medal be­hind the USA.

‘‘I don’t of­ten get to play her [Flintoff], so it was good to see how I com­pared in a match-up,’’ Sul­li­van said.

Flintoff was run­ner-up on a course char­ac­terised by steep treed slopes and lit­tered with ob­sta­cles.

‘‘It was a re­ally hard course. The fair­ways were re­ally nar­row and the trees re­ally close to­gether. It was easy to get stuck in them.’’

The length of the holes added to the dif­fi­culty.

Sul­li­van said she got off to a slow start, but came right on the Satur­day and Sun­day to fin­ish 13th in the mixed field of 50.

‘‘Over­all, there was room to im­prove, but I’m rea­son­ably pleased with how I went.’’

Sul­li­van’s next big chal­lenge is to de­fend her New Zealand women’s ti­tle in Queen­stown in Fe­bru­ary.

‘‘Over­all, there was room to im­prove, but I'm rea­son­ably pleased with how I went.’’

Gemma Sul­li­van

Women’s disc golf cham­pion, Gemma Sul­li­van fires off a ‘high­land fling’ while de­fend­ing her North Is­land women’s ti­tle in the trees.

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