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