Otago Daily Times

Consistent Kang wins Southland strokeplay


WAKATIPU junior Sumin Kang won the Southland strokeplay women’s title at the Invercargi­ll Golf Club over the weekend.

Kang scored 221 with rounds of 74, 74 and 73 over the weekend. Two rounds were played on Saturday in very windy conditions while yesterday’s round was played again in the wind, mixed in with heavy rain at times.

Kang won by three shots from Aileen Du, of Remuera, with Rianne Li, of Akarana in third, eight shots behind Kang.

In the men’s division, young Canterbury player Kazuma Kobori had a comfortabl­e seven shot victory. The Rangiora golfer shot 211 over the three rounds with 70, 70 and 71 to finish 5under for the three rounds. Conditions were not ideal for low scoring with the wind blowing all weekend.

Liam Hewitt, of Queens Park, was in the second place on 218, shooting the best round of the day yesterday with a three under 69.

Two experience­d Southland golfers, Liam Balneaves and Matt Tautari, finished tied for third place on 220.

Tautari was in contention before blowing out with a 78 yesterday to finish nine shots behind Kobori.

Tom Lee was the best of the Otago players at the competitio­n, finishing fifth with a threeround score of 221.

The competitio­n is the first of three strokeplay events over the next three weeks. The Otago strokeplay championsh­ips will take place at the Otago Golf Club this weekend and the Canterbury strokeplay championsh­ips will follow at Clearwater early next month.

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