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2024 Canterbury Stroke Play Preview

Posted by: on 2 February 2024

All is set for an exciting 2024 Lamb and Hayward Canterbury Stroke Play Championship this weekend at one of the premier and historic golfing venues in Christchurch Golf Club. As expected, there was again huge interest for places in the field with over 160 registrations from players across Canterbury and NZ entering. With the expanded format this year 108 players have been included forming a quality field showcasing the best amateurs of Canterbury and beyond.

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The Open Men’s field this year contains senior, u19, and Masters players all playing in the same division in search of both the overall title and their respective age groups titles. Additionally, of course on the line are Canterbury Order of Merit points, World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points, and finally one of the last opportunities for amateurs to gain a spot for the NZ Open Final qualifying event taking place in March.

Local prospects for the Men’s competition include the likes of Canterbury representative and defending Stroke Play champion Dominic Brettkelly coming in off the back of wins at the Weedons and Waitikiri Opens. 15-year-old Cooper Moore fresh of a Otago Stroke Play title last weekend will be a player to watch as well as the likes of Yuki Miya, Mike Toeke, Sam McGill, and current NZ Amateur champion Seb May, all boasting impressive handicaps. There are also some big home course prospects in the form of Canterbury captain Reid Hilton who may be hard to stop as well as fellow Canterbury and Christchurch teammates Tom Lee and Tim Leonard who will be looking to make use of their home course knowledge. In terms of out-of-town prospects, defending Canterbury Match Play Champion Robbie Turnbull returns to the garden city looking to claim the premier Canterbury title for the first time, the Remuera-based player arrives as the top seed. He will be joined by the likes of Otago youngsters Ricky Kang and Jan Ebbinge who will be looking to challenge for not only a high table finish but also the Ron Clements memorial trophy awarded to the best performing u19 male player. In total there will be 24 u19 men taking part in the event showing a good wave of young players making the cut.

In terms of the Masters, there is a quality lineup of 40+ players amoungst the field who will be looking to make a big impact. Many of which have made the trip to Christchurch for a nudge at the master’s title including Gore’s Leith Campion, 2022 champion Ben Crawford, and defending champion Andrew Hobbs. Local Canterbury Masters representative James Howard will be a big local hope following an impressive recent Freyberg tournament in 2023 as well as the likes of Richard Sinclair and Aaron Forsyth. Other notable familiar names include the likes of Kieran Sharvin, Brett Turner, and Jonathan Stieller who are all capable as well as a few new players to the division such as Riki Borrell and Teariki Tangiiti who both recently turned 40. In a good quality field that sees 16 of the 26 master’s players holding a 2.0 or lower handicap index this division could have any number of contenders.  

In the Open women’s field, we again this year see both senior women and masters women playing together in the same division but with each also having their own respective titles to play for as well as WAGR points. Overall, it is a very young field that will take part with 19 of the 20 players (not including Masters players) being 17 years of age or younger. The three top seeds are all visitors with Aucklander Chloe Lam playing of a +5.1 looking to take the title but will have stiff competition from fellow Aucklander Juwon Kim who finished as runner-up at the recent Taranaki and North Island Stroke Play. Otago’s Yoonae Jeong will also be making a big push having won the event in 2022 and finishing runner-up last year. In terms of Canterbury hopes, Aroha Minhinnick of Waimairi Beach will be sure to have some support with the Canterbury representative looking to improve upon her 4th place finish in 2023. Russley’s Alisia Ren will also fancy her chances having come within a whisper of winning the recent Canterbury Women’s Champion of Champions match here at the same venue last November. Another chance is Rangiora’s Sora Kishida who last year won the u16 NZ Age Groups title and recently played in the number 1 spot for Canterbury at the NZ Interprovincial tournament. The only Christchurch Golf Club contender is the experienced Canterbury and Samoan representative Olive Tapu who will be looking to use her home course knowledge to put out a good weekend of scoring.

In the master’s category, the favorites are likely to be Clearwater’s Rachel Eder and Rangiora’s Jo Kent both of which have represented Canterbury at master’s level and the former senior level. Both have proven to be able to play well at the multi-round type events so should be a good battle between those two.

In summary, we have an extremely exciting 54 holes of golf ahead with a quality field consisting of the youngest player at just 12 years of age, to our oldest competitor at 71 years of age. With the Christchurch Golf Club in no doubt immaculate condition, we encourage the Canterbury golfing public to come out and support and witness some high-level amateur golf.

The full draw can be viewed – HERE.

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2024 Canterbury Stroke Play Players
Men (including u19)

Player

Club

Age

Handicap Index

Robby Turnbull

Remuera

17

+4.5

Yuki Miya

Russley

18

+3.9

Reid Hilton

Christchurch

28

+3.7

Sam McGill

Clearwater

32

+3.5

Jan Ebbinge

The Hills

18

+3.2

Mike Toeke

Reefton

38

+3.2

Dominic Brettkelly

Clearwater

24

+3.1

Ricky Kang

Wakatipu

15

+3.1

Seb May

Clearwater

18

+2.9

Connor Winter

Nelson

24

+2.8

Scott Manyweathers

Harewood

37

+2.4

William McLauchlan

Otago

21

+2.4

Ben Patston

Otago

38

+2.3

Cooper Moore

Clearwater

15

+2.3

Parker Aluesi

St Clair

21

+2.1

Tim Leonard

Christchurch

31

+2.1

Dean Harvey

Pegasus

33

+2.0

Isaac Steel

Tieke

16

+2

Jason Hylkema

Greenacres

36

+1.9

Tom Lee

Christchurch

30

+1.8

Duncan Croudis

Otago

32

+1.5

Etienne Collier

Avondale

15

+1.1

Daniel Freeman

Remuera

18

+0.6

Finlay Jones

Christchurch

24

+0.5

Sam Harris

Clearwater

19

+0.2

Aaron Neill

Bottle Lake

29

+0.1

Daniel Ko

Whitford Park

17

0.0

Mac Mitchell

Avondale

35

0.0

Ivan Adams

The Dunes Matarangi

16

0.1

Trey Shedlock

Titahi

21

0.3

Drew Butcher

Coringa

33

0.6

Harry Weeds

Harewood

29

0.9

Ryan Barham

Harewood

32

0.9

Thomas Clayson

Geraldine

14

1.2

Jonathon Fry

Russley

15

1.3

Mac McCall

Templeton

23

1.3

Tom Wilson

Templeton

29

1.4

Ethan Lam

Everglades

14

1.5

Alfie Bell

Russley

16

1.6

Mitchell Redmayne

Weedons

17

1.7

Uny Shao

Russley

14

1.7

Paul Silke

Rarangi

37

1.8

Sam McCarroll

Harewood

28

1.8

Pat Werahiko

Templeton

39

2.0

Hayden Burns

Avondale

37

2.2

Kerry Branson

Harewood

36

2.2

Sky Kang

Remuera

21

2.2

Chadol Han

Waimairi Beach

30

2.4

Isaac Hobbs

Otago

19

2.6

Otis Holland

Harewood

17

2.7

James Standeven

Templeton

32

2.8

Baxter Smith

Tieke

17

3.0

Yash Naicker

Russley

17

3.1

Mathew Wall

Hororata

38

3.1

Louis Edwards

Avondale

16

3.5

Dylan Maisey

Russley

19

4.5

James Walker

Russley

16

4.4

Rahil Krishna

Russley

17

5.0

 

Masters Men

Player

Club

Age

Handicap Index

Leith Campion

Gore

41

+2.2

Ben Crawford

Nelson

47

+2.0

James Howard

Coringa

43

+1.9

Andrew Hobbs

Otago

53

+0.4

Tyrone Nelson

Greenacres

47

0.0

Aaron Forsyth

Waitikiri

52

0.2

Rich Sinclair

Avondale

44

0.2

Riki Borrell

Avondale

40

0.3

Kieran Sharvin

Bottle Lake

46

0.6

Teariki Tangiiti

Avondale

40

0.9

Jonathan Stieller

Weedons

49

1.0

Michael Bailey

Clearwater

53

1.4

Antony Dale

Waitikiri

50

1.7

Brett Turner

Waitikiri

52

1.8

Leon Yee

Clearwater

46

1.9

John Rademakers

Coringa

67

2.0

Alisdair Reid

Christchurch

47

2.2

Geoff Rudduck

Waitikiri

59

2.8

Russell Fildes

Christchurch

41

2.8

Paul Fitzsimmons

Russley

52

3.0

Walker Lin

McLeans Island

45

3.2

Seok Yong Park

Coringa

41

3.4

Phillip Walker

Russley

52

3.7

Warren Jones

Christchurch

61

3.7

Christo Oosthuizen

Waimairi Beach

46

4.7

Martin Holman

Clearwater

71

5.0

 

Women

Player

Club

Age

Handicap Index

Chloe Lam

Remuera

16

+5.1

Juwon Kim

Pupuke

13

+2.4

Yoonae Jeong

Millbrook

15

+1.7

Alisia Ren

Russley

17

+1.3

Aroha Minhinnick

Waimairi Beach

16

+1.2

Sora Kishida

Rangiora

15

+1.1

Angeline Loh

Titirangi

14

+0.3

Deanna Matthews

Ashburton

17

1.5

Olive Tapu

Christchurch

28

1.7

Mikana Suto

Rangiora

16

1.9

Cassie Luo

Whitford Park

14

2.2

Junie Chang

Russley

14

2.3

Grace Kim

Pupuke

15

3.3

Vanessa Lim

Russley

14

3.3

Eva Yin

Russley

13

3.5

Zaria Bourne

Waimairi Beach

15

3.7

Lexi Thomson-Hall

Clearwater

15

4.1

Emma Bei Lyu

Whitford Park

13

4.6

Jessie Mercer

Avondale

15

6.2

Alice Fry

Russley

12

6.7

 

Women’s Masters

Player

Club

Handicap

Rachel Eder

Clearwater

3.6

Joanne Kent

Rangiora

5.8

Belinda Richards

Christchurch

8.6

Lynn Brand

Harewood

10.8

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