The Final Round of the 4 week junior foursomes was concluded on Sunday at Russley Golf Club. The Nine Hole competition had been a close tussle between Waimairi Beach and Weedons and entering the final round Waimairi had a 2 point lead. However the Weedons team had other ideas and emerged the winners of the competition by 3 points after the four ball best ball stableford with their pairing of Taine and Lianna contributing an impressive 21 points. It was a great team effort by this young pairing who complimented each other well and scored vital points when their team mate was in trouble.
Back Row, from left - Stu Myles, Weedon's Leyan Gilmore, Lianna Wentworth, Jared Wann, and Taine Jewell with Mike Rondel. Front Row - Waimairi Beach's Niina Noda, Anissa Kak, Ari Marino and Isaac Prebble.
The 18 Hole Competition leaders Pegasus, in their first year of entering the competition, also had designed on extending their 10 point lead to victory. The problem with this plan was the nature of the 2 ball best ball stableford and both making sure that if a bad hole is happening that your teammate is playing that hole well. This was the case with their two closest rivals, Russley whose pairing of Subin Bae and Alice Fry had 26 points for the front nine, with both contributing and the Hororata pair of Alex Kimber and Sam Smith also combining very well. A 2 for 5 stableford points by Sam on the challenging ninth hole will always help in this event. After 18 holes these two pairs had 47 and 49 points respectively, the highlight being a Gross 74 by Alice Fry. When combined with their teammates both the trailing teams had snuck past Pegasus with Russley finishing on 256 points, 1 point ahead of Hororata and a further 2 back to Pegasus on 253.
Pictured from left, Mike Rondel, Hororata's Kohl Thompson-Small, Harvey Youdale, Alex Kimber and Sam Smith and Russley's Subin Bae, Junie Chang, Eva Yin and Alice Fry with Stu Myles.
Prizegiving was done with sponsor Stu Myles from Carlton Corner MTF and Canterbury Golf President Mike Rondel in attendance. Big shoutouts and thank yous to the 4 clubs who hosted this competition (Weedons, Hororata, Waimairi Beach and Russley), the parents and families for transporting and assisting the players, the team managers, and Carlton Corner MTF for sponsoring the event.