Canterbury Stroke Play Results
Dominic Brettkelly was the toast of Hororata after he came from behind to win the Lamb & Hayward Canterbury Stroke Play Men’s Championship at Harewood 8-9 February. Back from the USA on a break from University, Dominic shot a final round 71 to beat Hayato Miya (Russley), Mike Toeke (Christchurch), and Josh Smith (Ashburton) by one shot, and win the title for the second time. Playing in the second to last group, he had a nervous wait as the final group looked likely to win or end up in a play-off.
“I didn’t have any expectations going in” said Brettkelly. “I just kind of entered the weekend trying to have fun and see what happens. As the tournament went on, I realised I had a good chance to win.”
Brettkelly admits he thought his chances of winning were done after a bogey on the 10th, 12th, and 13th holes. However, he was able to take the clubhouse lead with birdies on the final three holes.
It was then a waiting game, with the final group of Reid Hilton, Mike Toeke and Josh Smith still on course. However, the final group all dropped shots down the stretch, which saw Brettkelly win the title for a second time after winning at Waitikiri in 2018.
The Women’s Championship was won by Christchurch Golf Club’s Yoonji Woo. She was too strong with three rounds of 70 to win by six shots from Russley’s Anika Park, then a further four shots back to Sumin Kang from Queenstown. Sumin shot a fine third round of 68 but will rue the 81 she had in the second round. Sayaka Okada (Pegasus) and Maddie May (Russley) were the next best.
The Men’s Masters Championship was won by Kwang Hoon Woo (Christchurch) who is the father of the women’s winner Yoonji Woo. With rounds of 74, 75, 75 he won by five shots from Russley’s Andrew Dufton, with a further two shots back to Waitikiri’s Brett Turner. Woo began the day with a three shot lead, and playing in the final group together, Dufton and Turner were unable to peg him back.
Waitikiri and Canterbury representative Kim Moggach won the Women’s Masters Championship holding on after starting the final round with a five shot lead over Southland’s Robyn Pullar. She prevailed by one shot over Pullar, with clubmate Suzette Eastmond finishing third.
The Men’s Net was won by youngster Ben Allington (Harewood) by one shot from Christchurch Master Gary Gillard. Clearwater’s Virginia Faass won the Women’s Net by one shot over Waitikiri’s Cheryl Kemp.
Thanks must got to Harewood Golf Club for presenting a superb golf course and backing that up with fine hospitality and support from their members. The Harewood layout proved once again what a fine test of golf it is for a championship of this level. Thanks also to Stephen Parkyn and his team at Lamb and Hayward for again supporting the championship.