2017 Sheraton Fiji Denarau Womens Golf Classic

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FINAL SCOREBOARD

PRESS RELEASE 2017 Sheraton Fiji Denarau Women¹s Golf Classic

‘FIRST TIMERS TAKE THE TITLE’

First timers to Fiji and the tournament, Sue Taylor and Sally Ussher both from Greenacres Golf Club in Nelson (New Zealand) take out the 2017 Sheraton Fiji Denarau Women’s Golf Classic. 

Taylor and Ussher finished with a total of 164 points, 3 shots clear of the field. The pair gave a confident and consistent performance during the tournament with scores of 46 points and 37 points after Round 1 and Round 2 keeping them within touch of the leaders. On the final day, after laying in 3rd place overnight, the girls came home with a blistering score of 81 points to win the day and the overall title. 

 

The pair were presented with their trophy at a gala dinner at The Westin Hotel, the ceremony was opened by The Nadi Pentecostal Sunday Choir.

 

The three-day ladies pairs tournament is owned and managed by PaR nz Golfing Holidays from Auckland, New Zealand. The tournament played on the Denarau Golf Course is scored in a combination of 4BBB, Foursomes and Combined Stableford points.   

Runners-up were regulars from Titirangi Golf Club, (New Zealand) Denise Westcott and Diane Strickett on 161 points. The pair had been leading after Round 2 but couldn’t match the winners on the last day in the windy conditions. 

Third place was taken out by Gaye Langridge and Susana McAuley on 160 points, both girls are members from Shandon Golf Club in Wellington. Fourth place was Karen O’Neill and Susan Houston on 158 points. The pair from Clarks Beach in Auckland regularly attend the tournament and often produce top 10 finishes. They lead a large contingent of golfers to Fiji each year from their home club. 

Finishing on 152 points and in 5th place was Terri Thompson and Kim Milne from the Waitemata Golf Club in Auckland. The pair got an early start, leading the tournament after Round 1 with a massive 50 points but faded over the final 2 rounds. 

In a tie for 6th place was defending 2016 champions Joanne McDonald (New Plymouth) and partner Rochelle Keegan (Westown) on 149 points. Along with new comers Cyndy Dean and Lesley Rayner from Fairview Golf Club (Bay of Plenty). 

In 8th place on 147 points was the first of the Aussie contingent Kelly Weir (Goulburn) and Vicki Silver (Coffs Harbour). Over 40% of the field were golfers from Australia, one of the largest groups in recent years. 

9th place was taken out by Clarks Beach members Sandra Mekkelholt and Julie Clark.  The sisters scored 146 points after charging home with a good score on the final days play. Not only a good golfer, Sandra is a Masters Hockey Representative for New Zealand. 

In a tie for 10th place was the oldest pairing in the field Judy Butler and Liz Kettle, both girls represented Boulcotts Farm Golf Club, Wellington. The pair started the tournament strongly and finished with a total of 144 points. Naki regulars Pene Trousselet (New Plymouth) and Lyn Melody (New Plymouth) also finished on 144 points.   

The best finish by local golfers from the Denarau Golf Club was by Sai Yee and Tiri Naylor on 143 points in 11th place. 

The tournament attracted players from both sides of the Tasman with 50 different golf clubs represented and over 100 ladies playing.  A conservative estimate of FJD $350,000 contributed to the local economy from the players and friends in residence at Denarau for the week. The 2017 tournament was the 15th with all play at the Sheraton owned Denarau Golf & Racquet Club, who also sponsor the event.  

PaR nz Golfing Holidays, along with Sheraton Fiji announced dates for the annual tournament which will be held 11 - 18 August 2018.  

For more information please contact below.  

Kim Buckley

Tournament Director 

Phone +64 21 373 502 

Email kim@parnz.co.nz