2018 NZ 9 Hole Masters Winners

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New Zealand 9-Hole Masters

Golf Omanu 12-14 January 2018

Jackie Merritt (Te Puke), Lesley Rayner (Fairview) and David Butcher (Warkworth) join Kellie Orchard (Royal Wellington) and Dale Clarke (Sherwood Park) as national winners crowned at Golf Omanu Golf Club, in January 2018! Orchard and Clarke had in the past weekend taken out the NZ Women’s and Men’s Mid-Amateur Championships respectively. 

Merritt won the women’s handicap division 0-14 (9 hole handicaps) in the 27-hole Masters by 6 shots, with scores of 18 and 18 along with a blistering 24 points today, for a grand total of 60.  In second place was Beryl Madsen from Omaha Beach on 54 points (15, 21, 18) with Joanne Burt (Te Puke) a further 3 points behind in 3rd place (16, 15, 20). 

In the 2nd women’s division for players with handicaps 15+, line honours went to Lesley Rayner (Fairview) with scores of 20, 18 and 19 to total 57, 3 shots ahead of the field.  Second place was awarded to Bella Boston (Warkworth) with 54 points (20, 20, 14) with third going to Elaine Rattigan (Paeroa) on 52 with rounds of 16, 19 and 17. 

David Butcher (Warkworth) was Mr. Consistent over the three rounds with scores of 19, 22 and 18, totaling 59, to win the Men’s 2018 9-Hole Masters by an impressive 14 shots.  In second place was Brian Davidson (Pukekohe) on 45 points (18, 13, 14) with Keith Stone (Warkworth) in 3rd place with 44 points (17, 11, 16). 

The New Zealand 9-Hole Masters was the brain-child of passionate nine-holer Barbara Nock from the Bay of Islands Golf Club. The Kerikeri based club has hosted the national tournament from 2014 – 2016 when it was moved to Golf Omanu this year.  PaR nz Golfing Holidays who manage the tournament on behalf of New Zealand will announce the dates and venue for 2019, expected to be in sync with the 2019 New Zealand Mid-Amateur back in the Bay of Plenty, at Golf Omanu. 

For more information contact

Denise Langdon

NZ Golf Tournament Director

Phone 0275 662 385