Kylie & Nathan Jacoby win 2020 NZ Mixed Foursomes
2020 NZ Mixed Foursomes
‘Jacoby’ Firm Hold on the Salver
Labour Weekend has come and gone and so has the NZ Golf Mixed Foursomes Salver, returning to Northland again. Firmly in the grasp of Nathan & Kylie Jacoby, this the third win for this impressive couple.
Defending champions from 2019, the Jacoby’s had their first win in 2017 when played at Wanaka.
This year’s championship was held at the Waitemata Golf Club, New Zealand’s Golf Club of the Year.
The Jacoby’s opponents in their first round were Hayden McCallum and Tracey Salthouse, local Waitemata members, McCallum the club’s general manager.
Despite being out-ranked on paper, McCallum and Salthouse put up a gusty fight with the match see-sawing for initial 14 holes. A costly error on the closing holes gave the Jacoby’s a look in, they eventually sealed the match 2 and 1. Nathan Jacoby later applauded the locals for their honesty in confirming that they had accidently moved their ball when the rules did not allow.
Brigit Holford paired with Simon Joyce, both Royal Auckland & Grange members, seeded 4th were highly rated and did take the Jacoby’s to the 18th but lost one down. Holford is an Auckland representative of many years standing both at an Interprovincial and master’s level.
The final match in the 8-pair draw for Nathan & Kylie was against fellow Northland golfers, Alayna Cox and Gavin Ashwell (Wellsford). Cox, a teammate of Jacoby’s in the Northland women’s Interprovincial and master’s team, and Ashwell, just didn’t complement in this crucial match, with the final going to the Jacoby’s 8 and 7, their easiest win of the weekend.
Earlier on Cox and Ashwell had beaten Annelize and Pieter Vosloo (Whitford Park) 8 and 7 but then needed an extra hole to take out Harbour’s Vaha Fapiano paired with Willie Cornett (North Shore) winning on the 19th.
Other winners included Julie Gillespie and Bryan Tohill (North Shore), winning against Rita & Eric Engelbrecht (Wainui) 2 and 1 in Division Two.
The third division was won by Mark and Sue Irving from New Plymouth. The Irving’s had a comfortable win over Andrew Johnston (Pirongia) and Andrea Vale (Rotorua), 4 and 2.
Don Senior and Alison Waugh (Pupuke) needed an extra hole to secure their win in the 4th division, beating Keith Callum (Waitemata) and Trish Young (Pakuranga) on the 19th.
The 2021 venue was announced by PaR nz Golfing Holidays, tournament directors under the auspices of New Zealand Golf, as the Bay of Islands Kerikeri Golf Club. With home crowd support it would be a handy bet to back the Jacoby’s again next year or a momentous effort needed by someone to take that Salver off them! Dates set for Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October 2021.
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