Morgan wins 2015 NZ Womens Senior Match Play @ Hamilton GC
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Morgan Claims Title - 2015 New Zealand Senior Women’s Championships
Thursday 26 February Hamilton Golf Club @ St Andrews
Waikato’s Jill Morgan claimed the 2015 Senior Women’s Champion title in a Scottish themed ceremony tonight, with the trophy presented by Marnie McGuire.
Morgan not only took out the NZ Golf Senior Challenge Cup but also won the Nora Curtis Cup for best overall round and the Eileen Nut Salver for the lowest net.
It was Morgan’s week with wins today in the semi finals over fellow Waikato teammate Robyn Pellow, 2 and 1, before she clinched the final in a nail biter against defending champion, Brigit Holford.
In reaching the semi final today, Morgan had earlier in the week beaten Judy Randell from Wellington, 4 and 2. She then met Suzette Eastmond from North Harbour, a match she won 2 and 1, to set her up for todays Waikato semi-final.
This mornings semi final included displays of brilliance from both Waikato representatives that had them neck and neck for most of the first nine with Pellow dropping a birdie on the 8th to sneak ahead by one, at the turn.
Morgan answered with a birdie on the par 5, 10th then winning the next 2 holes to secure a lead that Pellow could not retrieve.
The afternoons final match between Morgan and Holford, fought out in blistering sun, saw both players struggle with some heat exhaustion and arguably not their best golf. After nine holes the players were all square, until Holford won the 12th hole with a par, where Morgan bogeyed. It look liked Holford would make it two in a row, until she bogeyed the 17th, to allow Morgan the chance to square the match with the tricky par 3 18th of St Andrews to come.
This short but steep 81-metre par 3, deeply bunkered has been the downfall of many matches and it would prove to be Holford’s nemesis. She fired a shot into the bunker only to fire her next shot out of bounds. Now playing four out of the bunker, it was left to Morgan to collect after a well-targeted shot that lay only 4 metres from the pin. Holford conceded the hole and the coveted Cup has passed hands once again.
Holford had earlier won her semi-final 2up against Trish McBride from Kawerau.
In accepting the Veterans Challenge Cup, Morgan acknowledged her mother, Ngaire Hall from Taumarunui who won the cup back in 2005 at Inglewood. “I’m humbled”, stated Morgan in accepting the three trophies, and “ I feel honoured”.
Other winners tonight included Kay Meade from the host club winning the Vesta Cup for the best round by a player aged 70 and above, with the Waipukurua Jubliee Salver awarded to Leslie Hatcher from Horsham Downs. Two other locals claimed major trophies, Kathy Lyall won the Hawkes Bay Salver and Elspeth Wing the Manawatu Wanganui Salver. Runner-ups in these divisions included Carol Leary (Waihi), Liz Bartlett (Ngaruawahia) and Karen Heaven (Hauraki), respectively.
Plate winners included Pam Wright (Matamata), Chrissie Courtman (Hamilton), Gay Martin (Feilding) and Maria Copson, (Te Anau).
The venue and date for the 2016 championship which will be the tournaments 68th, will be held at the Te Anau Golf Club from the 22nd – 25th February.
For more information contact
NZ Tournament Director
Phone 0275 662 385
PRESS RELEASE Day Three Report - Top Seeds Safely Through to Semi's
2015 New Zealand Women’s Senior Match Play Championships (St Andrews @ Hamilton Golf Club)
Wednesday 25 February
The top four seeds are through to the semi-finals of the 2015 New Zealand Women’s Senior Match Play Championships, but not without a fight.
Top seed Jill Morgan (Te Awamutu) was 3 down after four holes after Suzette Eastmond (Omaha Beach) made an early charge. Morgan rallied back with a birdie on the par 3 18th (starting hole 10th), then a further birdie on the par 3, 3rd along with pars on the 5th, 6th, and 8th holes to Eastmond’s bogeys, she eventually won 2up.
Morgan had earlier in the week won the 2015 NZ Senior Challenge Cup for the best gross with a round of 72 in the qualifying round. She will now meet her fellow Waikato representative Robyn Pellow, (Ngaruawahia) in the first of the semi-finals tomorrow.
Pellow who has been nursing a swollen knee ‘is saving the best to last’ with a solid round of 76 today to win her match 4/3 against Helen Green from the host club, Hamilton.
With the 2015 Masters Team Championships only weeks away Waikato selectors will be keenly watching this match due to tee off at 9.10am tomorrow.
At the other end of the Division 1 draw, defending champion Brigit Holford (The Grange) also had her work cut out with a very close match against Sheelah Lamb from Matamata.
Like Morgan, Holford was down in the early stages of her match against Lamb, a lower seed. At one stage with only six holes to go, Lamb had the lead, 2up. Holford hung on with a birdie on the par 5, 4th (starting hole 10), followed by pars on the next three holes and another birdie on her 18th hole to win 2 up.
Holford will now meet Trish McBride from Kawerau. McBride secured her place in the semi’s with a 3/1 win against Jillian Reakes from Pirongia. McBride had an easier battle, taking the lead in the first hole with a par, a lead she never relinquished.
Tomorrow will see all four divisions battle it out in championship, plate and flight semi-finals before finals are played in the afternoon.
Tomorrows closing ceremony is scheduled to commence at 7.00pm with the 2015 trophies being presented by one of New Zealand’s greatest women golfers, Marnie McGuire.
The 2015 tournament is the 67th championship, which in its history has never been staged at the championship Hamilton course of St Andrews. The inaugural championship was staged at Waipukurau, in 1948 with Mrs Mackie the eventual winner. In more recent times the tournament has been dominated by the talented Southlander Robyn Boniface who was unable to compete this year, and is a three-time winner. Pellow is a two-time winner and Holford the defending champion. Neither, Morgan or McBride have yet to make their claim on this historic piece of silver – maybe tomorrow?
PRESS RELEASE Day Two Report - Top Seeds Safely Through
2015 New Zealand Women’s Senior Match Play Championships
Tuesday 24 February
The top seeds, after day one of the 2015 New Zealand Golf Senior Women’s Match Play Championships, were safely through to tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
Top seed Jill Morgan (Te Awamutu) won her match 4 and 2 against Judy Randell from Manor Park to advance. Morgan is now due to meet Suzette Eastmond (Omaha) in tomorrow’s first quarterfinal match. Eastmond needed all 18 holes to outplay Pam Wright (Matamata) on the last hole, the tricky par 3, 18th hole at St Andrews, Hamilton Golf Club, to win one up.
Despite nursing an injured knee after falling just prior to the start of yesterday’s qualifying stroke play round, Robyn Pellow (Ngaruawahia) won well with a 3 and 2 win against her international opponent, Marie-Louise Troalen-Eyrin from New Caledonia.
Pellow, a past senior champion, is due to match against Helen Green. Green, a local Hamilton member will go into tomorrow’s match arguably the under-dog but none-the-less with a home-course advantage. Green won her tussle against fellow Hamilton Club member Kay Meade on the 18th, 1 up.
If the matches at the top half of the draw are then played out according to seeding, Pellow would go onto meet Morgan in the semi-final on Thursday morning. Potentially this would mean two Waikato rep’s battling it out for a place in the final?
2nd seed Trish McBride (Kawerau) had one of the toughest matches. She was 3 up early in the match, needing 17 holes to finally edge out Hamilton club member Lesley Otway, 2 and 1.
McBride will now meet Jillian Reakes (Pirongia) in her match tomorrow. Reakes had an easier win against Kapiti’s Adrienne Macmillan, with a 5 and 4 victory.
A similar impressive win was recorded by Auckland representative and the defending champion, Brigit Holford who played another local Lois Jones. Holford who plays out of The Grange in Auckland won 5 and 4.
Rounding out the bottom half of the draw is Sheelah Lamb from Matamata who will now face the much-experienced Holford. Lamb also had a solid win, 5 and 4 against her Trans-Tasman rival Pat Woodberry.
Winners in division two included Elizabeth Min (Waitikiri) who will now meet Diane Boot (Hamilton) tomorrow, along with Leslie Hatcher (Horsham Downs) matching against Margaret Ann Salmon from Australia. Hamilton’s Kate Marshall will meet Carol Leary from Waihi, with the final match in division two being between Marian Kingham and Liz Purcell, both local members.
One of the matches of note in division three was between Claire Williams from Hauraki's against past Hamilton Golf Club Women’s President, Mary Mackwell that needed 3 extra holes to get a result. Mackwell was finally declared the winner on the 21st.
The ‘darling’ match of the day however was in division four competing for the Canterbury Rosebowl where the two oldest players in the tournament battled it out over all 18 holes.
Collectively, Hamilton local Janet Fairclough and Fielding’s Barbara Kingi have a combined age of nearly 176 years and were drawn to play each after qualifying 13th and 4th respectively. Both have much experience over many years golf, with the match see-sawing up until the 18th, where Kingi was able to finally secure the win.
While all eyes were on the NZG Veterans Challenge Cup Division One and how the various district representatives were battling their way through, there was much interest in the Fairclough / Kingi match – two great matriarchs of the game still getting enjoyment out of the challenge of a national event.
PRESS RELEASE Day One Report – Top Sixteen Found
2015 New Zealand Women’s Senior Match Play Championships
Hamilton Golf Club – Monday 23 February
Spurred on but the overnight win last night of our Lydia Ko - number one woman player in the world, and now the 2015 Australian Women’s Open champion - a number of players found form at the Hamilton Golf Club today.
In doing so they qualified in the top sixteen that will compete for the NZG Veterans Challenge Cup in the first round of match play starting tomorrow.
Leading the field will be long time Waikato and Hawkes Bay representative, Jill Morgan who had the best round with a par round of 72 on the testing championship course.
Seven shots back was Kawerau’s member Trish McBride who carded a 79, followed by the defending champion, Brigit Holford (The Grange) with a round of 81.
Robyn Pellow, one of Waikatos’ favourite golfing daughters made the top sixteen but not after a unlucky fall on the way to the first tee down slippery astro turf, and in her words ‘a disappointing round of 83’. She is hoping that some urgent treatment to a resulting twisted knee will see her chasing the title again, which she won in 2013.
Hamilton’s club captain Helen Green made the top sixteen along with fellow club members, Kay Meade, Lois Jones, and Lesley Otway who all made impressive starts in the 2015 championship.
The 2015 field is missing long time supporter and past multiple winner Robyn Boniface who was unable to compete this year but has an international field with players from Australia and New Caledonia.
The best of the internationals is Australian Pat Woodberry who had an 87 today, with New Caledonia’s Marie-Louise Troalen-Eyrin carding an 89.
It will be a mixed bag in tomorrows first round of match play with competitors from around the country including Sheelah Lamb and Pam Wright from Matatmata, Adrienne Macmillan from Kapiti, Suzette Eastmond from Omaha, Jillian Reakes from Pirongia, and Judy Randell from Wellington.
On seeding Carol Leary from Waihi would be disappointed with her opening round of 94 to be placed 7th in division two, denied a spot in the top sixteen. Missing out on a count-back from the top sixteen were Diana Mallett (Lochiel), Marg Hughes (Te Anau) and Sheree Hemi (Te Anau). They become the top three qualifiers in the 2nd division respectively.
Play continues tomorrow and Wednesday with handicap match play, except the first division that competes in ‘off the stick’ match play. Semi finals in all four divisions are due to tee off at 8.00am on Thursday 26 February. The finals are scheduled to commence at midday on Thursday 26 February with the winning trophies being presented by one of New Zealand’s greatest women professional’s Marnie McGuire. Like Ko, McGuire also won the Australian Women’s Open, in 1988, in her first year as a professional.
72 – Jill Morgan (Te Awamutu)
79 – Trish McBride (Kawerau)
81 – Brigit Holford (The Grange)
83 – Robyn Pellow (Ngaruawahia)
84 – Helen Green (Hamilton)
85 – Sheelah Lamb (Matamata)
86 – Adrienne Macmillan (Kapiti), Suzette Eastmond (Omaha)
87 – Pam Wright (Matamata), Jillian Reakes (Pirongia), Pat Woodberry (Australia)
88 – Kay Meade (Hamilton)
89 – Marie-Louise Troalen-Eyrin (New Caledonia)
90 – Lois Jones (Hamilton)
91 – Lesley Otway (Hamilton), Judy Randell (Manor Park), Diana Mallett (Lochiel), Marg Huges (Te Anau), Sheree Hemi (Te Anau)
93 – Heather Richardson (Waikare), Nan Johnston (Hamilton), Liz Purcell (Hamilton)
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