2016 NZ 9 Hole Masters @ Bay of Islands GC
PRESS RELEASE: 2016 New Zealand 9-Hole Masters Championship
The Bay of Islands Golf Club
Players from the host Bay of Islands Golf Club dominated the top level of both the women’s and men’s divisions in the third New Zealand 9-Hole Masters Championship.
Wendy Neil, Bay of Islands, won the lowest handicap women’s division by seven shots with 57 stableford points amassed over her three rounds of nine. Fellow club member and past-president Maurice Penney won the top men’s division with 62 points.
Six new masters were decided on November 12 after three days of competition in four women’s and two men’s divisions, split by handicap.
Northland player Liz McQuinn, at 50 points, was runner-up in division one of the women with Jinni Park (Bay of Islands) just one shot back on 49 points.
Only one point separated the top three placegetters in the women’s division two with Gail Cash (Warkworth) finishing on 55 points, and Bella Boston (Warkworth) and Rosalind Cunningham (Wainui) both finishing on 54 points. Boston moved into the runner-up spot on count-back.
Jenny Calder (Helensville) had a convincing win in division three, with 62 points from her three rounds, six shots ahead of the field. Tied on 56 points were Cherri Grant (Wainui) and Pam Bosch (Warkworth). Grant pipped Bosch on count-back for the runner-up title.
It was a clean sweep for Ngunguru in the women’s fourth division with the top three places all awarded to players from the challenging nine-hole course out from the Whangarei heads. They must breed them tough that way. Val Going won with 64 points, runner-up Kathryn McIntyre was on 58, and Sheila MacKenzie was two shots back on 56.
Two men’s divisions were awarded, again split by handicap. Bruce Ormiston finished on 54 points behind Penney in division one. Garth Butler won division two with 60 points and Rod Young followed on 53. All are Bay of Islands members.
Since Women’s Golf New Zealand, as it was then known, introduced 9-Hole Golf in 1996 the game has grown to become a significant membership class and option. More than 8000 golfers nationwide have adopted the shorter format.
New Zealand introduced an ‘18-hole handicap’ listing on the DotGolf handicap system that changed all players to an 18-hole handicap regardless of membership class. This change come about earlier in the year, whereas the New Zealand 9-Hole Masters has always welcomed players from either handicap class.
“A huge part of this tournament’s ethos is to have a fun 27-hole event over three days in a location that is also a great holiday destination,” said Tournament Director Denise Langdon. “Accordingly, any player is welcome with players from abroad encouraged.”
In the past three years, more than 300 people have travelled to the ‘winterless’ north to play at Kerikeri’s Bay of Islands Golf Course. Players from Australia and the US have joined a myriad of local players.
This year’s tournament attracted players from 18 different clubs. Most players were aged over 65 years of age, said Langdon, and it was clear they delighted in the three-days of ‘away’ golf, as well as the several social functions included.
“However, after three years, it is felt prudent to now move the tournament to another welcoming club that’s located within a sought-after holiday destination,” said Langdon.
PaR nz Golfing Holidays manages the event with New Zealand Golf’s sanction. Details and dates for 2017 will be made public shortly, but there is a strong possibility that a Hawke’s Bay venue will be confirmed.
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