It's a Naki win at The 2016 Denarau Womens Golf Classic


Final Report 2016 Sheraton Fiji Denarau Women’s Golf Classic 

‘Its A Naki Wipe-Out’

The powerful sporting district of Taranaki , New Zealand has dominated the top places in the 2016 Sheraton Fiji Denarau Women’s Golf Classic, with four Taranaki pairs in the top five. 

Line honours has gone to regular competitors, who also happen to be the youngest pair, Joanne McDonald and Rochelle Keegan who finished with 151 points, 2 shots clear of the field.   Both McDonald and Keegan have represented Taranaki at a district level and were one of the lowest handicapped pairs.  Keegan plays off a 10, and McDonald a 9 handicap. Both are members of the New Plymouth Golf Club.  

The three-day tournament is scored in a combination of 4BBB, Foursomes and Combined Stableford Points.  Stableford scoring often favours the higher handicaps but Keegan and McDonald showed that steady play, to handicap, all week, will bring in a winner.  They opened their bid with a round 41 in Tuesday’s 4BBB round, then a foursomes score of 36 yesterday.  Keegan shot a 2-under handicap round today.  McDonald played to handicap to give them a combined finish of 74, racing them up the leaderboard and the win! 

Up the coast in the mighty 'Naki’, the club of Urenui has produced the second place getters, Kay Wyatt and Jane Shaw, who finished with 149 points; rounds of 46, 27 and a top score today of 76.  They edged out fellow Naki players, Pene Trousslet (New Plymouth) and Lyn Melody (New Plymouth) who finished in a share of 3rd on 148 points.  Trousslet and Melody were runners-up in 2014 and share the third place with overnight leaders Judith Griffiths (Carbrook, Aus) paired with sister Flo Farnsworth (Peninsula, NZ).  Griffiths and Farnsworth went into days final round with a 4 shot lead but a disappointing combined round of 65, saw them slip down the leaderboard.  

Urenui again came in, in 5th place, with Marisa Newton and Robyn Marshall finishing on 147 points, as did Carol Turner and Terri Thompson, Waitemata members from Auckland’s North Shore.  In 7th place, with 144 points were Patsy Milne (Gleniti, NZ) paired with Glenda Frew from the same club. The best placed Australian pair were Lynn Bain and Barbara Ney from Sanctuary Cove on 143 points, in 8th place. 

Defending champion Suzie Lang (Turangi, NZ) with new partner Carole Steele (Charteris Bay, NZ) finished in a share of 21st place on 135 points and Denarau’s Sulu Brook playing with Royal Auckland’s Dale Malaghan finished well down the field on 126 points. 

The tournament attracted players from both sides of the Tasman with 45 different golf clubs represented.  A full field, of 128, was sold out within weeks of release by tournament promoters PaR nz Golfing Holidays (Auckland).  A conservative estimate of FD $305,500 contributed to the local economy (excluding air fares) from the 130 players and friends in residence at Denarau for the week. The 2016 tournament was the 14th 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 2017 tournament which will be held at the later time of 27 August to 2 September.  

For more information please contact 

Denise Langdon

Tournament Director 

Phone +64 275 662 385 


Sisters Take The Lead - 2016 Sheraton Fiji Denarau Women’s Golf Classic 

Progress Report Round 2 Thursday 03 August 

The sister pair of Judith Griffiths (Carbrook) and Flo Farnsworth (Peninsula) have taken a 4 shot lead after two rounds of the 14th annual Sheraton Fiji Denarau Womens’s Golf Classic.  Their first round yesterday of 47, 4BBB Stableford points was the best round of the day.  Add this to today’s steady round of 36 points, they have a total of 83 points.  On 79 points are two past New Zealand district players whose partners are all South Island based players.  Carol Bates (Tai Tapu) and Janet Nicholls (Tai Tapu) have had rounds of 38, and a top score today of 41, to put them in the hunt.  Also on 79 points are Barbara O’Connell (Gleniti) and Shirley Edginton (Gleniti), with an opening round of 41 backed up with a 38 pointer today.  Bates and O’Connell have been district rep’s for Canterbury and Aorgani South Canterbury respectively. 

The 2013 runners-up, Pene Trousselot and Lyn Melody from New Plymouth are only one shot back on 78 points, just ahead of their fellow club members Joanne McDonald and Rochelle Keegan.  McDonald and Keegan hold 5th equal place with Waitemata members Carol Turner and Terri Thompson on 77 points.  

The 2016 Sheraton Denarau Women’s Golf Classic, managed by PaR nz Golfing Holidays, is scored in the same format as set 14 years ago. After a fun Welcome Ambrose on Monday, pairs score over three rounds, all played at the Sheraton owned Denarau Golf & Racquet Club course, with the first round being a 4BBB competition, the second round a foursome stableford scoring round, with the final round a combined stableford day.

Tomorrows round which is due to tee off at 9.00am, will be the tester for all pairs when both scores count.  In the past there has typically been significant changes of fortune when players play their own game and both scores are needed to secure top scores.   Many players are musing on what might have been today, but also confident of better scores tomorrow.  A 20-shot swing is not unheard of in this tournament, on the final rounds combined stableford tester.

A record number of entries sold out within weeks of the tournaments release with players from 45 different clubs represented from both sides of the Tasman.  The single Fijian entrant is well known Sulu Brook, playing with Dale Malaghan (Royal Auckland) who has competed in all 14 tournaments.   Brook and Malaghan have their work cut out for them to take line honours tomorrow, currently sitting on 72 points in a share of 22nd place. 

The range of players, with a huge emphasis on 'women playing golf’ over the week long social tournament, has players with handicaps ranging from 2 to 40+.  The best ranked player, Jacqui Morgan who plays her golf out of Australia’s Monash Golf Club has been a past Australian Senior Women’s Champion and New Zealand Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion.   Morgan with partner, Jenny Roberts (Monash)  sit alongside Brook and Malaghan in a share of 22nd place. 

Final results and all winners will be announced at tomorrows Gala Awards Dinner at the Westin Hotel, Denarau. 

For more information please contact

Denise Langdon

Phone +64 275 662 385