Congratulations to Tara Raj for winning the Wanganui Golf Club Senior Champs over the weekend. Tara is just 12 years of age, and beat the experienced Caroline Scott 3/2 in the 36 holes. Tara has consistently performed in the top 6 girls for her age group in New Zealand over the past couple of years, and will likely to be featuring in Manawatu Wanganui Senior Womens teams this year. So far this year Tara has dropped from 12.9 handicap to 6.7. Having watched Tara's progress over the past couple of years I can definitely say she has a very special talent, and a player to really watch out for in coming years.
In the Senior Men's final Justin Newland defeated the very experienced Keith Johnson 3/2. Hopefully we will see Justin competing later on in the year for the Manawatu Wanganui Masters team.
Press Release from Wanganui Golf Club:
On Sunday the Wanganui Golf Club held the final of all Ladies and Men’s Club Championship matches. What started as a rather wet and windy morning turned into very pleasant conditions for golf. A crowd of close to a hundred followed the thirteen matches and were rewarded with some excellent golf and some very close matches.
With five of the matches being played over 36 holes, the golf started at 8.15 in the morning and the last group finished close to 4.00pm. And what a day it turned out to be.
The Men’s Senior Club Championship had Justin Newland ahead by three after the morning round and some big hitting power from him in the afternoon saw him take out the title 3/2 from Keith Johnson. Gary McMillan who has only been playing the game for a short time took out the Junior Championship from Ian Howells and Heemi Stevenson had a convincing win 6/4 over Peter Wallis to win the Intermediate Championship. The Wallis family had three members of the family in finals today with Peter’s wife Yvonne winning the Bronze 1 Ladies Championship and son Bradley prevailing 4/3 over Lee Drummond in the Intermediate Plate. Colin Milne took out the C Grade Championship winning one up over Lester Eyles.
The Ladies finals saw Pru McDowall win the Bronze 2 Ladies Championship 2/1 from Caro Hutchins. Without a doubt the highlight match of the day was the Senior Ladies Championship between the seasoned campaigner, Caroline Scott and the young and enthusiastic pretender Tara Raj. Caroline Scot has many Wanganui Golf Club titles to her credit and Tara Raj who only recently turned 12 years old and has a huge golfing future ahead of her. After the morning eighteen holes the match was all square evenly poised and continued for another five holes in the afternoon. Young Tara managed to go two ahead and after winning the 15th hole was three up with three to play. The match was over at the 16th hole and Tara became the youngest golfer to win the Wanganui Senior Ladies Club Championship and perhaps one of New Zealand’s youngest ever Ladies Club champion. Another Lydia in the making perhaps? In another family affair her sister Dana was beaten 2/1 by Pip Williams in the Plate final. Her win was applauded loudly by all in the clubhouse as she accepted the Senior Ladies Trophy and a bouquet of flowers. We are all looking forward to more big things from this young girl. When asked about her win she said she was very happy and would give her flowers to her mother who caddied for her today.
Justing Newland and Tara Raj - Wanganui Golf Club Senior Champions