Palmerston North golfer Regan Cording won the Wanganui Open title yesterday with a birdie on the first playoff hole, after tying in regulation with Marton's Lachie McDonald. Cording had rounds of 74 and 70 and McDonald 73 and 71. Both players hit the fairway and found the green down the playoff hole, however Cording was much closer and converted the birdie opportunity. After a 2nd placing at the Horowhenua Open Cording now takes a sizable lead in the district Order of Merit, and therefore is looking good to regain selection for the Toro team this season.
In 3rd place and just one shot back was Manawatu's Josh Sedgwick with rounds of 74 and 71, followed by fellow Manawatu members Rhys Watkins (73, 74) and Stu Smith (76, 72). Another Manawatu member David Ponse was next best and the division 1 net winner after rounds of 73 and 77. Former Toro players Junior Tatana and Hayden Ring both struggled in the morning with 82 and 81 respectively, but bounced back in the afternoon round with Tatana shooting the days lowest round of 69, and ring a 71.
In the womens section local 12 year old prodigy Tara Raj, won her first district OOM event with rounds of 81 and 80, two shots clear of Manawatu's Karen Manninen (85, 78), and Palmerston North teenager Katherine Paskins a further shot back with a pair of 82's. With Brydie Hodge, Amber-Rose Thompson-Newth and Emma Clayton all currently out of the district golf seen, there is plenty of opportunity for other players to play their way into the district team.
Tara has once again shown that she is a great prospect for District golf, and has the potential to go along way in the game.
The Wanganui course was a little wetter than usual as a result of the flooding the hit the region a while back. The water table is infact so high that water cannot be drained from a number of bunkers that now resemble small ponds. The course played a little longer than normal leading to slightly higher scores this year, even though the wind was only light throughout the day. However considering the recent weather problems the rest of the course was in good condition for the event. Well down to the green staff and club officials for putting on a very good event.
The next order of Merit event is the Manawatu Wanganui 36 hole Strokeplay (Challenge Cup) to be played at Castlecliff Golf Club on Sunday 27th September. To enter please click here