Former Manawatu Wanganui rep Hayden Ring has taken out his 2nd Order of Merit event this year, in winning the Manawatu Wanganui Mens Strokeplay title at Castlecliff on Sunday. Ring is a secondary Castlecliff member, as he plays for their Pennant team which was promoted to A Grade for next year. Ring now lives in Wellington and plays for the Miramar club. Castlecliff was playing long and difficult due to its length and some penalising rough. Ring however tamed the course with a 1 under par total with rounds of 71 and 72. For his win Ring gets his name on the Challenge Cup which has been played for since 1901. In second place was Palmerston North's Rhys Harold with rounds of 74 and 71, followed by Stu Smith 74 & 72, and Junior Tatana 74 & 73. Buckley and Levin golfer Shay Melis was the overall net winner playing 6 shots below his handicap of 7.
The Womens Strokeplay champs was won by 12 year old Tara Raj with scores of 80 & 76 to follow up her win in the Wanganui Open last month. Tara is quickly proving that she has immense amount of talent that is likely to take her a long way in the game. In second place was Maraea Durie with rounds of 79 & 80. Maraea has just returned from the US where she attended college on a golf scholarship. While a little rusty on her first hit out since returning she will add welcomed fire power to the rep line up for the remainder of the year. Maraea last competed for Manawatu Wanganui at Toro level, back in 2010.
Congratulations to all those players that competed and to the Castlecliff Golf Club for all their work with the event.