The mens B Grade pennant competition has now completed the round robin stages, with Marton Golf Club gaining top seed, and therefore home advantage heading into the semi-final/final day on 17th April. Marton will take on Linton Camp in one of the semi final matches. The other semi final is a match up of the two 9 hole clubs, with Hawkestone playing Tawhero. The winner of the final will get automatic promotion to the A grade competition for next season.
The mens A Grade competition now has just 2 unbeaten teams, after Palmerston North beat Feilding last Sunday on their home course. Palmerston North now lead the competition by 2.5 individual games over Manawatu. Those teams will meet in the next round at Foxton, which should be a good showdown.
Palmerston North have recently gained Pat Harold into their team, after he made the decision to get his amateur status back. Harold spent a year or two playing some professional tournaments, mainly Charles Tour and pro-am events. Prior to that he gained selection for the Manawatu Wanganui Toro squad which played at Paraparaumu. Pat and brother Rhys make up a very formidable middle order combination for Palmerston North.
At this stage Palmerston North, Manawatu and Feilding are all looking likely to make the semi finals, but the competition for the 4th spot is very open amongst the other teams. With Foxton beating Wanganui on Sunday, and Levin recording their first win, all three of those teams will be battling to make the semi finals, as will Taihape. Foxton, Wanganui and Taihape all still have home matches to play. Castlecliff is currently on bottom of the table, but will be looking to finish the season well, to avoid relegation, and are not yet out of the running for the final semi final.
In the Palmanui competition Palmerston North is currently sitting on the top of the table, after Manawatu was defeated by Feilding on Sunday. With one round robin match to play Palmerston North, Manawatu and Feilding have qualified for the semi's. Wanganui, who has the bye on their home course in the next round is almost assured also as Levin would need to beat Feilding 9 - 0 to have any chance. The match between Palmerston North and Manawatu will determine which team will finish the highest seed heading into the semi final matches.
Defending champs Manawatu had two wins on their home course on Sunday in the Handicap Pennant, to jump into second position heading into final round robin round. However, Pahiatua have already sealed the top seed position heading into the semi-finals, as they are 4 points clear. The battle for the remaining semi final positions is still very alive amongst 5 teams, with Manawatu, Palmerston North, Marton, Foxton and Castlecliff all separated by just 2 points. That should make for an interesting final round at Rangatira Golf Club on 17 April.
The Presidents competition is still continuing throughout the district, and still has a number of rounds to play to determine the quarter finalists.