This Sunday's HMC Horowhenua Open, at Levin Golf Club, has attracted a full field of golfers from throughout mainly the Manawatu Wanganui and Wellington districts. At the time of entries closing we had 108 entries, which required 12 players to be placed on a waitlist. The event is played over 36 holes in a gross & net format.
The men's handicap cutoff was around 11, and the division split will probably be around 4.0 index. It is almost too hard to pick a likely gross winner from the men's field with a large number of players all capable of contending. Manawatu's Guy Perry, and Foxton's Junior Tatana start with the lowest handicap index's on +1.6 and +1.5 respectively. In total 13 players are on 0.0 or better, but most people in the know are well aware that a low handicap does not necessarily produce good performances in tournament conditions. It will come down to who can play the conditions the best on the day.
Last years winner Hayden Ring is back to try and defend the trophy. Ring also won the Challenge Cup last year, to make it 2 from 4 in the Manawatu Wanganui Order of Merit events.
The womens field will consist of 15 golfers, made up mainly of our local trialists. Manor Park's Gabrielle Palado has the lowest handicap in the womens draw with a 0.7, followed by Wanganui 13 year old Tara Raj on 2.8.
Following the event Manawatu Wanganui selectors will name a 32 player team to compete against Wellington at Levin on Sunday August 7th. This is made up of 12 senior men, 6 masters men, 6 junior boys, and 8 women.
Good luck to all players competing on Sunday.