The Manawatu Wanganui Strokeplay Champs were played in perfect fine conditions at Rangitikei Golf Club yesterday.
The winner of the men's event (Challenge Cup) was Palmerston North's Regan Cording with scores of 73 & 75, two shots ahead Foxtons Junior Tatana (77, 73) and Manawatu's Rhys Watkins (76,74). The best overall net was Foxton's Khalil Peta with 143, followed closely by Mornington's Darrin Hiroki, and Marton Greenskeeper Shay Melis on 144.
The women's event was very close with local Rangitikei player Jill Hall winning the Challenge Shield with scores of 77 and 84. One shot back was Wanganui's Tara Raj (82, 80). Another shot back in third was Manawatu's Tania Hook (79, 84).
The course proved challenging for most players despite the perfect conditions. Rangitikei demands very good course management tee to green, and some tricky pin placements meant players needed to position the ball well on the greens. Many players struggled with that requirement which led to higher scores than many would have expected.
A huge thanks to all 75 players that competed, and to Rangitikei Golf Club for hosting the event.
Manawatu Wanganui men's selectors will now be left scratching their heads a little before selecting the Shand Cup team to be played at Levin on October 8/9. A few of the players that would have expected to make that team, have had poor performances in trials this year, which normally may not have given them a look in. However with players turning pro, and others not being available, it leaves selectors wondering how competitive the team will be this year, based on current form of some of the players they have to select from. The Manawatu Wanganui team won last years Shand Cup and Shand Salver Junior event last year when played at Westown in New Plymouth.
The womens team selectors may well have an easier task of selecting their final Toro team for the year, with a reasonably clear top 5 beginning to shape up. They have 3 other players needed to be added for the Sybil Green to be played at Levin alongside the men's Shand Cup.