Forty one secondary school students took part in the 2013 Intercollegiate Champs at Marton Golf Club on Thursday 28th March in perfect summer conditions. Defending champions Palmerston North Boys' High School were again the favourites to take out the title. In total 9 teams were entered and 9 schools also represented in either the team or individual events.
The team event eventually came down to the wire between Pamerston North Boys High School 1 and 2 teams. The top team were looking very good through the turn with 3 boys 1 under par, however an 11 on one hole on the back 9 by defending individual champion Josh Sedgwick, brought the Boys High 2nd team back into contention. In the end just 2 shots separated the two Boys High teams, but the top team prevailed. The team members were Jack Leenards, Nic Quantock-Holmes, Josh Sedgwick and Greg Shaw. The team will now head to Templeton Golf Club in Christchurch to compete in the National Secondary Schools Final on 2nd September.
In the Nett division it was Palmerston North Girls' High School that took out this division. Consistent performances from all the girls was key to their success. Rose Wu who took out the 12 -14 age group category the previous weekend in the Junior Tiger, continued her great form with a nett 66 (adjusted to nett 64 for the team event against the boys). 2nd in this division was the Palmerston North Boys High School number 4 team.
The individual Boys event was won this year by Boys High player Nic Quantock-Holmes with a superb 3 under par 69. This was Nic's first time breaking 70. A trio of players, Alex Whiley (Horowhenua College), Casey Jensen (Palmerston North Boys' High School), and Rhys Harold (Tu toa) all shot even par 72's. The Boys Net prize was won by Palmerston North Boys High player Roddy Crowley playing off a 14 handicap.
The individual Girls title was always likely to be contested between Horowhenua College player Brydie Hodge and defending champion, Palmerston North Girls High School player Emma Clayton. In the end Brydie came through with a very well played 1 under par 71, against Emma's 76 to take out the individual girls gross trophy. Rose Wu won the nett prize with her nett 66 playing off a 20 handicap.
Over all it was a great day out at Marton Golf Club, which was presented very well particularly considering the dry weather we have had this summer. Many thanks to the Marton Golf Club and the schools for supporting this event.