Williamson managed the best round in the men’s grade with a brilliant three-under-par 67 while Howard managed three-over-par 73 to claim the best round in the ladies’ grade.
The best round in the veterans’ division went to Riiti Mamanu, who shot a four-over-par 74 in the tournament on Saturday.
“But as always, it’s a different ball game when it comes to a ‘bogey format’ tournament when golfers of a much higher handicap tends to excel in these events,” Rarotonga Golf Club president George George said.
“Saturday’s game certainly saw the competitiveness of those in the mid to higher handicaps who excelled with a whole lot of good scores.”
Steven “Moko’’ Kavana with a gross of 87 and a +7 bogey claimed the top prize followed by Moeroa Turua in second place and Steven Henry finishing third.
“We had a total of 100 golfers out there to try to win this tournament. Even last year’s winner Jason Burgess was back to try to win it!” George said.
“In the past anyone with a +4 would have been guaranteed a prize, with +3s even having a little sniff of getting some prizes as well
“Not to be in this year’s Polynesian Rentals Cars and Bike Golf Tournament when Steven “Moko’’ Kavana, more known to all as a champion dancer, fisherman, cricketer, danced his way to winning ‘out-right’ this tournament with a +7.
“Just missing out, on a count back and still on a +7 was Moeroa Turua, who seems to have taken her game to another level this year.”
At the prize-giving, the humourous Kavana said he was happy to win the title after failing to land the winning prizes in rugby union, rugby league and any other sports that he had played.
He thanked all those that have helped him win this tournament, including his mentor Murray MacDonald and his golf swing doctor Sony Karati.
George thanked Arthur Pickering and his staff at the Polynesian Rental Cars and Bikes for their awesome sponsorship in this year’s tournament.
Meanwhile the Rarotonga Golf Club is bracing for another exciting clash in this Saturday’s CITC Heineken Tournament.
- Rashneel Kumar
Winners: Steven Kavana – Gross 87, Bogey +7, Moeroa Turua – 82, +7, Steven Henry – 71, +6, Enoka Bishop – 71, +6, Ali Napa – 87, +6, Paul Brown – 82, +6, Jacqui Lemaire – 93, +5, Riiti Mamanu – 74, +5, Tingika Elikana – 77, +5; NTP: 3/12 Enoka Bishop, 4 Rennie Nicholls, 7/16 Riiti Mamanu, 13 Ali Napa; Longest Drive: Ladies – Sebon Will, Men – Allistair Newbigging.