Aitutaki residence first place, ladies first place and ladies outright winner Maputai Cecil. ALAN NANAI/23110106
Maputai Cecil, who is bound for the Pacific Games, put on a good show at the annual Air Rarotonga Aitutaki Golf Open tournament to win the top prize in the senior ladies division.
The tournament, which was held a week ago, provided a good
platform for Cecil and other national golfers to prepare for the Pacific Games
in Honiara, Solomon Islands, from November 22 to December 2.
A total of 46 golfers — 35 men and 11 ladies — from
Rarotonga registered and joined 41 golfers from Aitutaki, three from Melbourne,
and one from New Zealand to compete in “probably one of the best tournaments to
date, as everything from playing times, rulings, and allocations was up to par
as expected,” the organiser said.
The three-day tournament saw some close competitions
in the men’s and ladies’ juniors, intermediate, seniors, and veteran
The tournament showcased some local talents, and as a
result, after a long time, top honours have remained in Aitutaki.
In the ladies division, young Cecil took out the honours
with an outright win in two categories: the Aitutaki resident award and the
open ladies winner. Maputai played a calm and well-controlled game throughout
the tournament, and with game time experience in Rarotonga, she managed to
overcome her tough and experienced opponents.
Young Quinton Schofield took out the men’s outright honours,
also winning in two categories: the Aitutaki residence’s award and the open men’s
division. On the final day of the tournament, Schofield faced a tough battle
from three other golfers closing in on him, but it didn’t affect his form as he
stayed composed to win the title.
The two young Aitutaki golfers, Maputai and Schofield,
have surprised a lot of people with their performance against some seasoned
golfers who have won numerous titles in Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
Samuel Twin collected the big money prize of $400
after slotting two birdie twos in one day. The record for most birdie twos in
one day is held by Alan Nanai, who managed three birdies. The record for most hole-in-ones
is held by Greta Neale, who recorded four hole-in-ones.
Aitutaki Golf president Ned Neale would like to
acknowledge the sponsors who came on board and contributed to prizes for the
Aitutaki Golf Open 2023.
“A big meitaki atupaka to Munro Hockin and Air
Rarotonga for always supporting the Aitutaki Golf Open every time, BSP’s David
Street and Ali Napa who organised all sweep prizes for the four days.”
Other sponsors were BCI, May Kavana, Mary Souter,
Michigan Motors, Baxters Waterworld, Stuart Henry, Slice Boyz (Melbourne), and
Allan Mycroft, whose father started the Aitutaki Golf Club in 1970/1971.
Neale would also like to thank Sonny Karati and his
assistant Metuatini (Tin Cup) Vaevae for the outstanding work they did to the
greens, mowing and preparing them for the tournament.
The tournament ended with a big feast catered by the
Are Kava Darts Club.
Best Nett: Ladies – 1st Melicious Tumu 184,
2nd Twin Henry 190; Men’s –