Wednesday 29: The second round of the 36 hole Air New Zealand Golf Tournament was played on the afternoon of ANZAC Day at the Rarotonga Golf Club.
The competition was on bogey and the course must have been playing well because together with everyone trying really hard to win the major prize of a return ticket to Auckland, there were some very good scores in spite of the blustery conditions.
In fact, well over half the field finished with square or better.
Walter Tangata managed to score a +2 on the previous Saturday but really burned up the course last Saturday to come in with an 85 off the stick from a 32 handicap to score a +12 this Saturday.
A +14 total was always going to be hard to beat, even by Tiki Daniel, Yitiri Akama, and Vae Unuka who all had a +7 for the first round.
The previous week also saw some good scores with the top ten players all scoring +5
So Walter Tangata was the outright winner for the men overall.
Ake Tereia carded an 87 off the stick from a 21 handicap to score a +6 to go with her +3 from the first round to gain the major prize among the ladies.
Results for the day’s sweep were: Walter Tangata (+12), Brett Gibson, Rita Howard, Jimmy Teokotai, and Sonny Karati all on +6, and Ake Tereia, Johnny Hosking, John Kenning and Aroiva Akama finishing on +5.
The committee and members of the club all thank Air New Zealand for their generous sponsorship of this great tournament.
With scores like these you can be sure the handicapper has his axe nice and sharp.
The Pacific Mini Games are approaching fast and the training squad are all practising hard on their game and their fitness. Members are reminded that there is a working bee every Monday and all are welcome to lend a hand. The aim is to have a course we can all be proud to show the rest of the Pacific. - NAGA.