Thursday, 12 December 2019

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Local ladies are national golf champions

It was on Sunday, 17 November announced that a Mercury Bay Golf & Country Club 18-hole ladies golf team took out the 2019 Women’s National Club Teams’ Championship. The announcement was made at the Hauraki Golf Course in Mangatarata, after which the team members - Robyn Anderson, Chris Watson, Barbara Bradley and Joan Roseman - were each presented with a medal and the “Women’s National Club Teams’ Championship” Trophy.

The ladies put themselves in contention for the title after qualifying for the 2019 Women’s Bay of Plenty District Club Teams’ Championship. They competed in early May against all the qualifying teams in the Bay of Plenty District, playing a “four ball best net” competition on the Taupo Golf Club’s Tauhara course. All four the Mercury Bay ladies played better than their handicaps that day, with a total score of 21.4 points under the Golf New Zealand Golf Course Rating. A genuinely outstanding outcome!

For their efforts, the team brought home the Women’s Bay of Plenty District Club Team’s Trophy.

The team members’ combined score was then sent to New Zealand Golf to be ranked against the winners of all the New Zealand golf districts’ women’s team’s championships. The Mercury Bay team came out the clear winners with their minus 21.4. Second was the Waitamata Club in the North Harbour District with minus 19.2. The Pines Club in the Northland District finished third on minus 19.0 and the fourth spot was taken by the Russley Club in the Canterbury District with minus 16.0.

This is the first time a team from the Mercury Bay Golf Club came out on top in the national championship. In 2008, the team of Judith Clague, Maria Duxfield, Glenice Ebsworth and Joan Roseman also won the Women’s Bay of Plenty District Club Teams’ Championship (played at The Dunes Golf Course in Matarangi), but their score wasn’t good enough to claim the national title.

The ladies’ success - and the trophies now proudly sitting in the trophy cabinet in the clubrooms of the Mercury Golf Club - is testament to a club going from strength to strength.

Pictured: The members of the Mercury Bay Golf & Country Club 18-hole ladies golf team who took out the 2019 Women’s National Club Teams’ Championship. From the left - Barbara Bradley, Robyn Anderson, Chris Watson and Joan Roseman.

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