Marlborough golfers show the way at Rarangi

Andrea Thomas picked up wins on both days for the senior women’s rep golfers at Rarangi. Photo: Peter Jones.

A combined Marlborough/Buller/Westland senior women’s golf team proved too strong for their Nelson counterparts at Rarangi over the weekend.

The top 12 players from each region split into two sections [Eastern/Western v Northern/Central zones] to vie for the prestigious Lucas Salver and May Rowling Plate.

The Lucas Salver was won by Marlborough/Buller/Westland 18-6, while the May Rowling Plate went to Marlborough/Buller Westland 13-11.

On Saturday the players braved chilly conditions at the seaside course. The Lucas Salver team, with all six players being based at Marlborough clubs, finished the first round with a handy 8-4 lead, the same advantage the May Rowling combination enjoyed at day’s end.

On day one the only combined player not to register points was No 1 Emily Stenhouse, who lost to Tasman’s rising star, 17-year-old Lizzie Neale. Aroha Minhinnick, Andrea Thomas and Zoe Batchelor claimed wins in the matchplay format, while Sue Murray and Tracy Bary halved their games.

The following day conditions were perfect for good scoring and the players obliged in the reverse singles. Stenhouse, Bary, Thomas, Murray and Batchelor all registered wins, with 13-year-old Minhinnick’s loss to 1.4 handicapper Neale in the battle of the teens being the only reversal.

The May Rowling battle was much tighter.

Despite holding a four point lead after day one a Nelson comeback on Sunday threatened to derail the home side’s progress. The visitors won the reverse singles 7-5 but fell short of victory on a morning where close matches were the order of the day.

On the first day, four Marlborough/Buller/Westland players recorded wins, courtesy of Jean Gibson, Rete Kydd, Chrissie Mackie and Jane Anderson-Bay.

Wins were harder to come by on Sunday though, with only Kydd gaining maximum points. However, crucially three matches were halved, through No 1 Marilyn Keenan, Anderson-Bay and Gaye Munnerly.

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