Picton golf tournament still going strong

There was plenty of success for this grouping at the Dewar Cup on Saturday. From left, William Robb, who won the intermediate stroke crown, James Robb, Jonty Philipson and JJ Love, who took out the Marlborough stroke title. Photo: Peter Jones.

All four major prize winners had local connections when the Picton Golf Club staged the 81st Dewar Cup and Marlborough Stroke Championship at the club’s Koromiko base on Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8.

Taking advantage of favourable weather on both days, a full field of 64 golfers took part, some travelling from as far afield as Christchurch, Rangiora, Nelson, Kapiti and Waikanae.

Winner of the Dewar Cup, awarded for the best overall nett score in the field, was Jerome January, from the nearby Rarangi club.

The senior Marlborough stroke title was claimed by former Picton player JJ Love, now playing out of the Waikanae club. The intermediate Marlborough stroke crown went to William Robb, from the well-known Picton clan and now a member of the Templeton club, while Leigh Somerville-Smith, playing on his home course, won the junior Marlborough stroke title.

The Dewar Cup was first presented in 1935 and has been played for each year, apart from 1939-45, when it went on hold during the Second World War.

The famous Dewar Whiskey company from Scotland were the first sponsors and it is now sponsored by Dewar Whiskey in New Zealand.

A heat pump, donated by Fujitsu and Mint Air, was on offer for the first hole-in-one of the weekend, but this went unclaimed.

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