Hawea the debutant in tournament team

Tini Hawea to make Poverty Bay-East Coast golfing history when he tees off at national interprovincial in New Plymouth.

Tini Hawea to make Poverty Bay-East Coast golfing history when he tees off at national interprovincial in New Plymouth.

TEENAGER Tini Hawea will add his name to Poverty Bay-East Coast golfing history when he tees off at the national interprovincial in New Plymouth tomorrow.

Hawea will be making his debut at the week-long matchplay tournament featuring the top amateur golfers in the country.

He is the only debutant in an otherwise experienced six-man PBEC team and will play at No.5.

The team (in playing order) are Nathaniel Cassidy, Peter Kerekere, William Brown, Andrew Higham and Hawea. Tony Akroyd is reserve and assistant manager. Dave Keown is manager.

Hawea, who finished at Rotorua Boys’ High School this year, earned his place in the team with an impressive unbeaten performance at No.2 for PBEC at the junior interprovincial in Cambridge.

But the national interprovincial is a significant step up and while Hawea will be hungry for success, the week will be as much about getting experience at the higher level.

The rest of the team are all familiar with that, having chalked up multiple national interprovincials.

PBEC placed 13th

All four were part of last year’s campaign in which PBEC placed 13th out of the 15 provinces.

However, a lack of representative fixtures since the demise of two annual matchplay quadrangulars two years ago means they go in with limited game time — a friendly against Hawke’s Bay and the Poverty Bay Open their only recent hit-outs.

They do, though, know only too well what they will be coming up against, and what they will probably need to do.
“Play well” is top of the priority list. If they don’t, they will shake hands early.

At the least, they intend to be competitive. PBEC may be ranked down the order but they have the potential to upset any of the bigger provinces.

Kerekere could play a pivotal role in team success. He has been well and truly the No.1 player in the province, and won the Poverty Bay Open.

PBEC start the tournament tomorrow morning against Auckland, and play Bay of Plenty in the afternoon.

They meet defending champions Waikato and Manawatu-Wanganui on Wednesday.

On Thursday they play Hawke’s Bay and on Friday, Aorangi.

TEENAGER Tini Hawea will add his name to Poverty Bay-East Coast golfing history when he tees off at the national interprovincial in New Plymouth tomorrow.

Hawea will be making his debut at the week-long matchplay tournament featuring the top amateur golfers in the country.

He is the only debutant in an otherwise experienced six-man PBEC team and will play at No.5.

The team (in playing order) are Nathaniel Cassidy, Peter Kerekere, William Brown, Andrew Higham and Hawea. Tony Akroyd is reserve and assistant manager. Dave Keown is manager.

Hawea, who finished at Rotorua Boys’ High School this year, earned his place in the team with an impressive unbeaten performance at No.2 for PBEC at the junior interprovincial in Cambridge.

But the national interprovincial is a significant step up and while Hawea will be hungry for success, the week will be as much about getting experience at the higher level.

The rest of the team are all familiar with that, having chalked up multiple national interprovincials.

PBEC placed 13th

All four were part of last year’s campaign in which PBEC placed 13th out of the 15 provinces.

However, a lack of representative fixtures since the demise of two annual matchplay quadrangulars two years ago means they go in with limited game time — a friendly against Hawke’s Bay and the Poverty Bay Open their only recent hit-outs.

They do, though, know only too well what they will be coming up against, and what they will probably need to do.
“Play well” is top of the priority list. If they don’t, they will shake hands early.

At the least, they intend to be competitive. PBEC may be ranked down the order but they have the potential to upset any of the bigger provinces.

Kerekere could play a pivotal role in team success. He has been well and truly the No.1 player in the province, and won the Poverty Bay Open.

PBEC start the tournament tomorrow morning against Auckland, and play Bay of Plenty in the afternoon.

They meet defending champions Waikato and Manawatu-Wanganui on Wednesday.

On Thursday they play Hawke’s Bay and on Friday, Aorangi.

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