Leading the way for the Bays

'March of the youth' to be underlined when Gisborne’s Tessa McDonald tees off in first representative fixture this weekend.

'March of the youth' to be underlined when Gisborne’s Tessa McDonald tees off in first representative fixture this weekend.

SHE’S THE ONE: Gisborne’s Tessa McDonald is at No.1 in the Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay women’s team for a matchplay fixture against Wellington in Napier this weekend. Picture by Liam Clayton

THE “march of the youth” will be underlined this weekend when Gisborne’s Tessa McDonald tees off in her first representative fixture at the top of the order.

McDonald is at No.1 and captaining the six-woman Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay team in a matchplay clash with Wellington on the Maraenui course in Napier.

At 22, McDonald has her golfing future ahead of her should she choose to follow that path.

But she could be forgiven for feeling like an “auntie” against the two players she faces in singles matchplay.

Wellington No.1 Darae Chung is just 12 years old while No.2 Erika Cui is 13.

Both have been compared with New Zealand sensation and current world No.2 on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour Lydia Ko.

They represent what one pro golfer has described as “the march of the youth” as more and more particularly young golfing prodigies emerge worldwide, New Zealand included.

McDonald is back into golf after spending a month in Europe and catching up with England-based older brother Jared.
The mini OE followed a disastrous incident at Gisborne Park golf course where she was hit in the foot by a ball from a misdirected shot.

The resulting injury put her out of the Charles Tour Carrus Open held at the Tauranga course in April.

Since returning home, McDonald has hit the practice fairway and played a couple of rounds at her home Poverty Bay course, with coach Dave Keown helping get her back in the groove.

“It’s been going good,” she said. “The swing’s good.”

She has also been getting used to a new Scotty Cameron putter.

The main focus, though, has been on chipping and the all-important 80-yards-in game.

McDonald has forged an impressive matchplay record for HBPB over the past six years but promotion to the No.1 spot means she will need to lift her game another notch.

She’s “pretty confident” she can do that and in getting the opportunity to lead the team, she is keen to stay there.

McDonald, who is working at physioFIRST, has a few goals but nothing specific. She wants to remain at No.1 for HBPB and do well in regional tournaments in the build-up to the national interprovincial at Whangarei’s Sherwood Park in December.

After that: “We’ll just see where it takes me”.

HBPB team: Tessa McDonald (Poverty Bay), Sara Deam (Napier), Janie Field (Nap), Lucy Owen (Waipawa), Kathy Olsen (Maraenui), Samantha Carroll (Nap).

THE “march of the youth” will be underlined this weekend when Gisborne’s Tessa McDonald tees off in her first representative fixture at the top of the order.

McDonald is at No.1 and captaining the six-woman Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay team in a matchplay clash with Wellington on the Maraenui course in Napier.

At 22, McDonald has her golfing future ahead of her should she choose to follow that path.

But she could be forgiven for feeling like an “auntie” against the two players she faces in singles matchplay.

Wellington No.1 Darae Chung is just 12 years old while No.2 Erika Cui is 13.

Both have been compared with New Zealand sensation and current world No.2 on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour Lydia Ko.

They represent what one pro golfer has described as “the march of the youth” as more and more particularly young golfing prodigies emerge worldwide, New Zealand included.

McDonald is back into golf after spending a month in Europe and catching up with England-based older brother Jared.
The mini OE followed a disastrous incident at Gisborne Park golf course where she was hit in the foot by a ball from a misdirected shot.

The resulting injury put her out of the Charles Tour Carrus Open held at the Tauranga course in April.

Since returning home, McDonald has hit the practice fairway and played a couple of rounds at her home Poverty Bay course, with coach Dave Keown helping get her back in the groove.

“It’s been going good,” she said. “The swing’s good.”

She has also been getting used to a new Scotty Cameron putter.

The main focus, though, has been on chipping and the all-important 80-yards-in game.

McDonald has forged an impressive matchplay record for HBPB over the past six years but promotion to the No.1 spot means she will need to lift her game another notch.

She’s “pretty confident” she can do that and in getting the opportunity to lead the team, she is keen to stay there.

McDonald, who is working at physioFIRST, has a few goals but nothing specific. She wants to remain at No.1 for HBPB and do well in regional tournaments in the build-up to the national interprovincial at Whangarei’s Sherwood Park in December.

After that: “We’ll just see where it takes me”.

HBPB team: Tessa McDonald (Poverty Bay), Sara Deam (Napier), Janie Field (Nap), Lucy Owen (Waipawa), Kathy Olsen (Maraenui), Samantha Carroll (Nap).

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