Te Kanawa Cup glory to Leggett, Reynolds

TE K TIMES TWO: Brad Reynolds (left) and Tony Leggett combined forces to win the 2018 Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs matchplay title. Both have won it before with different partners, and Reynolds is on a mission to emulate his grandfather Allan Nairne — a five-time Te K Cup champion. Picture by Paul Rickard

Been there, done that. And the plan is to do it again and again and again after Tony Leggett and Brad Reynolds became the 2018 Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs champions at Gisborne Park Golf Club on Sunday.

Leggett and Reynolds defeated gallant lone soldier Butch Atkins 3 and 2 in the handicap matchplay final.

Atkins’ partner Wayne McHugh was not able to play — and the golfing community wishes him all the best — leaving his cohort to fend off blows from two fronts.

And what a fighting effort Atkins put up.

Off a 9-handicap, Atkins made Reynolds (10) — who had shot 74 for 44 stableford points the day before — and Leggett (21) work for their second taste of Te K success.

The former Poverty Bay-East Coast representative had a 1-up lead at several stages in the front nine, including chipping in for birdie-2 on the fifth hole.

But when Reynolds made a par from nowhere to square the match on the eighth, Atkins never got in front again.

He certainly tried, winning the 11th to square the match after trailing 1-down at the turn.

Wins on the 12th and 13th holes, however, put Reynolds and Leggett 2-up, and when Reynolds parred to win the 15th, Atkins was staring down the barrel at dormie-3 down.

Leggett inflicted the killer blow on the 16th but both winners had plenty of praise for their vanquished opponent, who was 4-over the card when they shook hands.

The Te Kanawa Cup has a rich history dating back to the former Turanganui Golf Club.

Reynolds and Leggett joined a prestigious group of multiple winners — Leggett having won it with Stu Blair in 2009; Reynolds with his “poppa” Allan Nairne in 2015.

Nairne’s name features on the trophy more than any other club member — five times.

“After we won on 16 he gave me a hug and told me I’m still three away from him,” said Reynolds.

“I knew that damn well and plan on beating that record.”

With Leggett, of course.

Been there, done that. And the plan is to do it again and again and again after Tony Leggett and Brad Reynolds became the 2018 Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs champions at Gisborne Park Golf Club on Sunday.

Leggett and Reynolds defeated gallant lone soldier Butch Atkins 3 and 2 in the handicap matchplay final.

Atkins’ partner Wayne McHugh was not able to play — and the golfing community wishes him all the best — leaving his cohort to fend off blows from two fronts.

And what a fighting effort Atkins put up.

Off a 9-handicap, Atkins made Reynolds (10) — who had shot 74 for 44 stableford points the day before — and Leggett (21) work for their second taste of Te K success.

The former Poverty Bay-East Coast representative had a 1-up lead at several stages in the front nine, including chipping in for birdie-2 on the fifth hole.

But when Reynolds made a par from nowhere to square the match on the eighth, Atkins never got in front again.

He certainly tried, winning the 11th to square the match after trailing 1-down at the turn.

Wins on the 12th and 13th holes, however, put Reynolds and Leggett 2-up, and when Reynolds parred to win the 15th, Atkins was staring down the barrel at dormie-3 down.

Leggett inflicted the killer blow on the 16th but both winners had plenty of praise for their vanquished opponent, who was 4-over the card when they shook hands.

The Te Kanawa Cup has a rich history dating back to the former Turanganui Golf Club.

Reynolds and Leggett joined a prestigious group of multiple winners — Leggett having won it with Stu Blair in 2009; Reynolds with his “poppa” Allan Nairne in 2015.

Nairne’s name features on the trophy more than any other club member — five times.

“After we won on 16 he gave me a hug and told me I’m still three away from him,” said Reynolds.

“I knew that damn well and plan on beating that record.”

With Leggett, of course.

Barrett brothers no mugs with a club

All Blacks Beauden and Jordie Barrett’s sporting talents extend to the fairways.

The pair, who will create history on Saturday alongside brother Scott as the first set of three siblings to make the same starting 15, are both on single-figure handicaps.

Jordie, a member of Wellington clubs Royal Wellington, Miramar and Taranaki country course Pungarehu, has a handicap index of 4.4.

Beauden, a member of the same three clubs, is on 4.7.

Jordie’s rounds this year have been highlighted by an even-par 70 at Miramar, including eagle-2s on the ninth and 14th holes, according to the nz.golf website.

Beauden has also fired 70 at Miramar this year although had his troubles when he played Poverty Bay during the Hurricanes’ squad’s training camp in Gisborne.

He shot 90-plus off the blue tees at Poverty Bay — coming to grief on the back nine after going out in 40.

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