Champion trio

From left: Tessa McDonald (senior), Mary Allan (intermediate) and Karen Crosby (junior). Picture supplied

Poverty Bay Golf Club’s women club champions were decided on Wednesday and the winners were Tessa McDonald (senior), Mary Allan (intermediate) and Karen Crosby (junior).

Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay representative McDonald was a red-hot favourite to win but the 1-handicapper was kept honest by her 17-handicapper opponent Jan Utting in the first 18 holes of their 36-hole matchplay final.

Utting shot 84 off the stick — seven under her handicap — to trail 3-down after the morning round but McDonald proved too strong in the afternoon and ran out a 9 and 8 winner.

Utting beat Gay Young 4 and 3 in the semis while McDonald knocked out club president Miggles Shanks 3 and 2. Allan added a second intermediate title to her 2015 crown.

She led June MacKinnon 7-up after 18 and went on to win 8 and 7. Crosby, who has played in all three divisions over the years and was once senior runner-up, beat Peri Gayford 6 and 5 in their 27-hole junior final after leading 3-up at the 18-hole break.

Brigit McIldowie beat Annabelle Sutton in the 9-holers’ final.

The men’s finals are being held tomorrow.

Poverty Bay Golf Club’s women club champions were decided on Wednesday and the winners were Tessa McDonald (senior), Mary Allan (intermediate) and Karen Crosby (junior).

Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay representative McDonald was a red-hot favourite to win but the 1-handicapper was kept honest by her 17-handicapper opponent Jan Utting in the first 18 holes of their 36-hole matchplay final.

Utting shot 84 off the stick — seven under her handicap — to trail 3-down after the morning round but McDonald proved too strong in the afternoon and ran out a 9 and 8 winner.

Utting beat Gay Young 4 and 3 in the semis while McDonald knocked out club president Miggles Shanks 3 and 2. Allan added a second intermediate title to her 2015 crown.

She led June MacKinnon 7-up after 18 and went on to win 8 and 7. Crosby, who has played in all three divisions over the years and was once senior runner-up, beat Peri Gayford 6 and 5 in their 27-hole junior final after leading 3-up at the 18-hole break.

Brigit McIldowie beat Annabelle Sutton in the 9-holers’ final.

The men’s finals are being held tomorrow.

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