Shield win to Waikato

Eyes on the ball: Young talent from four provinces produced some impressive scoring at the Booth Shield junior interprovincial on the Poverty Bay course over the holiday weekend. Waikato’s Zahraa Bester won the girls’ 54-hole gross.
Bay of Plenty’s James Golding’s boys’ 54-hole gross-winning effort included a 4-under 68.
Poverty Bay-East Coast’s Travis Mitchell (above) and, Wairoa’s Xavier Tohiariki-Williams, also representing PBEC, were the top two for the boys’ overall net — Tohiariki-Williams winning on countback.
PBEC’s Jessica Hayward produced a personal-best performance. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Poverty Bay-East Coast’s Travis Mitchell and, Wairoa’s Xavier Tohiariki-Williams (above), also representing PBEC, were the top two for the boys’ overall net — Tohiariki-Williams winning on countback.

IT’S probably a good thing Tony Tian was reserve for Waikato at the Booth Shield junior interprovincial tournament here last weekend.

Had his Saturday scores counted, Waikato would have won the 54-hole teams’ net tournament by even more.

Waikato added another chapter to the tournament’s 57-year history with a 13-shot win over Bay of Plenty on the Poverty Bay course.

Tian recorded red-hot net scores of 57 and 60 off his 34 handicap on Saturday.

Hosts Poverty Bay-East Coast’s No.1 side finished fourth overall but their two teams had individual success.

Ellen Ball won the girls’ 54-hole net with a 214 total that included a personal best 95-30-65 on Saturday morning.

Her overall total could have been substantially lower but for an 11 on the par-3 sixth hole where she got herself into all sorts of bunker trouble.

Ball finished just one stroke ahead of Waikato’s Lauola Palamo.

Home province players also dominated the boys’ 54-hole net.

Wairoa’s Xavier Tohiariki-Williams (67, 76, 61) and Poverty Bay’s Travis Mitchell (68, 66, 70) finished on the same top net score of 204. Tohiariki-Williams won on countback.

Another PBEC player, Andy Brott, was third-equal, thanks to an excellent third round of 87-24-63.

PBEC’s Jessica Hayward deserved special mention. Hayward went into the tournament with a career grand total of just three 18-hole rounds off the women’s yellow tees.

On top of that she had to play off the maximum allowable handicap of 43 for girls instead of her current course handicap of 54.

She responded with her three best rounds, includng 120 on Sunday afternoon.

Teammate Anahera Stills-Hindmarsh had a tough Saturday but bounced back impressively on Sunday with a net 72 — a 15-shot improvement on her second round.

At the lower end of the handicap scale, there was some outstanding scoring by the top players.

Bay of Plenty’s James Golding won the boys’ 54-hole gross with a 4-under 212 comprising rounds of 71, 68, 73. He had 14 birdies over the three rounds, five of those on his final nine holes.

Golding finished eight shots ahead of BoP teammate Mitchell Kale.

Waikato’s Zahraa Bester won the girls’ 54-hole gross with 5-over 227 (78, 75, 74). She was two ahead of PBEC’s Tessa McDonald on 229 (79, 76, 74).

The youngest player in the field, Wellington eight-year-old Hugo Sidford, had father and professional Alistair Sidford beaming proudly after nets of 72, 76, 73 off his 32 handicap.

IT’S probably a good thing Tony Tian was reserve for Waikato at the Booth Shield junior interprovincial tournament here last weekend.

Had his Saturday scores counted, Waikato would have won the 54-hole teams’ net tournament by even more.

Waikato added another chapter to the tournament’s 57-year history with a 13-shot win over Bay of Plenty on the Poverty Bay course.

Tian recorded red-hot net scores of 57 and 60 off his 34 handicap on Saturday.

Hosts Poverty Bay-East Coast’s No.1 side finished fourth overall but their two teams had individual success.

Ellen Ball won the girls’ 54-hole net with a 214 total that included a personal best 95-30-65 on Saturday morning.

Her overall total could have been substantially lower but for an 11 on the par-3 sixth hole where she got herself into all sorts of bunker trouble.

Ball finished just one stroke ahead of Waikato’s Lauola Palamo.

Home province players also dominated the boys’ 54-hole net.

Wairoa’s Xavier Tohiariki-Williams (67, 76, 61) and Poverty Bay’s Travis Mitchell (68, 66, 70) finished on the same top net score of 204. Tohiariki-Williams won on countback.

Another PBEC player, Andy Brott, was third-equal, thanks to an excellent third round of 87-24-63.

PBEC’s Jessica Hayward deserved special mention. Hayward went into the tournament with a career grand total of just three 18-hole rounds off the women’s yellow tees.

On top of that she had to play off the maximum allowable handicap of 43 for girls instead of her current course handicap of 54.

She responded with her three best rounds, includng 120 on Sunday afternoon.

Teammate Anahera Stills-Hindmarsh had a tough Saturday but bounced back impressively on Sunday with a net 72 — a 15-shot improvement on her second round.

At the lower end of the handicap scale, there was some outstanding scoring by the top players.

Bay of Plenty’s James Golding won the boys’ 54-hole gross with a 4-under 212 comprising rounds of 71, 68, 73. He had 14 birdies over the three rounds, five of those on his final nine holes.

Golding finished eight shots ahead of BoP teammate Mitchell Kale.

Waikato’s Zahraa Bester won the girls’ 54-hole gross with 5-over 227 (78, 75, 74). She was two ahead of PBEC’s Tessa McDonald on 229 (79, 76, 74).

The youngest player in the field, Wellington eight-year-old Hugo Sidford, had father and professional Alistair Sidford beaming proudly after nets of 72, 76, 73 off his 32 handicap.

Booth Shield results

Team results (net over three rounds): Waikato 1288 (433/424/431), 1st; Wellington 1301 (432/445/424), 2nd; Bay of Plenty 1305 (440/439/426), 3rd; Poverty Bay-East Coast 1 1314 (441/443/430), 4th; PBEC 2 1527 (506/505/516), 5th.

Weber Shield (best team net in round 2): Waikato.

Individual results — Boys, 54-hole gross: James Golding 212 (71, 68, 73), Bay of Plenty; Mitchell Kale 220 (76, 72, 72), BoP.

54-hole net: Xavier Tohiariki-Williams 204 (67, 76, 61), Poverty Bay-East Coast on countback from Travis Mitchell 204 (68, 66, 70), PBEC.

Best 18-hole net: Tony Tian 57, Waikato (team reserve).

Girls, 54-hole net: Zahraa Bester 227 (78, 75, 74), Waikato, from Tessa McDonald 229 (79, 76, 74), PBEC.

54-hole net: Ellen Ball 214 (65, 76, 73), PBEC, from Lauola Palamo 215 (69, 72, 74), Waikato.

Best 18-hole net: Charlotte Gillespie 67, Wellington.

Clements Trophy (North v South, top 10 gross aggregate): South 2432, North 2591.

Poverty Bay-East Coast individual net scores — PBEC 1: David Situ (off 7-handicap) 77, 77, 74; Reef Pohatu (9) 75, 74, 70; Zach Rolls (18) 76, 70, 73; Clay Wesche (18) 81, 76, 80; Travis Mitchell (24) 68, 66, 70; Tessa McDonald (2) 77, 74, 72; Anahera Stills-Hindmarsh (29) 80, 87, 72; Ellen Ball (30) 65, 76, 73; Jess Hayward 84, 83, 77; Jett Pohatu (18) 81, 85, 74.

PBEC 2: Wade Williams (8) 69, 68, 75; Wade Wesche (9) 70, 70, 77; Rios Moleta (26) 71, 74, 74; Andy Brott (24) 72, 74, 63; Xavier Tohiariki-Williams (35) 67, 76, 61; Christopher Taurima (71, 75, 81); Labor Taurima (24) 86, 72, 85.

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