Champs tie up golf season

The Warkworth Golf Club capped off its winter season this month, with a Strokeplay Championship on a weather-stricken course.

A total of 13 prizes were taken in both men’s and women’s categories, with Johan White winning Men’s Senior Champion and Sala Bishop winning Women’s Silver Champion.

Warkworth Golf Club treasurer Keith Stone says the course had suffered fromall the winter rain, making play harder.

“Fortunately, there was a slight improvement before the championships were played in November, but parts of the course were still damaged and the rough was quite long in places,” he says.

Depending on grade, players competed between two and four rounds of golf in November, while the nine-hole women’s championship of one round was played earlier in the year.

“It was probably one of the strongest competitions we’ve had,” club captain Leighton Kearins says.

“We had our biggest ever entry in C grade and the scores were pretty competitive with previous years.”

Jim Perry took out the Ryburn Tankard award for the best net score over 36 holes across the two Sundays of play.

Yvonne Flynn won the Captain’s Trophy for the best net score over three rounds of golf, while Joy Martin was the nine hole women’s winner.

Next season the club will host a women’s ProAm in March, which will bring a number of professional golfers to the club.

Leighton says the intermediate players are developing well but that getting young players involved is difficult.

“It’s about making people realise that golf is a lot more accessible than it used to be” he says.

The club is holding a playing day for Mahurangi College students on December 7 and is looking to utilise some different formats of the game, such as frisbee golf, to get people involved.