We got a good field for the Napier Golf Club main tournament for the year including NZ no 1 amateur Joshua Bai and Jayden Ford among others. Weather was good and the course was in great shape. I shot two opening 69’s to be leading Joshua Bai by 5 shots going into the last round.
Joshua fired 6 birdies in the front nine holes to my 2 birdies and 2 bogeys. I birdied the last hole to tie Joshua after 54 holes. Playoff. We teed off on the 18th and my ball stuck up a tree only 30 meters out from the green so playoff lost and I finished 2nd. Not a bad results and I would have taken it at the start of the weekend but not the way I wanted to finish the tournament.
Rocked up to my Tuesday lesson @ Andrew Henare Golf and these bad boys were waiting for me. WOW!!! I was speechless. I didn’t have a clue I was getting these. It’s the first time I’ve ever had a new set of irons. Yeah Boi.
What’s in the bag… Titleist 690mb irons. 3-PW Titleist SM9 wedges. 52, 56 and 60. Titleist TS3 driver, XS shaft Titleist TS3 3wood.
First round of qualifying for 2022 club Champs. Had some really rough weather at the start of the day that thankfully calmed down a bit by lunchtime. Got off to a slow start and the bogey on 6th hole left me even so had to focus a bit more. Very happy to finish with 5 under 67. Great up and down on the 18th. Can’t wait for the next one.
Second round of Club Champs – I didn’t play my best and struggled to hit it close but ran into a red hot Preston Tatana who was 4 under when he beat me 3/2. Out of Club Champs – bugger.
Onga Onga golf clubs 27 hole tournament. Won this one last year with 65 and a 37 so wanted to try and better that. Very happy with my day shot rounds of 64 and 34 – 8 under total tying the course record with my 64. Won the event 9 shots clear of the field.
Kaimai Classic in Tauranga. Great to get away and play some good courses. Been working hard on course management and had a productive practice round with a few members who were very knowledgeable and very helpful. Had a really good first round at Omanu GC. Did just about everything I wanted to do including sinking some really nice putts for a solid 67. Handy 2 shot lead heading into Sunday. Second round at Mount Manganui GC. Started with a birdie and finished with an eagle. Very happy with my round of 65, even happier that I was able to back up my 67 from the previous day. Won the tournament by 10 shots, happy days and the hard work definitely paid off.
South island Under 19’s at the Russley GC in Christchurch this week. First year in the under 19 division. Tough course, hard and fast undulated greens. Overall, happy with most of my game this week. 73, 70, 73. Hit the ball well, putted well. I’d like 3 or 4 holes back but very proud of the 4 birdies I made in the last 7 holes to take second place. ‘Don’t ever give up. Fight all the way to the end’
Trust House Wairarapa Open done and dusted for 2022. Very excited to do one better than my second placing at last years event. Started really well, 6 under 65 but unfortunately couldn’t back that round up so that meant 65/70 for the day. 3 shots back of the lead. Had a plan and a goal for the final day but I didn’t pull it off. Finished in second place again. 65/70/72. Bit gutted but no time to dwell, off to Christchurch in the morning for the South Island Under 19s.
New Zealand strokeplay March 2022 in Christchurch. This is a combination of NZ amateurs and professional golfers. So very excited. I was paired up with Michael Hendry and Kerry Mountcastle for the first 2 rounds, Hendry is one of NZs top professionals so I was pretty excited. Good first round of 69 followed up with a not so good 73 was enough to make the cut easily. I followed that up with rounds of 71 and 70 for a 5 under par total. Finished up 4th place in the amateurs and 9th overall. I would love to have 3 holes back over the 4 days but overly, really really happy with the result.
Pennants finals time. Very excited to keep our unbeaten run going. We started strong and didn’t let up, ended up beating the Maraenui team 7.5 to 1.5. Wasn’t my best performance but I was in control of my match all the way through. Ended up winning 4/3 and hit a great shot into the last hole, 2 feet, to win the four ball. Very happy for the team.
Played the last round robin of pennants last weekend. We were up against Hastings, Hawkes Bays most successful golf club. I’m up against my favorite opponent HB legend Stu Duff. Stu definately came to play and after 9 holes we were all even. 3 holes later I was 3 up and had real control over my game. Finished the match off 4/3 and had the four ball 2 holes later. Even better the team had a dominant win.
Bring on the final.
First competitive round back since contracting Covid 19. So really excited about the third round of pennants. Up against the Hawkes Bay GC this week. Happy with how I played, bumpy greens made putting difficult but still finished off my match 7/5. 4 under the card. Better still was the teams 8/1 victory, making us the only unbeaten side so far.
Second round of pennants over and done with. Got to pair up with my old mate Wilky this week. Good times. Wrapped my match up 5/4 and was 3 under the card. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the four ball but the team came through with a very close win 5/4. The team is still unbeaten after 2 rounds.
First round of Men’s Pennants this weekend. I’ve had a few little issues with my game over the last couple of tournaments so I’ve been working hard to fix them. We’ve got Maraenui first up at Hastings so I’ve been looking forward to playing NZ rep Mako Thompson. All the extra work payed off and I beat Mako 5/4 but still had to work hard to win the 4 ball which we did on the 18th hole. I finished up 7under par. Team won 6/3 so a great day all round. Can’t wait for round 2.
First ever Adidas U19 junior 6s held at Royal Wellington GC. What a amazing course and facility. I’d love one of those here in Hawkes Bay. 54 holes then the top two play off for a spot in the Australian finals. Had rounds of 71, 76 and 70 in really wet/rainy conditions. Finished 3rd place in the boys. Pretty disappointed with my week. I played a lot of great golf but made too many simple mistakes which cost me the W. Got to play golf on one of the toughest and prettiest courses that I’ve played so far and I’ll remember the positives and while I don’t really appreciate the negatives it drives me to get better.