Annual Fiordland Golf Classic

Glen Donovan, manager of Fiordland Hotel (in cart), discusses the score sheet with his golf...
Glen Donovan, manager of Fiordland Hotel (in cart), discusses the score sheet with his golf partner, Alan Miller - owner of Fiordland Hotel - on the Saturday after playing in tough conditions. Photos: Julie Walls
Sunday, weather improved and sun out. Bottleneck of teams waiting to play off one of the holes...
Sunday, weather improved and sun out. Bottleneck of teams waiting to play off one of the holes during the tournament, Speight's time for some to pass the time.
Golfers played on Saturday in wet, windy, cold conditions, where umbrellas were well used to...
Golfers played on Saturday in wet, windy, cold conditions, where umbrellas were well used to protect golfers and golf carts from the driving rain.
Te Anau Golf Club Clubhouse with Hole 1 in the foreground.
Te Anau Golf Club Clubhouse with Hole 1 in the foreground.
Left to right: Tournament co-convener Marg Hughes, tournament convener Dawn Dowling, sponsor Don...
Left to right: Tournament co-convener Marg Hughes, tournament convener Dawn Dowling, sponsor Don McFarlane (Ray White Licensee Agent/Owner), winners Jack Barrett Lumsden and Liam Hewitt.

Te Anau Golf Club celebrated their 41st Te Anau Fiordland Golf Classic at the weekend of July 28/29, with tee-offs at 8am and 12pm on both days.

Organiser dawn Dowling said Sunday was ''a cracker day compared to Saturday’s wet, windy cold conditions''.

“There was amazing perseverance in tough conditions and the scoring reflected that. However there was still some excellent scores despite the weather, with golfers on the later roster striking increased rain”.

Ray White Te Anau’s second year as major sponsor and prize giving was held at the Te Anau Club.

One of the biggest golf tournaments in Otago-Southland, 96 teams with a total of 192 competitors for the 2-day event, from Te Anau, Christchurch, Invercargill, Southland, Bluff, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Christchurch and Rangiora. This was the most the field could hold due to the limited winter daylight hours.

A very popular annual event with extra cash prizes for the event and the views from the Te Anau Golf course taking in Lake Te Anau and a backdrop of the surrounding mountains attracted a loyal following of tournament golfers, some have had over a 20-year commitment to the event.

Golf brand TaylorMade sponsored a Stableford practice round on Friday, which attracted 90 players to sign up. Winner of the TaylorMade Classic Stableford was Jason Herrick from Mossburn with 44.

The $5000 prize for hole-in-one has been running now for about five years and this year was sponsored by Distinction Hotels. This prize has never been won in previous tournaments but Sam Shefford of Arrowtown had a hole-in-one on the Saturday on No 3.

Dawn Dowling, organiser of the tournament for past 15 years, told us that although she finds organising the event enjoyable would have to admit it hasn’t been good for her golf. However this year Dawn and golf partner Te Anau Golf Club President Brian King took 16th place in the tournament. Dawn also had the Best Nett Over the Field 95-22-7.

Top honours for the Classic two-day event were Liam Hewitt of Invercargill and Jack Barrett of Lumsden. They also won the Best Combined Nett, John Thompson Memorial trophy.

Liam Hewitt is on a scratch handicap (0) and Jack Barrett from Lumsden on a 6 handicap and its the first time they have played together in the classic. Jack has played with other partners twice previously. They are both 17 and started playing golf about the age of 10.

Liam goes to James Hargest High School and Jack goes to Northern Southland College. Jack is looking to take up a green keeping apprenticeship at The Hills Golf Course and Liam would like to be involved working in a golfing club and becoming a coaching professional. They attend a lot of junior tournaments and have represented Southland in age group teams and are very appreciative of the support they get from Golf Southland.

Jack spends a lot of his time playing at the Cromwell Golf Club where his Uncle and mentor, Neil Middlemass, is the green keeper.

The overall first prize for the winning team, $1000 travel voucher from House of Travel Dunedin for each of the two players.

Runners-up William du Plessis of Drummond and Chris Withy of Dipton, and third place went to Lindsey Houliston of Te Anau and Tony Leean of Waikaia.

The Ray White 4BBB winners were Mark Daley and Paul Evans, both of Te Anau 60 and runners-up Sam Shefford and Shawn Coombe both of Arrowtown 61 by lot.

The Ray White Stableford Men’s individual title was won by Liam Hewitt (Invercargill) and Women’s, Olivia Frost (Invercargill).

Ray White Fiordland Classic results:

1 204 Liam Hewitt Invercargill Jack Barrett Lumsden
2 208 William du Plessis Drummond Chris Withy Dipton
3 208 Lindsey Houliston Te Anau Tony Leean Waikaia
4 209 Gary Radka Queenstown Peter Howley Invercargill
5 210 Nigel Fowle Tuatapere Zach Fowle Tuatapere
6 210 Thomas Racz Invercargill Jonathon Roff Otautau
7 210 Alan Smith Waikaka Stan Turner Invercargill
8 212 Kevin Ng Te Anau Lindsay Muir Mossburn
9 213 Bert Egerton Te Anau Sheree Hemi Te Anau

Best Gross Over The Field:

Men: Liam Hewitt 70 Invercargill – Runner-up: Jeremy Hall 71 Otautau
Ladies: Olivia Frost 82 Invercargill – Runner-up: Amy Johns 87 Arrowrown

Best Nett Over The Field:

Men: Bert Egerton 71-6-65 Te Anau – Runner-up: Thomas Racz 77-11-66 Invercargill
Ladies: Dawn Dowling 95-22-73 Te Anau Runner-Up: Jo Wadsworth 92-18-74 Invercargill

Classic an (18 hole 4BBB and 18 Hole Combined Nett and Individual Stableford)

 - Julie Walls

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