Busy weekend ahead for Otago’s top male players

Covid caused delays but the Otago golfing season is about to swing into gear.

It is a big weekend for the male golfers with back-to-back 36-hole tournaments this weekend.

The Lakes District tournament is hosted by the Arrowtown club tomorrow, and the Cromwell Open is on Sunday.

The Otago metropolitan pennants final is at St Clair next Saturday, while the annual Otago matchplay is at Balmacewen at Labour Weekend.

After that, the Otago selectors pick an eight-man team for the South Island interprovincial at Ashburton the following weekend.

Then it is the big one — the New Zealand amateur championship, for both men and women, hosted by the Otago Golf Club on November 3-7.

That is the last chance for Otago male golfers to impress before the five-man team, plus reserve, is named for the New Zealand interprovincial at Ashburton at the end of November.

Masters golf is also about to crank into gear.

The South Island masters interprovincial is at the Waitikiri club, in Christchurch, this weekend.

Otago will play Tasman, Canterbury, Aorangi and Southland, ideal preparation for the Freyberg Masters at Paraparaumu Beach starting on November 8.

Brent McEwan, Tony Giles, John McIntee, Chris Snow, Andrew Hobbs and Travis Cook are representing Otago this weekend.

At the younger level, the Taieri Lakes Open is the next tournament in the Patston Media junior series on October 14-15.

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