Koni youngsters clean up again a year on

Golfing prodigies Anahera (8) and Kairangi (9) pause for a photograph with a kangaroo while at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort last month. Photo: Supplied
Golfing prodigies Anahera (8) and Kairangi (9) pause for a photograph with a kangaroo while at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort last month. Photo: Supplied
The Koni kids have done it again.

Last year Kairangi and Anahera Koni cleaned up on the US Kids Wellington tour, winning all five tournaments they entered.

Fast forward a year and the brother and sister golfing prodigies have gone one better - this time winning all six tournaments they entered.

The siblings, who go to St Bernadette's School, also played in the US Kids Australian Open at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort on January 19-21.

Kairangi (9) finished sixth in his age-group with rounds of 81 and 81, while Anahera (8) finished third in the 10-year-old girls grade.

The Konis got to play on some pretty decent golf courses while competing on the US Kids Wellington tour, including at the Kapiti Golf Club and the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. The last two rounds were at the Royal Wellington Golf Club where Kairangi shot a 75 and a 78.

Anahera posted impressive rounds of 37 and 36, a par round on the nine-hole course.

The school holidays have been busy for the pair, who have travelled to and from Dunedin each weekend in January. All that hard work has been rewarded with both of them named in a junior New Zealand team which will play Australia at the Gulf Harbour Country Club on May 3-5.

Kairangi is teaming up with Wakatipu's Noah Novacek in the 10-year-old boys grade, while Anahera will link with Auckland's Jasmine Nguyen.

In the meantime, the children will return to their clubs, Island Park and Chisholm Links.

Kairangi, on a adult handicap of 13.5, played junior pennants for Chisholm Links in 2017. He won three, lost one and drew one game. Anahera's handicap is 21.6.

 

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