Otago club eyes treble after win

After winning the Otago Champion of Champions tournament at Alexandra on Sunday, the Otago Golf Club is on target to achieve the treble in 2018.

Balmacewen players won the Metropolitan Pennant series in July and the team will now target the provincial pennant final in North Otago in October to make it a clean sweep.

Led by senior champion Brandon Hodgson, Otago finished with 80 gross stableford points at Alexandra, one point ahead of Wanaka, Arrowtown and St Clair which tied for second.

Hodgson played regulation golf for 36 points. He was ably assisted by intermediate champion Dylan Stock with 25, while No3 Graeme Sykes scored 19 points.

Ryan Shuttleworth posted 37 points for Wanaka while Andrew Atkins and Jimmy Connolly chipped in to help the team total 79 points.

For St Clair, former Chisholm Links golfer Cody McMullan posted 35 points while Alan Gilol with 26 and Louis Smith with 18 came close to winning.

Arrowtown's Chris Yallop, Brad Smith and 12-year-old Noah Novacek also were on the heels of Otago.

A feature of the final was the performance of two of the
province's smaller clubs. Tapanui finished seventh with 71 points and Maniototo was eighth
with 66 points.

Leading gross stableford scores in the Otago Champion of Champions over 18 holes at Alexandra on Sunday.-

80 - Otago (Brandon Hodgson 36, Dylan Stock 25, Graeme Sykes 19).

79 - Wanaka (Ryan Shuttleworth 37, Andrew Atkins 24, Jimmy Connolly 18); St Clair (Cody McMullan 35, Allan Gill 26, Louis Smith 18); Arrowtown (Chris Yallop 34, Brad Smith 20, Noah Novacek 25).

78 - Cromwell (Kyle Clark 39, John McDonald 23, Stu Nome 16).

76 - Queenstown (Brad Iles 32, Mark Atkins 27, Jamie Dyce 17).

71 - Tapanui (Levi McCall 31, Tony Williams 18, John Edgar 22).

66 - Maniototo (Steve Pringle 26, Wayne Weir 24, Eric Stringer 16).

65 - North Otago (Brendon Muller 34, Ross Familton 18, Shigo Kayama 13); Alexandra (Dave Fraser 27, Gordon McGregor 25, Ian Rutherford 13).


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