Waikato juniors lose title in golf championship

Cantebury no.3 and player of the tournament Ben Baker.

Dozens of the country’s top young golfers were in town last week as the Cambridge Golf Club hosted the 2017 Junior Interprovincial Golf Championships.

Organisers were relieved to see mostly sunny skies over the four-day competition held Tuesday to Friday last week.

The Waikato team, led by Cambridge’s Jordan Woodall, didn’t continue their winning streak this year, having won the competition last year. They finished in sixth place, succumbing to Wellington 5 – 1 in the final round.

Cantebury no.3 and player of the tournament Ben Baker.

The team included Robson Tarrant, Luke Kidd, James Fellows-Ford, Tyler Wood, Jack Trower and Jordan Woodall. They started off brilliantly, beating Taranaki and Eastland 6 nil, and later beating Northland 6 nil as well, but a 5-1 loss against Canterbury ruined their chance to become the champions.

Ahead of Wellington in fifth place was the Bay of Plenty team in fourth, following Auckland in third, North Harbour second and Canterbury in first.

Just three players remained undefeated throughout the competition, with Player of the Tournament honours going to Canterbury’s no3 Ben Baker.

It was the seventh year the Cambridge Golf Club has hosted the tournament, and despite the Waikato team’s less than perfect placing, the host club were rapt that the competition ran smoothly with perfect golfing conditions and a superb course throughout.

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