2017 New Zealand Mixed Foursomes Championship
Wanaka Golf Club // Final Results
Sunday 21 October
Having led her Northland team to victory in April at the New Zealand Women’s Masters – Kylie Jacoby has just claimed the 2017 New Zealand Mixed Foursomes crown playing with husband, Nathan.
As top seeds in the Championship division, the Jacobys (Waipu) met Mary and Neville Hore (Tokarahi), in their first match which they won 4/3. Their second match was against the formidable local pairing of Liz McRae and Ross Parry. A life member of Wanaka Golf Club, McRae has represented her beloved Otago over 100 times at a district level. Despite their local knowledge and a closely fought battle, they lost on the 18th, 2-down.
Kylie and Nathan then faced the Number 2 seeds in the final, Grace Senior (Wairakei) and Bevan Martin (Taupo). Senior and Martin had reached the final after a win against Bev Green (Pleasant Point) and Warren Davis (McLeans Island) which included a hole-in-one on the par 3, 15th hole by Martin. It was Martin’s first hole in one, and the club’s first on the newly renovated hole.
Wanaka Golf Club have been the tournament’s host for the past three years. All levels of the club’s administration, volunteers and pro shop have supported the tournament with the President, Men’s club captain, pro shop manageress, green keeper, catering manager, three life members, financial controller and numerous committee members entering in 2017.
Wanaka was represented on the prize table in all six divisions. From Christchurch, Sharon and Lindsay Marsh won the 2nd division which was scored by handicap, foursomes match play, as were all divisions except the championship division. Life members Carrick Jones and Judy Muir won the 1st flight in this division.
The first flight in division 3 was also won by locals, Mason Calder, one of the greens staff, teamed with Sonya Adams. Waitikiri’s Julie and Paul McEwan won the gold medal in the 3rd division.
Club president Mike Thompson and Wanaka’s club manager, Kim Badger won the 4th division after a solid win, 5/4 against Wendy Borrius-Broek (Harewood) and the youngest player in the field, 14-year-old Josh Cooper (Invercargill). More Wanaka winnings, in this division with Pamela de Beer, partnered with Phil Selby claiming the 2nd flight.
It was a Wanaka final in division 5, with John and Avril Templeton matched against Sue Macassey and Don Kindley. Macassey who also plays much of her golf out of nearby Tarras and Kindley lost 5/4 to the strong Templeton couple. Wanaka honours also in division 5 with Matt Prince partnered with club caterer Ariana Beck on the prize list.
Beck was called in at the last minute when Prince’s scheduled partner had to withdraw due to illness 30 minutes out from tee time. In between making sandwiches and pies, and organising the post golf lunch, Beck teamed up with Prince to win 2 out of 3 matches to receive the plate prize.
Colette and Allan Kelly gave more accolades to the host club, awarded the runner-up place in the 6th division. The Kelly’s had battled with Sally and Andre Beets who herald from the Pupuke Golf Club on Auckland’s North Shore.
The New Zealand Mixed Foursomes Championship was first played in 1973. Previous winners include the late Una Wickham, Kaye Maxwell, Brenda Ormsby, Grant Waite, and New Zealand Golf Operations Manager, Phil Aickin.
The 2015 and 2016 championship was won by back to back winners, Claire Hunter and Grant Dooley, who were unable to make the trek from Auckland to Wanaka to try for a 3-peat this year.
PaR nz Golfing Holidays manage the tournament under the auspices of New Zealand Golf, and announced that the tournament would be hosted over the 2018 Labour Weekend in the Hawkes Bay at the Maraenui Golf Club. The format seeds pairs by handicap into divisions of eight and a programme that includes a welcome happy hour, breakfast on day one and a farewell lunch and prize giving. PaR nz Golfing Holidays have introduced a range of sponsors over the years with 2017 representation from BOSCH and TaylorMade.
Full prize list is below.
Winner Kylie & Nathan Jacoby; Runner Up Grace Senior & Bevan Martin; Plate Winner Amy Johns & Jono Jackson; Flight 1 Liz McRae & Ross Parry; Flight 2 Maryanne Glasson & Murray Marsh
Winner Sharon & Lindsay Marsh; Runner Up Sally Reynolds & John Beattie; Plate Winner Sue & Lloyd Allison; Flight 1 Judy Muir & Carrick Jones; Flight 2 Pam & Norm McTaggart
Winner Julie & Paul McEwan; Runner Up Paula & James Goodman; Plate Winner Colleen & Norman Fairweather; Flight 1 Mason Calder & Sonya Adams; Flight 2 Kurt & Lynne Edmonds
Winner Kim Badger & Mike Thompson; Runner Up Wendy Borrius Broek & Josh Cooper; Plate Winner Chris & Paul Mackenzie; Flight 1 Amanda & Wes Gainard; Flight 2 Phil Selby & Pamela de Beer
Winner Avril & John Templeton; Runner Up Sue Macassey & Don Kindley; Plate Winner Ariana Beck & Matthew Prince; Flight 1 Julie Hamilton & Allan Ewington; Flight 2 Debbie Knapp & Paul Kahukura
Winner Sally & Andre Beets; Runner Up Colette & Allan Kelly; Plate Winner John & Joanna Frew; Flight 1 June A’Court & John Law; Flight 2 Rocco & Michele Festa
For more information contact
NZ Golf Tournament Director
Phone 0275 662 385