An exciting day looms at the Waihi Golf Club for semi-finals of the 2017 New Zealand Women’s Senior Championships.

In the top division, competing for the NZ Veterans Challenge Cup, Robyn Pullar has the weight of New Zealand on her shoulders as the only Kiwi left standing.

Pullar took 19 holes to oust the 2014 champion, Brigit Holford in her quarter finals yesterday and today will match against Helen Pascoe from Australia.

Pascoe, the top qualifier, won her quarter final against fellow Australian, Sylvia Donohoe, on the 18th, one up. Pascoe and Pullar are due to tee off at 9.40am.

At least one Australian is guaranteed to get into this afternoons final with Kim Burke due to match against Jacqui Morgan, also at 9.40am in the second semi-final. Burke won her quarter on the 18th, one up against the defending champion, Sharon Dawson while Morgan took out Robyn Boniface (Southland) 4 and 2 yesterday, in the other quarter final.

Semi-finalists in the second division include Annette Muir from North Harbour playing Dianne Sweeney, the Waikato president, along with Dianne Gilmour (Rotorua) who will match against Australian, Linda Urquhart.

Division three semi-finalists include Judy Fullerton (Hauraki) against Carrol Fouhy (Ngaruawahia), while Sherrill Jeeves (Sherwood Park) will take on Chrissie Courtman (Hamilton).

In total eight divisional semi-finals are due to tee off from 8.00am at Waihi Golf Club which while appearing benign, has proved a good challenge for the 69th championship, with sloping fairways and tough greens. The 2017 New Zealand Women’s Senior Championships will conclude today after all semi-final winners go onto finals this afternoon.

It’s been an exciting start to the 2017 New Zealand Women’s Senior Championships, being played at the Waihi Golf Club, in the Bay of Plenty.

The 69th championship has attracted a record number of entries from all around the country in addition to sixteen from across the ditch.

The Australian contingent has dominated the top division with 5 Australian’s still in contention after the first round of match play today.

Leading the charge is Helen Pascoe who shot the best round yesterday, a 2 over 74 to qualify in the top spot. However, despite the solid start yesterday, Pascoe needed all 18 holes to edge out the challenge from Bay of Plenty representative Judy Cameron. Sadly, for the Kiwi supporters, Cameron bogeyed the 18th, gifting the match to the strong Australian.

Seven-time Australian Senior Champion Sylvia Donohoe made light work of her match against Sue Cox (Mangawhai), winning 8/6. Cox shot an impressive 80 yesterday ‘punching well above her weight’ to qualify in 9th place but was arguably always going ‘to be up against it’ with her match today. Cox will have her name engraved on the Eileen Nutt Trophy with the best net (65) from the Stroke Play Qualifier round. Donohoe will now match against Pascoe in the first quarterfinal tomorrow.

The experienced Auckland representative Brigit Holford (The Grange) needed 20 holes to secure her place in tomorrow’s quarters. Deb Foster (Te Awamutu) the loser in this close tussle.

Holford, the 2014 champion, will now face the formidable Robyn Pullar (Invercargill), also a longtime district representative, from the other end of the country. Pullar also had a close match, against the 2017 Mid-Amateur champion, Shelley McElroy (Springfield). Final result 2/1.

So, at the top end of the draw, we know for sure one Australian will meet one Kiwi in the first semi on Thursday, and for the locals, hopefully a Kiwi will advance to the finals.

At the bottom of the draw, Kiwi hopes will be on Robyn Boniface who is arguably New Zealand’s strongest women’s senior golfer of the last 10 years. Boniface is a 3-time Senior Match Play Champion, and a 4-time holder of the Curtis Cup for the best gross.

Boniface edged out the 2015 Senior champion, Jill Morgan (Te Awamutu) on the 18th where Morgan conceded the hole. Both players are seasoned district representatives but surprisingly have never met each other in match play – today Southland took line honours, sadly for Waikato.

Boniface will now meet the current Australian Senior Champion, Jacqui Morgan in her quarter-final. Morgan shot a 76 in yesterday’s stroke round and today, showed real class being 5-under through ten holes to win 9/8 over Chris Pritt (Taupo). Like Cox, Pritt had a credible round yesterday to put her in the top division where a number of other seeded players failed to make the top 16.

If Boniface can get a win over Morgan, she would then need to contend with one of two Australians, who both took line honours over their Kiwi opponents today.

Kim Burke had a comfortable win over Robyn Pellow (Ngaruawahia) 5/4. Pellow is a 2-time winner of the championship and another long-standing district representative, playing for her beloved Waikato team.

Kay Wall (Otaki) was a past 11-time club champion from Waihi, qualifying in 7th place on a course she knows well, and had to face the defending New Zealand Seniors holder, Sharon Dawson from Perth. Another exciting match that was all square after 18 holes, and another hole played for Dawson to keep her dreams alive of back to back wins. Dawson will match against Burke in the 4th quarter-final tomorrow.

‘Tough day at the office’ yesterday, for several district representatives and seeded players including Gillian Lees (Mt Maunganui), Annette Muir (Waitemata), Sheelah Lamb (Matamata), Carol Leary (Waihi), Fiona McBride (Otaki), Pam Wright (Matamata), and Ginny Bolderston (Geraldine), who failed to get into the top 16 and are placed in the 2nd division, competing for the Waipukurua Jubilee Salver.

Of this group, Lees and Muir are the only ones who won their first round today, and will coincidentally face each other tomorrow.

In total 128 players are competing within eight divisions and trophy’s, with the quarter-finals teeing off tomorrow at 8.30am. Semi-finals are scheduled to tee off at 8.00am on Thursday 23 February, with finals in all divisions, plates and flights to follow.


Match Play Results
Division 1 – Veterans Challenge Cup

Helen Pascoe (Aus) bt Judy Cameron (Mt Maunganui) 1up; Sylvia Donohoe (Aus) bt Sue Cox (Mangawhai) 8/6; Deb Foster (Te Awamutu) lost to Brigit Holford (The Grange) 20th; Shelley McElroy (Springfield) lost to Robyn Pullar (Invercargill, 2/1; Kim Burke (Aus) bt Robyn Pellow (Ngaruawahia) 5/4; Kay Wall (Otaki) lost to Sharon Dawson (Aus) 19th; Jacqui Morgan (Aus) bt Chris Pritt (Taupo) 9/8; Jill Morgan (Te Awamutu) lost to Robyn Boniface (Queens Park) 2up.


For more information, please contact:

Denise Langdon
Tournament Director
Phone 0275 662 385



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