Curnow & McElroy win 2017 NZ Men's & Women's Mid Am



2017 New Zealand Men’s & Women’s Mid Amateur

Omanu Golf Club 13-15 January 

McElroy Dominates In The Bay 

Bay of Plenty representative, Shelley McElroy has won the 2017 New Zealand Women’s Mid Amateur by 7 shots on the links-style Omanu Golf Course, and in doing so, her name will be added on the Women’s Trust Shield.  

At todays award ceremony McElroy received extra recognition, as the leading player out of both men’s and women’s fields. 

McElroy opened her charge with a 73 in Friday’s round that was anything but easy with strong afternoon sea breezes proving to be a challenge for all.   Her one over par round included birdies on the par 4 -2nd, and the challenging par 3 -7th.  

Two bogies in the first nine holes, followed by a further bogey on the 11th, before a par-run home, gave McElroy a one-shot lead heading into day two of the 54 hole, 3 day national tournament. 

Chasing hard and finishing on 74 in her opening round was the strong Harbour player, Vaha Fapiano.  Taranaki representative Ann Braithwaite, one shot further back with a 75, had a dream run, playing 3 shots under her handicap.    

McElroy cemented her lead in Saturdays round with a 74, and four shots ahead of Fapiano.   Both Fapiano and Braithwaite had disappointing rounds of 77 in the mornings round that offered players benign weather and great scoring opportunities in comparison to windy tough conditions during the first round. 

McElroy saved her best to last with a 2-under par round in today’s final 18-holes.  Despite a 7 on the par 5, 6th, birdies on the 2nd, 5th and 7th, coupled with a bogey-free run home, from the 8th, gave McElroy her first win in the prestigious Mid-Amateur tournament.  Final score for McElroy was 217, one over par. 

Fapiano finished in 2nd place on 224 with a final round of 73.   Defending champion Jill Morgan, who shot 73 today, denyed Braithwaite the 3rd place in her race to claim the title again.  Morgan, a Waikato representative shot 77, 77 and 72 to finish on 226. 

Braithwaite was awarded the best stableford score over the three-days with 111 Stableford points – 3 better than her 6-handicap.  Best Net was awarded to Liz Bartlett (Ngaruawahia) who had net rounds of 70, 68 and a final 70. Like Braithwaite, Bartlett enjoyed her 3-days on the Omanu course, playing well under handicap. 

Elation, was all you could see on Brent Curnow face, a local Bay golfer who plays most of his golf out the Mt Maunganui Golf Club, when receiving the Neil Woodbury Cup and the top men’s award. 

Curnow shot a 73 in Friday’s first round, backed up with a one-under 71 on the Saturday round.  Strong competition was expected from visiting Australian player Damon Flood, who had to withdraw after the first round with a wrist injury. 

Going into today’s final, Curnow had a 4-shot lead over the field.  Even with a 3-over 75 today he could not be caught as overnight contenders fell away and today’s chasers were just too far back to catch him.  

Curnow has won his club championship two years in a row, but unlike the women’s field, star studded with district rep’s, he has not been a district representative.  Curnow won by 1 shot ahead of Marcus Raman (Redwood Park) who had rounds of 75, 74 and a one-under par, 71 today for a score of 220. 

Best round of the tournament was todays 67 by James Malone (Te Ngutu).  Malone had earlier shot rounds of 76 and 78 but rocketed up to a share of 3rd after todays 5-under par round.  Ken Meaden (Muriwai) shared 3rd equal place on 221, after rounds of 77, 70 and 74. 

In the men’s field Tom Ratima (Foxton) won the leading Net prize easily with rounds of 70, 63 and 64. Greg Quinn (Mangawhai) was awarded the leading stableford score. 

Other men’s prizes were awarded to Kyle Moore (Walton) and Brad Winger (Remuera) for Net results, and Bryan Tohill (North Shore) and Avinash Patel (Takapuna) prizes for stableford.  Also in the prize pool were Jenny Ritchie (Marton) and Julie Gee (Riverside) for Net results.  Local Omanu member Debbie Noble, with a blistering final round scoring of 41-stableford points, today put her in the stableford prize pool along with Kaye-Maree Mihaljevich (Te Ngutu). 

The 2017 field attracted players from all round New Zealand and Australia, France and Tahiti.   The tournament is managed by PaR nz Golfing Holidays on behalf of New Zealand Golf, who announced that the tournament would return to Omanu Golf Club in 2018, details and entry forms to be released in due course. 

For more details contact

Denise Langdon

NZ Golf Tournament Director

Phone +64 275 662 385