Honda Cars Golf Croquet Tournament 2021

Golf Croquet players from Taranaki, South Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and Wellington, together with those from local Manawatu-Wanganui clubs (Feilding Marton Rangatira and Rose Gardens), converged on the Rose Gardens lawns at the weekend for the Honda Cars Manawatu GC Tournament. Covid safety outside was assisted by the Palmerston North wind, particularly on Saturday. Also, players need to stand at least a metre apart to avoid being whacked by their opponent’s mallet. For tea and lunch breaks the club organised separate tables in the pavilion for the various club groups. 25 players entered, one more than the nominal capacity of the lawns. The bye in the Open event (11 entries) allowed everyone else to be on the lawns in the same rounds, a simple plan. There were 8 players in Event 2 (handicaps 4 and over) and 6 in Event 3 (8 and over). Event 3 was won by Amy Gust, a teenager from Marton club who was in her first Singles tournament and won 9 of her 10 games. Elwi El Beshlawi of Rose Gardens was second on countback from Marilyn Vallance, also Marton club.. Tina Duley from Marewa club in Napier won Event 2 from Ethan McDonald from Park club in Hawera, another young player. The Open event was very close and the top positions were in doubt until the last round. Josh Smith beat Joel Steele, a new member to Rose Gardens after transferring from Park club, 7-6 in their final game. Josh and Helen Reeves from Heretaunga club in Hawkes Bay both had 8 wins from 10 games, but Josh had a better points difference and took the title, with Joel a close third. If Joel had won 7-6 he would have won the event on countback from Helen with Josh third.