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Tough comp looms in golf

Saturday April 20, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports

An exciting battle is expected on the greens in this weekend’s Air Rarotonga 36-hole Easter Tournament.


The two-day tournament which starts today and will end on Monday will be held at the Rarotonga Golf Club course in Nikao.

Club manager Leanne Browne said they have a full draw of 114 golfers competing in the annual event which has been running for over 20 years.

Browne said the turnout would be the biggest for the 2019 season.

She said top prizes were up for grab in the tournament, adding this should increase the intensity of the competition.

“There will definitely be some airline tickets courtesy of Air Rarotonga as prizes,” Browne said.

The tournament will also serve as the trials for the national golf team to the Pacific Games in Samoa in July this year.

The ladies squad include, Rotana Howard, Memory Akama, Margaret Teiti, Katey Karati, Moeroa Matheson, Jacquiline Urlich and Rowena Newbigging. The men’s squad has William Howard, Daniel Webb, Royle Brogan, Kris Williamson, James Herman and Jojo Karati.

“The squad members will be trialing out for the Pacific Games at this tournament and this will surely add to the competition over the two days,” Browne said.

The national squad members are also the frontrunners for the top prizes with leading local golfers William and Rotana the top bets.

Ned Howard, father of William and Rotana, won the Air Rarotonga 36-hole Easter Tournament last year.

The first tee-off today is at 7am while the final tee-off will be at 2pm. 

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