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Waitangi weekend brought an influx of golfers to the region to join locals for the annual Central Otago Trilogy Tournament.

The event, now in its 14th year, was originally created by local former golf professional John Roche.

This year’s tournament convener Alan Janman said in total, 64 men’s, women’s and mixed teams of four converged on Alexandra, Dunstan and Omakau courses over the two days.

The event was co-ordinated by a committee of three with representatives from the three clubs involved.

It was complicated because three separate competitions were played by the teams over the three courses involved, and players played with different partners in each round.

Organisers were relieved the event could proceed despite the Covid Red light situation.

Special arrangements were put in place to allow it to proceed within those rules, including splitting the prize-giving ceremonies between the three clubs.

After a couple of days of rain leading up to the event, the weather and course were great, organisers said.

The official winning teams in each grade reflected the geographical spread of entrants:

  • Women: Jo Studholme, Gaye Kensington, Mary O’Connell, and Katrina Noone, from the Ardleigh Club.
  • Men, div A: Graeme Rive, Holger Reinecke, Skip Johnson, and Dave Trevathan, from the Tarras Club.
  • Men, div B: Andrew Anderson, Steve Robertson, Richard Herland, and Michael Anderson, from Fairlie.
  • Mixed: Paul McIlwrick, Ross Butcher, Lydia McIlwrick and Kelli Butcher, from the Hedgehope and Mataura clubs.

Organisers are keeping fingers crossed that other events will still be able to proceed this year with the disruption of travel plans caused by Covid-19.