Marton Quadrangular a Success
On Tuesday 19th & Wednesday, 20th April 2016, Wellington had 25 U19 players representing us in the Marton Quadrangular tournament. We fielded two boys team (of 10 players) and a group of 5 girls. The boys played in the development tournament which is a teams event of 3 rounds of Matchplay off the stick. The girls on the other hand play an individual event, with the first round being a strokeplay round to attain seedings for Rounds 2&3. For the top 4 girls Rounds 2 & 3 are knock out match play rounds, and for the bottom 3 girls it was a knockout round of stableford matchplay.
Wellington is extremely fortunate to have significant depth that we were able to field two U19 boys teams. To make the competition a little more even, we arranged the teams such that the average handicap across both teams was around 10, which was similar to that of the other teams playing in the tournament - Manawatu-Wanganui and Taranaki.
After the 3 rounds of play, the two Wellington teams finished 3rd & 4th. The Wellington Yellow team had the highest number of individual wins, but was pipped out of the title due to the team points over the 3 rounds.
For the girls, Shontalia William yet again won the Girls competition, with Zhuoyi Hu finishing 2nd, Mia Scrimgeour finishing 3rd, Ashley Geusebroek finishing 6th and Dakota Asi finishing 7th.
All the players represented themselves, their team mates, their parents and WGI well. The comraderie amongst the players and the two teams was excellent. Wellington can be proud of this group of 25 youngsters, and it looks like we will have a number of talented players competing for spots in the U19 representative teams over the next few years.
A special thanks to David William, Aiden Blackler and Jessie Hu who assisted Carmen Blackler (U19 team manager) with on-course management duties for the three teams. Your help was greatly appreciated and enabled the teams to remain fueled across the three rounds. Thanks also to all the parents who came and supported their children. And thanks again to David and Jessie who helped with the transportation logistics.
I think all the players had a great tournament, and although the final results might not have been what they ultimately wanted, there was some excellent golf played and I am sure the players will all want to be part of it again in 2017.