21 Feb 2020 | Amateur golf |

Morgan wins NZ Senior Amateur

by Contributor

Jacqui Morgan with Golf NZ Life Member Mike Alexander.
Jacqui Morgan with Golf NZ Life Member Mike Alexander.

- By NZ Golf

The 2020 New Zealand Senior Women’s Championship concluded last night, at the Taupo Golf Club with the NZ Golf Veterans Challenge Cup, awarded to Australian, Jacqui Morgan (Monash), the title going back to Australia.

This prestigious women’s tournament is open to all senior women aged 50 and over, attracting the best senior players from both sides of the Tasman. With Morgan’s win yesterday, Australian players have won the Challenge Cup four times in the last five years.

Morgan, one of Australia’s most capped seniors, dominated the prize table claiming both the Challenge Cup for her performance in the match play section, and the Curtis Cup for the Stroke Play Championship, the best gross in qualifying.

Morgan comfortably won her final against local Diana Syer (Wairakei) in a match she lead at all stages. Turning 3-up after 9 holes, that included one birdie on the par-3, 6th, sadly for locals, Syer was in catch up mode most of the match. Morgan did have a couple of speed wobbles on three holes in the back nine, but held on to take out the match on the 17th.

Morgan’s run to the final included wins over her fellow countrymen, Carmen Palframan (Lake Karrinyup) and Helen Pascoe (Buninyong) before her semi-final against Brigit Holford (Royal Auckland Grange) in yesterday’s morning semi-final.

The 72nd championship attracted players from around the country along with 20 entrants from Australia. 124 senior ladies started the tournament last Monday with an 18-hole Stroke Play round before qualifying into 8 divisions of 16, competing for three days in match play.

PaR nz Golfing Holidays who manage the tournament on behalf of New Zealand Golf announced that the 73rd Championship will be held in Taranaki from the 15th – 18th February at New Plymouth Golf Club, known as Ngamotu Links.

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