Home' Advocate Communications : Fiordland Advocate 6 March 2009 Contents Page 4 | 6 March, 2009
Dipton golfers have maintained
their dominance of the Southland
The Dipton Ladies Golf Club
successfully staved off a challenge
from their Lumsden counterparts
to retain the coveted Gilmour Rose
Bowl last month.
Meanwhile, the Dipton men faced
a determined challenge from
Queen’s Park last Saturday for the
equivalent trophy, the Laing Shield.
Dipton has held the shield, which is
challenged for 11 times a year, for
more than three years.
It was the 16th challenge the
Dipton women have faced since
first winning Southland club golf’s
premier trophy. The rose bowl is
challenged for 10 times a year.
Club captain Janice McDonald said
given the two clubs are neighbours,
there was a friendly rivalry to the
game on February 19.
Results were: (Dipton names first)
H.Baird lost to L.Senior 3/2, G.Todd
beat L.Mitchell 5/4, J.Baird beat M.
Melrose 2/1, R.Vickery beat D.Dewe
4/3, J.McDonald beat F.Keen 6/4.
The men’s shield defence was not
quite so straightforward – after the
first nine holes last Saturday the
match could have gone either way.
In the end Dipton managed to
hold on to win 3.5 to 2.5, meaning
Dipton won three games, Queen’s
Park two and the other game
resulted in even scores.
Club captain Dale Turnock admitted
challenge had been one of
the closest ever and therefore a bit
nerve-wracking. However, the close
call had made the team members
even more determined to win. This
was the 100th
year of the Laing
Shield competition and the aim was
to hold it past its birthday, he said.
The next challenge comes from
Riverton on March 14.
The next club to challenge the
Dipton women is Drummond
this month on a date still to be
Both matches will be held at the
Dipton golf course.
The victorious Dipton Ladies Golf team (back, from left) Rosemary Vickery,
Fay Keen, Janice McDonald, Lois Mitchell, Liz Senior; Daphe Dewe, Maree
Melrose, (front, from left) Judith Baird, Helen Baird and Geraldine Todd.
Dipton dominates still
A team race is a new feature of the Gowan Hill
Classic Mountain Bike Race being staged through
the tracks and roads of the Ernslaw One forest at
Opio later this month.
The event is organised by the Lions Club of Ohai-
Nightcaps which is hoping to build on the huge
success of last year’s inaugural event. All funds
raised this year will go towards the provision of
medical facilities and services in the Ohai and
Strategically timed three weeks after the Motatapu
Mountain Bike Race and prior to several events
in Central Otago and the Mackenzie Country, the
Gowan Hill Classic on March 28 is targeted at both
serious mountain bikers and new participants in
Race director Rob Turner said it was hoped the
introduction of the team race this year on a
revised recreational course would appeal to work
groups, sports clubs or social networks. This 16km
recreational course is mainly flat and includes
a detour into the neighbouring farm property.
Teams will comprise four riders, with the best
three finishing places counted for each team.
PEDALLING THE MESSAGE
• Gowan Hill Classic Mountain Bike Race
• Saturday March 28
• Through Ernslaw One forest at Opio
• Open to all aged 8 and older
• Courses to suit a range of abilities and
An 8km “Sheep Wash Fun Ride”, for children 8
years old and over, will also be run this year.
Major sponsors this year include Wensley’s Avanti,
Takitimu Coal, Real Journeys, Cycle Surgery,
Transport Services Ltd and Nightcaps Contracting
Ltd. This year’s prize pool is expected to total
more than $5000.
Further information about the event, including
entry forms, a course map, elevation profiles
and course descriptions can be found at: www.
All entries received before March 25 will go in the
draw for two new mountain bikes. Late entries
will be taken up to noon on race day but will not
qualify for the prize draw.
Competitors setting off at the start of last year’s inaugural Gowan Hill Classic Mountain Bike Race in Western
Get a team for Gowan Hill Classic
Links Archive Fiordland Advocate 27 February 2009 Fiordland Advocate 13 March 2009 Navigation Previous Page Next Page