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Reedy, Jennings win matches

TWO Gisborne players remain in the hunt for senior men's division glory after the opening matchplay round of the NZ 66th National Veteran Championship at the Poverty Bay course.

Electrinet Park member Anaru Reedy and home course player Alister Jennings won their first-round matches on a windy day on the Awapuni Links where 100 over-50-year-olds are competing.

Reedy, who at 50 is the minimum required age to be a veteran, was made to work for his 2 and 1 win over Poverty Bay's George Brown.

The +3-handicapper — easily the lowest in the field — got there but wasn't particularly happy with the way he played, so went out for another nine holes to sort things out.

How that went was to be known today when Reedy took on Tokoroa's Ian Christie.

Jennings had a humdinger battle with Mount Maunganui's Matthew Champness on his way to a 17th-hole victory.

It was a par-fest on the back nine, with both players refusing to give an inch but a couple of missed putts on the 16th and 17th sealed Champness' fate.

Jennings was happy enough with his performance but said he would need to lift his game against quarterfinal opponent Ron Sisson (Omanu), who was only a couple over the card in his win.

Among the others to advance in the senior division was top qualifier Peter Rankin of Royal Wellington.

Gisborne players are scattered throughout the 80-strong men's field split into five divisions.

Tene Goldsmith (Poverty Bay), the top seed in the senior reserve division, moved into the quarterfinals with a 3 and 2 win.

He was joined there by his Bay clubmates Carl Carmody, Richard Foon and Clive Dean.

Goldsmith's younger brother Kitt is still in the running in the intermediate division, alongside Gisborne district councillor Larry Foster.

The intermediate reserve division features a handful of locals who negotiated the first matchplay round — Bill Simpson, Warwick Thompson, Alan Baldwin, Brian Hall and Keith Daniels, all of Poverty Bay, and Electrinet Park's Barry Cox.

The junior division quarterfinalists include Poverty Bay's Brian Read.

Marg Colebourne continued her impressive form in the 20-strong women's competition.

Colbourne added 87 to her opening round of 85 to be the overall leader in the gross (172) by one shot, the net (138) by five strokes and the stableford by five points.

BEST FOOT FORWARD: Electrinet Park member Jean Foot tees off during Round 2 of the NZ 66th National Veteran Championship being held on the Poverty Bay course. Foot had a solid round yesterday in the women's competition. Eighty men and 20 women are competing over the week. Picture by Liam Clayton
GET CLOSE: George Brown goes pin-hunting on the par-3 sixth hole at the national vets golf championship yesterday. Brown was beaten 2 and 1 by Anaru Reedy in the first round of matchplay in the senior division. Picture by Liam Clayton
THROUGH THE BALL: Ian Christie watches his ball off the sixth tee at Poverty Bay Golf Club during his senior division match of the national vets tournament. Christie advanced and faced local man Anaru Reedy in today's quarterfinals. Picture by Liam Clayton