The Super 8 Golf Report
HBHS had the pleasure of hosting the Super 8 Golf Tournament at St Andrew's Golf Club who are big supporters of the HBHS Golf team. Apart from the thunderstorm filled with lightning that put a halt to the practice rounds on Sunday, the Tron did not disappoint with the weather. Sarah and her team in the Prodrive Pro Shop were a massive help entering cards and subsidising prizes for the winning teams and the leading individual. We were also well-fed by MatteBlack Cafe and the HBHS Hostel and can't thank them enough for helping in the running of the event. Having the services of Terry Booth, the head of Waikato Golf and one of the official announcers at the upcoming New Zealand Open on the mic, was the icing on the cake and made for such a successful tournament.
A 7.30 am tee off time meant early starts for golfers and managers, and Round 1 saw Palmerston North Boys' High School take an early one-shot lead over Rotorua Boys' High School in Division 1 and HBHS Division 2 led the way by 10 points. Our highlight was Anthony East matching the top morning round of 75. Unfortunately, due to a poor trial, he was in our second team and we really needed that score. Round 2 saw us finish two shots off Palmerston North, meaning we were 3rd overall by 10 shots in Division 1 and our lead in Division 2 grew to 15 points. Our highlight was Todd Higgs, playing No. 4, shooting the lowest round for the afternoon of 72 which is outstanding golf. The final round saw some good low scoring but Palmy could not be caught and went on to win with a score of 689, followed by Rotorua on 701, HBHS on 702 and Napier with 703.
Todd Higgs was our best individual, finishing 3rd Overall and Anthony East finished 5th which would have made a huge difference overall if he was in the top team. The students are excellent ambassadors for our school and showed we have the potential for another strong golf season. Our Division 2 players went on to win the Stableford competition with Anthony East and Seiga Ikemura being the biggest contributors, with Seiga scoring 42 points in his final round which clinched the title. I am so proud to be associated with HBHS Golf and wish former Old Boy and previous Golf Captain Denzel Ieremia all the best this week in the New Zealand Open.
Photo - from right to left: Jakob Bird (Year 11), Todd Higgs (Year 13), Oliver Leen (Year 13, Golf Captain), Sam McArthur (Year 13), Anthony East (Year 13) and Ben Wright (Year 11). Absent: Seiga Ikemura (Year 11).