Difficult start to The Trusts New Zealand Open

10 Feb 2018

Day one of The Trusts New Zealand Open proved very frustrating for all concerned with consistent rain throughout the day causing problems at all venues.  A big thank you to all markers, club volunteers and especially the players who endured a tough day.

The Ryman Healthcare Men's Pairs was reduced to 10 end games for rounds two and three.  This change to the Conditions of Play meant that all venues were able to complete three rounds.

Aiden Takarua and Dan Delany led the charge for the locals going through the day undefeated.  Tony Fabling (Hillcrest) and Mike Galloway (Royal Oak) were both impressive scoring three wins and strong net total of shots to loom as strong contenders for the Main Draw.

A total of 63 qualifiers have been found to join defending champions Chris Le Lievre and Jamie Hill in the main draw of the Men's Pairs.

The Trusts Women's Singles only managed to play two rounds in most sections due to the requirement for a marking round at most venues.  The decision has been taken to take the qualifiers from the results of the two rounds.

All section winners qualify along with the next best 10 from all sections.  Kirsty Hill (Onehunga and Districts) was in good form, recording two good wins, as was former two time winner Marilyn McLeod (Hinuera).  Ashleigh Jeffcoat (Carlton Cornwall) also had two good wins.  2015 winner Natarsha Grimshaw will once again be a contender in 2018 with a strong qualifying performance.

It wasn't such a good day for the women from Queenstown with both Margaret O'Connor and Christine Buchanan narrowly missing out. 

CLICK HERE for full results.  The Post Section Main Draws will be updated in the morning.

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