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New prize at stake for tournament golfers

There’s a shiny, new incentive for competitors in next week’s 22

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Allan Scott Family Wines Women’s Golf Tournament.

For the first time a handsome silver trophy will be handed to the winner of Monday’s competition at the Fairhall course. The Allan Scott Trophy, new to the annual tournament this year, will go to the player who has scored the highest number of stableford points on the first day.

Last year local golfer Julie Smith provided one of the tournament highlights with a hole-in-one on the fifth hole.

A feature of the format that has made it so attractive to visiting players over the past two decades is the fact it offers three different competitions - a stableford on the first day, a four-ball-best-ball on day two and a gross plus nett competition on the final day - and caters for golfers of widely contrasting abilities.

The tournament runs from Monday, March 15 to Wednesday March 17.

Winners of the gross trophy at the Allan Scott Family Wines Marlborough Golf Tournament: 2000 Margaret Tapp (Rarangi); 2001 Ann Rutledge (Marlborough); 2002 Chris Brodie (Charteris Bay); 2003 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2004 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2005 Mary Hoare (North Otago); 2006 Mary Hoare (North Otago); 2007 Chris Brodie (Charteris Bay); 2008 Serena Brailsford (Marlborough); 2009 Helen Hames (Waimate); 2010 Suzanne Ewing (Wanaka); 2011 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2012 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2013 Andrea Thomas (Auckland); 2014 Sue Murray (Awatere); 2015 Julie Nicole (Marlborough); 2016 Chrissie Mackie (Kaikoura); 2017 Emily Stenhouse (Marlborough); 2018 Suzette Eastwood (Omaha Beach); 2019 Chris Brodie (Charteris Bay); 2020 Fleur Reynolds (Muriwai).