Omaha hosts Harbour comp

Richard Turner (right) presents the winning trophy to defending champion Luke Brown of Muriwai Golf Club.

The Omaha Beach Golf Club hosted the annual North Harbour Men’s Stroke Play Championship for the first time last month.

The competition saw 96 top amateurs from across NZ play 36 holes over two days, before the top 50 went on to play 36 holes on the third and final day.

Omaha Beach Golf Club general manager Mike Reid says the competition has been held at Muriwai

Golf Club in recent years, but a busy schedule meant it was moved to Omaha this year.

“Being second in line for this annual competition shows how well regarded our greens are, especially through the winter period,” Mike says.

Back-to-back winner and Muriwai golfer Luke Brown took the top prize.

Luke shot 73 and 67 over two days to make the cut of 50, going on to shoot 66 and 65 on the final day to triumph with a total score of 271.

“Conditions were pretty good during play and Luke had a fantastic last round to clinch the title. Our greenkeeper was up at 3am one morning to get the course ready.”

Kevin Koong, also of Muriwai, came second followed by third equal Christian Nitsche and Jake Mennhorst, who won Mangawhai’s Tom Bonnington Cup in May.

The Omaha club will host its Melbourne Cup Day competition on November 7 and the New World Christmas Open on December 16.


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