Riversdale golf team turns tables to triumph

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Feeling chipper.... Riversdale School golf team manager Mary Dillon (left), team members (from left) Nick Smaill, Fletcher Pomare, Luke Shallard and Heidi Clarkson, and team manager Ailsa Smaill receive the Southland Primary School Golf Tournament trophy from Milnes Transport dispatcher Brendon Lloyd on Friday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

After sneaking into the finals of the Southland Primary School Golf Tournament as last qualifier, the Riversdale School team has won the tournament.

The Ambrose event was held at the Drummond Golf Course on Friday.

The team comprised Nick Smaill, Fletcher Pomare, Luke Shallard and Heidi Clarkson (all 12) and was managed by Mary Dillon and Ailsa Smaill.

The tournament was divided into two competitions and involved a activities wskills.

The Riversdale team and the other team it was paired with completed only seven holes in the time allotted.

Nick said the team’s score of 27 in the round was not the best score, but its efforts in the skills section gave it enough points to win.

“We won pitching and putting – that [gave] us a really high advantage,” Nick said.

In the putting every team member scored “a hole in one”.

In the northern qualifying round the players did not play well and finished sixth.

“We weren’t great – we can’t have taken it as seriously,” he said.

At the start of the prizegiving the team received prizes for winning the pitching and putting.

“We were thinking that’s our prizes done,” Fletcher said.

None of the team had trained much before the event.

Even their gear didn’t match that of some of the other players.

“I saw one that had an electric trundler .. I got mine from Wastebusters in Wanaka,” Nick said.

Riversdale is one of only two schools to have won the trophy twice.