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It’s big weekend for the Dipton Golf Club as the
men’s team attempts to stave off yet another
challenge for the coveted Laing Shield.
The Dipton Club has held the shield continuously
for more than three and-a-half years and in that
time has successfully defended it 37 times.
However, this weekend has even greater
importance as the club now houses all three major
Southland golfing trophies – the Laing Shield for
men, the Gilmour Rose Bowl for women and the
cup for the Champion Southland Primary School.
The women have held the Gilmour Rose Bowl
since May 2007, while the school team won its
competition just before Christmas.
Lumsden teenager Jenna
McKenzie is on target to fulfil
a dream of representing New
Zealand on the world shooting
The 16-year-old has just returned
from the Australian Youth Olympic
Festival where she made a strong
showing in the smallbore three-
position shooting (.22-calibre
rifle) and air rifle sections.
Despite the very hot and trying
conditions she just missed
qualifying for the final in the air
rifle, finishing 10th
she did make the final in the
three-position to take out fourth
Jenna said the competition in
the under-19 age group was
extremely tough, especially up
against the Malaysians who have
already been tipped as future
Olympians and live in a training
complex where they attend
school and shoot for five hours a
day, six days a week.
Picked for the New Zealand
junior development squad at
the end of 2007, Jenna now
shoots for about 15 hours a week
and is eyeing up the Oceania
Championships at the end of the
year. While in Australia she also
learned that the first World Youth
Olympic Games will be held in
Singapore next year so is hoping
for a chance to represent New
“That will be cool to go for.”
As part of the development
squad she will attend about four
training camps throughout the
year as well as attending various
competitions around the country.
Target shooting was an expensive
sport and although she had done
quite a lot of fundraising, it was
her parents who bore the brunt of
the cost, she said.
Jenna does her indoor shooting
as a member of the Mossburn
club and her outdoor as a
member of the Oreti Sands club.
Photo: Janice McDonald
The three major Southland golfing trophies
resident in the Dipton clubhouse (from left)
the cup for the Champion Southland Primary
School, the Laing Shield for men and the
Gilmour Rose Bowl for women.
Jenna has world
spot in her sights
Little club big on performance
Lumsden shooter Jenna McKenzie in action at the Australian Youth
Olympic Festival last week.
Te Anau’s senior rugby team
has been given its fitness
orders in preparation for the
Coach Barry Taylor said the
squad had been rounded up
but “new fellas round could
The team, in its third year in
the Southland senior division
1 competition, finished fifth
last season, missing the
semi-final by one. Mr Taylor
said he was hoping that
would prove the incentive for
the players to “put a bit more
work in” early on to aim for a
finals berth this year.
A seven-week fitness
programme had been
handed out that should prove
achievable for even the most
out-of-shape blokes, he said.
If we can get 90 percent of
them doing it we’ve got a
chance ... if they all turn up
unfit we’re going to struggle.”
The first pre-season game
has been scheduled for
March 14 but who it will be
against, or where, has yet
to be confirmed. The team’s
first training night will be
Tuesday February 17. The
competition proper kicks off
on April 4.
In the meantime the club
is preparing for its annual
trail ride. Supporters and
motorbike enthusiasts were
asked to keep March 7
free, with more details to be
Club captain Dale Turnock said this weekend’s
challenge was from the Invercargill (Otatara)
Golf Club and was shaping up to be quite an
event. At least 25 people were expected from
Invercargill to support their members.
Meanwhile, in the Dipton township the locals
have again been getting behind their men.
The visitors can expect to see a return of the
“Home of the Laing Shield” sign as they come
into town and many people had indicated they
would come along to support the team.
Dipton women’s golf secretary Shona
MacGregor said the Laing Shield and Gilmour
Rose Bowl were the trophies of the Southland
inter-club competitions and were played for
once a month – the men facing 11 challenges
throughout the year and the women 10. It was
a match play competition (meaning each player
plays another from the opposing team) and
played hole by hole so that each hole won
counted rather than an overall score.
That the Dipton club – a nine-hole course
on a hill – held the trophies in every
section, and had done for so long, was
incredible, she said.
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