SONY DSCSouthland has made it 5 wins, in the last 6 years taking out the NZLGU Russell Grace Cup today at Springfield Golf Club, Rotorua.

With a winning margin of 14, they finished with 355 Gross Stableford Points, ahead of Auckland, with 341, and home favourite, Bay of Plenty, on 339.

In addition, team captain, Robyn Boniface won the Canterbury Trophy as the leading individual player, for the 6th time, a feat no other player has completed in 23 years of the tournaments history.  Only Marnie Brooking (a former Bay of Plenty representative) has won it more than twice – in, 1993, 1994, and 1999.

However this event is all about the team, of women aged 40 and over, representing their district.  All of the Southland team members contributed to the overall total, where the top 3 scores out of 4 are taken each round.   The tournament is staged over 3 days, 72 holes on gross stableford points.

Boniface led the Southland charge with rounds of 34, 35, 36 and 35 followed by Robyn Pullar with 28, 32, 26 and 30. Both Pullar and Boniface were playing in their 7th Masters for Southland.

Kerry Mariu has played once for Canterbury and now 4 years for Southland and had rounds of 23 (n/c), 25, 23 (n/c) and 25.  The fourth team member, Fiona Murray, a Masters veteran of 5 years contributed with rounds of 26, 24 (n/c), 23 and 24 (n/c).

With five wins etched on the cup, Southland now match Canterbury who won in 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2000, and Bay of Plenty, winners in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Final team placings are as follows:

1st – 355 – Southland; 88, 92, 85, 90 (2013 – 2nd)

2nd – 341 – Auckland; 86, 85, 81, 89 (2013 – 5th)

3rd – 339 – Bay of Plenty; 86, 85, 86, 82 (2013 – 11th)

4th – 328 – Waikato; 81, 81, 81, 85 (2013 – 1st)

5th – 314 – Canterbury; 77, 80, 78, 79 (2013 – 8th)

6th – 313 – Otago; 83, 78, 80, 72 (2013 – 13th)

7th – 310 – North Harbour; 75, 75, 78, 82 (2013 – 7th)

8th – 308 – Manawatu / Wanganui; 74, 73, 83, 78 (2013 – 14th)

9th – 307 – Taranaki; 85, 67, 77, 78 (2013 – 3rd=)

10th – 305 – Hawkes Bay / Poverty Bay; 81, 69, 83, 72 (2013 – 3=)

11th – 300 – Aorangi South Canterbury; 81, 76, 71, 72 (2013 – 10th)

12th – 295 – Northland; 71, 68, 77, 79 (2013 – 12th)

13th – 286 – Wellington; 78, 74, 66, 68 (2013 – 9th)

14th – 278 – Tasman; 65, 71, 77, 65 (2013 – 6th)