Stead Cup celebrates centenary event
Angela Gerken will look to defend her Stead Cup golf title in its 100th year when the tournament gets underway at Queens Park tomorrow.
Former Southland representative Gerken, who also won the trophy in 2014, will make the trip south from Timaru where she now lives to defend the Stead Cup amongst a field which will be the biggest the event has attracted in years.
Golf Southland officials are hoping to have more than 100 entries to help celebrate the event’s centenary.
Named in honour of Invercargill mayor John Stead, the three-day Stead Cup is one of the longest standing events on the Southland sporting calendar and was first contested in 1919 with Miss Cossens taking the win after qualifying rounds of 110 and 109, and a 7 and 6 win over Mrs Wood.
While the tournament was contested as a strokeplay event in the late 1960s, it reverted to a matchplay event in 1973.
Golf Southland president Robyn Boniface has won the event a record 17 times, including five years in a row from 2006 to 2010.