Former Deeside woman top of the pile for second year

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A former member of Deeside Golf Club has won the the New Zealand Mixed Foursomes Championship with her husband for the second year in succession.

Claire Hunter and Grant Dooley beat Simon and Anita Fraser 5-4 in the final on Sunday at Wanaka Golf Club, South Island to make it two wins in a row for the couple.

Earlier in the tournament Claire and Grant scraped through at the 22nd hole against a local pairing, Andrew Aitkins and Nikki Shaw, after being two down at the turn.

They are only the second couple to retain the title in the history of the tournament.

Claire was a member of Deeside and Hazelhead Golf Clubs before she emigrated to New Zealand 10 years ago.

She was married to Grant, a Kiwi, in Aberdeen two years ago.

“I got my amateur status back two years ago which I really love. We now live in Auckland in a place called North Shore.

“I’m back to playing golf for me and have represented North Harbour Golf Club in a few events,” said Claire, who was Aberdeenshire champion in 1994 and North of Scotland champion in 1997.

Both victories were scored at Murcar Links.

Claire works for Subway Developments at their head office in Auckland, looking after 37 Subway stores.