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Jim Valli was a wonderful reporter in the 1980's and writes about Reta Guttrey retiring from professional golf...
In spite of the fact that she had Val Cullen to contend with in the earlier years and other New Zealand champions in Liz Douglas and Robyn Low in recent years, Reta won many a tournament.
Southland Championships in 69/70/71
Invercargill Club Championships in 68/69/70 and 1979
Stead Cup tournament at Queens Park in 68/70/71/72
Southland foursome championships in 70/71/72 with Joy Hawkes
In 1979 with Robyn Low.
Set a record at Otatara on February 18 1969 with a two under par round of 72.
1979 was her best year as one of her three wins, the Russell Grace Tournment in Hamilton she beat
She beat Liz Douglas in the Invercargill Final.
Won the Stead Cup final by beating Robyn Low in the semi-final and then Kerry Allen in the final.
Reta acknowledges she has got a lot out of golf but it is time to stand aside and let some of the younger players shine. She is known for her gritty - never-give-up attitude and is more than appreciative of what golf has given her.