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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 4 May 2005. 

Putaruru v Tirau - Prebble Cup Final
On Sunday the 8th, at Pirongia, this final will eclipse the Lions tour, and the Super 12, well for the day at least, and only for Putaruru and Tirau Golf Clubs!  Locals will journey to support their teams and the banter between them will be good natured.  And while we all care about the result, we will celebrate regardless of whoever wins.  Both teams have played superbly to make the final, handling the growing pressure with each round as the competition progressed. 

The foursomes tee off at 8.32, and the afternoon singles start from 12.24.  The interest in this local derby is huge, the debate started from the drop of the final ball when the semi finals were finished.  There has been some devious spin put out there, and some clutter to confuse.  But the fact is, Maurice Tricker, John Mulholland, Ross Jellard and Greg Worth in the seniors, and Barry Wallace, Terry Garnett, Hooky Howard and Steve Thorby in the juniors will carry the pride of the Putaruru Golf Club on Sunday. 

Finals being finals, it comes down to the day, one on one, face to face, the pressure of matchplay, nerves, and that’s just for the supporters!  The players will be composed, and go about their game with consummate aplomb.  There may be the occasional errant shot (or several), but no one will be judged on that, that’s just golf.  So roll on the day, the very best of British to both teams, it will be a lot of fun, and to the victor the spoils!! 

OK, you guessed it, this namby pamby politically neutral prose is just not natural … Go Putaruru!  Give it everything we’ve got, death or glory, there isn’t anything in between!  We are under no illusions about the opposition - we will have to play well to win.  But win or lose we’re right there behind you … Make it so!! 

TTT Trophy
The draw was done by a Waikato Golf Executive member, namely David O’Brien esquire.  Captain Ding administered and supervised proceedings, ballot papers were immediately destroyed, and thus the parings were by the hand of God herself!! 

Ted Ward and Les O’Leary play John Morrison and Colin Emslie, Barry Wallace and Henry Van Dyk play Tali Mulafia and Neville Dugan, Mark Lawrence and Roger Clothier play Ron Taylor and Neil Sinclair, Stu Kensington and Brad Karl play Butch Hamilton and Tommy Houston, Hooky Howard and Dieter Drescher play King Shanley and Ron Hunt, Tony Muller and Ken Gallagher play John Bryant and John Craig, and Ross Jellard and Frank Jamieson play Maurice Tricker and Gary Urbahn, and Steve Thorby and Paul Graham play David Hoyte and Doug Worth. 

Saturday Scramble
On Saturday Putaruru hosted the first day of the Handicap Pennants final.  The course was set up with some pretty testing pin placements, but to be fair, the scoring was still pretty ordinary that not withstanding.  Raglan were leading after day one, and held on to win overall honours after Sunday’s round at Te Aroha.  The scoring at Te Aroha was similar to Putaruru. 

In the visitors scramble, Rick Dalziel (Tairua) was first with 68 nett, 2nd on count back was Tony Dalamere from Mangakino, 3rd Lauchie Phillips (Tirau) 70, 4th Richard Coleman (Walton) 71, and Rex Mossman, Richard Taylor (both Stewart Alexander) and Massey Rata (Tirau) all had 72. 

The local scramble saw Brad Karl blitz the field with a nett 63, 2nd Paul Graham 67, 3rd Ross Jellard 69, and John Morrison, Mike Karl and Dieter Drescher all on 70.  Two’s were scored by Brad Karl on the 8th, Dieter Drescher and Ron Taylor on the 3rd

Ladies Report
With an early morning frost and southerly wind to follow, it felt as though winter had arrived, however the day improved but sadly not the scoring.  The handicap ladies played the 1st round of the Uden Trophy for the 0-30 division and the Lithgow Trophy for 31-54 division.  In the Uden, Alison Riley played to her 14 handicap with 70 nett, Anne Kensington 72 on C/B from Florence Jellard and Denise Hunt. In the 31-54 division, Margaret Karl 74, Joan Spargo 76 and Carol Furlong 78. The only two was scored by Jenny Smith on 8th hole. 

The 9 holer’s played a nett competition with the best score returned by Elizabeth Howland followed by Dorothy Bartlett 2nd on C/B from Dulcie McLean. 

The Vets were back in full force on a day which was perfect for golf.  In the men’s scramble Hooky Howard was the only one to make it over forty points with 42, Keith Hunt 38 and Stu Kensington 37 on C/B from Ren Wotton. 

In the Ladies scramble Denise Hunt 37, Florence Jellard 36 and Heather Howard 34.


Coming up …
This weekend sees round 1 of the TTT Trophy, I hear the pin placements could be a bit easier as the Green Keeper will be playing!!  We also have the second round of the Stroke Play championship, Monthly Medal, Captains Trophy and first Pork ‘n’ Chicken $10 Tournament.  Good golfing from Captain Ding!

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