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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 13 July 2005. 

Men's Report
Wooden Spoon record shattered, thatís right! Lindsay Siegelís record score of 18 points to win the wooden spoon, set some 3 years ago, has to his delight, been obliterated. 

Putaruru sent a record 39 players to Piopio Aria, a noisy bunch went by van (great trip by the way,) and were set for a real adventure.  The course played real well for the time of year, and the greens were mint.  That said, the 3 putt fines set a record of $250, the 17th alone would have produced more than its fair share.  Yes, Captain Ding three putted from 5 feet and was not happy! 

Tony Muller won the day with 40 points; Maurice Tricker came in second with 38, and did not seem to have any problem with pin placements.  Third was Lindsay Siegel and 4th Tali Mulafia with 36, and Duncan Gallagher and Paul Graham had 35.  From there, the scoring degenerated to an abysmal display of scoring that could not entirely be blamed on the course. 

To the other end of the spectrum, the ones who were sweating (or at least should been) to see if their efforts would be rewarded with the supreme symbol of bad luck, ineptitude and just desserts for a bad day at the office.  I wonít name the person who peaked at the cards to prematurely relieve his anguish and the suspense of not knowing, but is it his family that own the Hoytís cinema chain??!!

Ken Gallagher and David Hoyte were sitting on 22, John Lamb was well safe with 21, Russell Burman should have won it with 18, but his good mate retained the spoon heíd won at Walton, with a solid 13 points.  This is not a typo, 10 points on the first 9 (with, I understand, three 3 pointers), and 3 points on the last 9.  Congratulations and commiserations to Les OíLeary. 

Now, the Prebble Cup holding club ran a scramble on Saturday on bogey, the division 1 winner was Murray Hamilton on count back from Butch Hamilton on +2, and on +1 were Hooky Howard, Paul Graham and Peter Young. 

In division 2, Roger Clothier won on +3, Brad Karl +2, Stew Kensington +1, and Lindsay Siegel and Mark Lawrence -1. 

Leading the Stratson Cup race is Roger Clothier on +3. 

Finally, congratulations to Ross Jellard winning the Lithgow Trophy over Stephen Thorby.  All square playing the 18th, Ross birdies the hole, while Stephen hoped that a 7 would be good enough!!  And congratulations also to Peter Young who won the flight over Les OíLeary (Captain Ding apologises for leaking this news last week, but the match was actually played on the Saturday just gone.) 

Ladies Report
Tuesday's competition for the ladies was the 3rd round of the Patron's Trophy.  In the 0-30 handicap division, Margaret Ranger had a nett 67, Florence Jellard 69 and Denise Hunt 71.  In the 31- 40 division Brenda Buckeridge returned a 74 nett, Margaret Karl 75 and Bev Macartney 76.  Margaret Ranger had a two on the 8th. 

The 9 holerís played the 5th round of their Putting Competition and Lynette Bennett had the least putts with 16, Dulcie McLean 17 and Cecily Duxfield 20. 

The semi finals of the Alan Hooper Trophy have been played.  Heather Howard and Joy Aitchison had a great match going right to the 18th, where Heather came out the winner, 1 up.  On Tuesday Denise Hunt and Margaret Ranger played their match, both players scoring well, with the match finishing on the16th hole, 3/2 to Margaret. 

Coming up Ö
Thereís the second round of the Stratson Cup and thatís about all Ö Good golfing from Captain Ding!

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