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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 28 September 2005. 

Men's Report
Ah … the vitriolic camaraderie that is wooden spoon trips.  Travelling to Waitomo, most of the Prebble cup winning team was present.  There, I bet you didn’t see that coming!  Anyway, 29 players made the trip another resounding success.  Tony Muller took top honours with 41 points; Captain Ding had 29 points and didn’t win the spoon, but did beat 28 points, had by a Waotu person who wished to remain anonymous!  The current spoon holder, Les O’Leary, had a terrific go at retaining the spoon with 26 points, but the winner of the spoon was Wayne Mudford with 23 points.  When asked what went wrong, Wayne responded “… everything!”  Can’t argue with that, not a great day at the office.  Coming second was Lance Hay 40, Ross Jellard 39, John Wood 38 and Chris Bates 37. 

The club champs are in full swing and the first bit of non drama is the consternation about when matches should be played.  The rules are set out in the green book page 7 … end of story! 

The club champs are hotting up.  The seniors get underway this Saturday with Mike Karl playing Murray Hamilton, and Rhys Burnett playing John Anderson.  John won his match on the 20th to make the semis, eventually beating poor old Captain Ding into submission. 

The intermediates again are proving to be to be diabolically tough, with Maurice Tricker and Terry Garnett set for a real OK Corral showdown in their semi, shooting 78 and 76 respectively to win their matches comfortably on Saturday.  Ross Jellard and Vic O’Rourke will contest the other semi. 

In the juniors, Roger Clothier will play the winner out of Tony Edgar and Barry Wallace, and Lindsay Siegel will play Tony Muller.  Lindsay found a rare sliver of a purple patch to fire 88 off the stick and oust favourite Stephen Thorby. 

And in the juniors B’s, Neville Dugan play Adam Sadler, while Colin Emslie will play Peter Smith. 

In Saturdays scramble, Terry Garnett had 43, Maurice Tricker 42 and Vic O’Rourke 41.  In division 2, Andrew Muller and Tony Fitzherbert had 43, Lindsay Siegel 41 and Neville Dugan 40 points.

My final task is to congratulate Tony Fitzherbert on shooting 1 under his age on Saturday, an 84 off the stick on his birthday no less … well done sir! 

Ladies & Vets Report
With the weather changing yet again, it came as no surprise to see the attendance of the ladies dropping from 35-37 the last few weeks to 22 on Tuesday.  As the 1st round of championship match play does not commence till the 27th, a stableford scramble was played on Tuesday.  Norine McPherson was 1st with 35 points on count back from Anne Kensington and Beryl Garnett (both 34), and Florence Jellard (33).  The 9 hole ladies also played a stableford scramble, best of the day was Dulcie McLean with 16 points on count back from Cecily Duxfield, 3rd was Wanda Lyon with 15. 

The vet’s results from Thursday saw John Smith first with 43, Peter Smith 42 and Stew Kensington 38.  Winning the Ladies was Neroli Fisher 41, Heather Howard 38, Norine McPherson and Jeanette Burton 37.

Coming up …
Saturday has club champ semi finals along with our $10 Pork n Bacon Mini Tournament.  On Sunday we have the Pritchard Cup mixed Ambrose Event, open to all comers, I even understand we have 3 teams from Tirau coming.  We will meet at 10.00AM for a 10.30 multi tee start.  It is a great format and a lot of fun … Good golfing and good luck from Captain Ding!

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