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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 12 October 2005. 

Club Champs Report
On Saturday, it rained, it hailed, the wind blew, and the sun shone.  The course set up was befitting the club champ finals, tough, blessedly tough.  So the finals came down to that top 4 inches of grey matter (less for some people!)  The person who handled the conditions the best, and thought their way around the 36 or so holes navigating through the perils of the day and the course set up would savour and celebrate the spoils and glory of victory. 

Lynnette Bennett won the 9 Hole Ladies final over Dulcie McLean with a solid 2/1 result.  Over 27 holes, the Bronze 2 finalists Raewyn Hoole and Brenda Buckeridge were neck and neck after 18 holes, but Raewyn secured a 4/2 win over the final 9 holes. 

The Bronze 1 final was between Alison Riley and Florence Jellard.  After 18 holes, Alison held a commanding lead 5 up.  The second 18 saw this reverse with Florence handling the conditions better turning all square after 27 holes, and then eventually winning 4/3. 

In the Silver final, it looked like a quiet stroll for Irene McIvor playing Denise Hunt.  5 up after 18 holes, and 6 up after 27 holes it looked a foregone conclusion.  Irene, however, had to hold off a late charge by Denise, and eventually won on the 35th hole 2/1. 

Neville Dugan played Peter Smith in the Junior B final over 18 holes.  Both players were grateful to be spared from going out for the afternoon round.  Neville was 2 up after 9 and eventually won 4/3. 

Barry Wallace and Lindsay Siegel contested the Junior final.  Lindsay was 4 down after 18, but clawed back 1 hole after 27 to be 3 down.  Barry, however, was too strong eventually winning 6/5. 

The Intermediate final was between Terry Garnett and Ross Jellard.  Both players handled the first 18 holes and the conditions solidly with Terry ahead 1 up after the mornings round.  Experience is what counts when the pressure comes on, and Ross has plenty of it.  After 27 holes, Ross was 3 up, and won 5/4. 

All Rhys Burnett wanted to do was give a fair account of himself in making the senior final against Mike Karl.  In the morning Rhys shot a creditable 77, but found it difficult to stay focused. And against Mikes 68, finished the morning 7 down.  In the afternoon, he came out blazing with the heavy artillery firing 1 under for the front 9 but only clawing back one hole.  The match ended with Rhys 2 under, but losing 8/6.  Mike has played splendid golf all year, and is clearly a cut above the rest. 

This starts on Thursday with a scramble only.  Business house teams can enter from this week on.  Captain Ding is looking ford (sic) to the Waotu entry, a suggestion is HRB, short for “Holden’s rule Bathurst!”


Vets Report
Putaruru vets had another good turn out, and were joined by a bus of 22 players from Te Awamutu. 

The results were – 1st Robin Hight 40, 2nd Tony Edgar 39 and 3rd Ross Jellard 36.  Ladies results – 1st Bev Macartney 35, 2nd Heather Howard 35 and 3rd Irene McIvor 33. 

Coming up …
This Saturday is the shoot out, Ladies tee off at 11.15AM and the men at high noon.  There is no tournament on Sunday … Parting shot from Captain Ding … I was more than a wee bit wary of having to eat copious amounts of humble pie on Monday, but can now reflect proudly on the Prebble cup win, and the Holden win at Bathurst!!  …  Good golfing and good luck from Captain Ding!

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