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Article :: 2006.01.18 - SWN Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 18 January 2006.

Men's Report
Happy New Year, compliments of the season, Manaaki Whenua, Manaaki Tangata, Haere whakamua, or translated, “Care for the land, Care for the people, Go forward.”

The course is in magnificent shape, and the “summer” so far has been kind.  People from far and wide have been enjoying our lovely course over the break, and of course, so have the locals!

Captain Ding had been bragging about playing Kauri Cliffs over the holiday break, but the “winterless north” conspired to thwart the only thing that Ding really wanted for Christmas!  Suffice it to say that even the ducks wanted to come inside the tent!

Things to look forward too this year, firstly the Van Dyks Classic scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of April.  The wooden spooner’s are off to the ritzy Lakes Resort at Pauanui early in February, and of course we have the Putaruru Super Liquor Open Tournament on Saturday the 25th of February.  Oh and you also need to diary Opening day when we will play the Lion Trophy – mixed foursomes … should be fun.

The first round of the Summer Cup was played on Saturday, and Doug Worth had the round of the day with 44 points to lead the men.  Florence Jellard leads the ladies with 42 points.

The scramble results had Heather Howard runner up in the ladies with 39 points.  The men's division 1 winner was Spotty McCarthy on count back from Ross Jellard 41, Murray Hamilton and Maurice Tricker 40, and Butch Hamilton 39.  The division 2 winner was Doug Worth 44, 2nd Wayne Mudford 41, Peter Smith and Dieter Drescher 39 and Adam Sadler 38.  Two’s were scored by John Mulholland on the 13th, and Ross Jellard on the 3rd.

Finally, Putaruru will shortly be giving back the Prebble Cup, symbol of Waikato golf supremacy.  Much kudos has been gained from the famous victory, which for those of you that have forgotten was over Tirau, and for the first time in its 50 year plus history had to be replayed at Te Aroha after a draw at Pirongia.  Putaruru has a good chance of winning it back at this stage, and will have to go in as hot favourites.  Planning and selections are already in advanced stages.

Captain Ding would like to say a big thank you to everyone at the Putaruru Golf Club who contributed to the fun and enjoyment that everyone enjoyed over the last 12 months.  To Ron Hunt and his helpers we have been enjoying a very high standard golf course, and to those that just come and play, we need you too, because the course needs to be enjoyed by as many as possible.

Grayburn Ross Twilight
Apparently this started last Thursday, or at least more than a few turned up to play on a glorious evening.  This Thursday (19th) is when she’s all go; we’ll start with a scramble and business house team registration and proceed from there.  This years summer business house competition will see 2 divisions, and play for the coveted Business House Trophy.  The MacDaddies will be hot favourites, but the Stranglers should be up there, along with perhaps the Favourite 5!  Of course the Rum Brothers should add colour to the competition as well.  Ding’s Mob are sure to beat Cambo’s Crew this time round, still smarting from the draw last year when Ding’s Mob were clearly superior!

Coming up …
Thursday is the Grayburn Ross Twilight, and Saturday has a $10 mini Ham n Chicken and the second round of the summer cup … Good luck and good golfing from Captain Ding!

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