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Article :: 2006.03.29 - SWN Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 29 March 2006.

Men's Report
We have to start with the worst piece of golf news, Captain Ding, a once accomplished golfer in his own mind was beaten by President Doug Worth off the stick no less!!  Doug catapulted to first place in the Radd cup with an impressive 89 gross for a nett 61 and 47 stableford points.  Captain Ding for the record is said to be in a stable condition nursing an injurious 29 point haul back to health!

Also coming up short on the day was Ross Jellard who lost his semi final match in the Bradshaw Cup to Barry Wallace 2/1.  Barry’s 42 points to good for Rosco’s 37.  Ross was 3 down at turn but came back impressively to be all square after the 13th.  Barry promptly birdied 14 and 15, and I had to hear this second hand!  The other finalist is Terry Garnett who beat an out of sorts Stew Kensington 3/2.  The finals are due to be played on the 8th of April.  The flight finalists are John Mulholland who will play the artful King Shanly.

Dieter Drescher won the Walford cup in a playoff against Ross Jellard with a nett 69.

Saturday’s result for division 1 saw King Shanly first with 42 points, 2nd Tony FitzHerbert 39 on count back from Stephen Thorby, Terry Garnett 38, Ross Jellard, John Bryant and Lance Hay 37.  In division 2 Doug Worth was first with a whopping 47, second daylight, then Barry Wallace 42, Neville Dugan and Dieter Drescher 39, Frank Jamieson and Richard Brown 38 and Les O’Leary 36.

There was only a solitary two scored on the 13th by a grateful Tony Edgar … grateful because the 4 points got Tony to a 28 point total.

The handicap pennant team has been entered for the next round at Tokoroa to be played on the Sunday.  The team of Ron Taylor, Vic O’Rourke, Lance Hay and David Hoyte will hope to lift the club from 5th place to the top four for the zone to qualify for the finals to be played over the weekend 22nd and 23rd of this month.  Failure to qualify will result in an aptly worded diatribe in next weeks press, no pressure!

We have a smaller field for the Van Dyk Classic this year, but 48 teams will still be plenty to cope with.  The very popular 54 hole glamour event for Putaruru has teams coming from as far away as Timaru, and as close as Tirau … speaking of which, Tirau was the other finalist in the 2005 Prebble Cup final, the final was of won by Putaruru, and we still have the cup for public viewing at the club.
Conditions remained fine on Tuesday as the Ladies played an “All Irons” Competition.  Maureen Shanly was the top golfer with 68 nett; she was followed by Irene Orr 72, Brenda Buckeridge 74 and Florence Jellard 75 on a count back from Norine McPherson.

The open scramble was won by Vere Hamilton with a nett 66, second place went to Cheryl Jones 72 and Joan Spargo 74 in third spot.

The 9 Hole Ladies All Irons scramble was won by Wanda Lyon 38 nett, Lynette Bennett 39 on count back from Dulcie McLean.

Coming events for the ladies have the Weekday Pennants competition play at Piopio Aria on Monday, and the 9 hole Pennant team play Cambridge at St Andrews.  Monday the 10th of April is the Ladies Open Pairs Tournament at Putaruru.

Coming up …
Thursday have the Vets playing.  This weekend is the Van Dyk Classic, 54 holes of mixed foursomes in matchplay and all entries should be in by now.  The course will be closed to other players and will also be closed on Monday for coring … Good luck and good golfing!

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