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Article :: 2006.05.24 - SWN Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 24 May 2006.

Men's Report
What a week, it all started at Mangakino, where 32 made the pilgrimage to hail the new possessor of the wooden spoon.  Firstly let me laud the hospitality of Mangakino, and secondly suggest that the golf course is a wee gem, and more than a deserving test of golf.

But was it Worth (sic) it for a measly 17 points?!  It’s just as well they have a good 19th hole to assuage the aches and pains of a good mauling.  Yes ladies & gentlemen, our venerable president, Doug Worth won the spoon with 17 points, but the holder Brett Worth was in the hunt, sort of, with 23.  Paul Graham 22 and Chris Bates 21 delighted Captain Ding with their tortured and dejected posturing as they awaited the guillotine of the result, they escaped this time, but how close was that!

The best golf was played by Les O’Leary 38 on count back from Sean Samkin; Russell Burman had 37 points, not 38, and Ian Worth and John Mulholland 36 apiece.

We had the Putaruru Super Liquor mid week on Thursday, with field of 77, 44 visitors from the Licensed Venue Association made for a very successful day.  The nett winners were Florence Jellard 70, Ross Jellard 66 and Stew Kensington 67.  The gross winners were Willie Burmiester 76 and Dieter Drescher 91.  And the stableford winners were Cheryl Jones 37, John Wood 42 and Gary Urbahn 38.

On Saturday the TTT was won by Terry Garnett and Eric Hill over Paul Graham and Brian Curd, while Stephen Thorby and Ross Higginson have the bragging rights over Ross Jellard and Rex Fisher in the flight.  The flight counts for nothing, but you definitely didn’t want to lose it!!

Ron Taylor 67 nett and Dieter Drescher 69 were the best scores for Saturday.

The numbers keep increasing, with 39 players contesting the second round of the Patrons Trophy.  In division 1; Irene McIvor 71, Heather Howard 73, and Anne Kensington 75.  Division 2; Joan Spargo 75, Audrey Mathis 79, and Brenda Buckeridge 81.The winner of the nine hole golfers was Lynette Bennett 39, Wanda Lyon 40 and Elizabeth Howland and Helen Haigh 41.  Two’s were scored by Michelle Thorby and Neroli Fisher.

The weekday pennant team played at the Pirongia Golf Course.  Conditions were bitterly cold and scoring was the same.  Alison Riley was the best of our players with a 74 nett leaving us in 5th position overall and into the finals on the 12th of June.  The nine hole pennant team will go into their final round in 4th equal place.

 This Friday (26th) is the Wills Cup, next Tuesday the Patrons Trophy 4 and the 9 holers play for the Putting Button.

Vets Report
The winner was Ross Jellard 42, on count back from John Wood and Stu Kensington 41.  The Ladies winner was Cheryl Jones 37, Audrey Mathis 36 on count back from Alison Riley.

The Vets Pennant team are leading by 48 after Fridays round at Tirau.  John Wood was the best of our players with 63 nett, followed by Maurice Tricker and Ross Jellard 65, Hooky Howard 67 and Tony FitzHerbert 68.

The round robin final of the Vets Pennants is at Matamata on Monday, with the Waikato final on Monday week, the day after 4 of the team play in the Prebble Cup Final.  We wish you all the best of luck and good stamina.

Coming up …
Thursday is Vets day.  Saturday has the first round of the Lithgow Trophy and a scramble.  And on Sunday, good luck to the Prebble Cup team who play Tahuna at Paeroa, and the pennants team who play Te Aroha at Te Awamutu … Good luck and good golfing!

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