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Article :: 2006.06.21 - SWN Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 21 June 2006.

Men's Report
It is 5.26AM as Captain Ding settles in for final day coverage of the U.S. Open and gets ready for the events to unfold.

What a busy week, well sort of, and only for those taking copious days off for golf.  It started on Thursday with the Putaruru Super Liquor midweek.  A disappointing field of only 26 turned up on a typical day leading into winter solstice … buts that no excuse!

Florence won the ladies nett with 74, and Alison Riley the stableford with 31.  The men’s nett winner was Butch Hamilton 68, runner up Lance Hay 70.  The stableford winner was Shannin Christensen from Tirau with 39, Paul Graham and Hooky Howard 37, Ross Higginson and Digger Duncum (Tirau) 36, Rhys Burnett and Don Riley 34.  The only 2 was scored by one of last years Prebble Cup runner up’s Shannin Christensen from Tirau.

It’s now 8.30 and the pool is marginal while watching the open.  Ogilvy was leading but Mickelson is looking hot.

Friday saw Captain Ding venture to Tirau to join them on their bus trip.  A mystery bus trip to … Kawerau.  Kawerau is well worth a visit, what a great wee course, very scenic, and it’s got some really great gems of holes.  I won’t bore you with details of Captain Dings 28 point haul, but the person on a Hyding (sic) to nothing was a hapless Geoff Hyde.  The Otago redhead looked fetching as he built a picket fence on his way to 22 points, winning a place in notoriety (?!) by one point from John Waterworth on 23.

Rhys has just turned up, so the commentary continues … On Saturday the Lithgow semi finals were played … Did you hear the one about the Lithgow semi finalist that took a 6 inch place (playsch (sic)?)  on the 15th fairway, while playing the 16th hole … For the uninitiated you can only place on your own fairway!  Or is this the fatherland?!

Anyhow, Dieter Drescher beat Ron Taylor on the 19th, while Vic O'Rourke beat Eric Hill with an impressive display 4/3.  John Mulholland won division 1 with 44, and Tony Muller division 2 with 40

Ladies Report
In less than perfect conditions a smaller than usual field took to the fairways on Tuesday ton contest the first round of the Uden and Lithgow trophies. Denise Lindley came top in the Uden trophy with 73 nett.  Denise Hunt was second with 74 on a c/b from Heather Howard.

New member Daryl Mills is leading in the Lithgow Trophy, with Jeanette Burton 2nd.

The 9 Holers played a stableford competition, won by Dulcie McLean 16 and Lynette Bennett 15.

The Wills Cup team played beat Walton 4-2 at Tokoroa on Friday.  This puts our team in first place over all with 238 points. Tirau is second 237 and Tokoroa 3rd with 219.

The Weekend Pennant team played at Morrinsville on Sunday.  Although the weather was fine conditions underfoot were excessively heavy resulting in scores ranging from 69 nett to 101 nett.  However our team managed a fourth placing behind Horsham Downs, Ngahinepouri and Waikare.

Coming Events;
Tuesday is the 2nd round of the Uden/Lithgow trophies and the 9 Holes will play nett 2.  Saturday is the Midwinter Christmas Tournament, Sunday is the Weekend Pennant at Waikare, and Monday is the Mailman Salver at the Narrows Golf course.

Scramble results from Thursday; men Colin Hamilton 40, Colin Howard 37, John Mathis 34 on a c/b from Don Riley.  Ladies; Heather Howard 37, Irene McIvor 35, and Florence Jellard 34.

Coming up …
Thursday is vets.  The mid winter Christmas Tournament is this Saturday and that’s all I got to say about that!  …  Good luck and good golfing!

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