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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week” Thursday 29 June 2006.

Mid Winter Tournament Report
“It started with a kiss” … well not quite, but a hole in one by Rachel Young starting on the 10th in Saturday’s mid winter Christmas open tournament couldn’t have been much better.  Rachel provocatively suggested that starting this group of ladies, Margaret Ranger, Alison Riley and Cheryl Jones and herself on the 10th would result in another Margaret Ranger hole in one … Well that was not to be, but when Captain Ding heard a cacophony of animated pandemonium from the tee, the inconceivable had indeed happened and it was Rachel Young being congratulated by all and sundry for a fabulous first up shot for the round … by the way, she also won the closest to the pin … take that!

If you could have picked a day for our tournament, Saturday was it after what had been served up, weather-wise, over the last week … absolutely “superific” (which is a Captain “Ding-ism,” which of course is another Captain Ding-ism!)

Alison Riley won the ladies nett with 71, runner up Florence Jellard 72.  The gross winner was Rose Southern (from Hamilton) 89.  And the stableford winner, with a roller coaster of a card, Rachel Young 36; 2nd Margaret Ranger 34, Daryl Mills 34, Heather Howard, Audrey Mathis and Denise Hunt 30.

The men's division 1 nett winner was Ken Manuel 67, runner up John Mulholland 68; gross winner Brendan Seidel 75; stableford winner Shannin Christensen 40, Captain Ding 40, Vic O’Rourke and Phil Kensington 39, Tali Mulafia 38 and Butch Hamilton 36.

The division 2 nett winner was Dieter Drescher 69, runner up Brett Worth 72; gross winner Ted Ward 89; stableford winner Tony Edgar 36, Sean Samkin, Garry Campbell and Mark Lawrence 35, Tommy Houston and Gary Urbahn 34.

The only two was scored by Ian Worth on the 10th; Long drive prizes went to Cheryl Jones, Brendan Seidel and Mark Lawrence; nearest the pin, Kevin Verner (Tirau) and Dieter Drescher; and the longest putt on the 18th Dieter Drescher.

Men's Report
We now settle into the finals for the Lithgow trophy this Saturday.  Dieter Drescher and Vic O’Rourke are set to duke it out in the main draw; while in the flight, Tali Mulafia and Mark Lawrence will spar for the honour of honour alone.  Now I know the flight counts for nothing, but Captain Ding reckons it does, because, even if you cant win the main draw, you sure as heck don’t want to lose the flight … Plus it gives everyone more match play experience which is something we don’t get a lot of here in Putaruru.

Now, can Dieter Drescher take out the Lithgow?  Or will 2 weeks in a row be a bridge to far for the wily campaigner to produce sparkling form,  Vic O’Rourke will be tough competition and hopefully we get a commendable, tense and dramatic finish to this trophy.

Ladies Report
Winter conditions kicked in on Tuesday and it showed in the scores.  Winners in the Uden Trophy with handicaps 0-30; Michelle Thorby nett 71, Judy Grey 77 on count back from Alison Riley.  The Lithgow with handicaps 31-54, went to Daryl Mills 74, Jenny Clothier 77 and Audrey Mathis 83.  The 9 Holers played the 2nd round of a nett competition, Mairi Edmonds winning with 40, followed by Cecily Duxfield 43 and Dulcie McLean 44.  The only two of the day was scored by Daryl Mills on the 8th.

Coming events for the ladies is on Saturday, the Firestone $10 mini tournament; Tuesday the Uden and Lithgow round 4, and the 9 holers will play continue their nett competition.

The men's winner was Tony FitzHerbert 41 points, Butch Hamilton 36 and Gary Urbahn 26.  The ladies winner was Alison Riley 36 and Irene McIvor 35 on count back from Heather Howard.

Coming up …
Thursday is vets.  The Firestone $10 open mini tournament is this Saturday along with the Lithgow finals, shootout, monthly medal, Captains trophy and the first round of the Stratson bogey competition … Good luck and good golfing!

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