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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 20 July 2006.

Men's Report
The wooden spoon trip to Waiotapu Valley (in Reporoa!) was made by 27 eager golfers intrepid at the golf that lay ahead!  It was a brilliant success, most likely because Captain Ding had 28 points and didn’t win the spoon.  What a picturesque course setting, indeed in a valley, surrounded by myriad of tree lined farms, with the Kaiangaroa Forest dwarfing the horizon …well worth the effort of a visit or two if it wasn’t a touch out of the way.  Butch Hamilton blazed an admirable 39 to win the day with Les O’Leary and Tony Muller 38, and John Mulholland 36.

Of the 27 to make the trip, 8 had the angst-ridden sweats waiting for prize giving.  Captain Ding was more than a little concerned, facing great helpings of humble pie, if indeed, Hell had frozen over and he won the spoon!

The prestigious honour of winning the spoon went to Wayne Mudford on count back!  Ron Taylor for the small mercies of the almighty was spared the rod, but only just, as they both scored 26 points.  John Wood on 27 was also a relieved camper, but concerned at the way slow play had contributed to his score … really?!  And the 5 players on 28, well, they were safe as houses trusting that Captain Ding was right, and that 28 points was plenty!  (It was, however, just a touch too close for comfort!)

Overall the scoring was better than expected, but nobody actually played to their handicap, that would have required 41 points, a titan effort for anyone in this group!  It was smiles all round by the end of the day with the hospitality of Waiotapu assuaging the savages of the day’s golf!

On Saturday the Watson Plate mixed Canadian foursomes was played.  Special mention and thanks to Cheryl Jones for a sterling effort in rounding up a good muster of ladies for the day to help make a successful day for all.

The winners were Butch & Vere Hamilton with 63 nett, Vic O’Rourke & Cheryl Jones 65.5, Ron & Denise Hunt 66.5, Don & Alison Riley 67, and Hooky & Heather Howard 68.5.

In the men's division the winners were Brian Curd & Ross Higginson 64, Tommy Houston & Maurice Tricker 67, Richie Brown & Ron Taylor 70, David Hoyte & Adam Sadler 71, and Mike & Brad Karl 71.5.

Two’s were scored by Don & Alison Riley, and Tommy Houston and Maurice Tricker, both on the 8th.

It’s fair to say that some struggled with the format, and we wont name the pair who had a nett 81.5, or the really good golfers who had a nett 78!!  Suffice it to say that there was a mutual agreement never to team up again!!

Finally, there are names starting to appear for the Presidents Trophy, which starts on the 29th, 1 more week to go before close off!

Ladies Report
It was all go on Tuesday with the Ladies playing several competitions.  The winner of the Monthly Medal was Anne Kensington with a very creditable 66 nett.  LGU winners were; Silver, Alison Riley 69, Denise Hunt 74, Irene McIvor 75;  Bronze 1 winner Margaret Ranger 70, Jenny Smith 72 on count back from Heather Howard; Bronze 2 winner Anne Kensington 66, Brenda Buckeridge 69 and Bev Macartney 72.

The putting buttons 0-30 was won by Michelle Thorby with 29 putts, handicaps 31-54 went to Brenda Buckeridge with 30 putts, and Dulcie McLean won for the 9 holers with 14 putts.  Two’s were scored by Alison Riley and Irene McIvor.

Congratulations to our Wills Cup team who took out the Zone final from Tirau by 2 points only, thanks to an eagle eyed Cambridge player.  The team will now go on to the Final on August 25th.

Ladies Coming Events; Sunday is the Weekend Pennant at Te Awamutu; Monday the Mailman Salver is played on our course; Tuesday is round 2 of the Captains Trophy and Eclectic, and the 9 holers will play hidden holes.

Vets Report
Scramble results from Thursday saw Ross Jellard take out the men’s division with 38 points, Dieter Drescher 37 and Hooky Howard 36.  The Ladies Division went to Florence Jellard 37 from Bev Macartney 35 on count back from Cheryl Jones.

Coming up …
Thursday is the Putaruru Super Liquor mid week and vets.  This Saturday is the final round of the Stratson Cup bogey competition … Good luck and good golfing!

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