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Article :: 2006.08.24 - This Week Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 24 August 2006.

Men's Report
The heavy weights weighed into the semi finals of the Presidents on Saturday.  Both matches ended up being gripping encounters, demonstrating that the cream can indeed rise to the top.  Phil Kensington almost single handed kept out the Ted Ward and Chris Edsall challenge.  Partner Sean Samkin may fast be earning the Robin Brooke nick name of “Food Bill!”, although, at a crucial stage of the match on the 13th, slotted a par to win the hole with a shot.  Phil and Sean were 2 down at the turn, but steadily clawed their way back to win this scintillating encounter 1 up.  Phil shot 74, again for the second week running, while weathering the fierce affront from Chris and Ted, and held off their late challenge for the win.  And just like Whittaker’s chocolate, you have to say … good honest golf!

In the other semi, the “Brown Brothers” Vic O’Rourke and Ron Taylor must have been feeling like the Blues Brothers after squandering a 4 up lead after 8 holes, to lose 2 down to Butch and Murray Hamilton.  Murray again proved his worth to the effort with a 68 nett.  However, this could be the most complete and magnificent display of the classic choke by Vic and Ron, losing 5 straight holes from the 12th.  But to be fair, Butch and Murray’s combination saw their best ball shoot a par round, and they were 3 under the card for period of the 5 straight holes winning streak.  That requires something special from any opposition to combat.

All in all, Captain Ding can understand the sentiments from the losing semi finalists.  Having pulled all the stops, they were put to the sword by vastly experienced championship pennants players, but not you Sean!

Next weeks final should be a cracker, too hard to call, but good luck to both teams.  Captain Ding would not be surprised if this turned out to be a ghastly scoring slugfest between these 2 heavy weights, duking it out for the ultimate of bragging rights!

Now, while all of this was going on, some of those that had been unceremoniously dumped out of the Presidents went ballistic in the day’s scramble, all of which was too late for the Presidents, but at least restoring one’s faith in the game.  It was nice to see Doug Worth back in the money, and there is no truth whatsoever to any of the rumours as to what Captain Ding might think of this!

Phil Kensington won division 1 with 45 points on count back from Hooky Howard, Ken Manuel 40, Ross Jellard 39, Ian Worth 37 and Chris Edsall 35.

Brian Curd won division 2 with an outrageous 48 point haul, Rex Fisher a more respectable 41, Doug Worth a creditable 38, Warwick Bennett 37, Robbie Wi and Peter Smith 36.

Ladies Report
First up, is a big get well to Camille, Captain Ding would like to think he can cope with the report, but sends his best wishes on behalf of the club.

With 33 in the field on Tuesday, a frosty start to a lovely day, the LGU monthly medal and putting buttons were contested, while the 9 holer's played “Total on Par 3’s.”

Winning the Silver division was Irene McIvor with a nett 73, Denise Hunt 75 and Alison Riley 77.  The scoring was a wee bit better in Bronze 1 with Anne Kensington first with a nett 68, Joy Aitchison 71 and Heather Howard 76.  In the Bronze 2 division, Raewyn Hoole had 71, Marie Way 76 and Maureen Shanly 78.

The Putting Buttons went to Anne Kensington and Maureen Shanly, while the only two was scored by Norine McPherson on the 10th.

The Open Tournament last Thursday saw a stellar field, and to quote, “a neat day, great weather, great lunch and a beautifully groomed course.”  And here Captain Ding thought, only men thought about their stomachs!

In Division 1 Robyn Pellowe shot 75 for the best gross, Irene McIvor had the best nett with 68 and also won the Kath Spraggon Trophy.  The stableford winner was Alison Riley 37, Denise Hunt and Shirley Kinnard 35, Jillian Reakes and Lois Jones 34, Gloria Osbourne and Ali Joe 33.

In Division 2, best nett Claire Campbell 73, stableford winner and winner of the Jo Selton Trophy Florence Jellard 35, Heather Howard 33, Margaret Ranger 32, Joy Aitchison 31, Meredith Pengelly, Megan Higgins and Elayne O’Leary 30.

In Division 3, best nett and winner of the Joan Halkett Trophy Bev Macartney 70, stableford winner Vere Hamilton 37, Norine McPherson 36, Heather Edgar 35, Jeanette Burton and Raewyn Hoole 34, Anne Kensington and Brenda Buckeridge 33.

There are no Vets results as the elders and not so elder cadets trotted to Tokoroa for a visit.  And when Captain Ding saw them late on Thursday back at the home club, it was hard to distinguish any meaningful results!

Coming up …
Thursday is the Putaruru Super Liquor Midweek and Vets; Saturday has the finals of the Presidents … Good luck and good golfing!

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