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Article :: 2006.09.21 - This Week Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 21 September 2006.

Men's Report
TaylorMade for the Wooden Spoon after the spooner’s went to Rotorua’s Arikikapakapa was Ron Taylor with 27 points.  Narrowly winning after a tense and well scrutinised count back, Ron wrested the spoon from Dieter Drescher on the same score.  Wayne Mudford made no bones of his intention not to win the spoon by scoring the best of the day score of 44 points.  He was delighted to present the spoon after holding it on behalf of the Waotu golfing community.  The last time Ron won the spoon was at Tauranga some 5 years ago, and he was proposition by an older lady to go and play twilight that night, Ron quietly and politely declined.  That was the effect of the little spoon that night; imagine if it had been the big spoon!

Now, we have a special event; keep Saturday, October the 7th free.  It is the finals of the club champs, and that evening we have a social with Cambridge 7 piece band, “Affirmation,” led by John Worth.  This is to assuage and celebrate the day, and indeed the season to date.  Social tickets are $35 each or $70 a couple, which include supper.  Tickets are available from Captain Ding and Brett Worth.

Okay, welcome to the real world of club champs, where there were no upsets other than the tears from those vanquished.  Captain Dings Aegis Cruiser was torpedoed and sent to the bottom of the Atlantic before firing off one Cruise missile.  The rest of the second round losers in the intermediates suffered varying degrees of humiliation, although some of the winning golf was, shall we say, horrendously ugly as well.

But still, there was only one, that’s right; one that lost his grip this year at his abject failure in the champs … Neo has to get a grip!

The havoc wrought by the intermediate division was an abysmal spluttering effort reeking more of carrion foul deed than golf!  Ron Taylor’s match against young Brad Karl was the only close match with a 2/1 win to Ron.  The rest were lop-sided thrashings meted out with no quarter given.  But, Captain Ding was the second best of the losers going down only 4/2 to Ross Jellard.

Butch Hamilton kept Barry Wallace at bay 5/3, Richard Wharehoka ousted Hooky Howard 5/4, John Mulholland hit superlative form with an 8/6 victory over Vic O’Rourke, while Tali Mulafia won 5/4 over Ian Worth, Maurice Tricker found little resistance from Spotty McCarthy 7/5, and finally Terry Garnett repelled the challenge from Steve Thorby 7/6.

In the junior division, there was only one upset with Tony Edgar coming out on top of his match against the young Andrew Muller 3/2.  The rest were relatively close matches with all results going to seeding.  Brian Curd won 2 up over Adam Sadler, Dieter Drescher 2/1 over Neville Dugan, Mark Lawrence 3/1 over Wayne Mudford, Peter Young 2/1 against Tony Muller, Roger Clothier won a close encounter, almost having to play a match, David Hoyte beat Lindsay Siegel 3/2 and Brett Makene won 1 up against a determined effort from Tommy Houston.

The junior division is wide open, with the top seeds needing to sharpen up if they are looking forward to the finals.

The seniors kick off this week, with only top seed Mike Karl with a bye.

The Saturday scramble winners were John Mulholland 44 points, Hooky Howard, Ross Jellard, Ron Taylor and Brad Karl all 39, and Tali Mulafia and Terry Garnett 38.  In division 2 Tony Edgar 43, Mark Lawrence and Sean Samkin 41, Adam Sadler, Stew Kensington and Wayne Mudford 39 and Lance Hay 38.

Two’s were scored by Brad Karl, Rhys Burnett, Mike Karl, Ian Worth, Dieter Drescher, Gary Urbahn and Tommy Houston.

Captain Ding’s final word is that this year’s vintage of sour grape wine will be a good one, aye Neo!

On Sunday, Putaruru along with Taupo, Tokoroa and Tirau were hosted at Mangakino for the Smythe trophy interclub.  Holders of the Smythe Cup, Putaruru came second this year to the host team of Mangakino … well done to Mangakino.  Putaruru, however, did defend successfully the Monterey Cup in its match against Tokoroa, so yay for us.

Aren’t these longer spring days nice, Captain Ding for one is looking forward to this years Grayburn Ross twilight, still a month away, but now is the time to start organising business house teams, I hear a whisper that it may still be Thursday nights, so get out there and start practicing.

Also, have you heard?  Men will be getting a 9 hole men’s competition and membership category, similar to the ladies, with handicaps and all, all for $230 or there about.  And you can join from the 1st of November for the annual sub and get 16 months in for your first year.  Cash up front is the only condition, but a mighty fine deal none the less!

Ladies Report
The Ladies stroke play champions were decided on Tuesday and congratulations go to Silver winner Denise Hunt, and Florence Jellard, Bronze winner.  These ladies will go forward to the Champion of Champions along with the Bronze runner up Joy Aitchison.  Scramble results for the day were: Silver, Denise Hunt 87, Michelle Thorby 89, and Irene McIvor 90.  Bronze 1 went to Joy Aitchison on count back from Judy Grey with Florence Jellard 3rd. Bronze 2 was won by Daryll Mills, from Brenda Buckeridge on count back to Bev Macartney.  The 9 Hole Scramble was won by Joy McDonnell from Cecily Duxfield with Sue Urban in third place.

Rachel Young scored the only two of the day on the 3rd hole.

Next Week is the second round of the Matchplay Championships, with a scramble for the rest.

Stew Kensington took out the men’s scramble on Thursday with 39 points, Ross Jellard was close behind on 38 with Dieter Drescher coming in third with 37 points.

The Ladies scramble went to Bev Macartney 40 from Ladies President Cheryl Jones 37, and Florence Jellard surviving on count back to take 3rd place with 36.

The Green keeper must have been in a good mood on Thursday, there were four twos on the day; Ross Jellard, Terry Putt, Gary Urbahn and Terry Garnett.

Coming up …
Thursday is the Super Liquor mid week and Vets; Saturday is the quarter finals of the club champs … Good luck and good golfing!

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