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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 19 October 2006.

Men's Report
We start with the Grayburn Ross twilight.  A fantastic field of 61 players turned up on Thursday, 61!  The newly cored greens made little difference to the golfers section.  The winner was Terry Garnett, 36 off the stick for 24 points, 2nd was Anthony Berben 23, Ian Worth 22, Steve Thorby and Mark Lawrence 21 and Captain Ding and Ted Ward 20.  Winning the non golfer section was Shane Hill 25, Tim McIvor, Grant Kelsen and David Gill 18, Jeza O’Rourke and Peter Motion 17.  The Firestone business house rounds start from the November 2 for 7 weeks, organise your teams now, the more the merrier!

The men’s shootout headed out at high noon on Saturday … 18 men, 2 eliminated each hole until the 9th, and then two to battle the nerves, the anticipation of glory and riches beyond avariciousness!  Ok, well not quite, but the 4 that got to the 8th hole were Tony Edgar, Eric Hill, the literally evergreen King Shanly and Maurice Tricker.  Eric was the first to drop out; Maurice was the first through with a very tasty up and down par, leaving King and Tony to go to a chip off.  Sheriff Garnett sent them back to the ladies tee, which it’s fair to say, produced a quite sad exhibition of tee shot execution - we’ll put it down to nerves!  Then a downhill side-hill chip from just off the green produced a focused King Shanly to duke it out down the 9th.

King drilled a superb tee shot down the middle; Maurice went tiki-touring to the right hand trees, but then recovered well.  King then sconed his second to even things up, and the two were then side by side, game even again!  Suffice it to say, that after a few more shots the hole was halved by these two exceptional golfers in 7’s!  So it was a chip off that sorted the job … King played a very good chip to about 8 feet, but Maurice Tricker played an even better one to win this year’s shootout … to good in the end, and a deserved winner.

On Sunday, the Putaruru District Services Club annual tournament saw the Tauranga Citizens Club turn up in force and a lot earlier than their Putaruru counter parts.  Winning the shield challenge was Putaruru by 33.25 to 29.05.  The top golfers from Putaruru were Chris McKillop, Alison Riley, and Butch Hamilton all 38, John Mulholland and Steve Thorby 37, Richie Brown and Ross Jellard 36.  From Tauranga, Bruce Coker and Bill Kennedy had 34 and Stephen Ogle and Pete Russell had 33.

A big thank you to the “Club” sponsors on the day and to Ron McDonald for organising the prize table and the day, great fun!

Well that ended a very successful week for the golf club, what with the social, and the beginnings of the fun part of the golfing year.  There is the Pritchard cup teams ambrose on the 28th which then concludes with prize giving.  We then have the Christmas tournaments, twilight, twilight and more twilight, and the summer cup!

Now, the big news is that for new members, you can play over the summer for free … that’s right free!  Pay the usual annual sub, and you’ll get 16 months for the price of 12 … Not only that, there is a new 9 hole men's membership that will get you an official 9 hole handicap.  So see Captain Ding or Ross Jellard, and we’ll help you out!

Ladies Report
The ladies this week had their annual bus trip – this year to Whakatane.  The weather was “gale force winds, rain and more wind!”  However everyone managed to battle their way around and Judy Grey came home with winning team of Shirley Wood, Audrey Mathis and Raewyn Hoole.  Sheriff O’Leary and Edgar dressed in Tony’s stylish jackets provided much hilarity on the bus.  Dinner and drinks in Rotorua topped off an excellent day out – well done Brenda, top organisation.

The ladies shootout teed off 11.00 sharp, 10 ladies set off to be eliminated one by one until 2 would wrestle it out on the 9th hole.  3 started the 8th hole, but it was Florence Jellard whose usually reliable putting stroke went awry, this let the Waotu ladies of Alison Riley and Margaret Ranger through to play the 9th.  The hole was halved in very respectable sixes, so it went to a chip off … 3 times.  Whether it was nerves, we’ll never know, but the first two chip-offs went off the green, so the final playoff was sorted out with a putt-off.  Margaret slid her putt just by the hole, so close, and as it turned out so far, Alison was able to hole out to win the ladies shootout … Well done!

Vets
In the vets this John Smith came in with 41 points followed by John Wood 39 and Hooky Howard 38.  In the ladies, Irene McIvor was first on 39, Alison Riley 38 and Florence Jellard 37.

Coming up …
Thursday is the Super Liquor midweek and Saturday and Monday see club scrambles … Good luck and good golfing!

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