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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 21 March 2007.

Men's Report
Where to start, where to start … Putaruru's defence of  the Prebble Cup has started in dynamic style, with the team dressed to the nines in their new uniform, and a 10-2 walloping of Raglan at Stewart Alexander.  Well, it Ward be remiss not to mention that the peer pressure of being the only Putaruru member out of uniform finally became too much for one of the team, recording the only loss of the afternoon.  7-1 in the singles added to 3-1 in the foursomes gave a handsome first up effort.  It’s now off to the Narrows to play Pirongia, who held the Cup before Putaruru beat Tirau in the epic final 2 years ago.

Some other interesting snippets from the day, it rained and blew … the organisation at the course was in keeping with the weather … Rookies Sean Samkin and Brian Curd got 2 points each for the day … Getting to the golf course was a Tricky business for our number one and two in the team, did I hear a whisper about lack of petrol, or the hand brake being on?!  And finally, if one Ward like to know the correct way too charge an electric trundler, after connecting all the cables, apparently if you flick the switch at the wall this is the critical step in completing a successful charging routine. 

The Putaruru Vets are doing it in style in the Waikato Vets Pennant rounds, where they have now overtaken leaders Walton at the top of the table.  Walton and Mangakino are tied for second, then Tokoroa and Matamata, and languishing at the bottom of the table are last years winners Tirau A and Tirau B.

Saint Paddy’s day dawned with Irish mist whetting the intrigue of the quarter finals of the Bradshaw Cup, and some mischief making by the leprechauns.  Captain Ding’s helpers did a fine job of setting up the course with some pretty demanding and testing pin placements.

Yes my dear golfing elves, once a month the course will be set up harder than usual to test the mettle of the golfer.  And while there were some interesting comments, the scoring will attest to the fact that the only handicap in golf is the golfer themselves!

That notwithstanding, Duncan Gallagher top scored in division 2 with a nett 64, Jahrome Brown and Brian Curd 69, Richie Brown 70, Shayne Hill 72, Stew Kensington and Eric Hill 73 and Frank Jamieson 74.  In division 1, Vic O’Rourke won on count back from Hooky Howard and Lance Hay, all with 68 nett’s, Massey Rata and Ted Ward 69, Allan Wallace and Barry Wallace 71, and Brad Karl 72.  Crikey, and Gary Urbahn had the only 2 on the 10th which was an equally testing pin placement.

Shayne Hill was the winner of the Walford Cup with 135 nett; Ross Jellard, Vic O’Rourke and Brian Curd were just pipped at the post on 136.

Firestone Shield Challenge
And the winner … was Undecided with 38 points to the Rum Brothers 36.5.  Well done and thank you to all the teams and participants, it has made for a very successful twilight season.

Coming up …
Thursday is Vets … Saturday is semi finals in the Bradshaw Cup matches and the first round of the Radd Cup (best 2 out of 3 rounds on stableford).  On Sunday, Putaruru hosts the Fire Brigade Tournament, and the Handicap Pennants team head off to Stewart Alexander for the second round … Good luck and good golfing!

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