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Article :: 2007.03.22 - This Week Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 22 March 2007.

Men's Report
Putaruru's defence of the Prebble Cup has started in dramatic and dynamic style, with the team dressed to the nines in their new uniform, and a 10-2 walloping of Raglan at Stewart Alexander.

7-1 in the singles added to 3-1 in the foursomes and gave a handsome first up result.  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.  Doesn’t it seem such an age when Putaruru took two cracks at the egg before beating our good neighbours Tirau at Te Aroha, and starting this heroic era of Prebble Cup folk lore.

Now there is an interesting aside to the day, to do with testing of the human psyche.  You see, we did an experiment dealing with conformity versus individuality in the team environment.  And in the singles, the results threw up a startling conundrum.  While we applaud the right to be individual, in a team situation, one can not Ward off the guilt of being out of uniform with its dire consequences.  Now while we cannot categorically attribute the single loss in the afternoon to being out of uniform, one would give the shirt off one’s back to understand this iniquity.

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 was the hand brake left on?!  …  Was it correct one of the Raglan team was still in bed in Raglan at 7.50AM? …  Did Raglan send off 2 seniors playing 2 juniors in error thus conceding the first hole in the 2 affected matches?

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.  Of course this would not have worked on Sunday during the power cut.

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.

And yes my dear wee golfing elves, once a month the course will be set up harder than usual to test the mettle of the Putaruru golfer.  Captain Ding was delighted with the response to Saturday’s set up, 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.

Ladies Results
13th of March 2007 Ladies results for the 2nd round Nancy MacCormack Foursomes.

1st – Joy Aitchison & Raewyn Hoole (69.5 nett), 2nd  Irene Orr & Bev Macartney (71.5 nett),  3rd  Norine McPherson & Jenny Smith on count back (72 nett).

9 Holes “Putting Button”:- 1st Gillian Robbins (16 putts), 2nd Beryl Garnett (17 putts), 3rd Cecily Duxfield & Elizabeth Howland on count back (18 putts).

Twos were scored by Joy Aitchison & Raewyn Hoole.

Vets Results
Results of the scramble 15th March 2007 were:  Men; 1st Hooky Howard (42), 2nd Kivu Coroer (39), 3rd Peter Smith (38).

Ladies – 1st Audrey Mathis (35), 2nd Alison Riley (34), 3rd Irene McIvor (33).


The Bay of Plenty Vs Waikato Tournament was held at Putaruru on Monday the 12th of March with a large field of 98 players in good weather.  Players came from all over the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

Waikato won on the day with 32.82 versus Bay of Plenty with 30.40.

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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