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Article :: 2007.04.05 - This Week Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 5 April 2007.

Men's Report
Captain Ding is delighted to report that the Prebble Cup team had a 7-5 win over Pirongia at the Narrows, and that the championship pennants team halved their match against the highly rated Dunes team at Raglan.

We’ll start with the Prebble cup where the foursomes were tied 2 a piece in the morning, and the singles were convincingly won 5-3 in the afternoon with wins going to Maurice Tricker 1 up, Terry Garnett 2 up, Ross Jellard 2 up, Ted Ward 7/6 and Barry Wallace 3/2.  Both Terry Garnett and Ross Jellard started their singles slowly being 4 down and 2 down respectively at the turn, but showed the true grit that is Putaruru to come from behind and win comfortably enough.

You will remember 2 weeks ago, Captain Ding reported that non conformity in the team situation, by not wearing the team uniform, produced a surprising loss by the perpetrator.  Captain Ding is delighted to report that the simply act of donning a team shirt for this round produced a 7/6 thrashing of the opponent … a great way to Ward off evil spirits.

Putaruru now play Kawhia at Cambridge on the 29th of April.

Another human interest angle to this Prebble Cup round was the practice round on Thursday by a few of the team.  We all know the garnet is an elegant jewel, stay with me here, and the strategy employed by namesake Terry Garnett, by shooting a great cricket score on Thursday, stood Terry in great stead for Sunday.  The foursomes win by Terry Garnett and Ross Jellard was startling enough, but the singles, come from behind effort was simply superb.

And speaking of Warding off evil spirits on Thursday, one does not like to point the finger of the devil at anyone, but an 8 on the par 3 last hole at the Narrows cost his team $25 a piece in the wee haggle between the Ward be victors of Ted Ward, Terry Garnett and Lance Hay, and the victorious Captain Ding, Spill Hill and Neville Dugan.

The Putaruru championship pennants team were up against the Dunes, where their number three player is a scratch golfer … that should give you an idea of the strength of the opposition.

Putaruru were sporting a new look team where Brad Karl was filling in, and teamed up admirably with father Mike Karl in the number 2 position in the morning foursomes, and number 3 for the afternoon singles.

The team were 2-1 down after the morning foursomes, the only win coming from Murray and Butch Hamilton. 

The new combination of Mike and Brad Karl shot 1 over the card, but still lost 3/2 which shows 2 things.  Firstly, a great introduction into senior pennants by Brad Karl who kept his composure under some pretty trying pressure, and secondly the opposition were pretty tidy.

In the afternoon, Rhys Burnett got his first win and his first point for the year after seven starts, great stuff, and well worth celebrating!  Rhys had copped a bit of flack from the Stewart Alexander boys until this point, but was able to dispel the blues with this smashing victory!

The other wins came from Butch Hamilton 5/4 and Mike Karl 2 up.  Murray Hamilton was 1 down playing 18, but won the 18th to half his match, which counted towards securing the half for the day!
The handicap pennants team continued their long standing tradition of not making the finals, but well done to the team for trying as they finished only just outside the top four … if only!  Tirau finished top of the zone on 851.5, Waitomo 860.0, Pirongia 871.5 and Tokoroa 874.0.  Putaruru finished in 6th place with 879.5.

Entries for the Van Dyks Classic are filtering in, and must be in Captain Ding’s hands by Tuesday the 10th of April.

In the Firestone Pork n Bacon tournament on Saturday, the nett winners were Louise Wallace 72, Barry Wallace 69 and Tony Muller 66, runners up Tali Mulafia 70 and Eric Hill 71.

The Ladies stableford winner was Alison Riley 34.  In men’s division 1, the stableford winner was Brian Curd 39, Tony FitzHerbert 38, Ron Taylor, Vic O’Rourke, Dieter Drescher, Ted Ward, Massey Rata and John Mulholland 37.  And in division 2, the winner was Shayne Hill 40, Sean Samkin and Adam Sadler 38, Warren Long 37, Nev Dugan and Duncan Gallagher 36.

Two’s were scored by Brian Curd and Eric Hill on the 3rd, John Wood on the 10th, and Sean Samkin on the 13th.

Finally the back 9 of the course has been sprayed for flat weeds, fertilised and under-sown.  Depending on the success of this, the front nine is programmed for the birthday treatment later on in the year.  The committee is confident of good results, and think of this, the golf course, which relies on grass, is actually going to fertilise the grass, well I never!
Ladies Report
Tuesday the 27th of March will be one that will live long in the memory of Shirley Wood.  Shirley pulled out a driver on the 3rd hole to score a hole in one, and to show that this wasn’t sheer blind good luck, Shirley carried on to produce an overall 65 nett and win the LGU monthly medal, and win the putting button in her division.

In the Silver Division the winner was Denise Hunt with 68 nett, Florence Jellard 71 and Alison Riley 73.  In the Bronze 1 Division the winner was Judy Grey 68, Margaret Ranger 69, and Joy Aitchison 71 on count back.  In the Bronze II Division Shirley Wood had her 65 nett, Bev Macartney 69 and Heather Edgar 76 on count back.  In the 9 hole division, Cecily Duxfield had 31 nett, Sue Urbahn 33, and Elizabeth Howland 35.

In addition to the monthly medal the putting buttons went Denise Hunt with 28 putts in the 0-30 handicap division and Shirley Wood with 30 putts in the 30+ division.

Finally, the first round f the Wills Cup is against Cambridge at Tokoroa, the championship pennants play on Sunday and the mid-week pennants first round is at the Narrows on Monday.

Good luck to everyone involved.

Captain Ding apologises for the lack of vets results, after finally getting into the swing of things, no results came through this week.

Coming up …
Thursday is Vets … Saturday and Monday are our Easter scrambles … Good luck and good golfing!


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