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Article :: 2007.05.09 - SWN Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 9 May 2007.

Men's Report
Starting this week is a toss up between Captain Ding and Duncan Gallagher’s gargantuan upset win over Ross Jellard and Sean Samkin in the TTT or Massey Rata’s 71 gross for a nett 61 on Saturday.

Also simmering away are the growing allegations and evidence of cheating in the Prebble Cup match against Kawhia.

Objectively, we’ll start with Massey Rata’s round, which by the way, was not good enough to win the beer in his group.  Birdies came on the 1st and 10th, 2 under, then 2 bogies on the 14th and 15th were followed by a birdie on the 16th to end one under.

Now to the giant killers.  Prebble Cup stalwart and rookie respectively, Ross Jellard and Sean Samkin were the favourites to win, no question.  More hope was held for the Red’s beating the Bulls than the unthinkable happening.  Losing to Captain Ding would be like losing to a three legged lobotomised Hyena!  And recognising this, the fretfulness was weighing heavy on the first tee.

Duncan Gallagher did the damage in the match, while carrying Captain Dead Weight (the holiday pounds just don’t go away these days!)  Winning the 5th, 7th, 13th and crucially the 15th was Duncan’s contribution in a seesaw mêlée.  But then Captain Fantastic bombed a long range 4 or 5 foot putt on the 16th to set the team 2 up with 2 to play.  The pressure was primordially palpable, as shots had to be made.  The match ended with the favourite’s rueing a missed birdie on 17 for an infamous loss to Captain Fluke and his side kick Duncan Gallagher.

Cheating is a loathsome word at any time, but especially in the Royal and Ancient sport of golf.  This is a game where the integrity and game is played individually.  So it is disappointing when individuals from a club can do the despicable to blight their club, this noble sport and do themselves a disservice.  Both these individuals lost their matches, but their win at all costs attitude is villainously vile!

What did they do?  …  Drop a ball while their other ball was in play, claiming it to be their original ball.  How do we know?  … because we have one of the balls they supposedly lost in our possession, and they went back to pick up the other ball that was in the middle of the fairway … losers both of them!

Firestone Pork n Bacon
A great field of 44 including 6 ladies.  Cheryl Jones had the best nett of 71, while Heather Howard scored the best stableford of 37 points.

Massey Rata of course won the nett prize with his 71 nett 61, runner up Barry Wallace 67.  The stableford winner was Allan Wallace 43, Ross Jellard and Captain Ding 39, Max Russell, Lance Hay and Sean Samkin 38.

In division 2 Tony Edgar won the nett prize with 65, runner up Steve Thorby 69.  The stableford winner was Dieter Dresher 42, Mark Lawrence 40, Adam Sadler, Eivin Lynghaug and Rex Fisher 38 and Tony Muller 37.

TTT Draw
The semi final draw of the TTT sees Allan Wallace and Tommy Houston play Captain Ding and Duncan Gallagher; Eric Hill and Tony Edgar play Ron Taylor and Roger Clothier.

Results of the vets scramble held last Thursday saw good shots from John Mathis with 39 points, 2nd Dieter Drescher 38, Ross Jellard 36.  In the Ladies – 1st Margaret Ranger 37, Norine McPherson 37 on count back from Florence Jellard.

Coming up …
Saturday has the TTT semi finals and shootout … Good luck and good golfing!

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