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Article :: 2007.05.24 - This Week Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 24 May 2007.

Men's Report
It was around 2:00PM that the skies darkened and were shrouded in the rarely seen phenomenon of great gaggles of ungulate bristly mammals of the family Suidae winging it across the skies.  Yes, pigs on the wing were the order of the day as Duncan Gallagher and Captain Ding held on to their incredible run of form to beat Eric Hill and Tony Edgar in the final of the TTT Trophy, a 4/2 win on the 16th hole.

The great form that had got Eric Hill and Tony Edgar to the final was not quite there last Saturday.  And all the tricks that Captain Ding had in his bag to play the great psychological game were not needed either.

The expected outcome certainly took the pressure off Captain Ding and Duncan, they were not expected to make it to the final let alone win, but they continued their impervious form through the match, which, while it was not dog ugly, neither was it spanking.  Are you still allowed to use terms like this now with anti-smacking?

But enough has been written about this dynamic and ill-fated duo over the past 4 weeks.  The news that the TTT is finally over will have dozens of readers grateful for the lull in news about Captain Ding, the spin doctoring and heroic deeds blown out of all proportion will ebb, or will they?

In the scramble, Butch Hamilton won division 1 with a very succulent nett 65, Hooky Howard and Brian Curd 70, Ted Ward, John Barr and Captain Ding 71, and John Mulholland 72.

In division 2 Steve Thorby won with a slightly lower grade of prime beef nett 67, Dieter Drescher 70, Peter Smith 71, Roger Clothier 72, Doug Worth 73 and Wayne Mudford 74.

Twos were scored by Dieter Drescher on the 10th and Adam Sadler on the 3rd.

Finally, as you read this, the wooden spoon will be hanging proudly around someone’s neck.  The Putaruru Drove of some 40 odd golfers, some of them really odd, will have herded their way there and back from Kawerau.  The spoon is currently living in it’s semi-permanent district of Waotu, will it remain there or be somewhere else after Tuesday, maybe Pukeatua, maybe back in town, Harris Road has narrowly escaped possession over the last few rounds.  Captain Ding does not see it going Back-Lichfield way, but you never know.

Putaruru Super Liquor Mid Week
A record 100 in the field, and a great day had by all as Putaruru played host to the LVA (Licensed Venues Assn.)

The nett winners were Jenny Smith 70, Stan Francis 69 and Andrew Sadler 65; Nett runners up Vere Hamilton 73, Ross Jellard 70 and Neville Dugan 67.

The ladies stableford winners were Michelle Thorby 36 and Audrey Mathis 33.

In Men’s Division 1 the stableford winner was John Barr 39, Terry Garnett, Gary Ban and R Asiata 37, King Shanly and Richard Ellis 36.  And in Men's Division 2 the stableford winner was Peter Gardiner 41, John Mathis 39, Tony Edgar and K Lumsden 38, Wayne Mudford 36 and Peter Robertson 35.

Two’s were scored by John Mathis, Peter Little and Hooky Howard on the 3rd, W Burmester on the 3rd and the 10th, Vere Hamilton on the 8th and J Ware and P Gardener on the 10th.

Finally a big thank you to Jim Smith, Marie Worth and the team at Super Liquor for their sponsorship.

Ladies report
A busy week for the Putaruru Ladies began on Friday with hosting the Wills Cup Round 3.  Our team of Irene McIvor, Alison Riley, Cheryl Jones, Margaret Ranger, Shirley Wood and Audrey Mathis scored well against Walton.  Putaruru is now on top with 176 ½ points over Tirau on 175 and Tokoroa third on 169.  The next round will be held at Tirau on June 15th.  Good luck girls.

At the Championship Pennants final round at Walton on Sunday 14th, our Putaruru team finished 3rd in division 4.  This is the first time we have fielded a team in this event and the girls can be very proud of their achievement.

On Monday Putaruru held the weekday pennants.  Putaruru was pipped by one stroke by Kawhia.  Kawhia’s top player came home with a nett 67.  A good field of ladies turned out to support our teams in both events and enjoyed lovely autumn weather.  The green keeper and staff have our course in great condition.

Tuesday was the 3rd round of the Patrons Trophy.  In the silver division Irene McIvor came home with a 68 nett on count back from Judy Grey with Florence Jellard third on 71 nett.  Bronze division saw Norine McPherson first with a 71 nett, Vere Hamilton 73 nett and Heather Edgar 76 nett.  Two’s were scored by Judy Grey and Margaret Ranger on No. 3.  In the 4th round of the 9 hole Stableford competition, Lynette Bennett came first with 15 points on count back from Dulcie McLean and Sue Urbahn.

Vets Report
17 May scramble results were: Men 1st John Mathis 39, King Shanly 36 and Tony FitzHerbert 35.  In the ladies, 1st Jenny Smith 38, Irene Orr 35 and Vere Hamilton 35.

On Monday 14th the 5th round of the Vets Zone Pennants was held at Tirau with Putaruru now 24 ahead of Walton and Tirau A.


Coming up …
Thursday is Vets, while Saturday has the first round of the Lithgow Trophy and shootout … Good luck and good golfing!

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