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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 28 June 2007.

Super Liquor Midweek
What a funny old week weather wise.  Last Thursday, 14 played in the Super Liquor midweek in somewhat damp conditions in lemming like fashion.

The golf course is now in full winter mode where the course has become wet in the usual low lying drainage areas, and the course plays at it’s longest for the year.

Captain Ding will not question the sanity of those that played, nor the bravado, but nay, we shall call it loyalty to the very generous sponsorship from Putaruru Super Liquor.

The nett winner and the stableford winner respectively in the ladies division were Cheryl Jones and Florence Jellard.

 The men’s division nett winner was John Barr, runner up Stew Kensington.  The stableford winner was Ross Jellard, runner up Gary Urbahn.

Nobody scored any two’s, surprise, surprise!

Mid-Winter Christmas Open Tournament
There was serious consideration given to postponing this tournament after the torrential weather leading into this tournament.  Mowing wet sodden greens or mini lakes is quite problematic Captain Ding is led to believe.

After the course was moved .05 degrees on the GPS map by the howling winds of Friday night, the day dawned beguilingly playable.  Enough so that the weather satellite map tempted 53 to play in the field.

It was a tough day for golf, the wind, showers and the underfoot conditions proving very difficult for most of the field.  But remember that it was the November Tokoroa New World Christmas Open last year where the tournament was reduced to 9 holes.  So 18 holes in the middle of winter was a bonus.

For the first time ever, and there were a good number of ladies that played, Captain Ding was flabbergasted that they outscored the men’s division’s quite noticeably.  The ladies handled the conditions flabbergastingly better than the men, who now appear to be fine weather golfers … soft!

The ladies nett winner was Cheryl Jones 70, runner up Alison Riley 75; gross winner Florence Jellard 90; stableford winner Denise Lindley 34 and runner up Heather Howard 32.

In men's division 1 the nett winner was Richard Wright who shot a 70 for a nett 72, runner up on count back Vic O’Rourke 72.  The gross winner was Randal Barr 74; And the stableford winner was John Barr 37, runner up Richard Wharehoka 35, John Bryant and Ted Ward 35, Mike Hamilton 34, and Hooky Howard and Allan Wallace 33.

In division 2, the nett winner was Eric Hill with a stunning 66, runner up Peter Smith 72; gross winner Tony FitzHerbert 88; stableford winner Neville Dugan 37, Adam Sadler and Don Riley 35, Chris McKillop and Wayne Mudford 34.

Two’s were scored by Louise Wallace 8th, Florence Jellard 10th, Cheryl Jones 8th, John Mulholland 3rd, Ross Jellard 8th and Dieter Drescher 3rd.

The longest drive winners were Louise Wallace, Richard Wright and Neville Dugan.  The closest to the pin on the 8th for the ladies was Florence Jellard, and on the 10th for the men Brendan Seidel and Peter Smith.

The longest putt on the 18th winners were Margaret Ranger, Hooky Howard and Wayne Mudford.

All in all, it was a modest success this mid winter tournament.  A good number of visitors with 5 of the visiting golfers with handicaps under scratch, and one on a meagre 2, not bad for little old Putaruru on a scrappy day.

Coming up …
Thursday is Vets, and on Saturday we have the final of the Lithgow Trophy and the first round of the Stratson Cup which is a bogey competition … Good luck and good golfing!

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