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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 4 July 2007.

Men's Report
The dulcet pitter patter of a light sprinkling of torrential rain was enough to postpone the final of the Lithgow Trophy last Saturday.

The anticipation of this titanic match up is now weighing heavy as John Barr and Ted Ward await in the wings, for the call to the first tee.  Each week that passes plays into Ted’s hand as the ever vigilant hand of the handicapper snips away like a Jewish Priest at a Bris.

So the only news this week is the Wooden Spoon Day.  36 Putaruru golfers took off to the Golf Pacifica course in Kati Kati on a resplendent day last Tuesday.

We start with the good golfers, those that acquitted themselves in great OJ fashion.  At the right end of the scoring was Wayne Mudford, from Waotu surprisingly, that was bemoaning a shortish missed putt that would have given him 40 points, but instead had to settle for 39.  Then there was Roger Clothier, Lance Hay and Spotty McCarthy all tied on 38 points.

The Toni award for having the worse day on the greens would have to go to Tony Edgar, who would have scored 40 points, but for a slight number of mishaps on the putting surface, and ended with 32 points instead.

There were 7 people tied on 29 points, and not wanting to name names, we’ll just say, David Hoyte was one of them.  David did manage the only two on the monster 203 metre par 3, but those 4 points were all that saved his card from spoon contention.

Then there were 4 left below this score.  The two people on 26 points fully deserved their prize, but President Brett Worth, from Waotu, and Ross Higginson, not from Waotu, were pipped at the post.

The luckiest person from Waotu would have to be Stan Wilson, whose 16 points and 9 points on the back 9, for a total of 25, were good enough not to win the spoon.

That honour went to Russell Burman, who went out in 18 points, and came home in 7 to claim the spoon from Captain Ding, and save Waotu the ignominy of the spoons return to it’s usual resting place.

Ladies
38 players turned out to play last Tuesday in the LGU, monthly medal and putting button.  Play was delayed due to the frost, but sunny clear conditions prevailed.

Results were as follows:  Silver Division; 1st Denise Hunt 71 nett, 2nd Louise Wallace 74, 3rd Jenny Kelsen 79 on count back.  Bronze 1 Division; 1st Jenny Clothier 72, 2nd Anne Kensington, 74, 3rd Margaret Ranger 75.  Bronze 2 Division; 1st Raewyn Hoole 76, 2nd Bev Macartney 80, 3rd Heather Edgar 81.

9 holer's; Putting Button – 1st Marie Edmonds 15 putts, 2nd Carole Furlong 16, 3rd Margaret Dillon 16.

Congratulations to Denise Hunt who won the monthly medal.

Vets
Results from the vets play last Thursday. First in the men Stew Kensington 38, 2nd Tony FitzHerbert 37, 3rd Keith Hunt 35.  Cheryl Jones won the ladies with 34, followed by Florence Jellard 33 and Bev Macartney 32.

A small group of hardy vets enjoyed the day and were joined by 10 players from Pungarehu (Taranaki).  They enjoyed playing the course and were well fed and watered.

Coming up …
Thursday is Vets, and on Saturday we have the Firestone Pork n Bacon tournament, the final of the Lithgow Trophy, the first round of the Stratson Cup which is a bogey competition, the monthly medal and Captains trophy … Good luck and good golfing!

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