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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 5 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.  Blue skies, a light to medium breeze, a sodden course, and testing greens were served up with just a hint of garlic in the anticipation of a Captain Ding melt down, and the crown of being the first ever 6 time winner of the spoon.

Captain Ding was disappointed to disappoint those from Waotu with his stellar effort of 31 points, meaning the spoon was on its way from the lifestyle belt.
 
But lets 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 immaculate 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, from Waotu, 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.  And, contrary to popular legend, it was a putted two, from only 3 or 4 foot, and not a full 7 iron from the other side of the river!

Then there were 4 left below 29 points.  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 as it happens, would have to be Stan Wilson, whose 16 points and 9 points on the back nine, for a total of 25, was good enough to be left empty handed.

The honourable spoon recipient was 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.

Yes, there was a little jig, before the ritualistic presentation of the spoon by Captain Ding.  And Arohena is not that far from Waotu, just across the river as it happens, so it may only be a short journey from Arohena to the spoon’s next recipient, as the crow flies.

The course played long, because of the rain leading up to the spoon day.  And that became treacherous, as the sanded greens were firm, fast and willing.  But we struck a great day to play winter’s golf, and the course is, in the writers view, well worth a visit.

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 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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