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Article :: 2007.07.12 - This Week Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 12 July 2007.

Men's Report
The final of the Lithgow Trophy between Ted Ward and John Barr was played in fine conditions on Saturday.  The match was supposedly a foregone conclusion, unless Ted Ward faltered, but Captain Ding jests.

Playing off a 13 now, unlucky for some, John Barr was giving only 2 shots to Ted Ward.  Three birdies on the front nine by John Barr on the 6th, 7th and 9th were required to keep Ted Ward at bay, but Ted having birdied the 4th kept his chances alive.  This set up only a tight 1 up lead at the turn to John.  Ted Ward squared the match twice more on the back nine, before going 1 down after the 14th, and then the match tensely limped home with closely contested, but halved holes.

The match looked brilliant on the card, but alas, the quality of some of the golf has been confirmed from a number of independent, objective and astute golf observers, to have been somewhat less scintillating, only at times though.  Could this be the pressure of finals golf?

Then, creating controversy on the last hole, there was a question of where the nearest point of relief should be taken when a ball lies on the wrong green, the 9th green in this instance.  A keen eyed onlooker cast a little pall of doubt on this point when it was suspected that picking a spot that gave a better angle into the green, could be preferable to the less favoured nearest point.  However, this point of conjecture was only raised after the players had walked off the 18th green by the genuinely concerned mischief maker, and as the match had already been decided, and in accordance with the Royal and Ancient Rules, the qualified golf referee, and club captain proclaimed John Barr was the winner, winning 1 up.

This would have to conclude one of the great come backs in local golfing history, where after 2 or so decades away from the top level of the game, John has allayed the demons and returned with his first ever monthly medal win last month, and now a famous victory in the Lithgow over one of Putaruru’s toughest campaigners, in Ted Ward.  It’s enough o make your head spin!

The first round of the Stratson Cup was also played in conjunction with the Firestone Pork n Bacon Tournament.  The Stratson Cup is a competition decided by the best 2 out of 3 rounds, played on bogey.  The first round leaders are Brett Makene and Richie Brown both tied on +6 each on bogey.

Firestone Pork n Bacon Tournament
55 played in the field, a good muster on the first dry’ish Saturday in a fair old while.

The ladies nett winner with 76 was Jenny Kelsen, runner up Cheryl Jones 78.  The bogey winner was Yvonne Parry from Waipukurau -4, runner up Louise Wallace -6.

The division 1 nett winner was Richie Brown 65, runner up John Wood 71.  The bogey winner was King Shanly +3, Paul Graham +1, Brad Karl, John Mulholland, John Barr, Massey Rata, Allan Wallace and Phil Kensington all square.

In division 2, the nett winner was Brett Makene 65, runner up Daley Makene 70.  The bogey winner was Nev Dugan +3, Peter Smith and Roger Clothier +1, Wayne Mudford, Neil Sinclair and Dieter Drescher all square, Tony Edgar, Steven Thorby and Don Riley -1.

The only two for the day was scored by the colourfully effervescent King Shanly who socked it into the hole on the humongous 8th.

Only 18 ladies braved the elements last Tuesday to play in Round 3 of the Uden and Lithgow Trophies.  Although there was only one shower early on, the rounds were finished in sunshine.

Results were as follows, Uden Trophy, 0-30 division, 1st Heather Howard 72 nett, 2nd Margaret Ranger 73, 3rd Denise Hunt 74.  A two was scored by Irene McIvor on the 8th.

Lithgow Trophy, 31-54 division, 1st Heather Edgar 76 nett, followed by Audrey Mathis on 80.

9 holers Stableford competition, 1st Lynette Bennett 12 on count back from D Bartlett, 3rd Gillian Robbins 11.

Coming up …
Thursday is Vets, and on Saturday we have the round 2 of the Stratson bogey competition … Good luck and good golfing!

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