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Article :: 2007.07.19 - This Week Press Report

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Thursday 19 July 2007.

Men's Report
The men need ladies … no this is not a lonely hearts service, but the Watson Plate is a mixed club trophy being played this Saturday.

Mixed Canadian foursomes is the format, which is where both players tee off, take the best drive, and then play alternate shots from there.  It is a lot of fun, a wee bit different, and the more the merrier.  Don’t worry if you don’t have anyone sorted, as we can make up pairings on Saturday morning.  There will be a men only section playing the same format.

No news is good news, isn’t that how the saying goes?  But yes, Captain Ding has had complaints.  Nothing new in that, but apparently all the media attention being attracted by the comeback king, John Barr, is causing angst in certain quarters, in a neighbourly sort of way.  Nothing wrong with that, as, if it weren’t for the poetic rhetoric, then nobody would read a word of this infamous spread each week.

As you may well have guessed there is little on the news front this week, other than Captain Ding was accused of saying something nice about David Hoyte, that has Captain Ding flummoxed, surely not!

On Saturday we played the second round of the Stratson Cup, which is a bogey competition.  There was some top scoring on the day, with young Brad Karl scooting to the top of the table with +8, just ahead of Steve Thorby +7, Richie Brown, Brett Makene and Brian Curd on +6.  With just one more round to come, who has the metal to take it all the way home?

The scramble results for last Saturday had Brad Karl wining division 1 with +8, Brian Curd +7, Mark Nicholl and John Wood +4, John Bryant +3 and Butch Hamilton +2.

In Division 2, Jahrome Brown was the winner on +8, on count back from Spotty McCarthy and Steve Thorby, David Motutere +6, Peter Smith and Eric Hill +3 and Hooky Howard +1.

Two’s were scored by Mike Karl and John Anderson on the 8th, and Terry Garnett on the 3rd.

The highly coveted Presidents Trophy starts on the 28th this month, there is a sheet going around for entries so be in quick.  There is a lot of talk and oratory from some quarters, probably better described as blustering, but of course it is winter.  So sort up your partner, and make sure names are in by Saturday.

14 ladies braved cold winter conditions for the fourth round of the Uden trophy (0 - 30) and Lithgow trophy (31 - 54).  Margaret Ranger came in first in the Uden on a count back from Denise Hunt with a 73 nett and 3rd Florence Jellard on 74.  In the Lithgow Margaret Karl came in first with a 76 Nett, 2nd Bev McCartney 79 and 3rd Joan Spargo on 80.

Ten handy ladies competed for the Milly Molly Mandy 9 hole competition and Gillian Robbins certainly can play the par threes.  First in their scramble was S Urbahn 35 nett, 2nd G Robbins 40, and 3rd M Edmond 45.

The fifth and final round of the east zone Wills Cup was played at Matamata, 9th July.  Weather was fine but rain clouds were rolling along the Kaimai Ranges and the wind was quite cold.  Walton won the competition on the day with 69 points.  Putaruru were the zone winners, beating Tirau by 4 points.

The Putaruru team was Irene McIvor and Alison Riley in Silver Division, Margaret Ranger and Cheryl Jones in Bronze A and Shirley Wood and Norine McPherson in the Bronze B.

The venue for the final will be known as others zones complete their round.  The date of the final is August 24th.  Good Luck Girls!

Results from the vets scramble played 12 July; Men’s – 1st Don Riley 42, 2nd Butch Hamilton 38, 3rd Gray Urbahn 35.  Cheryl Jones on 34 was 1st in the ladies, followed by Joan Spargo 32.

Coming up …
Thursday is the Super Liquor Midweek Tournament, and on Saturday we have the Watson Plate which is Canadian Mixed Foursomes.  There will also be a men only section.  Round 3 of the Stratson bogey competition will be played in conjunction with the first round of the Presidents on the 28th … Good luck and good golfing!



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