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Article :: 2007.08.23 - This Week Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 23 August 2007.

This week we have reports on Men’s Suffrage, a very successful Marjorie’s tournament on Thursday, the latest Presidents results and more aberrant Ladies Tees tales. And we had a beautiful day for the interclub on Sunday that was cancelled at the last minute.  Waitomo were forced to reschedule club champs to last Sunday after a couple of cancelled Saturdays (due to weather) and Te Awamutu were struggling for names.

Men's Report
Can you imagine the enormity of the decision taken by the men all those years ago to “give” women the vote?  And the battling by Women worldwide to break into every bastion of Men’s clubs and dominions everywhere?  Well in Putaruru, Men have been quietly and patiently sitting by, awaiting an opportunity as this.  And after all this selflessness, last week a sacred bastion was broached as men played in the Marjorie’s Ladies Tournament for the first time.  18 men marked “Men’s Suffrage” as they were able to walk the fairways after all these years of long suffering!

Ladies Report
The annual Open Ladies golf Tournament sponsored by Marjorie’s of Putaruru was held on Thursday.  With entries down, a men’s division was added at the last minute which proved to be popular and added to the conviviality in the Clubhouse.

In Division 1, the best gross was narrowly won by Gillian Reakes from Pirongia with 82 off the stick.  Denise Hunt won the best nett with 68 and won the Jo Selton Cup for best local nett.  The stableford winner was Alison Riley with 34 points.  Nearest the pin on No. 10 was won by Sheelah Lamb (Matamata); Nearest the Tape Gloria Osbourne; Busiest golfer Jean Holster (Tokoroa.)

In Division II, Irene McIvor with her return to form took out the best nett & the Jo Selton Cup with a 69 nett.  Best Stableford was won by Florence Jellard on 38 points.  Nearest the pin on No. 8 was Jean Waterworth (Tirau); Nearest the Tape Carole Anderson (Matamata) who also won busiest golfer. 

In Division III, Joy Aitchison came in with a great 67 Nett and took the Halkett Cup.  Best Stableford was Audrey Mathis on 41 points.  Nearest the pin on No. 3 Brenda Buckeridge; Nearest the Tape Margaret Karl and Busiest golfer Margaret Barclay (Walton.)

In the Men’s Division Allan Wallace took out the gross with a 79 and the best nett went to Peter Smith with a 66.  Roger Clothier had the best stableford of the day with 39 points.  Nearest the pin on No. 10 Andrew Sadler and Nearest the Tape Ross Jellard.

A great day for all who participated and our grateful thanks to Marjorie’s for their sponsorship.

The semi finalists have arisen from the mire to lay claim to one of Putaruru’s most coveted symbols of longwinded bragging rights. 

Stew and Phil Kensington beat Hooky Howard and Dieter Drescher on Saturday 1 up after combining splendidly.  Dieter Drescher was hard done by with the top score in the group, but it was a par on the 17th by Stew that won it for the Kensington’s.

 Sometime you just cannot pick them, like the win by Mark Nicholl and Stephen Thorby, youth and inexperience prevailing against age and experience in the form of Maurice Tricker and Keith Hunt with their win on the 19th.

Ted Ward played better this week, and along with tag along John Barr, who it seems just gets better with age, beat John Mulholland and Ross Jellard 3/1.  And did anyone else notice a very agile young Edward jaunting around on Saturday … the lemons might just be working.

Anywho, they play Vic O’Rourke and Ron Taylor who had played their semi final the week before.  For those that missed the detail Vic and Ron beat Roger Clothier and Adam Sadler.

Saturday Scramble
Some were accused of playing a different course on Saturday, as Walter Morgan won division 1 on count back from Lance Hay and John Barr, all with 42 points.  King Shanly had a paltry 40, Steve Thorby 39 and Mark Lawrence 38.

The division 2 winner was young David Motutere with 43, Tony Muller and Peter Smith 40, Dieter Drescher 39, and Les O’Leary and Keith Hunt 38.

Two’s were scored by no one on the 3rd, Lance Hay and Massey Rata on the 8th, and Phil Kensington, Walter Morgan and John Mulholland on the 13th.

Finally, with Ladies Tee tales; was it the King of the hill, or just a Shandy to many for the “Queen of the Ladies Tree” as his drive on the 5th careened off the gum tree, and lodged in the conifer close by!  Damnably unplayable, it was a shaking Shanly taking 3 strokes to get past the ladies!  Such is Royalty.

And from the sinfully wicked files, Nev-a on a Sunday, never ever try and gloss or paint over one’s misdemeanours.  Digging a dug an hole for his-self was one golfer on the Lord’s day who did not make the Ladies … twice!  Not content with missing Church, he compounded this sacrilege with not fronting his mates with penance or a shout at the 19th … sacr'e bleu!

Coming up …
This Thursday we have the Putaruru Super Liquor midweek, and on Saturday we have the semi finals of the Presidents, and the first round of club champ qualifying … Good luck and good golfing!


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