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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 20 September 2007.

Men's Report
This Week, we have a stunning victory in the Smythe Trophy interclub, some upset club champ losers from the first round, but few real upsets, and results from the week just gone.

Lets start with the Smythe Trophy where Putaruru along with Tokoroa, Tirau, and Mangakino travelled to the Taupo Golf Club to contest the Smythe Trophy, which was held by Mangakino.

Hosts Taupo turned on an absolutely stunning day with constant rain for the whole of the round.  This was enough to put the locals off who did not handle the torrential conditions as well as Putaruru.  Putaruru struggled to field the 12 person team, but in the end 13 travelled, and boy how unlucky it was for the 13th person, but more on that later.

Putaruru won the Smythe Trophy interclub in the atrocious conditions ahead of second placed Taupo by 21 shots.  Play was on the difficult Centennial course which held up well to the conditions, but is long and challenging at the best of times.  So beating Taupo at home on this tough track is one for the books … Well done to all those that travelled.

Now, let Captain Ding regale you with the first anecdote from the “Ladies Tee” files, a nursery rhyme of sorts.

Little Miss Muffet, lets call her Brian, did not sit on a tuffet eating her Curd’s and whey.  Instead, “she” had a practice round at Taupo the week before in preparation for the Smythe Trophy interclub.  The benefit of this is enough to Curdle your dairy produce, for you see, 25 points was the lowest score on Sunday for Putaruru.  And the 13th score as it turned out was left out as only the best 12 scores counted.

Team management were at a loss to explain a) where the big spider came from, b) the benefits of practice rounds, and c) who would ever name their Little Miss Muffet “Brian?”

Club Champs
We go now to the first round of the club champs which were played on Saturday, and saw some pretty extraordinary results.

For example, David Hoyte beat, that’s right, beat Peter Smith 5/3.

The hard luck story award goes, not to any of the Ted’s, but to King Shanly.  King had the better round shooting 80 off the stick to top seed John Barr’s 82, but prolonged the ecstasy of losing until the 20th.  King’s bogey on 18 was enough to win the hole and force the match into extra time, but that was all, the king of all opportunities for a massive upset was lost, and the mighty Fuzz was allowed to stagger, (swagger?!) into the quarter finals.

Phil Kensington required birdies on 17 and 18 to pip Walter Morgan at the post 1 up. The birdie on 18 was an astonishing effort from the back of the 18th green to the lower tier front right pin placement.  Walter Morgan must have felt like he was playing Walt Disney!

John Mulholland fired a 76 salvo, the round of the day, to scuttle the aspirations of Massey Rata 2/1.  Massey, for the record, fired a none to shabby 80 for 39 points.  The first round match between last years intermediate finalists saw a reversal of last years result where Richard Wharehoka came out ahead of Terry Garnett 2/1.

In the Junior matches, Daley Rata-Makene and Adam Sadler both shot 88’s but Daley got there 2/1. 

This hard luck story belongs to Hooky Howard who could not repeat Thursday’s top form of 83 off the stick, and instead shot 94 and lost to Shayne Hill 4/3.

Those that know the new Land Transport advertisement that has got Ford drivers so upset will get a kick out of this … Top seed of the Juniors, and Ford enthusiast Roger Clothier, lost control and rolled several times before ending up a wreck to giant killer Lindsay Siegel 5/4.

And finally, David Hoyte’s win … astonishing really!

The scramble results from Saturday saw John Mulholland first with 45 points, King Shanly 43, Ross Jellard 42, Brett Makene 41, Allan Wallace 40, Phil Kensington, Ron Taylor, Butch Hamilton, Brian Curd and Massy Rata all 39.

In division 2 Shayne Hill won with 42, Neville Dugan and Lindsay Siegel 41, Daley Rata-Makene and Warren Long 40, Adam Sadler 39, Dieter Drescher, Stew Kensington, Peter Rennie and that man, David Hoyte all 38.

Two’s were scored by King Shanly, that guy David Hoyte, Stew Kensington, Neville Dugan and Shayne Hill.

Club Champ Draw for this Saturday
In the seniors, Mike Karl and Mark Nicholl have byes; Brad Karl plays Greg Worth, John Anderson plays Rhys Burnett.

In the Intermediates, John Barr plays Allan Wallace, Ross Jellard plays John Mulholland, Butch Hamilton plays Richard Wharehoka, and Phil Kensington plays Ron Taylor.

In the Juniors, Lindsay Siegel plays Daley Makene, Brett Makene plays the winner out of Stew Kensington and Wayne Mudford (played Tuesday,)  Shayne Hill plays Jahrome Brown, and David Hoyte plays Dieter Drescher.

In the Junior B’s, Allan McCarthy has a bye, David Motutere plays Frank Jamieson, Peter Rennie plays Doug Worth, and Stan Wilson plays Warren Long.

Vets Scramble
The results from last Thursday’s scramble were in the men’s division 1st Hooky Howard 45 points, Stew Kensington 39 and Keith Hunt 37.  Vere Hamilton came in 1st for the ladies on 40 followed by Bev Macartney 38 on count back from Heather Howard.

Coming up …
Thursday has the Putaruru Super Liquor Mid Week; Saturday has the second round of the club champs … Good luck and good golfing!


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