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Article :: 2007.11.01 - This Week Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 1 November 2007.

Men's Report
The season has closed for 2007, although golf doesn’t really ever stop.  Saturday saw the season end on a low, low in terms on scoring, a high in terms of the field of 50 plus, and a high because it was closing day followed by the seasons prize giving.

The Pritchard Cup was up for grabs in a mixed team Ambrose format.  The winning team was Ted and Rosemary Ward and Stew and Anne Kensington scoring a nett 45, followed by Hooky and Heather Howard and Camille McAllister and Keith Hunt on 46.5.  Tony FitzHerbert, Norine McPherson, John and Audrey Mathis were 3rd with 47, and Massey Rata, Marie Way, Ron and Fern Taylor scored a nett 48.

In the men's scramble, Daley Rata-Makene was first with 43 points, Gary Urbahn 42, George Dixon 41, Richie Brown 40, Maurice Tricker 39, Phil Kensington, Ross Jellard and John Anderson 38.

It’s started, this circus we call twilight, and after last week’s tirade in the press, Mrs Zeus kindly obliged by sending the golden rays to smile down on those that teed off early enough to enjoy them. 

Captain Ding is not a great night golfer, but a par par finish in the rapidly closing darkness too see off the Sean Samkin challenge was testament to classic twilight golf, bringing back also memories of the TTT victory earlier in the year over the same opposition.

There was a deathly hush coming from the DOA team, unsure of their ability to follow through on any rash wagers for this year’s competition, and rightly so.  Unlike their most likely new name of “Ford 1-2-3”, their golf be about as reliable as the Model T Ford’s, broken down somewhere on the golf course awaiting the benevolence of a helpful beaver or two.  Or they will lurch around the golf course like that unbranded car from the Land Transport advert careening off the road on a moderate corner, crashing and burning in a heap.

The Beaver team are ready and awaiting any hint of a challenge from the Waotu team ... bring it on!

The scoring freak show is again upon us this year, but not from the non golfers, rather from the golfers this time displayed scoring on greens that are still recovering from coring.  Shayne Hill shot a 38 for 27 points to win the golfers section, Jahrome Brown 22, Neil Rist, Mark Nicholl and Daley Rata-Makene on 20, Steve Thorby, Robbie Wi and Allan McCarthy 19.

The non golfers were must better behaved with their scoring.  First was Kevin Duthie 1st with 21, Joe Davies, Jeremy Jacobson and Marcus McGarvey on 20, Jeff Mossong and Doug Ward 18, Matt Corrin and Peter Hills 17.

So to this week, the team’s competition starts from the 1st of November for 7 weeks.  The team entry fee is $60, teams of 4 or 5 with 3 scores to count of the night.

Ladies Report
From Tuesday the 23rd, Irene McIvor won the Connie Tullock Approach and Putt with 4 shots.

Results from the days scramble were – 18 hole members 1-9; 1st Bev Macartney with 19 stableford followed by Audrey Mathis 17 and Maureen Shanly 16;  10-18, 1st Joy Aitchison, 18 on count back from Shirley Wood, 3rd Vere Hamilton 15.

9 hole ladies 1-9; 1st Sue Urbahn 17, 2nd Joy McDonnell 16, 3rd Mairi Edmonds 15; and 10-18, 1st Cecily Duxfield 18, 2nd Gillian Robbins followed by Carole Furlong on 16.

Vets Report
There was a good field of golfers who turned out in resplendent weather last Thursday for the vets scramble. 

Results were in the men’s division were 1st Keith Hunt 42, 2nd Colin Howard 41, 3rd Stew Kensington 40.  In the Ladies division 1st Bev Macartney 41, 2nd Cheryl Jones 37 and 3rd Heather Howard 35 on count back from Florence Jellard.

Coming up …
Thursday has Vets, followed by Twilight.  And on Saturday we have the Tokoroa New World sponsored Christmas Open, a start sheet is up in the club rooms … Good luck and good golfing!


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