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Article :: 2007.11.08 - This Week Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 8 November 2007.

Tokoroa New World Christmas Open
Any way you look at the tournament, it was a great success, 114 in the field, some scorching scores, and a great way to kick off the festive tournament season.

The scoring was so blistering that 40 points, or just playing to your handicap was not good enough in most cases for the men, so there were a few boo hoo, get over it cases, who had played well, but not as well as the others in the field, that's sport, isn’t it?

The All Black loss is causing some preposterous flow on effects though, where if you don’t win a prize you go crying about the club captain’s organisation of the tournament.  Well Captain Ding will let you in on a wee secret, after 4 years in this game you end up with a growth on your ass, it’s called titanium armoured plate, where anything other than a well aimed rocket grenade is simply ignored.

And when do you get this growth, it appears just after your first tournament, after about a dozen or so people who didn’t want to do the club captain’s job let you know exactly where you went wrong and exactly what they thought of your innovations and changes.  They belittle or ignorantly moan and bitch about the simple fact, that they did not play well that day, so let’s blame the club captain, or the ref?!  Captain Ding NEVER thought he would say this, but you could have a degree of sympathy for Wayne Barnes, couldn’t you? ... not!

Sue Urbahn won the 9 hole ladies nett with 36, Shirley Wood the ladies nett with 64, 2nd Jeanette Burton 67;  Ted Ward the division 1 nett with 64, 2nd Lance Hay 65, and Stew Kensington the division 2 nett with 61, 2nd Neville Dugan 65.

The gross score winners were Denise Hunt 84, G Bennett 73 and Shayne Hill 84.

The stableford scores for the ladies were Joan Spargo 43, Margaret Karl and Alison Riley 40, Brenda Buckeridge, Joy Aitchison, Anne Kensington and Cheryl Jones 39, Jenny Clothier 38, and Heather Edgar and M Smith 37.

In men’s division 1; Tali Mulafia 43, Steve Thorby, Warren Craig and Max Bernsten 42, John Barr, Barry Wallace, Lance Douglas and P Brandon 41, Eric Miskowicz and Murray Donaldson 40.  And in division 2; Kyle Savage 43 on count back from John Mathis, Roger Clothier and Sean Samkin 42, Doug Worth, David Hoyte and D Smith 41, Vic O’Rourke and Neil Rist 40 and N Scott 39.

Two’s were scored by Cheryl Jones, John Barr, Randal Barr, Greg Worth, Murray Donaldson, Tali Mulafia, John Mathis and Shayne Hill.

The long drive prizes went to Denise Hunt, S Moore and Sean Samkin; Closest to the pin, Cheryl Jones, Randal Barr and Gary Urbahn; Longest putt on the 18th, Louise Wallace, Lance Hay and John Kelsen.

The course was presented a real picture by green keeper Ron Hunt and his team, and a big thank you to sponsors Tokoroa New World for their continued support, and the match committee for their tireless efforts, keep up the good work.

The business house competition started last Thursday with 14 team entries and 60 keen golfers.  The weather was against the golfers, but in the end was not that bad, requiring brollies for only a couple of holes, and then it was just damp but quite playable in fact, judging by the scoring.

The top team was Tirau Earthmovers 1 on 63 points, followed by Undecided, DOA and MacDaddies on 61.

The top golfers were Dale Ensor on 26, Shayne Hill 23, David Hoyte, Neil Rist and Spotty McCarthy 22, Richie Brown, Graeme Ormsby, Robbie Wi and Ian Worth 21.

And in the non golfers division, Matt Corrin had 25, Duncan Bluck, Rob Rogers and Jamie Dover 24, Kevin Duthie and Peter Hills 23, Ben Cross and Doug Ward 22.

The top ladies were Muriel Savage on count back from Shannon Pawhau on 20, Fern Taylor 18.

Ron Taylor scored the only two for the evening.

Captain Ding is concerned, DOA has blasted off with a very impressive first night, and yes, they have fronted for the mandatory wager against the Beavers ... finally!  Is this a one off, and will the Beavers rise to the challenge and break open the dam of super natural golf talent? ... watch this space!

Captain Ding is also pleased to report that after a stunning collapse in his own form against Sean Samkin, being 3 down with only 4 holes to go, an even more astonishing comeback saw this match halved, so the lead is still 1 nil.

The list of contenders and their qualifying scores (on nett) are John Barr 188, Shayne Hill 189, Brian Curd 193, Ross Jellard and John Mulholland 194, King Shanly 196, Richie Brown 197, Neville Dugan, Butch Hamilton and Steve Thorby 198, Duncan Gallagher, Massey Rata and Allan Wallace 199, Wayne Mudford and Ron Taylor 200, Captain Ding, Lance Hay, Hooky Howard and Maurice Tricker 201.

There is the usual get together on the Friday before hand at the club rooms kicking off from around 7:00PM for some “Pot Luck Indian cuisine” ... presented by Kel Cutter catering.

Coming up …
Thursday has Vets, followed by Twilight.  And on Saturday we have the shootout, ladies teeing off at 11.00AM, and the men at high noon … Good luck and good golfing!


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