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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 24 April 2008.

Men's Report
This Week we have the latest from Championship Pennants, the carnage of the quarter finals round of the TTT Trophy, and a bit of Dings Delights as 2 of Dings nemeses are caught in a web of reckless disregard of the rules of golf leading to accusation and disqualification of a non prize winning card.

Championship Pennants
We lead with the latest pennant result from Lochiel, where Putaruru has pole vaulted to the top of the table with 9 points, clear by a controversial point over Lochiel and Te Aroha who sit tied on 8 points apiece.

Putaruru trounced Stewart Alexander in a “tight” match 6.5 to 2.5, a wee bit like the Holden’s did to the Fords in the Hamilton 400, and the Chiefs did to the Crysaders (sic.)

Mark Nicholl had a hole in one in the tough par 3 12th measuring 162 metres, which Ding will assume was good enough to win the hole.  But, alas, Scooter recorded the only loss in the afternoon singles going down 3/1.

To the morning foursomes where the value of a victory or two is paramount, a lesson that will stand the Prebble Cup team in good stead for next year!  For those that have forgotten, Putaruru lost their match against Hukanui largely due to being 4 nil down after their foursomes.  NIL!

The pennants boys fared much better with wins going to Mark Nicholl and late replacement John Anderson 1 up, and Mike Karl and Greg Worth 2/1.  John Barr and Rhys Burnett have yet to find their combination going down 3/1.

In the singles John Anderson won 3/2, Rhys Burnett won 3/2, John Barr won with a whopping 9/7 margin which Ding will accept as not being a typo; Greg Worth finished all square, and Mike Karl indeed finished with a 4/3 win.

All up a pretty solid effort.

In other key matches in the division, Lochiel beat Te Aroha which did Putaruru’s cause no harm.  Next up Putaruru meets Taumaranui who are languishing on 4 points with just 2 wins, and then the big play off against Te Aroha in the final round.  Te Aroha in their next match has to play Morrinsville at home which gives them a clear advantage.

TTT Trophy
Isn’t matchplay fun, well it is if you win, but comments like acrimonious would suggest that some take things a little too seriously which takes the enjoyment factor away for all in the group.

But we all know how bullish the alpha males can be going head to head in combat.

So Vic O’Rourke and Doug Worth cruised to an easy win over Ross Jellard and Neville Dugan going to the 19th hole in an amicable saunter around the golf course.

Massey Rata and David Motutere triumphed over John Mulholland and Frank Jamieson playing the back nine solidly.

Lauchie Phillips and Brett Worth won against Ted Ward and Ron Hunt in a tough-fest that went to the 19th as well.

And Lance Hay and ACC Pete Smith beat the hot favourites Sean Samkin and Daley Rata-Makene.

Semi Final Draw
So now Vic O’Rourke and Doug Worth play Massey Rata and David Motutere, and Brett Worth and Lauchie Phillips play Lance Hay and Peter Smith.

Saturday Scramble
In division 1 the winner was Richie Brown with 42 points on count back from Max Russell, Ding’s 40 points beating Mike Hamilton’s paltry 38, Ted Ward 38, Eric Hill, John Wood and Mark Lawrence 37, and Massy Rata 35.

The winner of division 2 was Roger Clothier doing what the Ford’s couldn’t with 45 points, Tony Muller 40, Paul Graham and King Shanly 38, Lindsay Siegel, David Motutere, Warren Long and Peter Smith 37, and Lauchie Phillips 35.

Two’s were scored by Phil Kensington and David Motutere on the 8th, and Holden supporter Ding and Ford lackey Roger Clothier on the very tough 10th hole.

Ding’s Delights
The fur was flying over the rules again this week, specifically out of bounds boundaries and where the magic line is.  The definition is very explicit but everyone not aware of the rule went hunting for answers and interpretations, which was good.

Whether the right answer was made by the group concerned is not the issue as much as the rules are generally black and white, and it is not advisable to be trying to make calls by reading the rule book on the course for the first time.  But make sure you carry a rule book, it may save your bacon and eggs!

Moving on, Ding’s highlight for the weekend was the suggestion that the eyebrow may have got in the way of not signing a card as a marker.  Our ever vigilant handicapper was eagle eyed to spot an unsigned card.  Normally it is the player who forgets to sign, but this time it was the marker who had not signed.

Now to name names would be churlish, but Waotu Farmers need to take responsibility for their actions, or non action of others in this case.  Further insight can be sought from Mitre 10 in Tokoroa, or DOA magnate who watches the David and Goliath rains from land ahoy-te.

 Next, we have the welcome addition to the 19th this week of a sin bin.  It may have been Worth it to have Dug around, but the boisterous behaviour while watching Holden’s thrashing Ford’s was the last straw for him that could not get a Grip-pa!  Yes, he was the designated bar person, but still!

Finally, maybe the sin binning of the perpetrator was justified for an earlier instance where dangerous trundler driving Doug a bit of a crash site on the 6th hole by  running into the opposition’s trundler barely missing the player himself, such hi-jinks are just not Worth it at the end of the day.

Vets Results
Results of the Men’s vets scramble played 17th April 2008 were 1st John Wood 42, 2nd Warren Long 42, followed by Lauchie Phillips on 41.

A reminder to everybody that Waikato District Vets Day will be held at Putaruru Golf Club on the 7th May – ladies are also included.

 

Coming up …
Today we have Vets, and on the weekend we have the semi finals of the TTT ... Good luck and good golfing!

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