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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 01 May 2008.

Men's Report
This Week we have the latest from Sundays treacherous Championship Pennant round at Te Aroha, a soufflé of the TTT semi finals results, finished with a wickedly cheeky wee sauterne from Ding’s Delights cellar.

There was a taste sensation on Saturday, as Duncan Gallagher playing off an 18 handicap shot 76, for a nett 58, and 50, that's 5-0, fifty stableford points!  Needless to say Duncan was swabbed!

And young Daley Rata-Makene scooped the pools at the NZ Maori Golf Association tournament held over the 22nd to the 24th of April at Ngaruawahia.

Daley won the best overall nett for the under 19’s Boys and Girls divisions, and was the gross winner for the Under 13’s ... Congratulations and well done!

You know, Ding could have been just as good if he’d started golf earlier in life!

Championship Pennants
Quote, “Te Aroha today was absolute hell ... if I never go back there I will die happy.”  This may give a hint of the way the course played in horizontal rain and 80 km winds!  This may also give the hint of what a person thinks of a course when they lose!

The winds were howling straight off the mountain, which meant all the uphill holes were playing straight into the teeth of the gales, this as Ding enjoyed scallops at Cullen’s with his family for a Sunday brunch.

Putaruru played Taumaranui and secured a 7-2 win.

In the morning foursomes Butch Hamilton and Brad Karl went down in a heap losing 8/6, but both came back to convincingly win their singles in the afternoon.

John Barr and Rhys Burnett have now posted their first foursomes victory wining 4/3 (finally!), and Mike Karl and Greg Worth had a 4/3 win as well.

In the afternoon singles Butch Hamilton won 3/2, Rhys Burnett won 6/5, John Barr lost 2 down in a tight tussle, Brad Karl filling in at number 3 won 1 up in a solid showing, Greg Worth won 2/1 and Mike Karl won 3/2.

So, the wet and bedraggled Putaruru team still head Division 4 on 11 points, leading by 1 point over Lochiel on 10, Morrinsville (who beat Te Aroha at home) on 9, and Te Aroha on 8.

Putaruru now head into the final round at Stewart Alexander to play Te Aroha in what is becoming a must win scenario.

If Morrinsville win and Putaruru lose, then that big banana skin that the All Blacks know all about is lurking, so fingers crossed!

TTT Trophy
With a hint of garlic for added taste, the finalists have been found in the TTT Trophy.

Playing on Anzac day after 12.00PM, Lauchie Phillips and Brett Worth found their own banana skin to lose to ACC Pete Smith and Lance Hay.

In the other semi, Massey Rata and David Motutere turned in a Jekyll and Hyde performance to lose to Vic O’Rourke, who had 37 points, and Doug Worth who had 28.

Poor old Massey Rata and David Motutere started the front nine atrociously with a combined 25 points (36 is good.) Being 3 down at the turn, they then stormed back with a combined 40 points on the back nine, but the damage had been done with the final score a 3/1 loss.

Doug Worth had his own Jekyll and Hyde round going out with 18 points, and coming home in 10 ... 5 of which were scored on the first 2 holes of the back nine!

The big final is between Peter Smith and Lance Hay against Vic O’Rourke and Doug Worth ... good luck!

Anzac Scramble
This would not normally be reported, but for the fact that Ding won the men's division with 41 points on count back from Brian Curd, Peter Smith 40, Lauchie Phillips, Hooky Howard, Warren Long and Ross Jellard all 37.

In the ladies Vere Hamilton had 36, Jenny Clothier 34 and Florence Jellard 32.

Two’s were scored by Hooky Howard, Vere Hamilton, Jahrome Brown, Brad Karl and John Barr.

Saturday Scramble
We’ll start the results with division 2 where Duncan Gallagher was first with 50 points, daylight 2nd, 3rd and 4th, followed by Stew Kensington, Hooky Howard and King Shanly 38, Tony Muller and Wayne Mudford 37, Spotty McCarthy and Adam Sadler 36.

John Wood won division 1 with 42, Maurice Tricker, Mike Hamilton and Brian Curd 40, Daley Rata-Makene 39, Bo Derek 38, and Vic O'Rourke 37.

Brian Curd scored the only two on the 3rd.

Ding’s Delights
No sin binning this week, maybe that was just a one week wonder.

But there may now be a trend to 1 day nicknames.  You see, if you score 6 over on a par 4, you have had a 10, or 5 over on a par 5 also adds to 10.

Now if one was to have a 6 over on the par 4 5th hole you would understandably be quite cRoss.  But to par all of the rest on the front 9 and end 6 over is really quite an achievement of sorts.

Now Gel and Lard do not taste good together, but mix in the nitro glycerine of a 10, and you get a perfect 10, or a Bo Derek, and the answer to whom came 6th in Saturday’s scramble.

Now you can get an ugly Bo Derek as well, as was witnessed by Ding on the par 5 12th.

Now Ding had promised that after $42 of first up shouts on Friday from this same person for not making the ladies on the first hole, and an air shot in one of our newly refurbished bunkers, and then losing the haggle in the four ball was more than mete for the day.

But if you want the answer to who this is, ask Goliath’s nemesis after his return to Waotu from setting up a Cinema chain.  And that’s all I got to say about that!

Vets Results
From last Thursday’s round, the Men’s winner was Wayne Mudford 40, Hooky Howard and Stew Kensington both 39.

And in the Ladies division, Florence Jellard had 33 and Cheryl Jones 32.

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 Firestone Pork n Bacon $10 Tournament, the monthly medal and Captains Trophy along with the final of the TTT ... Good luck and good golfing!

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