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Article :: 2008.06.26 - This Week Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in “This Week”
Thursday 26 June 2008.

Men's Report
This Week, we review the controversial Presidents semi finals, the Stockies n Cockies Tournament, and get stuck into rules infractions which could have proved costly, and did in one instance.

 Things certainly do move quickly here on Walton’s Mountain ... For instance, the course rating won’t need altering again as the greens are being made a wee bit smaller.

The greens have come back well now the rain has arrived; Dings putting statistics are down to more realistic averages (31 on Saturday.)

Although, here’s a snippet, the tournament leaders on the tour after 2 rounds average just 22 putts or thereabouts per round, something to think about.

Scandal again has rocked our little golfing community, as no less than 3 players failed to sign their cards at the Stockies n Cockies Tournament.  One of the perpetrators was as Gloriously repentant as Ozzy Osbourne, offering to drive back from home and sign her card, and that’s at today petrol prices!

Ding would point out that other clubs simply disqualify players in accordance with the Rules of Golf, but could we have more vigilant match committees checking the cards as they are handed in?

One of our comrades is down on his luck, having butchered an opportunity to deal to this animal, a lovable mammal of the family Bovidae.  This ram spied his opportunity to get his own back, and without veering off course, bunted our hapless low handicapper on his knee ... ouch!

So it was that Butch was rammed from behind, and may not get back to golf for nine months, or will that more correctly be 5 months gestation period, because the swelling would have started instantly.

Anywho, Dings says nice job on the lawns Vere, and input into this story must be credited to the Brown Brothers Port assessment section.

The boys are off to Te Puke for their next Wooden spoon trip, which have happened on Tuesday by the time you read this.  Ding looks forward to reporting the latest recipient from Waotu, or in town, anywhere but the lifestyle belt of Putaruru.

Stockies n Cockies Tournament
This was held last Wednesday and had 48 in the field down from 70 odd last year.  This was somewhat disappointing after the tournament was shifted so it did not clash with field days as it did last year ... fickle things these golf playing farmers.

The sponsorship was again very generous from Summit Quinphos, PGG Wrightson and Pioneer Seeds.

Gavin Hooper from Tirau was the toast of the day shooting 70 off the stick, off an 8 handicap for a nett 62, with the runner also from Tirau Geoff Hyde on 69.

Dominic Morris won the gross with 77, runner up Tali Mulafia 81.

The stableford winners were Allan Wallace 42 points, Warren Craig 40, Ross Jellard and Bevan Edgar 39, Peter Smith 38 and Ron Taylor 37.

The Ladies Division nett winners were Gloria Osbourne 70, runner up Alison Riley 72.

The gross winner was Denise Hunt 87, runner up Cheryl Jones 93, and the stableford winners were Louise Wallace 38, Kath Taverner 34, Heather Howard 33, Florence Jellard 31, Heather Edgar 30 and Cushla Arbuckle 29.

The Men's division 2 nett winners were Wayne Mudford 62, runner up Tony Muller 68.  The gross winners were Lance Hay 83, runner up Tony FitzHerbert 86.

The Stableford winners were E Clair 42, Tony Edgar 38, Nathan Edgar and Brett Worth 37, Andrew Muller and B Burwell 36.

The non golfer’s winners were D Davidson, Paul Wallis, M Peters, Janine Wallis and H Lawson.

The only two of the day was scored by Gavin Hooper.

The nearest to the pin winners were Heather Edgar, Ron Taylor, Les O’Leary and Paul Wallis.

The Longest putt winners were Denise Hunt, Kelly Oxenham, Peter Rennie and Janine Wallis.

Solstice Scramble
No one turned up on the shortest day of the year, well hardly anyone, okay the field had 40 in it, which was well down on previous Saturdays, the place felt empty!

Well not quite, as two new members who were warned to stay away from Ding (very unfair,) were welcomed to the club having just moved to the area from Stratford Eltham way, welcome to Dean and Margaret Robinson.

Vance Carson won division 1 with 43 points, Peter Smith and Allan Wallace 41, Duncan Gallagher and Vic O’Rourke 40.

In division 2, the winner was Roger Clothier on count back from Ted Ward on 43, Lindsay Siegel and Adam Sadler 41, Stew Kensington 40.

Two’s were scored by Ding on the 3rd (yay), and also Ted Ward who had 2 twos on the 3rd and 10th, Adam Sadler on the 8th, Ronnie Taylor, Ross Jellard and Stew Kensington on the 10th, and John Barr on the 13th.
Presidents Trophy
The semi final results have been very interesting for Ding with Mike Hamilton and Spotty McCarthy winning over Vance Carson and David O’Brien 3/1.

This semi final had it all, where a lack of knowledge on the rules relating to 4 ball best ball competitions basically cost the match.  Four ball best ball is governed by stroke play rules, not match play.  Had this been known, then playing the wrong ball would have resulted in a 2 stroke penalty to the offending player, but not loss of hole for the team ... the playing partner being unaffected by such penalties.

This would have seen Vance Carson win the hole with his par 4, against the 6’s of the opposition, and would have put them 1 up at that stage ... tch, tch, tch ... where is Ding when you need him?

And to top this off the score cards handed in recorded a score higher than what was scored on the par 3 13th, 6 for 2 points being written down instead of 3 for 3.  This was enough to raise the eyebrows of our ever vigilant handicapper, with the 2 partners cards bearing little resemblance to each other as the cards were entered into the handicapping system ... you know there was a time when such agricultural farming systems were better masked.

So in summary, a score card with inflated scoring is now in the handicapping system.  The final comment is this, take care when signing cards, and make sure that as the player your card is correct and corresponds to your markers card, otherwise people may draw the wrong conclusion about the true motives of such “mistakes.”

The other semi final was highly reticent by comparison as Allan Wallace and Duncan Gallagher slaughtered their opposition wearing S&M gear, a right old 5/4 spanking over Massey Rata and ACC Pete Smith, whose hairs, both of them, were ruffled all day.

Ding Wings
Now Ding is not one to Mull things over, by George, but was it true that there was some club chucking angst reminiscent of Holland seen right in New Zealand, or could a trip to the John have sorted things?

Ding did appreciate catching up with Jenny Clothier on the first hole, just as he ploughed his second shot straight out of bounds, cheers for your sweet words of encouragement Jen!

Ding is very disturbed at the growing trend of not coming into the club rooms after a match, especially one holding such significance as the Presidents semi final.  One is led to understand that there were no words on the 7th tee, no 11 hole sulks, or anything like having to go to Hamilton for electrolysis work on ones formidable wenkbrauw (Dutch) or augenbraue (German).

And then the money that was left for his playing partner to shout with on his behalf was attempted to be passed off as his own shout, but some quick witted Spotting put the stop to that.  No cheap big Mac’s here.

For the record, Ding did not think there was anything special about Little Miss Muffet’s 92 off the stick, it’s just par for the curd’s and whey in a day in the life of Brian!

Coming up …
Today we may have the Vets, and on Saturday the Putaruru mid Winter Christmas Open Tournament.  While we have used a start sheet, there are plenty of gaps, so roll on up, or give the starters a call on Saturday to get your start time.

... Good golfing from XCD!



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