Waihi Golf report for April 15 2021

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Women’s golf —18 holes

Rain was forecast again on Saturday, April 10 and many regular players stayed away, and those that did venture out onto the course might well have wished they had stayed at home. The atmosphere was very heavy and it was hard to score well in the LGU, Karl Wilson Buttons, Lowrie Cup competitions, and Club Teams qualifying round. Best stableford scores: Shoneen Dunning, Phillipa Harvey 31; Kathy Ashton 30. Well done for completing the 18 holes in difficult conditions.

In between the few heavy showers on Wednesday, April 14 it was quite pleasant — with just enough time to dry out before the next downpour. There were only 19 players in the field for the Homelinks nett competition, and the Club’s team was chosen from the best nett scores returned from those who entered the competition on Saturday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 14 and they will play in the District final at Whakatane on Monday, May 3. To represent Waihi: Denise McConnon, Jenny Tubman, Wendy Matutinovich and Jacquie Bain. Congratulations.

Haggle nett results: Trudi Gatland 68; Wendy Matutinovich 70 ; Karen Lee 73; Desley Rosevear 74; Jacquie Bain 75; Susan Mustard, Rosalind Giffney 76; Karen Diggelmann 78. Two: Avon Gordon on 15.

Hidden Holes - Trudi Gatland 8 points. Katikati Dreamers Beauty Clinic Player of the week Trudi Gatland.

Last week’s Katikati Dreamers Beauty Clinic Player of the week was Jeanette Culton.

Matchplay pennants teams chosen to play at Omokoroa on Monday, April 19 — Silver: Carol Leary, Jenny Tubman, Wendy Matutinovich, Bev Ireland (Reserve). Bronze: Adele Gunning, Mavis Bruce, Jeanette Culton. Karen Lee (Reserve).

Veterans’ golf

It was a soggy, drizzly humid morning on Monday, April 13 when 96 veteran players received a warm welcome to the Summerset two-day 36-hole tournament at Waihi.

Although rain, showers and thunder were forecast for the duration, the cheerful friendly atmosphere prevailed and few if any would contemplate withdrawing just because they may get a bit wet. Oh No! They are a very hardy lot, the youngest being in their early 50’s, and the eldest 92.

Fortunately the meteorology department were wrong and once the early mist had dispersed the weather turned out fine, hot and humid on both days.  Players came from 22 clubs - Te Aroha, Taupo, Royal  Auckland & The Grange,  Paeroa, Fielding, Raglan, Pukekohe, Wanganui, Otemetata,  Omokoroa, Morrinsville, Maungakiekie, Lake View,  Omaha Beach, Mt Maunganui, Muriwai, Matamata, Whakatane, Fairview, North Shore, Mercury Bay, and Waihi.

For the last six years Summerset by the Sea has generously sponsored this tournament, and marketing manager Fiona Nelson briefly outlined the company’s progress in retirement villages both in Katikati and the new site at Papamoa.

Craig Investment Partners also joined the sponsorship list, together with vouchers and gratuities from Waihi Beach RSA, Waihi New World, La Vie en Rose Café, Waihi Beach Butchery, Waihi Beach Hardware, Waihi Beach Automotive, Reel ’n’ Wave  Waihi Beach,  Concrete Pumping Waihi Beach, Beach Road Contractors and Laughing Pottery Gallery in Waihi.

Their generosity contributed significantly to the popularity and success of the tournament, and is very much appreciated by the Club.

The competition for the tournament was in three divisions - Men Division 1 (10-16), Division 2 (17-54), and Ladies, with a prize for best nett over the field, then all other prizes for stableford scores.

Results: Best nett over the field: Brian Baynes 142.  

Stableford Men Division 1 - Brian Baynes 74; Tim Parish 72; Earle White, Tony Gillies (Matamata) 70; John Giffney 69; Benjamin Shim (Paeroa), Peter Robertson, Allen Sarjant, Ken Meaden (Muriwai) 65; Keith Roberts (Omokoroa), Brian Robinson 64; Clive Derbyshire (Omaha Beach), Miro Cooper (Whakatane), Alex Teesdale, Kerry Lewis, Ken Purcell 63;  Mike Haddleton (Mt Maunganui) 62;  Peter Chatfield (Royal Auckland & Grange) 60.

Division 2 - Michael Wilson 83; Robert Arrol 77; Michael Bonnici 71; John Saunders, David Lockton 69; Richard Culleton 68; Gerry Tompkins, Jim Evans, Peter Maria 67; Morris Allen (Taupo) 66; Steve Meddings (Raglan) 65;  Mark Mora 64; Struan Jones (Feilding), Rodger Bagshaw  63; Bryn Gradwell (Otematata), Francis Souness (Wanganui), Trevor Coombes  61; Peter Dent (Paeroa), Ash Reed (Omokoroa) 60.

Ladies - Jessie Gear (Morrinsville) 69; Sophia Guo (Maungakiekie), Rae Brown Esther Jiang (North Shore) 68; Jenny Gallaugher, Jenny Wilson 67; Karen Lee 66; Vicky Chen (North Shore), Diane Lewis 65;  Diane Lockwood, Mavis Bruce, Helen Baynes, Leanna Hutchison (Omaha Beach) 64;  Jan Robinson 63; Rachel Yoo  (Paeroa, Kathy Ashton 62;  Amanda Jones (Fielding), Avon Gordon 61;  Jenny O’Dwyer 60; Adele Gunning 59; Nan Hoggard  58; Kaylene Croker 57. Twos: Kathy Ashton, Sharon Souness (Wanganui), Ben Sha (North Shore), Tony Gillies (Matamata), Keith Roberts (Omokoroa), Maurice Joyce, Mark Mora.

Closest to pin on number 8 - Day 1: Men Ken Meaden (Muriwai). Day 2:  Maurice Joyce.

Ladies Day 1: Adele Gunning. Day 2: Kathy Ashton.

Longest putt on 11 - Day 1: Bob Arrol. Day 2: Earle White.  Ladies—Day 1: Dorothy Chatfield (Royal Auckland & The Grange). Day 2: Mavis Bruce.

Nine hole golf

Vice-captain Mandy Piper writes:

"As the Vets were playing a two day tournament this week the Nine-Holers had to find an alternative course for their weekly golf fix, and decided upon Tahuna, a lovely country course in the Waikato with wonderful hospitality, supplying morning tea and lunch for their visitors," says vice-captain Mandy Piper.

"I just wished I’d asked whether the two wire electric fences around the greens, to keep sheep out, were live prior to playing, because being vertically challenged I had to pole vault over using my putter. I’m sure I heard snickering (or was it bleating) from the woolly gallery."

We had a lovely day with bars of chocolate being won by the following ladies:

Best Stableford: Jenni Mora. Best Putter: Barbara Schrider. Longest Drive: Mandy Piper. Hidden Putt Holes: Jill Morrison Jnr.

- Nan Hoggard

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