Golf Roundup

All the fast news from the cool greens.

All the fast news from the cool greens.

Tahunga

COUSINS Regan Hindmarsh and Calypso Stills-Hindmarsh flew the youth flag high at Tahunga’s open opening day.

The Patutahi compiled 47 points in the American foursomes stableford format to clinch the Schwass Salver.

Tolaga Bay veteran Joe Lincoln won the men’s net with 64.

SATURDAY — Tahunga open opening day, American foursomes stableford (Schwass Salver): Regan Hindmarsh/C Stills-Hindmarsh 47 from L Green/V Grace, T Brown/M Tuapawa, C Brown/S Robertson.

Men’s net: Joe Lincoln 64, G Watson 66, R Nichol 66.

Men’s approaches: A Higham (0-14), T Brown (15-36).

Women’s approaches: S Robertson (0-18), V Grace (19-40).

All-in approach: A Higham.

Men’s long drives: Regan Hindmarsh (0-14), no 15-36 winner.

Womens long drives: S Robertson (0-18), C Maddock (19-40).

Twos: Cecil Brown/S Robertson 2, T Green 2.

Lucky card: W Brown.

Te Puia Springs

JOE Lincoln clocked up the miles over the weekend and was richly rewarded for his support.

Lincoln made the long trip to Tahunga for its open opening day on Saturday and ended up winning the men’s net with 64.

The veteran left-hander then headed up the road on Sunday for Te Puia’s equivalent, and repeated Saturday’s triumphant effort in the stableford with 41 points.

Te Puia’s Georgina Roberts combined with Waikohu’s Poua Puia to win the Canadian mixed foursomes stableford with 45 points. They were well clear of the minor placegetters.

SUNDAY — Te Puia open opening tournament, mixed pairs Canadian foursomes stableford: G Roberts/P Puia 45, P and I Ngarimu 40, P and G Summersby 40, M and K Waitoa 40, R and F Walker 37.

Men’s stableford: Joe Lincoln 41, J Forrester 40, H Rasmussen 39, A Forrester 38, W Rasmussen 37, C O’Sullivan 36, G Brown 35, DJ Baty 35, F Waihi 35, R Tibble 35 .

Twos: R Mackey, Joe Lincoln, H Rasmussen

Approaches: P Ngarimu,W Robinson, G Roberts,I Ngarimu.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, haggle.

Poverty Bay

AIR shots provoke plenty of reaction when the victim fronts for the obligatory whiskey shout on the 19th.

So those who didn’t witness Sunday’s uproar could imagine the response to not one, nor two but three classic misses.

Poverty Bay’s Sunday School probably set some sort of club record with a trio of players heading to the bar to buy whiskeys for their playing groups.

The first to present a tray of hot stuff was 10-handicapper Pete Stewart, who hit nothing but air while trying to play a left-handed shot — he’s a right-handed golfer— out of trees.

Lee “Polly” Pollitt was next, thanks to fence trouble, which ended in the dreaded “swish” for the 18-handicapper.

Last but by no means least was 25-handicapper Pete King, who somehow managed to miss a ball sitting pretty in the middle of the fairway.

This comedy of errors took a hint of the gloss from Allan White’s even-par 72-7-65, for 43 points, which won the division 1 stableford. It was White’s lowest round at the Bay since 70 in February 2014.

Keith Daniels also discovered his best form for several years to win the division 2 stableford with 83-18-65, for 43.

Hard luck story of the day was Bruce Talbot. His 40 points the previous Sunday was not enough to win him anything in the Sunday School competition. He went one point better last weekend but again finished a point out of the prizes. Talbot, did, however, feature in the club competition.

Forty-one points was good enough to win the div 2 stableford on Thursday, the honours going to Bob Proudfoot.

The Oman Cup women’s matchplay semifinalists were decided on Wednesday.

June MacKinnon will take on Mary Allan in one semifinal this Tuesday while Gay Young and Di Murphy will battle out the other.

Miggles Shanks’ best round at the Bay since July of last year topped the women’s stableford on Wednesday. Shanks shot 85-18-67, for 43 points.

Texas wedges will take on greater meaning this weekend when players combine forces in the Tom Shaw Memorial Awapuni Shootout 27-hole pairs tournament.

The late Tom Shaw, who drove the multi-format shootout for many years, was a fan of using the “Texas wedge” — a putter from off the green — although he took it to a new level with some of the distances from which he wielded it.

Late entries are being taken for the shootout.

WEDNESDAY — Oman Cup women’s matchplay, quarterfinals: J MacKinnon def V Fraser, M Allan def K Willis, G Young def A Ward, D Murphy def M Colebourne.

Semifinals (to be played Tuesday, 8.30am): MacKinnon v Allan, Young v Murphy.

Women’s stableford: Miggles Shanks 43.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: A White 43, M Jefferson 40, S Jeune 39, M Norman 37, P Anderson 37.

Division 2: K Daniels 43, M Barker 42, B Talbot 41, D Pirimona 38, N Jones 38.

Twos: P Rickard, A White, B Talbot, M Jefferson, M Mulrooney.

Approach: M Mulrooney.

SATURDAY — Men’s medal, division 1: P Butler 69, D Jenkins 70, A Kirkpatrick 70.

Division 2: M Smith 70, S Willock 71, D Pirimona.

Twos: D Pirimona, A Hayward, C Dean, C Poole, V Richardson.

Approach: B Morrissey.

Thursday (March 3) — Men’s stableford, division 1: B Payne 40, J Osborne 39, N Mackie 38, P Butler 38.

Division 2: B Proudfoot 41, C Sowerby 37, B Allen 37, P Humphreys 37, V Powdrell 36.

Twos: D James

Approach: J Osborne.

The Tom Shaw Memorial Awapuni Shootout 27-hole pairs tournament is on SUNDAY. Late entries to pro shop. The draw is — No.1 tee, 8am: J Kerekere/P Grogan, D Meadows/S Johnson. 8.07: A Botha/D Pirimona, T Sweeney/B Morrissey. 8.15: C Poole/V Richardson, D Patumaka/D Gray. 8.22: R Skuse/A Kirkpatrick, P Stewart/G Morley. 8.30: P Kerekere/W Brown, G Clapham/A White. 8.37: J Kerr/J Mackinnon, J Situ/A Ward.

No.10 tee, 8am: C Bauld/LGunther, B Morgan/NJones. 8.07: M Jefferson/M Callaghan, A Hayward/F Brown. 8.15: M Norman/K White, R Young/A Reedy. 8.22: C Simpson/J Green, M Barker/KGunness. 8.30: S Palmer/L Shepherd, S Croskery/R Johnstone.

COMING UP: TOMORROW, veteran women’s opening day; SATURDAY, Reynolds Cup qualifying (men), start sheet at pro shop; SUNDAY, Tom Shaw Memorial Awapuni Shootout; FRIDAY, March 18, Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust ambrose fundraiser; TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY, March 22-23, Poverty Bay women’s open.

Gisborne Park

THOMAS Donovan delivered a winning performance on Saturday and gave an encore on Sunday.

Donovan opened the weekend by winning the men’s stableford with 2-over 74-6-68, for 40 points, a round that featured twos on the fifth and 14th holes.

He had another two as he cleaned up the men’s comp on Sunday with 72-6-66, for 42 points, and for good measure also picked up the approach and men’s best second shot.

Donovan has dropped just two shots in his last four rounds (71, 73, 74, 72).

Karen McDonald equalled her low round at the Park in qualifying for the women’s Handicap Cup on Saturday.

McDonald shot 2-over 75-7-68, emulating her February 20, 2014 score.

Men’s Handicap Cup first-round matches were played at the weekend.

Results of note included Brad Reynolds staving off a late comeback from Ray Grace and Johnny Charles winning the battle of the Thistle boys.

In a high-quality performance handicap-wise, Reynolds had to shoot 77 off his 10-handicap to beat 14-handicapper Grace 1-up.

He led 3-up after 12 but Grace charged back to win the next three holes. Reynolds won 16 with a par to go 1-up and the pair halved the next two holes in pars.

Charles took on former Irish Rover Thistle 26ers teammate Steve Phillips and made the most of the nine shots he was getting to win 4 and 3.

Sunday — Men’s net: T Donovan 66.

Twos: J Charles, S Phillips.

Approach: T Donovan

Men’s best second shot: T Donovan.

Women’s stableford: N Grace 41, S Paku 38.

Women’s best third shot: N Grace.

Saturday — Men’s stableford: T Donovan 40, B Reynolds 39, H White 39, G Sharp 39pts on c/b.

Women Handicap Cup qualifying, net: K McDonald 75-7-68.

Twos: K McDonald, K Hay.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Lunken Cup mixed tournament, 9am shotgun start.

Mahia

JIM Ash and Chris Taurima had no idea they would win as one when they teed off in Mahia’s open opening day on Saturday.

The pair were drawn together in the hidden partners’ combined stableford and won with 79 points, five ahead of the field.

Three Wesches came true on Sunday. Clay Wesche headed off father Wayne Wesche on countback in the men’s stableford while Fairlaine Wesche — Clay’s cousin — won the women’s stableford.

SUNDAY — Foster men’s stableford: Clay Wesche 40, Wayne Wesche Wesche 40, B Crowley 38.

Connolly women’s stableford: Fairlane Wesche 33, M.Wainohu 31.

SATURDAY — Mahia open opening day, hidden partners’ combined stableford: J Ash/C Taurima 79, L Steel/J Thompson 74, C Pitman/T Hema 71, T Smith/R Bremner 71, Wayne Wesche/W Robinson 70, N McRoberts/F Daley 69.

Women’s approaches: S McRoberts (0-25), J Thompson (26-54).

Women’s best third shot: T Smith.

Women’s long drive: N McRoberts.

Men’s approaches: C Taurima (senior), J Ash (junior).

Men’s best third shot: F Daley.

Men’s long drive: Wade Wesche.

COMING UP: SATURDAY, Aces and Bluck putting, Harwood round 1 (women).

Patutahi

JANDY Solomon went back for more after tasting victory on Sunday.

Solomon won the women’s net on Sunday with 91-22-69 and shaved a couple of shots off that score to take out the LGU on Tuesday.

Chris Beattie (79-16-63) led the scoring on Sunday in the junior men’s net while Eddie Brown junior eagled the first on his way to winning the senior men’s net with 70-5-66.

TUESDAY — LGU: J Solomon 89-22-67, T Barrie 96-27-69, P Sutton 97-27-70, M Brown 91-20-71.

SUNDAY — Men’s net, senior division: E Brown jr 70-4-66, R Hindmarsh 71-5-66, W Baty 80-11-69.

Junior division: C Beattie 79-16-63, R Pohatu 82-17-65, G Tattersfield 84-19-65 on c/b.

Women’s net: J Solomon 91-22-69, S Robertson 83-13-70, A Stills-Hindmarsh 102-32-70 on c/b.

Twos: G Tattersfield.

Eagle on 1: E Brown jr.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: R Pardoe 23, M Pohatu 19, B Wallace 19, R Nichol 10 on c/b.

Junior division: T Coutts 25, G Watson 22, M Smith 21, M Owen 20.

Waikohu

COMING UP: SATURDAY, Waikohu women’s open (also first round of Poverty Bay women’s pennants), cup of tea from 10am, tee-off from 11am; SUNDAY, round 1 of men’s handicap singles, Waikohu stableford for women, start of eclectics.

Senior golf

GISBORNE East Coast Senior Golfers Society is keen to raise its membership and see more current members playing in its events.

With that in mind, committee member John Fricker is producing a monthly newsletter, which reviews the events that have happened and promotes those coming up.

Anyone interested in receiving the online newsletter and or/contributing to it should contact Fricker at pbseniors@outlook.com

The GEC society has 93 members but as is pointed out in the first newsletter, “we consider ourselves fortunate to get 25 players to come along to golf days”.

“There is plenty of room for improvement in player numbers. All that needs to be done is for you to come along and give it a try. More players equals more fun and better prizes. Over time it can also result in more events.”

Twenty-one members fitted into eight cars for a recent trip to Mahia, where they were joined by local seniors.

The format was mystery partners stableford, and the honours went to Wayne Wesche (40 points) and Vaughan Powdrell (30), with a combined total of 70.

Other than a bit of confusion over which tees to hit from, one player walking back to the green he had just putted on to look for his ball (which he apparently found in his pocket), and a buggy falling from its trailer, it was a great day out.

Seniors are encouraged to take part in the annual Shark Trophy against Bay of Plenty on Monday, March 14 (at Whakatane), and Tuesday, March 15 (Kawerau).

The intention is to travel early on Monday morning (7.15am). Accommodation at Awakeri Hot Springs has been booked.

Those intending to play and keen to stay with the rest of the team should contact a committee member. Women are well represented but more men are needed.

The Patutahi invitational tournament is on Wednesday, March 23, teeing off at 10am.

The GEC Senior Golfers executive is — Nigel McGregor (president), Kevin Kennedy (secretary) and committee members Arthur Bacon, Steve Williams, Frank Ball, Colin Christie and John Fricker.

  • Arthur Bacon marked his 50th consecutive year as a member of Poverty Bay Golf Club by winning the GEC seniors’ Johnny Jackson Trophy at his home course on Tuesday.

    The 83-year-old carded 90-19-71 in the new streamlined version of the Johnny Jackson and won on countback from Te Puia Springs member Peter Harrison, with Patutahi’s Garth Tattersfield third on 73.

    Bacon’s name is already on the trophy. He won it in 2007 when it was a matchplay event and made the final on at least two other occasions.

    This year the society decided to make it a one-round tournament.

    Johnny Jackson Trophy results (net): A Bacon 71, P Harrison 71, G Tattersfield 72, B Morrissey 73, J Aitchison 74, R Farmer 74, J Rouse 75, D Malcolm 75, D James 76, M Orford 76, C Sowerby 76, B Rothschild 76.

Tahunga

COUSINS Regan Hindmarsh and Calypso Stills-Hindmarsh flew the youth flag high at Tahunga’s open opening day.

The Patutahi compiled 47 points in the American foursomes stableford format to clinch the Schwass Salver.

Tolaga Bay veteran Joe Lincoln won the men’s net with 64.

SATURDAY — Tahunga open opening day, American foursomes stableford (Schwass Salver): Regan Hindmarsh/C Stills-Hindmarsh 47 from L Green/V Grace, T Brown/M Tuapawa, C Brown/S Robertson.

Men’s net: Joe Lincoln 64, G Watson 66, R Nichol 66.

Men’s approaches: A Higham (0-14), T Brown (15-36).

Women’s approaches: S Robertson (0-18), V Grace (19-40).

All-in approach: A Higham.

Men’s long drives: Regan Hindmarsh (0-14), no 15-36 winner.

Womens long drives: S Robertson (0-18), C Maddock (19-40).

Twos: Cecil Brown/S Robertson 2, T Green 2.

Lucky card: W Brown.

Te Puia Springs

JOE Lincoln clocked up the miles over the weekend and was richly rewarded for his support.

Lincoln made the long trip to Tahunga for its open opening day on Saturday and ended up winning the men’s net with 64.

The veteran left-hander then headed up the road on Sunday for Te Puia’s equivalent, and repeated Saturday’s triumphant effort in the stableford with 41 points.

Te Puia’s Georgina Roberts combined with Waikohu’s Poua Puia to win the Canadian mixed foursomes stableford with 45 points. They were well clear of the minor placegetters.

SUNDAY — Te Puia open opening tournament, mixed pairs Canadian foursomes stableford: G Roberts/P Puia 45, P and I Ngarimu 40, P and G Summersby 40, M and K Waitoa 40, R and F Walker 37.

Men’s stableford: Joe Lincoln 41, J Forrester 40, H Rasmussen 39, A Forrester 38, W Rasmussen 37, C O’Sullivan 36, G Brown 35, DJ Baty 35, F Waihi 35, R Tibble 35 .

Twos: R Mackey, Joe Lincoln, H Rasmussen

Approaches: P Ngarimu,W Robinson, G Roberts,I Ngarimu.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, haggle.

Poverty Bay

AIR shots provoke plenty of reaction when the victim fronts for the obligatory whiskey shout on the 19th.

So those who didn’t witness Sunday’s uproar could imagine the response to not one, nor two but three classic misses.

Poverty Bay’s Sunday School probably set some sort of club record with a trio of players heading to the bar to buy whiskeys for their playing groups.

The first to present a tray of hot stuff was 10-handicapper Pete Stewart, who hit nothing but air while trying to play a left-handed shot — he’s a right-handed golfer— out of trees.

Lee “Polly” Pollitt was next, thanks to fence trouble, which ended in the dreaded “swish” for the 18-handicapper.

Last but by no means least was 25-handicapper Pete King, who somehow managed to miss a ball sitting pretty in the middle of the fairway.

This comedy of errors took a hint of the gloss from Allan White’s even-par 72-7-65, for 43 points, which won the division 1 stableford. It was White’s lowest round at the Bay since 70 in February 2014.

Keith Daniels also discovered his best form for several years to win the division 2 stableford with 83-18-65, for 43.

Hard luck story of the day was Bruce Talbot. His 40 points the previous Sunday was not enough to win him anything in the Sunday School competition. He went one point better last weekend but again finished a point out of the prizes. Talbot, did, however, feature in the club competition.

Forty-one points was good enough to win the div 2 stableford on Thursday, the honours going to Bob Proudfoot.

The Oman Cup women’s matchplay semifinalists were decided on Wednesday.

June MacKinnon will take on Mary Allan in one semifinal this Tuesday while Gay Young and Di Murphy will battle out the other.

Miggles Shanks’ best round at the Bay since July of last year topped the women’s stableford on Wednesday. Shanks shot 85-18-67, for 43 points.

Texas wedges will take on greater meaning this weekend when players combine forces in the Tom Shaw Memorial Awapuni Shootout 27-hole pairs tournament.

The late Tom Shaw, who drove the multi-format shootout for many years, was a fan of using the “Texas wedge” — a putter from off the green — although he took it to a new level with some of the distances from which he wielded it.

Late entries are being taken for the shootout.

WEDNESDAY — Oman Cup women’s matchplay, quarterfinals: J MacKinnon def V Fraser, M Allan def K Willis, G Young def A Ward, D Murphy def M Colebourne.

Semifinals (to be played Tuesday, 8.30am): MacKinnon v Allan, Young v Murphy.

Women’s stableford: Miggles Shanks 43.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: A White 43, M Jefferson 40, S Jeune 39, M Norman 37, P Anderson 37.

Division 2: K Daniels 43, M Barker 42, B Talbot 41, D Pirimona 38, N Jones 38.

Twos: P Rickard, A White, B Talbot, M Jefferson, M Mulrooney.

Approach: M Mulrooney.

SATURDAY — Men’s medal, division 1: P Butler 69, D Jenkins 70, A Kirkpatrick 70.

Division 2: M Smith 70, S Willock 71, D Pirimona.

Twos: D Pirimona, A Hayward, C Dean, C Poole, V Richardson.

Approach: B Morrissey.

Thursday (March 3) — Men’s stableford, division 1: B Payne 40, J Osborne 39, N Mackie 38, P Butler 38.

Division 2: B Proudfoot 41, C Sowerby 37, B Allen 37, P Humphreys 37, V Powdrell 36.

Twos: D James

Approach: J Osborne.

The Tom Shaw Memorial Awapuni Shootout 27-hole pairs tournament is on SUNDAY. Late entries to pro shop. The draw is — No.1 tee, 8am: J Kerekere/P Grogan, D Meadows/S Johnson. 8.07: A Botha/D Pirimona, T Sweeney/B Morrissey. 8.15: C Poole/V Richardson, D Patumaka/D Gray. 8.22: R Skuse/A Kirkpatrick, P Stewart/G Morley. 8.30: P Kerekere/W Brown, G Clapham/A White. 8.37: J Kerr/J Mackinnon, J Situ/A Ward.

No.10 tee, 8am: C Bauld/LGunther, B Morgan/NJones. 8.07: M Jefferson/M Callaghan, A Hayward/F Brown. 8.15: M Norman/K White, R Young/A Reedy. 8.22: C Simpson/J Green, M Barker/KGunness. 8.30: S Palmer/L Shepherd, S Croskery/R Johnstone.

COMING UP: TOMORROW, veteran women’s opening day; SATURDAY, Reynolds Cup qualifying (men), start sheet at pro shop; SUNDAY, Tom Shaw Memorial Awapuni Shootout; FRIDAY, March 18, Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust ambrose fundraiser; TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY, March 22-23, Poverty Bay women’s open.

Gisborne Park

THOMAS Donovan delivered a winning performance on Saturday and gave an encore on Sunday.

Donovan opened the weekend by winning the men’s stableford with 2-over 74-6-68, for 40 points, a round that featured twos on the fifth and 14th holes.

He had another two as he cleaned up the men’s comp on Sunday with 72-6-66, for 42 points, and for good measure also picked up the approach and men’s best second shot.

Donovan has dropped just two shots in his last four rounds (71, 73, 74, 72).

Karen McDonald equalled her low round at the Park in qualifying for the women’s Handicap Cup on Saturday.

McDonald shot 2-over 75-7-68, emulating her February 20, 2014 score.

Men’s Handicap Cup first-round matches were played at the weekend.

Results of note included Brad Reynolds staving off a late comeback from Ray Grace and Johnny Charles winning the battle of the Thistle boys.

In a high-quality performance handicap-wise, Reynolds had to shoot 77 off his 10-handicap to beat 14-handicapper Grace 1-up.

He led 3-up after 12 but Grace charged back to win the next three holes. Reynolds won 16 with a par to go 1-up and the pair halved the next two holes in pars.

Charles took on former Irish Rover Thistle 26ers teammate Steve Phillips and made the most of the nine shots he was getting to win 4 and 3.

Sunday — Men’s net: T Donovan 66.

Twos: J Charles, S Phillips.

Approach: T Donovan

Men’s best second shot: T Donovan.

Women’s stableford: N Grace 41, S Paku 38.

Women’s best third shot: N Grace.

Saturday — Men’s stableford: T Donovan 40, B Reynolds 39, H White 39, G Sharp 39pts on c/b.

Women Handicap Cup qualifying, net: K McDonald 75-7-68.

Twos: K McDonald, K Hay.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Lunken Cup mixed tournament, 9am shotgun start.

Mahia

JIM Ash and Chris Taurima had no idea they would win as one when they teed off in Mahia’s open opening day on Saturday.

The pair were drawn together in the hidden partners’ combined stableford and won with 79 points, five ahead of the field.

Three Wesches came true on Sunday. Clay Wesche headed off father Wayne Wesche on countback in the men’s stableford while Fairlaine Wesche — Clay’s cousin — won the women’s stableford.

SUNDAY — Foster men’s stableford: Clay Wesche 40, Wayne Wesche Wesche 40, B Crowley 38.

Connolly women’s stableford: Fairlane Wesche 33, M.Wainohu 31.

SATURDAY — Mahia open opening day, hidden partners’ combined stableford: J Ash/C Taurima 79, L Steel/J Thompson 74, C Pitman/T Hema 71, T Smith/R Bremner 71, Wayne Wesche/W Robinson 70, N McRoberts/F Daley 69.

Women’s approaches: S McRoberts (0-25), J Thompson (26-54).

Women’s best third shot: T Smith.

Women’s long drive: N McRoberts.

Men’s approaches: C Taurima (senior), J Ash (junior).

Men’s best third shot: F Daley.

Men’s long drive: Wade Wesche.

COMING UP: SATURDAY, Aces and Bluck putting, Harwood round 1 (women).

Patutahi

JANDY Solomon went back for more after tasting victory on Sunday.

Solomon won the women’s net on Sunday with 91-22-69 and shaved a couple of shots off that score to take out the LGU on Tuesday.

Chris Beattie (79-16-63) led the scoring on Sunday in the junior men’s net while Eddie Brown junior eagled the first on his way to winning the senior men’s net with 70-5-66.

TUESDAY — LGU: J Solomon 89-22-67, T Barrie 96-27-69, P Sutton 97-27-70, M Brown 91-20-71.

SUNDAY — Men’s net, senior division: E Brown jr 70-4-66, R Hindmarsh 71-5-66, W Baty 80-11-69.

Junior division: C Beattie 79-16-63, R Pohatu 82-17-65, G Tattersfield 84-19-65 on c/b.

Women’s net: J Solomon 91-22-69, S Robertson 83-13-70, A Stills-Hindmarsh 102-32-70 on c/b.

Twos: G Tattersfield.

Eagle on 1: E Brown jr.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: R Pardoe 23, M Pohatu 19, B Wallace 19, R Nichol 10 on c/b.

Junior division: T Coutts 25, G Watson 22, M Smith 21, M Owen 20.

Waikohu

COMING UP: SATURDAY, Waikohu women’s open (also first round of Poverty Bay women’s pennants), cup of tea from 10am, tee-off from 11am; SUNDAY, round 1 of men’s handicap singles, Waikohu stableford for women, start of eclectics.

Senior golf

GISBORNE East Coast Senior Golfers Society is keen to raise its membership and see more current members playing in its events.

With that in mind, committee member John Fricker is producing a monthly newsletter, which reviews the events that have happened and promotes those coming up.

Anyone interested in receiving the online newsletter and or/contributing to it should contact Fricker at pbseniors@outlook.com

The GEC society has 93 members but as is pointed out in the first newsletter, “we consider ourselves fortunate to get 25 players to come along to golf days”.

“There is plenty of room for improvement in player numbers. All that needs to be done is for you to come along and give it a try. More players equals more fun and better prizes. Over time it can also result in more events.”

Twenty-one members fitted into eight cars for a recent trip to Mahia, where they were joined by local seniors.

The format was mystery partners stableford, and the honours went to Wayne Wesche (40 points) and Vaughan Powdrell (30), with a combined total of 70.

Other than a bit of confusion over which tees to hit from, one player walking back to the green he had just putted on to look for his ball (which he apparently found in his pocket), and a buggy falling from its trailer, it was a great day out.

Seniors are encouraged to take part in the annual Shark Trophy against Bay of Plenty on Monday, March 14 (at Whakatane), and Tuesday, March 15 (Kawerau).

The intention is to travel early on Monday morning (7.15am). Accommodation at Awakeri Hot Springs has been booked.

Those intending to play and keen to stay with the rest of the team should contact a committee member. Women are well represented but more men are needed.

The Patutahi invitational tournament is on Wednesday, March 23, teeing off at 10am.

The GEC Senior Golfers executive is — Nigel McGregor (president), Kevin Kennedy (secretary) and committee members Arthur Bacon, Steve Williams, Frank Ball, Colin Christie and John Fricker.

  • Arthur Bacon marked his 50th consecutive year as a member of Poverty Bay Golf Club by winning the GEC seniors’ Johnny Jackson Trophy at his home course on Tuesday.

    The 83-year-old carded 90-19-71 in the new streamlined version of the Johnny Jackson and won on countback from Te Puia Springs member Peter Harrison, with Patutahi’s Garth Tattersfield third on 73.

    Bacon’s name is already on the trophy. He won it in 2007 when it was a matchplay event and made the final on at least two other occasions.

    This year the society decided to make it a one-round tournament.

    Johnny Jackson Trophy results (net): A Bacon 71, P Harrison 71, G Tattersfield 72, B Morrissey 73, J Aitchison 74, R Farmer 74, J Rouse 75, D Malcolm 75, D James 76, M Orford 76, C Sowerby 76, B Rothschild 76.

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