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A catchup on news from the fairways

A catchup on news from the fairways

ACE ON THE LAKE: The club is a fairly big one but Perth-based Gisborne man Josh Twigley was still “pretty stoked” to join it in scoring an ace on the famous Lake Taupo Hole In One Challenge.

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Poverty Bay

CLIFF Poole’s defence of the Reynolds Cup men’s matchplay title remains alive. Poole saw off Ken White 1-up in their quarterfinal clash to book a semifinal date with Roger Kelly.

The other finalist has been decided. Dave Pirimona defeated Nigel Jones on the 18th to seal a place in the trophy decider.

Lee Pollitt posted a career-best score — 82-20-62, for 46 points — to win the division 2 men’s stableford on Sunday. Left-handed Polly, who recently had to fork out a whiskey shout for an air shot, also had a two and won the approach.

His four-ball partner Ross Gibson (40pts) won the division 1 stableford and, not surprisingly, the pair took the haggle honours over Anaru Reedy and Paul Rickard. This was despite Reedy carding 71-3-68, for 40 points, including parring every hole on the back nine.

John Vaughan was in the money on Thursday and Saturday. Vaughan won last Thursday’s division 1 men’s stableford with 80-15-65, for 43 points, as well as having a two and winning the approach. He was second in the div 2 stableford on Sunday, with 38 points, and had another two.

WEDNESDAY — Women’s net: V Bell 71, J Utting 71.
LGU, silver: V Bell 90-19-71.
Bronze 1: J MacKinnon 97-23-74.
Bronze 2: L Poananga 104- 27-77.
Bronze 3: D Webb 109-36-73.
9-holers: A Williams 58-19-39.
Poverty Bay team for national teams trial: Viv Bell, Jan Utting, Marg Colebourne, June MacKinnon.

TUESDAY — Women’s grocery stableford: T Lewis 38, J Utting 37, V Bell 34, S Kemp 33, V Fletcher 33, J MacKinnon 32, F Pell 31.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: R Gibson 40, A Reedy 40, B Morrissey 40, M Thomas 37, G Morley 37, R Morley 37.
Division 2: L Pollitt 46, C Christie 38, K White 38, C Simpson 38.
Twos: A White, L Pollitt, C Simpson, M Barket.
Approach: L Pollitt.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: N Mackie 39, P Anderson 38, B Morrissey 38.
Division 2: R Kelly 38, J Vaughan 38, B Payne 35.
Twos: N McGregor, J Vaughan.
Approach: N Mackie.

THURSDAY (March 24) — Men’s stableford, division 1: J Vaughan 43, V Richardson 37, R Skuse 37.
Division 2: P Mullooly 39, B Proudfoot 39, B Allen 37.
Twos: J Vaughan.
Approach: J Vaughan.

The semfinals of the Reynolds and associated cups men’s matchplay are on SATURDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 12 noon: C Poole v R Kelly. 12.07: W Thompson v P Butler, J McGregor v C Simpson. 12.15: N McGregor v P Grogan, B Morrissey v M Reynolds.

Patutahi

A BIRDIE treble on the back nine propelled Wayne Baty to victory in the senior men’s stableford on Sunday. Baty birdied the 10th, 11th and 18th holes in an inward nine of 1-under 34 and signed for 74-11-63, for 43 points.

Calypso Stills-Hindmarsh fell just short of recording a third sub-100 score as she heads towards a handicap in the 20s. She was left to rue a quadruple-bogey-8 on the 18th although her 100-31-69, for 41 points, was still good enough to win the women’s stableford.

TUESDAY — Women’s net: M Alley 88-18-70.
Putting: P Sutton 32.
9-holers’ putting: L Haisman 13, M Philip 17.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, senior division: W Baty 74-11-63, 43; A Blakeman 76-11-65, 41; T Hindmarsh 81-14-67, 39.
Junior division: B Watson 90-22-68, 38; C Brown 88-19-69, 37; P Molloy 85-16-69, 37 on c/b.
Women’s stableford: C Stills-Hindmarsh 100-31-69, 41; H Pomana 81-13-68, 39.
Twos: M Farmer, B Watson, M Pohatu.

THURSDAY (March 24) — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: R Pardoe 23, S Mohlmann 22, A Blakeman 22.
Junior division: M Sutton 24, D Moller 23, J Graham 22.

The men’s 19-hole shootout final is on SATURDAY. Tee-off is 8am. The finalists are — Selwyn Skudder, Wai Koia, Reef Pohatu, Brian Wallace, Garth Tattersfield, Dawson Dods, Leighvi Maynard, Nikora Gupwell, George Brown, Ross Nichol, Chris Beattie, Lyall Anania, Regan Hindmarsh, Matt Stock, Dave Skudder, Selwyn Pohatu.

Te Puia Springs

NELSON Truman won the Sunday stableford on countback from Daniel Nukunuku. Both had 35 points.

SUNDAY — Stableford: N Truman 35, D Nukunuku 35, K Waitoa 34.
Twos: J Forrester.

The team for the E.R. Black Cup interclub at Tahunga on Sunday are: J Devery/G .Roberts, D Cook/R Ngatai, R Tibble/A Cook, P Ngarimu/I Ngarimu, P Harrison/C Colbert.

Tolaga Bay

FRED Waihi and Dan Maitai were the big winners in Sunday competition. Waihi won the stableford with 40 points while Dan Maitai was among the also-rans on 35 points but pocketed the jackpot with his two twos.

SUNDAY — Stableford: F Waihi 40, J Hale 38, M Grant 37, M Watts 35, D Maitai 35.
Twos: D Maitai 2.
Jackpot: D Maitai.

Tolaga Bay’s team for the E.R. Black Cup interclub at Tahunga on on Sunday is still to be finalised.

Gisborne Park

TWO twos to Tam couldn’t topple Tom in the men’s stableford on Sunday. Tam Buckingham had as many birdies as he did pars in his 90-22-68, for 40 points. And those birdies came on the best possible holes — twos on the second and 14th.

It was a second-fiddle performance, however, to the in-form Thomas Donovan as he chalked up another weekend success, mixing four birdies with four bogeys in his even-par 72-4-68, for 40 points.

The men are back in Handicap Cup action this Sunday with Pete Koorey taking on Cliff Nepe and Anthony Pahina facing Johnny Charles.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: T Donovan 40, T Buckingham 40, B Reynolds 39, T File 38, S Phillips 37.
Twos: T Buckingham 2.
Approach: J Glassford.
Men’s best second shot: D Craven.
Women’s best third shot: J Morley.

WEDNESDAY (March 23) — Women’s stableford: C Pipi 34.

TUESDAY (March 22) — Veteran men’s par: L Lexmond +4, B Morrissey +2, C Palmer +2, P Hogan +2, W Donnelly +1, R Walford +1, M Hutton +1, P Mitchell +1, E Morley sq, D Tarry sq.
Twos: P Koorey, B Atkins.

Round 3 of the men’s handicap cups is on SUNDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 8.30am: P Koorey v C Nepe, A Pahina v J Charles.

Mahia

FAIRLANE Wesche shattered her official personal best score in winning the LGU on Saturday. Wesche shot 82-16-66 — lowering her previous best at Mahia by four strokes.

Cousin Wade Wesche strode a victory “parth” in the men’s stableford on Sunday. Wesche’s 73-7-66, for 42 points, featured 15 pars.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: Wade Wesche 42, F Daley 37, K Ellison 36.
Women’s stableford: M Wainohu 33, V Kyle 32.

SATURDAY — LGU: F Wesche 82-16-66, N McRoberts 75, M Wainohu 78.
Putting button: M Wainohu 29 on c/b from F Wesche.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, two-man ambrose, round 1 of Iseki women’s competition.

Tahunga

THE E.R. Black Cup interclub is at Tahunga on Sunday. Cup of tea at 10.30am. Tee-off at 11am.

Waikohu

THE Terry Rutene memorial cup was not away from Julie Coker’s grasp for too long. The 2014 winner of the 4x9-hole matchplay title reclaimed it on Sunday, defeating Ella Wynyard in the final.

Tama Brown won the flight and Kahu Tamanui the plate.

SUNDAY — Terry Rutene Memorial 4x9-hole matchplay Tournament, overall winner: J Coker from E Wynyard.
Flight: T Brown from E Johnston.
Plate: K Tamanui from H Vinivini.
Top qualifier: DJ Baty
Bolt winner: T Ritchie.
Hook winner: V Grace.
Sunday stableford: DJ Baty 22, L Green 21, T Ritchie 20, V Grace 19.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, no club competition.

Senior golfers

THE Shark Trophy is back in Bay of Plenty hands after 26 Gisborne East Coast seniors ventured into BoP waters for the annual clash. The duel for the “log ‘o wood”-sculpted elasmobranch (sharks are a member of this sub-class of cartilaginous fish) was played at two courses — Whakatane on day one and Kawerau on day two. A good time was had by all on and off the course.

Kevin Kennedy and Colin Sowerby were GEC’s top performers on the first day, with 36 points apiece. Sowerby also won the approach while Harvey Twigley collected eight balls for his two.

The GEC party stayed overnight at Awakeri Hot Springs — Cliff Poole reporting in injured the next morning after slipping on steps to the hot pool and injuring his shoulder. It’s not the first time “Cliffie” has been in the wars on an away trip. He was once clouted in the head by a stray drive at Wairoa during the Wharerata Shield interclub. He went to Kawerau hoping to be able to swing a club but to no avail.

The course was presented in exceptional condition and GEC players later found out all maintenance is done by volunteers.

The GEC women stepped up to win the lion’s share of prizes. The GEC society was grateful to those who made the trip. They all had a great time and enjoyed golfing on different courses.

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The Patutahi Invitational day attracted a field of 28 players — twice as many as the last time the invitational was played on the course. Mahia were well represented with seven golfers, Te Puia Springs by the evergreen Peter Harrison, Gisborne Park chipped in with five determined characters and Poverty Bay made up the balance.

For the second consecutive event GEC secretary Kevin Kennedy was unable to complete his round. The first one was due to the heat. This time he got clipped by a golf cart and injured a calf muscle.

Jimmy Ash (Mahia) won the par competition with a splendid score of +6, was closely followed by Poverty Bay and one-time Patutahi member Des Malcolm on +4, aned Roger Bremner (Mahia) on +3.

The committee are keen to get feedback on this year’s Johnny Jackson event following the modest turnout of 24 players. The weather was a factor but the committee would like to know of any other reasons so it can consider if changes are necessary for next year.

Arthur Bacon (PB) won the prestigious title with a net 71 on countback from Peter Harrison (Te Puia Springs).

COMING UP: TUESDAY, April 5, Waikohu Invitational, at Waikohu, 11am tee-off; TUESDAY, May 3, Hamilton Trophy, at Gisborne Park, tee-off 10am.

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The GEC seniors information comes from its monthly email newsletter. Those who would like to receive it, or no longer want to receive it contact John Fricker at pbseniors@outlook.com

Contributions to the newsletter will be gratefully received.

Poverty Bay

CLIFF Poole’s defence of the Reynolds Cup men’s matchplay title remains alive. Poole saw off Ken White 1-up in their quarterfinal clash to book a semifinal date with Roger Kelly.

The other finalist has been decided. Dave Pirimona defeated Nigel Jones on the 18th to seal a place in the trophy decider.

Lee Pollitt posted a career-best score — 82-20-62, for 46 points — to win the division 2 men’s stableford on Sunday. Left-handed Polly, who recently had to fork out a whiskey shout for an air shot, also had a two and won the approach.

His four-ball partner Ross Gibson (40pts) won the division 1 stableford and, not surprisingly, the pair took the haggle honours over Anaru Reedy and Paul Rickard. This was despite Reedy carding 71-3-68, for 40 points, including parring every hole on the back nine.

John Vaughan was in the money on Thursday and Saturday. Vaughan won last Thursday’s division 1 men’s stableford with 80-15-65, for 43 points, as well as having a two and winning the approach. He was second in the div 2 stableford on Sunday, with 38 points, and had another two.

WEDNESDAY — Women’s net: V Bell 71, J Utting 71.
LGU, silver: V Bell 90-19-71.
Bronze 1: J MacKinnon 97-23-74.
Bronze 2: L Poananga 104- 27-77.
Bronze 3: D Webb 109-36-73.
9-holers: A Williams 58-19-39.
Poverty Bay team for national teams trial: Viv Bell, Jan Utting, Marg Colebourne, June MacKinnon.

TUESDAY — Women’s grocery stableford: T Lewis 38, J Utting 37, V Bell 34, S Kemp 33, V Fletcher 33, J MacKinnon 32, F Pell 31.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: R Gibson 40, A Reedy 40, B Morrissey 40, M Thomas 37, G Morley 37, R Morley 37.
Division 2: L Pollitt 46, C Christie 38, K White 38, C Simpson 38.
Twos: A White, L Pollitt, C Simpson, M Barket.
Approach: L Pollitt.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: N Mackie 39, P Anderson 38, B Morrissey 38.
Division 2: R Kelly 38, J Vaughan 38, B Payne 35.
Twos: N McGregor, J Vaughan.
Approach: N Mackie.

THURSDAY (March 24) — Men’s stableford, division 1: J Vaughan 43, V Richardson 37, R Skuse 37.
Division 2: P Mullooly 39, B Proudfoot 39, B Allen 37.
Twos: J Vaughan.
Approach: J Vaughan.

The semfinals of the Reynolds and associated cups men’s matchplay are on SATURDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 12 noon: C Poole v R Kelly. 12.07: W Thompson v P Butler, J McGregor v C Simpson. 12.15: N McGregor v P Grogan, B Morrissey v M Reynolds.

Patutahi

A BIRDIE treble on the back nine propelled Wayne Baty to victory in the senior men’s stableford on Sunday. Baty birdied the 10th, 11th and 18th holes in an inward nine of 1-under 34 and signed for 74-11-63, for 43 points.

Calypso Stills-Hindmarsh fell just short of recording a third sub-100 score as she heads towards a handicap in the 20s. She was left to rue a quadruple-bogey-8 on the 18th although her 100-31-69, for 41 points, was still good enough to win the women’s stableford.

TUESDAY — Women’s net: M Alley 88-18-70.
Putting: P Sutton 32.
9-holers’ putting: L Haisman 13, M Philip 17.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, senior division: W Baty 74-11-63, 43; A Blakeman 76-11-65, 41; T Hindmarsh 81-14-67, 39.
Junior division: B Watson 90-22-68, 38; C Brown 88-19-69, 37; P Molloy 85-16-69, 37 on c/b.
Women’s stableford: C Stills-Hindmarsh 100-31-69, 41; H Pomana 81-13-68, 39.
Twos: M Farmer, B Watson, M Pohatu.

THURSDAY (March 24) — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: R Pardoe 23, S Mohlmann 22, A Blakeman 22.
Junior division: M Sutton 24, D Moller 23, J Graham 22.

The men’s 19-hole shootout final is on SATURDAY. Tee-off is 8am. The finalists are — Selwyn Skudder, Wai Koia, Reef Pohatu, Brian Wallace, Garth Tattersfield, Dawson Dods, Leighvi Maynard, Nikora Gupwell, George Brown, Ross Nichol, Chris Beattie, Lyall Anania, Regan Hindmarsh, Matt Stock, Dave Skudder, Selwyn Pohatu.

Te Puia Springs

NELSON Truman won the Sunday stableford on countback from Daniel Nukunuku. Both had 35 points.

SUNDAY — Stableford: N Truman 35, D Nukunuku 35, K Waitoa 34.
Twos: J Forrester.

The team for the E.R. Black Cup interclub at Tahunga on Sunday are: J Devery/G .Roberts, D Cook/R Ngatai, R Tibble/A Cook, P Ngarimu/I Ngarimu, P Harrison/C Colbert.

Tolaga Bay

FRED Waihi and Dan Maitai were the big winners in Sunday competition. Waihi won the stableford with 40 points while Dan Maitai was among the also-rans on 35 points but pocketed the jackpot with his two twos.

SUNDAY — Stableford: F Waihi 40, J Hale 38, M Grant 37, M Watts 35, D Maitai 35.
Twos: D Maitai 2.
Jackpot: D Maitai.

Tolaga Bay’s team for the E.R. Black Cup interclub at Tahunga on on Sunday is still to be finalised.

Gisborne Park

TWO twos to Tam couldn’t topple Tom in the men’s stableford on Sunday. Tam Buckingham had as many birdies as he did pars in his 90-22-68, for 40 points. And those birdies came on the best possible holes — twos on the second and 14th.

It was a second-fiddle performance, however, to the in-form Thomas Donovan as he chalked up another weekend success, mixing four birdies with four bogeys in his even-par 72-4-68, for 40 points.

The men are back in Handicap Cup action this Sunday with Pete Koorey taking on Cliff Nepe and Anthony Pahina facing Johnny Charles.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: T Donovan 40, T Buckingham 40, B Reynolds 39, T File 38, S Phillips 37.
Twos: T Buckingham 2.
Approach: J Glassford.
Men’s best second shot: D Craven.
Women’s best third shot: J Morley.

WEDNESDAY (March 23) — Women’s stableford: C Pipi 34.

TUESDAY (March 22) — Veteran men’s par: L Lexmond +4, B Morrissey +2, C Palmer +2, P Hogan +2, W Donnelly +1, R Walford +1, M Hutton +1, P Mitchell +1, E Morley sq, D Tarry sq.
Twos: P Koorey, B Atkins.

Round 3 of the men’s handicap cups is on SUNDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 8.30am: P Koorey v C Nepe, A Pahina v J Charles.

Mahia

FAIRLANE Wesche shattered her official personal best score in winning the LGU on Saturday. Wesche shot 82-16-66 — lowering her previous best at Mahia by four strokes.

Cousin Wade Wesche strode a victory “parth” in the men’s stableford on Sunday. Wesche’s 73-7-66, for 42 points, featured 15 pars.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: Wade Wesche 42, F Daley 37, K Ellison 36.
Women’s stableford: M Wainohu 33, V Kyle 32.

SATURDAY — LGU: F Wesche 82-16-66, N McRoberts 75, M Wainohu 78.
Putting button: M Wainohu 29 on c/b from F Wesche.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, two-man ambrose, round 1 of Iseki women’s competition.

Tahunga

THE E.R. Black Cup interclub is at Tahunga on Sunday. Cup of tea at 10.30am. Tee-off at 11am.

Waikohu

THE Terry Rutene memorial cup was not away from Julie Coker’s grasp for too long. The 2014 winner of the 4x9-hole matchplay title reclaimed it on Sunday, defeating Ella Wynyard in the final.

Tama Brown won the flight and Kahu Tamanui the plate.

SUNDAY — Terry Rutene Memorial 4x9-hole matchplay Tournament, overall winner: J Coker from E Wynyard.
Flight: T Brown from E Johnston.
Plate: K Tamanui from H Vinivini.
Top qualifier: DJ Baty
Bolt winner: T Ritchie.
Hook winner: V Grace.
Sunday stableford: DJ Baty 22, L Green 21, T Ritchie 20, V Grace 19.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, no club competition.

Senior golfers

THE Shark Trophy is back in Bay of Plenty hands after 26 Gisborne East Coast seniors ventured into BoP waters for the annual clash. The duel for the “log ‘o wood”-sculpted elasmobranch (sharks are a member of this sub-class of cartilaginous fish) was played at two courses — Whakatane on day one and Kawerau on day two. A good time was had by all on and off the course.

Kevin Kennedy and Colin Sowerby were GEC’s top performers on the first day, with 36 points apiece. Sowerby also won the approach while Harvey Twigley collected eight balls for his two.

The GEC party stayed overnight at Awakeri Hot Springs — Cliff Poole reporting in injured the next morning after slipping on steps to the hot pool and injuring his shoulder. It’s not the first time “Cliffie” has been in the wars on an away trip. He was once clouted in the head by a stray drive at Wairoa during the Wharerata Shield interclub. He went to Kawerau hoping to be able to swing a club but to no avail.

The course was presented in exceptional condition and GEC players later found out all maintenance is done by volunteers.

The GEC women stepped up to win the lion’s share of prizes. The GEC society was grateful to those who made the trip. They all had a great time and enjoyed golfing on different courses.

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The Patutahi Invitational day attracted a field of 28 players — twice as many as the last time the invitational was played on the course. Mahia were well represented with seven golfers, Te Puia Springs by the evergreen Peter Harrison, Gisborne Park chipped in with five determined characters and Poverty Bay made up the balance.

For the second consecutive event GEC secretary Kevin Kennedy was unable to complete his round. The first one was due to the heat. This time he got clipped by a golf cart and injured a calf muscle.

Jimmy Ash (Mahia) won the par competition with a splendid score of +6, was closely followed by Poverty Bay and one-time Patutahi member Des Malcolm on +4, aned Roger Bremner (Mahia) on +3.

The committee are keen to get feedback on this year’s Johnny Jackson event following the modest turnout of 24 players. The weather was a factor but the committee would like to know of any other reasons so it can consider if changes are necessary for next year.

Arthur Bacon (PB) won the prestigious title with a net 71 on countback from Peter Harrison (Te Puia Springs).

COMING UP: TUESDAY, April 5, Waikohu Invitational, at Waikohu, 11am tee-off; TUESDAY, May 3, Hamilton Trophy, at Gisborne Park, tee-off 10am.

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The GEC seniors information comes from its monthly email newsletter. Those who would like to receive it, or no longer want to receive it contact John Fricker at pbseniors@outlook.com

Contributions to the newsletter will be gratefully received.

Ace on the lake

Twigley had plenty of shots before changing from an 8-iron to a 9-iron. It proved a perfect club swap, with Twigley finding the “white” hole — a bucket-sized sand bunker — an effort he described as “not as awesome as it sounds”.

The “white” hole is the widest of the three holes on the 8x12-metre hole-in-one pontoon anchored 102 metres from a lakeside teeing area. The others are the “red” regulation-sized hole and the “blue” 30cm sand bunker hole.

Twigley was holidaying in Taupo with his partner before heading to Gisborne for some temporary work. He then heads back to Perth where he has been working in the mines as a scaffolder.

Twigley became the 943rd person to record an ace on the Lake Taupo challenge. He got to choose a mystery envelope and inside was a voucher for a 2.5-hour lake cruise for two on a restored yacht.

Had he found the red hole, he would have received $10,000.

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