Double whitewash gives PB 1 commanding lead

Defending champions blitz PB 2 and Tolaga Bay.

Defending champions blitz PB 2 and Tolaga Bay.

A DROUGHT-breaking win, a reminder that 60 is the new 40 and the return of “Coastie” marked last Saturday’s rounds of the Oligoi Jug men’s interclub pennants.

By the end of the two rounds held on the Gisborne Park course, defending champions Poverty Bay (1) had steamrollered their way to a commanding overall lead.

PB (1) blitzed the Bay’s No.2 team 8-0 — none of the matches going past the 14th green — then whitewashed Tolaga Bay by the same margin although they were made to work up a sweat.

Patutahi’s surprise 6-2 morning loss to Te Puia Springs allowed PB (1) to put space between them and the rest heading into the fifth and final round of round-robin play.

They have amassed 28 out of a possible 32 points to be nine points clear of second-placed Patutahi (19).

PB (1)’s No.1 and No.2 players William Brown and Pete Kerekere made it four wins from four matches apiece in the series so far.

Kerekere was involved in what was dubbed “the Postie versus the Coastie”.

In the PB (1)-Tolaga Bay afternoon clash, postman Kerekere came up against former Poverty Bay-East Coast representative Dion Milner, known to many as “Coastie”.

Having played only three official 18-hole rounds this year but with a formidable reputation for matchplay, Milner warmed up by beating Gisborne Park’s Jayden Bright in the morning then pushed Kerekere all the way in the afternoon.

Kerekere got home 1-up but the performance of Milner, who turned 40 on Boxing Day of 2015, will have come to the attention of PBEC masters selectors.

One of them, John Wyllie, produced a personal milestone in his 6 and 5 blitzing of Tony Akroyd.

Playing at No.1 for Te Puia Springs, Wyllie enjoyed his first win over Patutahi’s Akroyd in what Akroyd estimated was 14 encounters between the pair.

Sixty is the new 40

The Springs’ upset win over the Tahi included the upset of the day — Neil Mackie taking down PBEC representative Eddie Brown jr 2 and 1.

The 62-year-old Mackie, who prefers not to be classed a veteran, showed up his sub-40 opponent, whose putter appeared to have been dipped in liquid nitrogen.

“He shaved the hole a number of times, too many to count, said Mackie. “It was just one of those days.”

Mackie and his teammates were subsequently brought crashing back to the fairways by Gisborne Park in the afternoon.

Mackie was pulverised 9 and 8 by Tom Teneti, a sole half on the third hole saving him from the maximum defeat.

His Jekyll-Hyde transformation was underlined when he hit into trees on the 10th and his ball stayed up there.

The Park won the tie 6-2, which has spiced up the battle for the semifinal spots in round 5 at Te Puia Springs on May 15.

While PB (1) have sealed a playoffs spot and Patutahi are looking safe enough, only one point separates Tolaga Bay, Te Puia Springs and Park.

PB (2) are languishing at the bottom on six points — Alister Jennings providing their only win of rounds 3 and 4.

RESULTS

Oligoi Jug men’s pennants results, round 3 — Poverty Bay (1) 8 Poverty Bay (2) 0: William Brown def Alister Jennings 7 and 6, Peter Kerekere def Neville West 6 and 4, Tini Hawea def Tuki Sweeney 5 and 4, Peter Anderson def Tene Goldsmith 5 and 4.

Te Puia Springs 6 Patutahi 2: John Wyllie def Tony Akroyd 6 and 5, Jason Devery def Regan Hindmarsh 2 and 1, Neil Mackie def Eddie Brown jr 2 and 1, Mark Higham lost to Shayde Skudder 6 and 5.

Gisborne Park 2 Tolaga Bay 6: Daniel Collier lost to Taine Lincoln 2 and 1, Jayden Bright lost to Dion Milner 3 and 2, Tom Teneti lost to Tere Lincoln 2 and 1, Selwyn Peneha won by default.

Round 4 — Gisborne Park 8 Te Puia Springs 0: Collier def Wyllie 2 and 1, Bright def Devery 5 and 4, Teneti def Mackie 9 and 8, Peneha def Higham 5 and 4.

Poverty Bay (1) 8 Tolaga Bay 0: W Brown def Taine Lincoln 2 and 1, Kerekere def Milner 1-up, Hawea def Tere Lincoln 3 and 2, Brent Colbert def Joel Lincoln 1-up.

Patutahi 6 Poverty Bay (2) 2: Jennings def Hukanui Brown 5 and 4, Akroyd def West 4 and 3, E Brown jr def Sweeney 4 and 3, Hindmarsh def George Brown 4 and 3.

Overall points: PB (1) 28, Patutahi 19, Tolaga Bay 15, Gisborne Park 14, Te Puia Springs 14, PB (2) 6.

A DROUGHT-breaking win, a reminder that 60 is the new 40 and the return of “Coastie” marked last Saturday’s rounds of the Oligoi Jug men’s interclub pennants.

By the end of the two rounds held on the Gisborne Park course, defending champions Poverty Bay (1) had steamrollered their way to a commanding overall lead.

PB (1) blitzed the Bay’s No.2 team 8-0 — none of the matches going past the 14th green — then whitewashed Tolaga Bay by the same margin although they were made to work up a sweat.

Patutahi’s surprise 6-2 morning loss to Te Puia Springs allowed PB (1) to put space between them and the rest heading into the fifth and final round of round-robin play.

They have amassed 28 out of a possible 32 points to be nine points clear of second-placed Patutahi (19).

PB (1)’s No.1 and No.2 players William Brown and Pete Kerekere made it four wins from four matches apiece in the series so far.

Kerekere was involved in what was dubbed “the Postie versus the Coastie”.

In the PB (1)-Tolaga Bay afternoon clash, postman Kerekere came up against former Poverty Bay-East Coast representative Dion Milner, known to many as “Coastie”.

Having played only three official 18-hole rounds this year but with a formidable reputation for matchplay, Milner warmed up by beating Gisborne Park’s Jayden Bright in the morning then pushed Kerekere all the way in the afternoon.

Kerekere got home 1-up but the performance of Milner, who turned 40 on Boxing Day of 2015, will have come to the attention of PBEC masters selectors.

One of them, John Wyllie, produced a personal milestone in his 6 and 5 blitzing of Tony Akroyd.

Playing at No.1 for Te Puia Springs, Wyllie enjoyed his first win over Patutahi’s Akroyd in what Akroyd estimated was 14 encounters between the pair.

Sixty is the new 40

The Springs’ upset win over the Tahi included the upset of the day — Neil Mackie taking down PBEC representative Eddie Brown jr 2 and 1.

The 62-year-old Mackie, who prefers not to be classed a veteran, showed up his sub-40 opponent, whose putter appeared to have been dipped in liquid nitrogen.

“He shaved the hole a number of times, too many to count, said Mackie. “It was just one of those days.”

Mackie and his teammates were subsequently brought crashing back to the fairways by Gisborne Park in the afternoon.

Mackie was pulverised 9 and 8 by Tom Teneti, a sole half on the third hole saving him from the maximum defeat.

His Jekyll-Hyde transformation was underlined when he hit into trees on the 10th and his ball stayed up there.

The Park won the tie 6-2, which has spiced up the battle for the semifinal spots in round 5 at Te Puia Springs on May 15.

While PB (1) have sealed a playoffs spot and Patutahi are looking safe enough, only one point separates Tolaga Bay, Te Puia Springs and Park.

PB (2) are languishing at the bottom on six points — Alister Jennings providing their only win of rounds 3 and 4.

RESULTS

Oligoi Jug men’s pennants results, round 3 — Poverty Bay (1) 8 Poverty Bay (2) 0: William Brown def Alister Jennings 7 and 6, Peter Kerekere def Neville West 6 and 4, Tini Hawea def Tuki Sweeney 5 and 4, Peter Anderson def Tene Goldsmith 5 and 4.

Te Puia Springs 6 Patutahi 2: John Wyllie def Tony Akroyd 6 and 5, Jason Devery def Regan Hindmarsh 2 and 1, Neil Mackie def Eddie Brown jr 2 and 1, Mark Higham lost to Shayde Skudder 6 and 5.

Gisborne Park 2 Tolaga Bay 6: Daniel Collier lost to Taine Lincoln 2 and 1, Jayden Bright lost to Dion Milner 3 and 2, Tom Teneti lost to Tere Lincoln 2 and 1, Selwyn Peneha won by default.

Round 4 — Gisborne Park 8 Te Puia Springs 0: Collier def Wyllie 2 and 1, Bright def Devery 5 and 4, Teneti def Mackie 9 and 8, Peneha def Higham 5 and 4.

Poverty Bay (1) 8 Tolaga Bay 0: W Brown def Taine Lincoln 2 and 1, Kerekere def Milner 1-up, Hawea def Tere Lincoln 3 and 2, Brent Colbert def Joel Lincoln 1-up.

Patutahi 6 Poverty Bay (2) 2: Jennings def Hukanui Brown 5 and 4, Akroyd def West 4 and 3, E Brown jr def Sweeney 4 and 3, Hindmarsh def George Brown 4 and 3.

Overall points: PB (1) 28, Patutahi 19, Tolaga Bay 15, Gisborne Park 14, Te Puia Springs 14, PB (2) 6.

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