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PATUTAHI PERFECT: Jan Ewart joined an elite group of Patutahi women to have had a hole-in-on on the country course. She sank a 6-iron on the 120-metre sixth hole. Picture by Paul Rickard

Poverty Bay

BILL Allen and Roy Skuse created Poverty Bay history with victory in the Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs matchplay final on Sunday.

Allen and Skuse won the title in 1980 — 36 years ago — and have been partners in the prestigious competition since the early 1970s.

Their history-repeating performance was a thriller. They defeated Kim Gunness and Blair Tannahill on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff after Gunness parred the 18th to force extra holes.

A par-5 on the first hole by Skuse sealed victory in a doubleheader weekend of semifinals and finals.

Skuse and Allen beat Clive Dean and John Williams 4 and 3 in the semis on Saturday while Tannahill and Gunness knocked out Peter Humphreys and Mike Dodgshun 2 and 1.

A story on the final will be in tomorrow’s Herald.

Several subsidary trophies were also decided. Jim McGregor and Phil Wauchop won the Bryan Cup, beating Allan White and Walter Mackey 3 and 2 in the final. Wauchop, on 38, could well be the highest-handicapped player in the history of the BG but it was McGregor who anchored their campaign after being knocked out in the first round of the Barns-Graham Cup.

Twenty three holes were required to sort out the Barns-Graham Plate final between Thomas Donovan and Richard Foon, and Jimmy Situ and Mark Karalus. Donovan parred the fifth extra hole of a nearly-six-hour-long match for victory after Foon sank a 25-foot par putt on the 18th to force extra holes.

The BG plate flight was won by Kenny White and Nigel Jones.

Tuesday/Wednesday: Eagles Murray Halberg teams’ stableford, day 1 winners: V Fraser/S Spence/Colleen Skuse 98.

Day 2 winners: M AllanJ Kerr/D Webb 104.

Eagles Cup: V Fraser/S Spence/C Skuse 197 from M Allan/J Kerr/D Webb 195.
Murray Halberg Trophy 36-hole individual stableford: M Alln 74

Wednesday stableford: Women’s stableford: D Jopson 41.

Twos: T Lewis, L Fletcher, D Jopson.

Approaches: J Kerr (0-24), T Corson (25+).

SATURDAY/SUNDAY — Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs and associated trophy semifinals and finals— Barns-Graham Cup, semifinals: K Gunness/B Tannahill def P Humphreys /M Dodgshun, R Skuse/B Allen def C Dean/JWilliams.
Final: Skuse/Allen def Gunness/Tannahill.

Bryan Cup, semifinals: J McGregor/P Wauchop def S Palmer/C Smith, A White/W Mackey def P Shanks/R Murphy.
Final: McGregor/Wauchop def White/Mackey.

Barns-Graham Plate, semifinals: T Donovan/R Foon def M Clapham/B Morrissey, J Situ/M Karalus def R Wells/P Bayley.

Final: Donovan/Foon def Situ/Karalus.

Barns-Graham plate flight, semifinals: D Cook/D Grant def C Jeffrey/N Jenkins, K White/N Jones def P Stewart/R Young.

Final: White/Jones def Cook/Grant.

Approaches: D Bush (Saturday), P Anderson (Sunday).

Twos (on both days): V Richardson, R Skuse, A Hayward, L Pollitt, P Anderson, A Higham, P Kerekere.

Sunday stableford, division 1: S Jeune 38, G Morley 38, A Higham 38.

Division 2: M Norman 39, A Foon 35, P Grogan 33, L Pollitt 33.

Thursday (July 7) — Men’s stableford, division 1: C Poole 44, P Mullooly 41, R Foon 40, D Bush 39.

Division 2: R Fletcher 44, P Shanks 43, B Allen 40, M Gemmell 40.

Twos: B Payne, C Poole, R Skuse.

Approach: B Payne

Gisborne Park

ONE of them knows what it’s like to win the final of the premier men’s pairs title at Gisborne Park. Two of them know what it’s like to lose it, and the other is about to experience one or the other.

Two duos remain in the 2016 Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs — the champions to be crowned some time early Sunday afternoon.

Peter Cameron and Bruce Symes face Mike Hutton and Glen McKinnon in the handicap matchplay final.
Cameron, off an 8-handicap, will be giving the shots including 21 to Hutton.

He and Hutton know what it’s like to fall at the final hurdle in the quest for Te K glory. Cameron’s one and only final appearance ended in defeat while Hutton and McKinnon lost the 2015 final. For 15-handicapper, McKinnon, however, that’s a rare taste of Te K defeat. He has won the title several times.

Cameron and Symes, a 2015 semifinalist, earned their place in the last two with a 3 and 2 win over Daniel Collier and Pete Tamatea.

“We were 4-up at the turn and hung on for dear life,” said Cameron.

Hutton and McKinnon knocked out Pat Hogan and Chris Palmer 4 and 3 in a match decided on the greens.

They were locked all-square after nine holes but Hutton and McKinnon won three holes in a row on the homeward nine, making their opponents pay for some short-putt mistakes.

“They missed three critical putts,” said Hutton. “We combined well. I’d have a bad hole and Glen would come in . . . that’s the way it’s supposed to happen.”

The Benson Cup women’s pairs final is also on Sunday. Mihi Marino and Karen Hay face Jo Kerr and Marg Alley.
Electrinet Park results, Sunday — Foster Cup women’s pairs stableford, round 2: J Kerr/P Joseph 41

Overall winners: N Grace/S Paku 78 from J Kerr/P Joseph 77.

Twos: J Kerr.

Saturday — Meg Gordon women’s Canadian foursomes drawn pairs: N Grace/B Walker from K McDonald/M Marino

Twos: N Grace & B Walker.

Wednesday (July 6) — Peter Hatwell Trophy/Milligan Salver, best net: N Grace 90-20-70.

Least putts: J Kerr 28.

Twos: B Walker.

Tuesday (July 5) — Veteran men’s par: P Hogan +6, B Atkins +5, M Kennedy +3, B Symes +3, B Cox +2, W McHugh sq, D Tarry sq, C Palmer sq, A Lewington sq, H Nyenhuis sq.

Twos: B Atkins.

The Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs and associated trophy finals are on SUNDAY. The draw is (all off No.1 tee) — Te Kanawa Cup, 9.30: P Cameron/B Symes v G McKinnon/M Hutton. Fletcher Cup, 9.36: R Grace/A Pahina v winners of T File/C Brown v M Emery/K Kingi. Turanganui Trophy, 9.42: Winners of T Teneti/Q Peneha v D Harrison/B Watene v D Boyle/Z Boyle.

The final of the Benson Cup women’s pairs is on SUNDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 10am: M Marino/K Hay v J Kerr/M Alley. All those not in matchplay to tee off No.10.

Waikohu

JULIE Coker showed her golfing adaptability with victory in the course backwards competition on Sunday.
Coker completed the nine-hole reverse version of the course in a net-minus-stableford score of 33-21-12 to win by two from Kahu Tamanui (31-17-14).

SUNDAY — Course backwards nine-hole net-minus-stableford: J Coker 33-21-12, K Tamanui 31-17-15, M Tamanui 31-15-16, T Brown 37-21-16, T Smith 36-19-17, L Green 37-20-17.

Twos: J Jones, T Brown, K Peters, E Wynyard.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, club competition.

Te Puia Springs

PETER Harrison found something special in his bag of golfing tricks in the July 3 club competition.

Harrison carded 75-24-61, for a mammoth 51 points, which won him the men’s stableford by 10 points. He parred half the course and capped his effort with a two on the 16th.

The veteran is no stranger to delivering hot rounds but this was extraordinary.

His previous sub-80 score was 78 in December of 2014 off an 18-handicap and the 75 was his low number since a 72 in February of 2014 — a round that featured nines of 41, 31.

Not surprisingly, Harrison also won the first round of the Busby Tray men’s pairs, with parner Raana Walker no doubt enjoying the ride.

SUNDAY — Women’s Handicap Cup, first round: G Roberts def A Cook, C Colbert def R Ngatai, M Waitoa def F Walker.

Women’s net: P Summersby 65.

Twos: P Summersby.

Approach: V Bell.

Busby Tray men’s pairs, first round: R Walker/P Harrison def N Truman/M Higham, J Forrester/A Forrester def J Devery/P Ngarimu, N Dewes/D Cook def K Waitoa/H Rasmussen.

Men’s stableford: P Harrison 51, G Summersby 41, K Waitoa 37, D Cook 37, N Dewes 37, J Devery 36, A Forrester 35.

Twos: N Dewes, D Cook, P Harrison.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, LGU, putting, presidents competition final round (women), stableford for men.

Patutahi

REGAN Hindmarsh and Calypso Stills-Hindmarsh won the Ruka Tupara Memorial Trophy mixed pairs title on Sunday.
They compiled 41 stableford points to beat Wayne Baty and Andrea Haisman by a point.

TUESDAY — Meade Cup women’s net, final round: K Utting 102-31-71.
9-holers’ net: B Elvy 57-19-38, P Hokianga 70-23-47.

SUNDAY — Ruka Tupara Memorial Trophym mixed pairs stableford: R Hindmarsh/C Stills-Hindmarsh 41, W Baty/A Haisman 40, T Hindmarsh/A Hiindmarsh 37.

Men’s stableford: R Nichol 40, B McKenzie 40.

Jackpot: R Nichol.

Twos: R Nichol, Jamie, Shane.

Tahunga

HUSBAND and wife Ben and Kylie Johnson won the Dalgety Cup mixed pairs stableford title with 42 points on Sunday.

SUNDAY — Dalgety Cup mixed pairs stableford: B and K Johnson 42, S and C Ewen 40.

Twos: B and K Johnson

Men’s approaches: B Johnson (0-18), T McNeil (19-36).

All-in approach: B Johnson

Men’s stableford: B Law 46.

Poverty Bay

BILL Allen and Roy Skuse created Poverty Bay history with victory in the Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs matchplay final on Sunday.

Allen and Skuse won the title in 1980 — 36 years ago — and have been partners in the prestigious competition since the early 1970s.

Their history-repeating performance was a thriller. They defeated Kim Gunness and Blair Tannahill on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff after Gunness parred the 18th to force extra holes.

A par-5 on the first hole by Skuse sealed victory in a doubleheader weekend of semifinals and finals.

Skuse and Allen beat Clive Dean and John Williams 4 and 3 in the semis on Saturday while Tannahill and Gunness knocked out Peter Humphreys and Mike Dodgshun 2 and 1.

A story on the final will be in tomorrow’s Herald.

Several subsidary trophies were also decided. Jim McGregor and Phil Wauchop won the Bryan Cup, beating Allan White and Walter Mackey 3 and 2 in the final. Wauchop, on 38, could well be the highest-handicapped player in the history of the BG but it was McGregor who anchored their campaign after being knocked out in the first round of the Barns-Graham Cup.

Twenty three holes were required to sort out the Barns-Graham Plate final between Thomas Donovan and Richard Foon, and Jimmy Situ and Mark Karalus. Donovan parred the fifth extra hole of a nearly-six-hour-long match for victory after Foon sank a 25-foot par putt on the 18th to force extra holes.

The BG plate flight was won by Kenny White and Nigel Jones.

Tuesday/Wednesday: Eagles Murray Halberg teams’ stableford, day 1 winners: V Fraser/S Spence/Colleen Skuse 98.

Day 2 winners: M AllanJ Kerr/D Webb 104.

Eagles Cup: V Fraser/S Spence/C Skuse 197 from M Allan/J Kerr/D Webb 195.
Murray Halberg Trophy 36-hole individual stableford: M Alln 74

Wednesday stableford: Women’s stableford: D Jopson 41.

Twos: T Lewis, L Fletcher, D Jopson.

Approaches: J Kerr (0-24), T Corson (25+).

SATURDAY/SUNDAY — Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs and associated trophy semifinals and finals— Barns-Graham Cup, semifinals: K Gunness/B Tannahill def P Humphreys /M Dodgshun, R Skuse/B Allen def C Dean/JWilliams.
Final: Skuse/Allen def Gunness/Tannahill.

Bryan Cup, semifinals: J McGregor/P Wauchop def S Palmer/C Smith, A White/W Mackey def P Shanks/R Murphy.
Final: McGregor/Wauchop def White/Mackey.

Barns-Graham Plate, semifinals: T Donovan/R Foon def M Clapham/B Morrissey, J Situ/M Karalus def R Wells/P Bayley.

Final: Donovan/Foon def Situ/Karalus.

Barns-Graham plate flight, semifinals: D Cook/D Grant def C Jeffrey/N Jenkins, K White/N Jones def P Stewart/R Young.

Final: White/Jones def Cook/Grant.

Approaches: D Bush (Saturday), P Anderson (Sunday).

Twos (on both days): V Richardson, R Skuse, A Hayward, L Pollitt, P Anderson, A Higham, P Kerekere.

Sunday stableford, division 1: S Jeune 38, G Morley 38, A Higham 38.

Division 2: M Norman 39, A Foon 35, P Grogan 33, L Pollitt 33.

Thursday (July 7) — Men’s stableford, division 1: C Poole 44, P Mullooly 41, R Foon 40, D Bush 39.

Division 2: R Fletcher 44, P Shanks 43, B Allen 40, M Gemmell 40.

Twos: B Payne, C Poole, R Skuse.

Approach: B Payne

Gisborne Park

ONE of them knows what it’s like to win the final of the premier men’s pairs title at Gisborne Park. Two of them know what it’s like to lose it, and the other is about to experience one or the other.

Two duos remain in the 2016 Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs — the champions to be crowned some time early Sunday afternoon.

Peter Cameron and Bruce Symes face Mike Hutton and Glen McKinnon in the handicap matchplay final.
Cameron, off an 8-handicap, will be giving the shots including 21 to Hutton.

He and Hutton know what it’s like to fall at the final hurdle in the quest for Te K glory. Cameron’s one and only final appearance ended in defeat while Hutton and McKinnon lost the 2015 final. For 15-handicapper, McKinnon, however, that’s a rare taste of Te K defeat. He has won the title several times.

Cameron and Symes, a 2015 semifinalist, earned their place in the last two with a 3 and 2 win over Daniel Collier and Pete Tamatea.

“We were 4-up at the turn and hung on for dear life,” said Cameron.

Hutton and McKinnon knocked out Pat Hogan and Chris Palmer 4 and 3 in a match decided on the greens.

They were locked all-square after nine holes but Hutton and McKinnon won three holes in a row on the homeward nine, making their opponents pay for some short-putt mistakes.

“They missed three critical putts,” said Hutton. “We combined well. I’d have a bad hole and Glen would come in . . . that’s the way it’s supposed to happen.”

The Benson Cup women’s pairs final is also on Sunday. Mihi Marino and Karen Hay face Jo Kerr and Marg Alley.
Electrinet Park results, Sunday — Foster Cup women’s pairs stableford, round 2: J Kerr/P Joseph 41

Overall winners: N Grace/S Paku 78 from J Kerr/P Joseph 77.

Twos: J Kerr.

Saturday — Meg Gordon women’s Canadian foursomes drawn pairs: N Grace/B Walker from K McDonald/M Marino

Twos: N Grace & B Walker.

Wednesday (July 6) — Peter Hatwell Trophy/Milligan Salver, best net: N Grace 90-20-70.

Least putts: J Kerr 28.

Twos: B Walker.

Tuesday (July 5) — Veteran men’s par: P Hogan +6, B Atkins +5, M Kennedy +3, B Symes +3, B Cox +2, W McHugh sq, D Tarry sq, C Palmer sq, A Lewington sq, H Nyenhuis sq.

Twos: B Atkins.

The Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs and associated trophy finals are on SUNDAY. The draw is (all off No.1 tee) — Te Kanawa Cup, 9.30: P Cameron/B Symes v G McKinnon/M Hutton. Fletcher Cup, 9.36: R Grace/A Pahina v winners of T File/C Brown v M Emery/K Kingi. Turanganui Trophy, 9.42: Winners of T Teneti/Q Peneha v D Harrison/B Watene v D Boyle/Z Boyle.

The final of the Benson Cup women’s pairs is on SUNDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 10am: M Marino/K Hay v J Kerr/M Alley. All those not in matchplay to tee off No.10.

Waikohu

JULIE Coker showed her golfing adaptability with victory in the course backwards competition on Sunday.
Coker completed the nine-hole reverse version of the course in a net-minus-stableford score of 33-21-12 to win by two from Kahu Tamanui (31-17-14).

SUNDAY — Course backwards nine-hole net-minus-stableford: J Coker 33-21-12, K Tamanui 31-17-15, M Tamanui 31-15-16, T Brown 37-21-16, T Smith 36-19-17, L Green 37-20-17.

Twos: J Jones, T Brown, K Peters, E Wynyard.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, club competition.

Te Puia Springs

PETER Harrison found something special in his bag of golfing tricks in the July 3 club competition.

Harrison carded 75-24-61, for a mammoth 51 points, which won him the men’s stableford by 10 points. He parred half the course and capped his effort with a two on the 16th.

The veteran is no stranger to delivering hot rounds but this was extraordinary.

His previous sub-80 score was 78 in December of 2014 off an 18-handicap and the 75 was his low number since a 72 in February of 2014 — a round that featured nines of 41, 31.

Not surprisingly, Harrison also won the first round of the Busby Tray men’s pairs, with parner Raana Walker no doubt enjoying the ride.

SUNDAY — Women’s Handicap Cup, first round: G Roberts def A Cook, C Colbert def R Ngatai, M Waitoa def F Walker.

Women’s net: P Summersby 65.

Twos: P Summersby.

Approach: V Bell.

Busby Tray men’s pairs, first round: R Walker/P Harrison def N Truman/M Higham, J Forrester/A Forrester def J Devery/P Ngarimu, N Dewes/D Cook def K Waitoa/H Rasmussen.

Men’s stableford: P Harrison 51, G Summersby 41, K Waitoa 37, D Cook 37, N Dewes 37, J Devery 36, A Forrester 35.

Twos: N Dewes, D Cook, P Harrison.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, LGU, putting, presidents competition final round (women), stableford for men.

Patutahi

REGAN Hindmarsh and Calypso Stills-Hindmarsh won the Ruka Tupara Memorial Trophy mixed pairs title on Sunday.
They compiled 41 stableford points to beat Wayne Baty and Andrea Haisman by a point.

TUESDAY — Meade Cup women’s net, final round: K Utting 102-31-71.
9-holers’ net: B Elvy 57-19-38, P Hokianga 70-23-47.

SUNDAY — Ruka Tupara Memorial Trophym mixed pairs stableford: R Hindmarsh/C Stills-Hindmarsh 41, W Baty/A Haisman 40, T Hindmarsh/A Hiindmarsh 37.

Men’s stableford: R Nichol 40, B McKenzie 40.

Jackpot: R Nichol.

Twos: R Nichol, Jamie, Shane.

Tahunga

HUSBAND and wife Ben and Kylie Johnson won the Dalgety Cup mixed pairs stableford title with 42 points on Sunday.

SUNDAY — Dalgety Cup mixed pairs stableford: B and K Johnson 42, S and C Ewen 40.

Twos: B and K Johnson

Men’s approaches: B Johnson (0-18), T McNeil (19-36).

All-in approach: B Johnson

Men’s stableford: B Law 46.

Ace talk proves prophetic

A CONVERSATION during a round in Waipukurau proved prophetic for Patutahi’s Jan Ewart last week.

Retired nurse Ewart sank her tee shot on the 120-metre sixth hole on her home course for a career-first hole-in-one.

She “absolutely” watched and enjoyed every part of the 6-iron-hit shot, she said.

“The ball hit the front of the green, rolled up and went straight into the hole. It wasn’t doing anything else.”

Aces are few and far between for females at Patutahi so the reaction by Ewart and her two playing partners was understandable.

“There were lots of hugs and shouts.”

Reflecting on the achievement, Ewart recalled a recent round at Waipukurau when it came to light that none of her playing group had experienced the buzz of the perfect shot. The ace talk was motivated by the group being on the tee off a short par-3.

The dearth of this golfing ultimate at Patutahi by female members — “even Maude Brown (a Patutahi stalwart of many years) has never done this” — made Ewart’s achievement even more satisfying.

It is understood the last ace by a female at Patutahi was Helen Pomana in January of 2003 on the same hole as Ewart’s hole-in-one.

Ewart first tried golf at school in Feilding but did not play for “many years”.

It took a a shift to Gisborne to get back into it proper. She came here about 20 years ago and has been playing at Patutahi, where she lives, for an estimated 16 seasons.

While the now-22-handicapper has not won any major titles, she has chalked up plenty of hot rounds over the years — a search of Gisborne Herald digital archives revealing many a club competition win, along with a few trophy successes.

She has also given back to her club through adminstrative positions including ladies club captain.

That’s all part of being a member of a country club she loves and a course she rates highly. “I just think it’s a fascinating course. People think it is easy but, in fact, it’s not.”

She also enjoys the “social and friendly nature” of the members.

Ewart did not celebrate her ace on the day of the achievement. She went back on Sunday to shout everyone a drink.

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