Golf Roundup

Patutahi

BOB Burgess first joined Patutahi as a teenager in 1955.

More than 61 years later he became a member of a more exclusive club after breaking his age for the first time.

And he did not just break it — he shattered it.

The 81-year-old retired farmer carded 76-19-57 to win the men’s overall net at the Hansen and Tomlinson Xmas Hams Tournament on Saturday.

A back nine of even-par 35 — another first for him — made sure of it although he was not certain until he added up his score.

Burgess knew he was “doing well” — particularly as his playing partners kept saying “not another par, Bob” — but because he started on the fifth hole, he was not sure how well.

He also did not realise how big a deal it was until he got to the clubhouse and kept getting congratulated.

Achieving the feat became a back-of-the-mind goal only recently.

He had been playing a lot of golf, he said, and playing pretty well.

He shot 83 on December 14 and followed it up the next day with 82.

A 91 last Friday brought him back to earth but it was just a blip, as he went out the following day and broke 80 for just the second time on the course where an interrupted golf career began.

Burgess estimated he was 18 when he started at Patutahi. He was there for a couple of years before heading to university then overseas. He did not play again until his early 30s when he joined Rakauroa. He was there for 20 years, had another break from the game for about 20 years, and returned to the Patutahi fairways in 2007.

He very nearly did not go out on Saturday, he said.

A friend (Bob would not name him but they play golf together) rang him and said there was a problem.

“He’d taken out the bottom plate of his dentures and couldn’t find them, so wouldn’t be going out.”

Burgess said he would not bother going out either but his friend insisted as he wanted him to check Burgess’s golf cart. The dentures weren’t in the cart. They were later found in his friend’s garden.

Burgess was heading out today for another round and the chance to prove Saturday was no one-off, but more importantly because he loves the game.

“It’s a game you can play until you’re ready to cark it.”

Burgess’s age-breaking performance was the highlight of one of the more memorable Saturdays in Patutahi’s illustrious history.

Ross Nichol was not in the major prizes but wrote his own chapter into Patutahi folklore.

Nichol made eagle-2 on the 320-metre seventh hole on his way to winning the senior division of the Friday meat pack nine-hole stableford. The following day he went out and eagled the seventh again.

“The bragging in the clubhouse afterwards was never-ending,” a clubmate told The Herald.

Mihi Marino owned the women’s division. The Gisborne Park member won the women’s overall net with 84-24-60.

The Pohatu clan were prevalent as huge points tallies were recorded throughout the divisions.

Reef Pohatu won the intermediate men’s stableford with 75-14-61, for 45 points. Selwyn Pohatu carded 1-under 34 on the back nine in winning the senior men’s stableford with 74-12-62, for 44 points. Jett Pohatu highlighted her women’s stableford-winning 82-17-65, for 42 points, with an eagle-2 on the 270m 13th hole.

The junior men’s division featured the hottest scoring. Opotiki’s Shane Malloy won with 89-29-60, for 46 points, on countback from Brian Tietjen’s 88-28-60. Anything under 40 points in this section did not get a mention.

Any other day, Dave Harrison’s 45 points would have been victorious. On Saturday, he had to settle for runner-up to Reef Pohatu.

William Brown posted the lowest number of the day — a 3-under 67 featuring an eagle on the 440m par-5 first hole, two birdies and just one bogey.

SUNDAY – Men’s stableford: W Koia 42, B McKenzie 41, D Skudder 40.

Women’s stableford: S Robertson 37.

SATURDAY— Hansen and Tomlinson Xmas Hams Tournament, men’s overall net: B Burgess 57.

Women’s overall net: M Marino 60.

Senior men’s (0-13) stableford: Sel Pohatu 44, T Hawea 42, W Brown 40, T Hindmarsh 40, T Goldsmith 40, M Grant 40, W Baty 39, K Kingi 39.

Intermediate (14-19) men’s stableford: R Pohatu 45, D Harrison 45, F Ngatoro 44, M Pohatu 41, P Molloy 40, R Fletcher 40, B Wallace 39, W Mackey 39.

Junior (20+) men’s stableford: S Malloy 46, B Tietjen 46, R McCulloch 46, D Maloy 44, Z Brown White 43, M Farmer 42, R Peterson 41, D Jenkins 40.

Women’s stableford: J Pohatu 42, J Ewart 41, P Sutton 41, A Haisman 40, R Hiko 39, M Tuapawa 39.

Approaches: D Johnston (women), M Stock (men, 0-16), R Fletcher (men, 17+).

Long drives: B Walker (women), C Jeffrey (men 0-16), G Hawea (men, 17+).

Twos: B McKenzie, G Brown, R Pohatu, S Pittar, M Stock.

Eagles: R Hindmarsh, W Brown, A Pahina, J Pohatu (on 13), R Nichol (on 7).

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: R Nichol 23, R Pohatu 21, H Pomana 21,. K Kennedy 21, Sel Pohatu 20.

Junior division: B Tietjen 23, C Newman 22, A Haisman 22, H Humble 22, D Skudder 22.

Gisborne Park

JEAN Morley’s adaptive skills were in a class above the rest of the women in the backwards tournament on Sunday.

There was six strokes of daylight between Morley’s women’s net-winning 67 and runner-up Tracey Ford (73).

John Charles won the men’s division with 64, a stroke ahead of Willie Donnelly.

Lil McFlinn continued her purple patch with 88-19-69, for 41 points, and victory in the women’s stableford on Saturday.

The next major tournament at the Park is the Thistle AFC annual fundraiser on Sunday, January 15. There is a start sheet up at the office.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Backwards tournament, men’s net: J Charles 64, W Donnelly 65, B Cox 67, J Collier 68, R Callaghan 69, C Brown 69, J Fricker 70, R Taylor 70.

Women’s net: J Morley 67, T Ford 73, K McDonald 76, B Walker 76, F Brown 77, J Foot 78, C Pipi 78.

Twos: J Charles, M Hutton.

SATURDAY – Men’s stableford: B Huhu 40, G Sharp 39, M Hutton 38, E Parkin 38.

Women’s stableford: L McFlinn 88-19-69, 41.

Twos: G Sharp.

WEDNESDAY (Dec 14) – Women’s stableford: F Brown 38.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Jan 15, AFC fundraising tournament, start sheet at office.

Poverty Bay

NEIL Mackie produced his best round at the Bay since June of 2014 to comfortably win the men’s division 1 stableford last Thursday.

Mackie had a couple of birdies, a double bogey, two bogeys and 13 pars in his 2-over 74-11-63, for 45 points.

Graeme Eriksen broke 100 for the first time in 34 rounds on Sunday, December 11.

He did it for the second consecutive round last Thursday to win the division 2 men’s stableford with 98-31-67, for 41 points.

May 8, 2014, should be an inspirational date for Duncan Bush. It was the last time he officially broke 80 at his home Poverty Bay course.

He fell agonisingly short of ending that drought on Saturday in carding 80-14-66, for 42 points, which won him the division 2 men’s stableford.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: J Kerekere 39, M Norman 38, A Kirkpatrick 38.

Division 2: D Bush 42, B Allen 39, D Pirimona 38.

Twos: D Pirimona, C Christie V Richardson.

Approach: M Norman.

THURSDAY (Dec 15) – Men’s stableford, division 1: N Mackie 45, G Burnside 40, M Mulrooney 40, C Dean 39.

Division 2: G Eriksen 41, R Owen 39, R Third 39, C Christie 39

Two: C Christie

Approach: N Mackie.

COMING UP: FRIDAY, Dec 30, Tairawhiti Maori Golf Association tournament, start times from 8am to 12 noon, fundraiser for Poverty Bay/Wairoa junior golfers.

Waikohu

THE Guys outgunned the Dolls in their annual end-of-season stableford clash.

An average of 18.8 points over nine holes for the guys easily surpassed the Dolls’ 14.8.

Te Rata Ritchie led the way for the Guys, posting 23 points, while Jasmine Ward (20) was the best of the dolls.

The putting was a lot closer – the Guys winning 17.9 to 17.2.

The G v D competition was followed by the club’s annual prizegiving.

SUNDAY – Guys v Dolls nine-hole competition (average stableford): Guys 18.8 Dolls 14.8.

Putting: Guys 17.9 Dolls 17.2.

Individual stableford, men: T Ritchie 23, A Coker 22, P Milner 21.

Women: J Ward 20, A Tamanui 20, E Wynyard 17.

Club prizegiving results – club champions, men: William Brown (senior), Larry Green (intermediate), Justin Baty (junior), Kahu Tamanui (endeavour).

Women: Julie Coker (senior), Ella Wynyard (intermediate), Margy Tuapawa (junior).

Terry Rutene Trophy: Julie Coker.

Coates Trophy: Margy Tuapawa.

McLean Trophy: Aaron Coker.

Lena and Graeme Baty mixed pairs: Tama Brown and Ella Wynyard.

Best Canadian pairs at open opening tournament: Poua Puia and Jasmine Ward.

Handicap Singles: Larry Green (men), Margy Tuapawa (women).

Shootout: Te Rata Ritchie (men), Ella Wynyard (women).

Baty Memorial Cup (drawn mixed pairs): Tama Brown and Ella Wynyard.

Summer Cup: Justin Baty (men), Valerie Grace (women).

Biggest handicap reduction: DJ Baty.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Jan 8, resumption of club competition.

Te Puia Springs

AOMIHI Cook’s outstanding finish to the season hit a silverware high in the final club trophy up for grabs for 2016.

Cook won the Chaffey Cup stableford with 92-33-59, for 45 points on Sunday. It was her lowest round for nearly five years.

Peter Harrison was not far behind, posting 83-24-59, for 43 points, to finish second.

SUNDAY – Chaffey Cup stableford: A Cook 92-33-59, 45; P Harrison 83-24-59, 43; I Ngarimu 86-24-62, 42; P Summersby 41; D Cook 38; J Forrester 37, R Smith 37, R Walker 37, G Summersby 37, W Rasmussen 36, F Walker 36, J Devery 36, I Sykes 35.

Twos: I Ngarimu, R Smith, K Waitoa, D Cook.

Tolaga Bay

FRED Waihi pulled one out of the bag to win the stableford on Sunday.

His 81-21-60, for 44 points, was his best performance since a 79 in January of 2013.

Rangi Mackey was runner-up with 81-18-63, for 41 points.

SUNDAY – Stableford: F Waihi 44, R Mackey 41, C O’Sullivan 41, W Robinson 39 from J Crawford.

Two: J Crawford.

FRIDAY – Twilight nine-hole stableford: B Duncan 23, M Watts 21, R Mackey 20, R Pomana 18.

Patutahi

BOB Burgess first joined Patutahi as a teenager in 1955.

More than 61 years later he became a member of a more exclusive club after breaking his age for the first time.

And he did not just break it — he shattered it.

The 81-year-old retired farmer carded 76-19-57 to win the men’s overall net at the Hansen and Tomlinson Xmas Hams Tournament on Saturday.

A back nine of even-par 35 — another first for him — made sure of it although he was not certain until he added up his score.

Burgess knew he was “doing well” — particularly as his playing partners kept saying “not another par, Bob” — but because he started on the fifth hole, he was not sure how well.

He also did not realise how big a deal it was until he got to the clubhouse and kept getting congratulated.

Achieving the feat became a back-of-the-mind goal only recently.

He had been playing a lot of golf, he said, and playing pretty well.

He shot 83 on December 14 and followed it up the next day with 82.

A 91 last Friday brought him back to earth but it was just a blip, as he went out the following day and broke 80 for just the second time on the course where an interrupted golf career began.

Burgess estimated he was 18 when he started at Patutahi. He was there for a couple of years before heading to university then overseas. He did not play again until his early 30s when he joined Rakauroa. He was there for 20 years, had another break from the game for about 20 years, and returned to the Patutahi fairways in 2007.

He very nearly did not go out on Saturday, he said.

A friend (Bob would not name him but they play golf together) rang him and said there was a problem.

“He’d taken out the bottom plate of his dentures and couldn’t find them, so wouldn’t be going out.”

Burgess said he would not bother going out either but his friend insisted as he wanted him to check Burgess’s golf cart. The dentures weren’t in the cart. They were later found in his friend’s garden.

Burgess was heading out today for another round and the chance to prove Saturday was no one-off, but more importantly because he loves the game.

“It’s a game you can play until you’re ready to cark it.”

Burgess’s age-breaking performance was the highlight of one of the more memorable Saturdays in Patutahi’s illustrious history.

Ross Nichol was not in the major prizes but wrote his own chapter into Patutahi folklore.

Nichol made eagle-2 on the 320-metre seventh hole on his way to winning the senior division of the Friday meat pack nine-hole stableford. The following day he went out and eagled the seventh again.

“The bragging in the clubhouse afterwards was never-ending,” a clubmate told The Herald.

Mihi Marino owned the women’s division. The Gisborne Park member won the women’s overall net with 84-24-60.

The Pohatu clan were prevalent as huge points tallies were recorded throughout the divisions.

Reef Pohatu won the intermediate men’s stableford with 75-14-61, for 45 points. Selwyn Pohatu carded 1-under 34 on the back nine in winning the senior men’s stableford with 74-12-62, for 44 points. Jett Pohatu highlighted her women’s stableford-winning 82-17-65, for 42 points, with an eagle-2 on the 270m 13th hole.

The junior men’s division featured the hottest scoring. Opotiki’s Shane Malloy won with 89-29-60, for 46 points, on countback from Brian Tietjen’s 88-28-60. Anything under 40 points in this section did not get a mention.

Any other day, Dave Harrison’s 45 points would have been victorious. On Saturday, he had to settle for runner-up to Reef Pohatu.

William Brown posted the lowest number of the day — a 3-under 67 featuring an eagle on the 440m par-5 first hole, two birdies and just one bogey.

SUNDAY – Men’s stableford: W Koia 42, B McKenzie 41, D Skudder 40.

Women’s stableford: S Robertson 37.

SATURDAY— Hansen and Tomlinson Xmas Hams Tournament, men’s overall net: B Burgess 57.

Women’s overall net: M Marino 60.

Senior men’s (0-13) stableford: Sel Pohatu 44, T Hawea 42, W Brown 40, T Hindmarsh 40, T Goldsmith 40, M Grant 40, W Baty 39, K Kingi 39.

Intermediate (14-19) men’s stableford: R Pohatu 45, D Harrison 45, F Ngatoro 44, M Pohatu 41, P Molloy 40, R Fletcher 40, B Wallace 39, W Mackey 39.

Junior (20+) men’s stableford: S Malloy 46, B Tietjen 46, R McCulloch 46, D Maloy 44, Z Brown White 43, M Farmer 42, R Peterson 41, D Jenkins 40.

Women’s stableford: J Pohatu 42, J Ewart 41, P Sutton 41, A Haisman 40, R Hiko 39, M Tuapawa 39.

Approaches: D Johnston (women), M Stock (men, 0-16), R Fletcher (men, 17+).

Long drives: B Walker (women), C Jeffrey (men 0-16), G Hawea (men, 17+).

Twos: B McKenzie, G Brown, R Pohatu, S Pittar, M Stock.

Eagles: R Hindmarsh, W Brown, A Pahina, J Pohatu (on 13), R Nichol (on 7).

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: R Nichol 23, R Pohatu 21, H Pomana 21,. K Kennedy 21, Sel Pohatu 20.

Junior division: B Tietjen 23, C Newman 22, A Haisman 22, H Humble 22, D Skudder 22.

Gisborne Park

JEAN Morley’s adaptive skills were in a class above the rest of the women in the backwards tournament on Sunday.

There was six strokes of daylight between Morley’s women’s net-winning 67 and runner-up Tracey Ford (73).

John Charles won the men’s division with 64, a stroke ahead of Willie Donnelly.

Lil McFlinn continued her purple patch with 88-19-69, for 41 points, and victory in the women’s stableford on Saturday.

The next major tournament at the Park is the Thistle AFC annual fundraiser on Sunday, January 15. There is a start sheet up at the office.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Backwards tournament, men’s net: J Charles 64, W Donnelly 65, B Cox 67, J Collier 68, R Callaghan 69, C Brown 69, J Fricker 70, R Taylor 70.

Women’s net: J Morley 67, T Ford 73, K McDonald 76, B Walker 76, F Brown 77, J Foot 78, C Pipi 78.

Twos: J Charles, M Hutton.

SATURDAY – Men’s stableford: B Huhu 40, G Sharp 39, M Hutton 38, E Parkin 38.

Women’s stableford: L McFlinn 88-19-69, 41.

Twos: G Sharp.

WEDNESDAY (Dec 14) – Women’s stableford: F Brown 38.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Jan 15, AFC fundraising tournament, start sheet at office.

Poverty Bay

NEIL Mackie produced his best round at the Bay since June of 2014 to comfortably win the men’s division 1 stableford last Thursday.

Mackie had a couple of birdies, a double bogey, two bogeys and 13 pars in his 2-over 74-11-63, for 45 points.

Graeme Eriksen broke 100 for the first time in 34 rounds on Sunday, December 11.

He did it for the second consecutive round last Thursday to win the division 2 men’s stableford with 98-31-67, for 41 points.

May 8, 2014, should be an inspirational date for Duncan Bush. It was the last time he officially broke 80 at his home Poverty Bay course.

He fell agonisingly short of ending that drought on Saturday in carding 80-14-66, for 42 points, which won him the division 2 men’s stableford.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: J Kerekere 39, M Norman 38, A Kirkpatrick 38.

Division 2: D Bush 42, B Allen 39, D Pirimona 38.

Twos: D Pirimona, C Christie V Richardson.

Approach: M Norman.

THURSDAY (Dec 15) – Men’s stableford, division 1: N Mackie 45, G Burnside 40, M Mulrooney 40, C Dean 39.

Division 2: G Eriksen 41, R Owen 39, R Third 39, C Christie 39

Two: C Christie

Approach: N Mackie.

COMING UP: FRIDAY, Dec 30, Tairawhiti Maori Golf Association tournament, start times from 8am to 12 noon, fundraiser for Poverty Bay/Wairoa junior golfers.

Waikohu

THE Guys outgunned the Dolls in their annual end-of-season stableford clash.

An average of 18.8 points over nine holes for the guys easily surpassed the Dolls’ 14.8.

Te Rata Ritchie led the way for the Guys, posting 23 points, while Jasmine Ward (20) was the best of the dolls.

The putting was a lot closer – the Guys winning 17.9 to 17.2.

The G v D competition was followed by the club’s annual prizegiving.

SUNDAY – Guys v Dolls nine-hole competition (average stableford): Guys 18.8 Dolls 14.8.

Putting: Guys 17.9 Dolls 17.2.

Individual stableford, men: T Ritchie 23, A Coker 22, P Milner 21.

Women: J Ward 20, A Tamanui 20, E Wynyard 17.

Club prizegiving results – club champions, men: William Brown (senior), Larry Green (intermediate), Justin Baty (junior), Kahu Tamanui (endeavour).

Women: Julie Coker (senior), Ella Wynyard (intermediate), Margy Tuapawa (junior).

Terry Rutene Trophy: Julie Coker.

Coates Trophy: Margy Tuapawa.

McLean Trophy: Aaron Coker.

Lena and Graeme Baty mixed pairs: Tama Brown and Ella Wynyard.

Best Canadian pairs at open opening tournament: Poua Puia and Jasmine Ward.

Handicap Singles: Larry Green (men), Margy Tuapawa (women).

Shootout: Te Rata Ritchie (men), Ella Wynyard (women).

Baty Memorial Cup (drawn mixed pairs): Tama Brown and Ella Wynyard.

Summer Cup: Justin Baty (men), Valerie Grace (women).

Biggest handicap reduction: DJ Baty.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Jan 8, resumption of club competition.

Te Puia Springs

AOMIHI Cook’s outstanding finish to the season hit a silverware high in the final club trophy up for grabs for 2016.

Cook won the Chaffey Cup stableford with 92-33-59, for 45 points on Sunday. It was her lowest round for nearly five years.

Peter Harrison was not far behind, posting 83-24-59, for 43 points, to finish second.

SUNDAY – Chaffey Cup stableford: A Cook 92-33-59, 45; P Harrison 83-24-59, 43; I Ngarimu 86-24-62, 42; P Summersby 41; D Cook 38; J Forrester 37, R Smith 37, R Walker 37, G Summersby 37, W Rasmussen 36, F Walker 36, J Devery 36, I Sykes 35.

Twos: I Ngarimu, R Smith, K Waitoa, D Cook.

Tolaga Bay

FRED Waihi pulled one out of the bag to win the stableford on Sunday.

His 81-21-60, for 44 points, was his best performance since a 79 in January of 2013.

Rangi Mackey was runner-up with 81-18-63, for 41 points.

SUNDAY – Stableford: F Waihi 44, R Mackey 41, C O’Sullivan 41, W Robinson 39 from J Crawford.

Two: J Crawford.

FRIDAY – Twilight nine-hole stableford: B Duncan 23, M Watts 21, R Mackey 20, R Pomana 18.

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