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Drier than Andrew Little chewing on a Weet-Bix in the middle of the Sahara

Drier than Andrew Little chewing on a Weet-Bix in the middle of the Sahara

TREE TROUBLE: Pete Anderson gives scale to the size of an uprooted eucalyptus tree near the fifth tee at Te Puia Springs. This fallen giant is a fitting symbol of the Peter Rouse Memorial tournament. The late Rouse was a giant of Poverty Bay-East Coast golf who lost his life too soon five years ago. Anderson, fresh from a personal best round of 3-under 69 at his home Poverty Bay course on Friday, was one of a small group of visitors who joined Te Puia players in the annual net tournament on Sunday. Locals Jim Devery and Pauline Summersby were the overall winners. Picture supplied

Te Puia Springs

A GIANT fallen tree cast a symbolic shadow over the Peter Rouse Memorial tournament on the Coast legend’s home course on Sunday. Strong winds brought the eucalyptus tree to the side of the fifth tee crashing to the ground about five years ago.

From the tee, its sheer size and interwoven root structure is impressive, much like the golfing roots Rousie spread through Poverty Bay-East Coast over six decades.

Peter Rouse died in a quad bike accident on Mangatarata Station, near Tokomaru Bay, on January 29 of 2012. The 11-time King of the Coast and five-time Poverty Bay Open champion was 74 years of age. Even five years after his death, his memory remains strong at the Springs. All it takes is a look at the honours boards on which the name P.D.Rouse appears with relentless regularity.

But it is more than that. Long-time members and top golfers over the years all have their stories of “the Rooster”, and there remains this sense of disbelief that he’s no longer around. No East Coast player has, no Coast player ever will have the mana in which Rouse was held.

The Rouse Memorial is a tribute to him although the East Coast Open at Te Puia and King of the Coast at Tolaga Bay are where his legend are most remembered.

The 2018 memorial tournament attracted a small field, including representation from Poverty Bay and Patutahi — a couple of the ’Tahi contingent a little worse for wear after a big Saturday night at Waikohu’s opening day. It was a disappointing turn-out — which club stalwart Peter Harrison, who two weeks ago had a hole-in-one on the 148-metre ninth hole, generously described as “quality over quantity” — and an issue the club will address for next year.

But, as always, Te Puia delivered hospitality second-to-none, with all players heading home satisfyingly oiled and tummy-patting-fed. The course, like most of the district, is drier than Andrew Little chewing on a Weet-Bix in the middle of the Sahara, with watering priority naturally given to the greens. The 16 dance floors were in impeccable condition — a testament to the work of its small band of volunteers.

Overall men’s net winner on the day was Jim Devery with 76-17-58. His name goes on the trophy, which is actually the tankard Rouse was presented for winning the 1999 King of the Coast.

The women’s winner was Pauline Summersby, with 96-28-68. She gets her name on a silver tray. The club’s next major event is its open opening day on March 19, followed by the East Coast men’s open on April 29-30.

SUNDAY — Peter Rouse Memorial tournament, men’s net: J Devery 59, P Harrison 61, D Cook 63, I Sykes 64, C Taewa 65, P Stewart 65, H Rasmussen 65, N Truman 65, R Nichol 67, A Forrester 68.
Women’s net: P Summersby 68, A Cook 69, R Ngatai 70.
Twos: P Harrison, R Nichol, A Forrester, R Smith, T Green.
Approaches: A Cook, P Stewart.

Gisborne Park

JACQUE Akuhata is the 2017 Agnes Attwood Cup women’s matchplay champion. Akuhata beat Mihi Marino in the final on Sunday while Tracey Ford defeated Karen McDonald in the flight.

What a difference a week can make. Mason Emery could not break a ton at the East Coast Fire Brigades tournament on February 5. Seven days later he shot 87-23-64, including a birdie-2 on the fifth hole, to win the men’s stableford on Sunday with 43 points.

Emery denied Bo Huhu, who had two twos in an even-par 76-6-66, for 42 points, his best round since a 71 in January of 2013.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Agnes Attwood Cup women’s matchplay final: J Akuhata from M Marino.
Flight: T Ford from K McDonald.
Women’s stableford: M Alley 37 on c/b from L McFlinn.
Men’s stableford: M Emery 43, B Huhu 42, G McKinnon 40, T Buckingham 40, M Hutton 38, T Leggett 37.
Approach: F Brown.
Men’s best second shot: T Buckingham.
Women’s best third shot: S Paku.
Twos: B Huhu 2, T Ford, W Morrissey, J Foot.

TUESDAY (Feb 7) — Veteran men’s stableford: J Straker 41, J Fricker 39, C Aramakutu 38, S Molhmann 38, E Morley 37, W McHugh 37.
Twos: P Hogan, A Nairne, B Atkins.

COMING UP: SATURDAY, Heart foundation tournament, start sheet at office.

Poverty Bay

Gay Young and Vicki Fraser are the first silverware winners of the Poverty Bay women’s season. Young won the summer eclectic while Fraser won the Sue Maisey Summer Stableford Cup. Sally Spence’s 94-23-71 was the best overall score in the LGU competition yesterday.

Ross Gibson achieved the jackpot of two twos in style on Sunday. Gibson made a standard birdie-2 on the sixth hole, then completed the jackpot by sinking a 5-iron for eagle-2 on the 369-metre stroke-one 15th hole. It must have been a shock. He double-bogeyed the 16th.

Jimmy Situ’s best round of the year — 77-11-66, for 42 points — won him the division 1 men’s stableford on Sunday. Stu Harbottle chalked up his lowest score since getting back into golf proper to win division 2 with 89-24-65, for 43 points.

WEDNESDAY — LGU, silver division: G Young 72 on c/b.
Bronze 1: S Spence 71.
Bronze 2: P Gayford 72.
Bronze 3: Pauline Zame 75 on c/b.
9-holers: L Shields 37.
Overall winner: S Spence from P Gayford on c/b.
Twos: Peri Gayford
Summer eclectic: G Young.
Sue Maisey Summer Stableford Cup: V Fraser.

TUESDAY — Women’s stableford: V Bell 38.
Twos: V Bell.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: J Situ 42, T Donovan 40, M Norman 39, R Gibson 39.
Division 2: S Harbottle 43, R Johnstone 42, B Talbot 41, S Liley 41.
Twos: R Gibson 2, R Skuse.
Approach: M Callaghan.
Jackpot: R Gibson.

SATURDAY — Men’s medal, division 1: P Butler 68, J Situ 69, D Pirimona 70, P Clayton 70.
Division 2: J Leahy 68, N Absalom 68, K Travers 69, B Read 72.
Twos: D Pirimona, M Norman.
Approach: M Norman.

THURSDAY (Feb 9) — Men’s stableford, division 1: B Payne 39, M Mulrooney 36, N McGregor 36, C Poole 35, A Kirkpatrick 35.
Division 2: R Owen 41, G Eriksen 37, D Mettrick 36, S Liley 35.
Approach: N McGregor.

Patutahi

HUSBAND and wife Mana Pohatu and Kelly Utting combined talents to win the mixed pairs stableford on Sunday. They posted 44 points to head off Anahera Stills-Hindmarsh and Wayne Baty on countback. Jan Ewart topped round 1 of the Peter Pan Cup. She shot 87-22-65.

Friday’s meat pack nine-hole stableford continued its trend of hot scoring. Peter Varey (24 points) won the senior division and Ashley Hindmarsh (24) the junior. The club’s open opening day is on Sunday. Tee-off is 11am.

TUESDAY — Peter Pan Cup women’s net, round 1: J Ewart 87-22-65, L Haisman 93-26-67, A Wright 103-31-72 on c/b.

SUNDAY — Mixed pairs stableford: M Pohatu/K Utting 44, W Baty/A Stills-Hindmarsh 44, C Brown/J Ewart 42.
Men’s stableford: R Pardoe 38, W Koia 38, A Hindmarsh 38.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: P Varey 24, O Willimott 21, J Phillips 21, K Kennedy 19, G Brown 18, T Green 18.
Junior division: A Hindmarsh 24, H Humble 23, S Fookes 21, C Kirkpatrick 21, C Newman 21, D Maloy 21.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Patutahi open opening day, 11am tee-off, Canadian mixed foursomes and men’s sections, members to bring a plate.

Tolaga Bay

FRIDAY was the entrée; Sunday was the main course for Bruce Duncan. Duncan won the Friday twilight nine-hole stableford with 20 points and followed it up on Sunday with a stableford-topping 41 points.

SUNDAY — Stableford: B Duncan 41, C O’Sullivan 40, W Robinson 39, P Stevenson 39, R Mackey 37.
Twos: M Watts.

FRIDAY — Twilight nine-hole stableford: B Duncan 20, D Maitai 19, W Robinson 19, R Mackey 17, P Stevenson 16.

Waikohu

A 48-point haul by Poua Puia and Jasmine Ward put them a class above the rest at Waikohu’s open opening day tournament on Saturday. The duo were four points clear of Fred and Matatu Tamanui, with Marg Tuapawa and Aaron Coker (42pts) competing a host club trifecta. Antony Ruru, playing only his second 18-hole round for 2017, won the men’s stableford with 78-17-61, for 45 points.

Walter Robinson made the journey from Tolaga Bay a successful jaunt, finishing second with 73-10-63, for 43 points. Big-hitting teenager Regan Hindmarsh had an eagle-3 on the fifth hole on his way to 1-under 69-4-65, for 42 points and third place.

SATURDAY — Waikohu open opening tournament, Canadian mixed foursomes stableford: P Puia/J Ward 48, F Tamanui/M Tamanui 44, M Tuapawa/A Coker 43, B Johnson/K Johnson 42, T Smith/R Hiko 42, Wade Wesche/K Green 39, P Milner/E Wynyard 39, DJ Baty/A Hindmarsh 39, V Grace/L Green 38.
Men: A Ruru 45, W Robinson 43, R Hindmarsh 42, J Baty 41, F Ngatoro 40, R Grace 37.
Twos: M and F Tamanui, DJ Baty and A Hindmarsh, M Brown.
Best second shots: Wade Wesche and K Green (Canadian mixed pairs), W Brown (men).
Approaches: M Tamanui, M Brown, A Coker.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, no club competition.

Seniors

“A FABULOUS day” was enjoyed by the more than 50 Gisborne East Coast senior golfers who travelled to Mahia on Tuesday.

“Nobody had seen anything like it,” GEC Senior Golfers Society committee man John Fricker said of the numbers that supported the trip, most of who travelled by bus to the course. “The course was in great condition and we were exceptionally well catered for both before and after play.”

The contingent featured 43 men and nine women. Steve Williams topped the men’s stableford with 42 points while Jo Kerr‘s 36 was best of the women. Fricker made special mention of Mahia club captain Tom Hema, who “serenaded us with his guitar and melodious voice as we dined . . . a performance reminiscent of a gypsy violinist on this Valentine’s Day”. “Stirred by Tom’s evocative performance, the ladies joined in (with Mihi Marino on guitar) to add some romance to this impromptu performance.”

Results — Men’s stableford: S Williams 42, S Lilley 40, J Ash 38, C Sowerby 37, B Rothschild 37, G Burnside 37, F Ball 37, J Aitchison 36, B Bell 36, K Kennedy 35, A Bacon 35, D Bremner 35, T Buckingham 35.
Women’s stableford: J Kerr 36, B Walker 36, M Marino 30, L Poananga 30.

Te Puia Springs

A GIANT fallen tree cast a symbolic shadow over the Peter Rouse Memorial tournament on the Coast legend’s home course on Sunday. Strong winds brought the eucalyptus tree to the side of the fifth tee crashing to the ground about five years ago.

From the tee, its sheer size and interwoven root structure is impressive, much like the golfing roots Rousie spread through Poverty Bay-East Coast over six decades.

Peter Rouse died in a quad bike accident on Mangatarata Station, near Tokomaru Bay, on January 29 of 2012. The 11-time King of the Coast and five-time Poverty Bay Open champion was 74 years of age. Even five years after his death, his memory remains strong at the Springs. All it takes is a look at the honours boards on which the name P.D.Rouse appears with relentless regularity.

But it is more than that. Long-time members and top golfers over the years all have their stories of “the Rooster”, and there remains this sense of disbelief that he’s no longer around. No East Coast player has, no Coast player ever will have the mana in which Rouse was held.

The Rouse Memorial is a tribute to him although the East Coast Open at Te Puia and King of the Coast at Tolaga Bay are where his legend are most remembered.

The 2018 memorial tournament attracted a small field, including representation from Poverty Bay and Patutahi — a couple of the ’Tahi contingent a little worse for wear after a big Saturday night at Waikohu’s opening day. It was a disappointing turn-out — which club stalwart Peter Harrison, who two weeks ago had a hole-in-one on the 148-metre ninth hole, generously described as “quality over quantity” — and an issue the club will address for next year.

But, as always, Te Puia delivered hospitality second-to-none, with all players heading home satisfyingly oiled and tummy-patting-fed. The course, like most of the district, is drier than Andrew Little chewing on a Weet-Bix in the middle of the Sahara, with watering priority naturally given to the greens. The 16 dance floors were in impeccable condition — a testament to the work of its small band of volunteers.

Overall men’s net winner on the day was Jim Devery with 76-17-58. His name goes on the trophy, which is actually the tankard Rouse was presented for winning the 1999 King of the Coast.

The women’s winner was Pauline Summersby, with 96-28-68. She gets her name on a silver tray. The club’s next major event is its open opening day on March 19, followed by the East Coast men’s open on April 29-30.

SUNDAY — Peter Rouse Memorial tournament, men’s net: J Devery 59, P Harrison 61, D Cook 63, I Sykes 64, C Taewa 65, P Stewart 65, H Rasmussen 65, N Truman 65, R Nichol 67, A Forrester 68.
Women’s net: P Summersby 68, A Cook 69, R Ngatai 70.
Twos: P Harrison, R Nichol, A Forrester, R Smith, T Green.
Approaches: A Cook, P Stewart.

Gisborne Park

JACQUE Akuhata is the 2017 Agnes Attwood Cup women’s matchplay champion. Akuhata beat Mihi Marino in the final on Sunday while Tracey Ford defeated Karen McDonald in the flight.

What a difference a week can make. Mason Emery could not break a ton at the East Coast Fire Brigades tournament on February 5. Seven days later he shot 87-23-64, including a birdie-2 on the fifth hole, to win the men’s stableford on Sunday with 43 points.

Emery denied Bo Huhu, who had two twos in an even-par 76-6-66, for 42 points, his best round since a 71 in January of 2013.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Agnes Attwood Cup women’s matchplay final: J Akuhata from M Marino.
Flight: T Ford from K McDonald.
Women’s stableford: M Alley 37 on c/b from L McFlinn.
Men’s stableford: M Emery 43, B Huhu 42, G McKinnon 40, T Buckingham 40, M Hutton 38, T Leggett 37.
Approach: F Brown.
Men’s best second shot: T Buckingham.
Women’s best third shot: S Paku.
Twos: B Huhu 2, T Ford, W Morrissey, J Foot.

TUESDAY (Feb 7) — Veteran men’s stableford: J Straker 41, J Fricker 39, C Aramakutu 38, S Molhmann 38, E Morley 37, W McHugh 37.
Twos: P Hogan, A Nairne, B Atkins.

COMING UP: SATURDAY, Heart foundation tournament, start sheet at office.

Poverty Bay

Gay Young and Vicki Fraser are the first silverware winners of the Poverty Bay women’s season. Young won the summer eclectic while Fraser won the Sue Maisey Summer Stableford Cup. Sally Spence’s 94-23-71 was the best overall score in the LGU competition yesterday.

Ross Gibson achieved the jackpot of two twos in style on Sunday. Gibson made a standard birdie-2 on the sixth hole, then completed the jackpot by sinking a 5-iron for eagle-2 on the 369-metre stroke-one 15th hole. It must have been a shock. He double-bogeyed the 16th.

Jimmy Situ’s best round of the year — 77-11-66, for 42 points — won him the division 1 men’s stableford on Sunday. Stu Harbottle chalked up his lowest score since getting back into golf proper to win division 2 with 89-24-65, for 43 points.

WEDNESDAY — LGU, silver division: G Young 72 on c/b.
Bronze 1: S Spence 71.
Bronze 2: P Gayford 72.
Bronze 3: Pauline Zame 75 on c/b.
9-holers: L Shields 37.
Overall winner: S Spence from P Gayford on c/b.
Twos: Peri Gayford
Summer eclectic: G Young.
Sue Maisey Summer Stableford Cup: V Fraser.

TUESDAY — Women’s stableford: V Bell 38.
Twos: V Bell.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: J Situ 42, T Donovan 40, M Norman 39, R Gibson 39.
Division 2: S Harbottle 43, R Johnstone 42, B Talbot 41, S Liley 41.
Twos: R Gibson 2, R Skuse.
Approach: M Callaghan.
Jackpot: R Gibson.

SATURDAY — Men’s medal, division 1: P Butler 68, J Situ 69, D Pirimona 70, P Clayton 70.
Division 2: J Leahy 68, N Absalom 68, K Travers 69, B Read 72.
Twos: D Pirimona, M Norman.
Approach: M Norman.

THURSDAY (Feb 9) — Men’s stableford, division 1: B Payne 39, M Mulrooney 36, N McGregor 36, C Poole 35, A Kirkpatrick 35.
Division 2: R Owen 41, G Eriksen 37, D Mettrick 36, S Liley 35.
Approach: N McGregor.

Patutahi

HUSBAND and wife Mana Pohatu and Kelly Utting combined talents to win the mixed pairs stableford on Sunday. They posted 44 points to head off Anahera Stills-Hindmarsh and Wayne Baty on countback. Jan Ewart topped round 1 of the Peter Pan Cup. She shot 87-22-65.

Friday’s meat pack nine-hole stableford continued its trend of hot scoring. Peter Varey (24 points) won the senior division and Ashley Hindmarsh (24) the junior. The club’s open opening day is on Sunday. Tee-off is 11am.

TUESDAY — Peter Pan Cup women’s net, round 1: J Ewart 87-22-65, L Haisman 93-26-67, A Wright 103-31-72 on c/b.

SUNDAY — Mixed pairs stableford: M Pohatu/K Utting 44, W Baty/A Stills-Hindmarsh 44, C Brown/J Ewart 42.
Men’s stableford: R Pardoe 38, W Koia 38, A Hindmarsh 38.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: P Varey 24, O Willimott 21, J Phillips 21, K Kennedy 19, G Brown 18, T Green 18.
Junior division: A Hindmarsh 24, H Humble 23, S Fookes 21, C Kirkpatrick 21, C Newman 21, D Maloy 21.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Patutahi open opening day, 11am tee-off, Canadian mixed foursomes and men’s sections, members to bring a plate.

Tolaga Bay

FRIDAY was the entrée; Sunday was the main course for Bruce Duncan. Duncan won the Friday twilight nine-hole stableford with 20 points and followed it up on Sunday with a stableford-topping 41 points.

SUNDAY — Stableford: B Duncan 41, C O’Sullivan 40, W Robinson 39, P Stevenson 39, R Mackey 37.
Twos: M Watts.

FRIDAY — Twilight nine-hole stableford: B Duncan 20, D Maitai 19, W Robinson 19, R Mackey 17, P Stevenson 16.

Waikohu

A 48-point haul by Poua Puia and Jasmine Ward put them a class above the rest at Waikohu’s open opening day tournament on Saturday. The duo were four points clear of Fred and Matatu Tamanui, with Marg Tuapawa and Aaron Coker (42pts) competing a host club trifecta. Antony Ruru, playing only his second 18-hole round for 2017, won the men’s stableford with 78-17-61, for 45 points.

Walter Robinson made the journey from Tolaga Bay a successful jaunt, finishing second with 73-10-63, for 43 points. Big-hitting teenager Regan Hindmarsh had an eagle-3 on the fifth hole on his way to 1-under 69-4-65, for 42 points and third place.

SATURDAY — Waikohu open opening tournament, Canadian mixed foursomes stableford: P Puia/J Ward 48, F Tamanui/M Tamanui 44, M Tuapawa/A Coker 43, B Johnson/K Johnson 42, T Smith/R Hiko 42, Wade Wesche/K Green 39, P Milner/E Wynyard 39, DJ Baty/A Hindmarsh 39, V Grace/L Green 38.
Men: A Ruru 45, W Robinson 43, R Hindmarsh 42, J Baty 41, F Ngatoro 40, R Grace 37.
Twos: M and F Tamanui, DJ Baty and A Hindmarsh, M Brown.
Best second shots: Wade Wesche and K Green (Canadian mixed pairs), W Brown (men).
Approaches: M Tamanui, M Brown, A Coker.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, no club competition.

Seniors

“A FABULOUS day” was enjoyed by the more than 50 Gisborne East Coast senior golfers who travelled to Mahia on Tuesday.

“Nobody had seen anything like it,” GEC Senior Golfers Society committee man John Fricker said of the numbers that supported the trip, most of who travelled by bus to the course. “The course was in great condition and we were exceptionally well catered for both before and after play.”

The contingent featured 43 men and nine women. Steve Williams topped the men’s stableford with 42 points while Jo Kerr‘s 36 was best of the women. Fricker made special mention of Mahia club captain Tom Hema, who “serenaded us with his guitar and melodious voice as we dined . . . a performance reminiscent of a gypsy violinist on this Valentine’s Day”. “Stirred by Tom’s evocative performance, the ladies joined in (with Mihi Marino on guitar) to add some romance to this impromptu performance.”

Results — Men’s stableford: S Williams 42, S Lilley 40, J Ash 38, C Sowerby 37, B Rothschild 37, G Burnside 37, F Ball 37, J Aitchison 36, B Bell 36, K Kennedy 35, A Bacon 35, D Bremner 35, T Buckingham 35.
Women’s stableford: J Kerr 36, B Walker 36, M Marino 30, L Poananga 30.

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