Golf Roundup

ONE SHOT DOWN . . . how many more to come? Mark Thomas and Frank Ball (next picture) hit their opening tee shots as the Emerre and Hathaway Poverty Bay men’s open gets under way on the Poverty Bay course this morning. Ahead of them are 36 holes of strokeplay qualifying, followed by two days of matchplay in groups of 16. This format, particularly the strokeplay, is a huge physical and mental test on a course presented in pristine condition but with some sharp teeth in its ball-swallowing rough and sharp greens. Fortunately this morning’s weather was calm. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Frank Ball
Richard Foon tees off on the first hole in the opening qualifying round of the Emerre and Hathaway Poverty Bay men’s open this morning. Foon is one of 80 players competing in the three-day tournament at the Poverty Bay course. The field features a mixture of local and outside players including golfers from Christchurch, Wellington, Taupo, Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty and Auckland clubs. Today provided the biggest test — 36 holes of strokeplay on a testing championship course featuring slick greens and deep rough. Matchplay in groups of 16 follows tomorrow and Saturday. The premier honour is the Keiha Cup for the championship 16 winner. Poverty Bay’s Peter Kerekere is defending the title, having won it for the last two years. The public are welcome to head to Poverty Bay to enjoy the action. All finals are on Saturday afternoon. The open has a rich history dating back to 1931 on a course that is among the oldest in the country.

Poverty Bay

CLUTCH putts on the last two holes earned Brian Morrissey membership to an exclusive club at Poverty Bay on Sunday.

The 74-year-old carded 73-11-62 to break his age for the first time on the Poverty Bay track.

Morrissey has achieved the feat at Te Puia Springs (par 66) and Patutahi (par 70) but this was a career-first for the popular former Poverty Bay-East Coast representative and multiple club championship winner at both the Springs and the Bay.

Known for his straight driving and excellent short game, Morrissey had to call on all his ability with the blade to get over the line.

He sank a 25-foot par putt on the eighth (his penultimate hole) then holed a 3½-footer on the ninth to seal the deal. The snake on the eighth also proved vital in him claiming the “Sunday School” jackpot of scoring two stableford points or more on every hole.

To cap a memorable day, the man known as “BJ” won the division 1 men’s stableford with 46 points, denying Nigel Udy, who was second with a near-as impressive 73-9-64, for 44.

Sunday’s scoring continued a three-day theme of big stableford points highlighted by a weekend victory double to Kim Travers.

Fresh from a personal-best 83 on September 21, Travers carded consecutive 86s for 43 points to win the division 2 men’s stableford on Saturday and Sunday.

The Saturday win was on countback from Andy Hayward (80-15-65) and Basil Payne (83-18-65).

Travers teed off this morning in the opening qualifying round of the Poverty Bay men’s open on a handicap index of 16.7 — 2.0 below his previous index.

“Friday Flash” results were the hottest over the three-day period.

Lyndsay Ball carded 79-18-61, for 47 points. It was his lowest round of the year by seven shots and his first sub-80 score since February of 2008.

Barry Brown also ventured into unfamiliar 70s territory. His 79-17-62, for 46 points, broke a drought dating back to March of 2014.

Tene Goldsmith and Gay Young are the 2017 DJ Barry Jug pairs champions. They came from behind to win the South African net medal 36-hole title with a score of 586, just three ahead of Don McFadyen and MJ Bloem.

The excellent individual scoring has not been restricted to the men.

Ishbel McKinnon won the women’s grocery stableford yesterday with 108-42-66, for 44 points. It followed her stableford-winning 41 points the day before.

Mary Allan posted her best round of the year — 87 off 21 — to finish second in the grocery stableford with 43 points, followed by Annabelle Sutton (42), Vicki Fraser (42), Peri Gayford (41) and June MacKinnon (40).

Wednesday — Women’s grocery stableford: I McKinnon 44, M Allan 43, A Sutton 42, V Fraser 42, P Gayford 41, J MacKinnon 40, O Thompson 39, G Young 39, M Shanks 39, A Witters 39.

Twos: V Bell

9-holers’ medal: J Alderson 55-22-33.

Tuesday — Women’s red tee teams’ stableford: T Allan/T Lewis/V Fraser 126.

Women’s stableford: I McKinnon 111-42-69, 41.

SundAY — DJ Barry Jug mixed pairs South African net medal: T Goldsmith/G Young 586 (307, 279); D McFadyen/MJ Bloem 589 (271, 318).

men’s stableford, division 1: B Morrissey 46, N Udy 44, B Colbert 40, P Clayton 40, M Thomas 39.

Division 2: K Travers 43, D Wright 42, P Rickard 41, L Pollitt 40, B Brown 37.

Twos: A White 2, P Grogan, R Morley, M Thomas, B Morgan.

Approach: M Thomas.

Jackpot: A White.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: D Pirimona 39, A Kirkpatrick 39, C Poole 38, V Richardson 38, T Donovan 38.

Division 2: K Travers 43, A Hayward 43, B Payne 43, D Wright 40, S Olsen 39.

Twos: S Andreassen, J McGregor, A Higham.

Approach: S Andreassen.

THURSDAY (Sept 28) — Men’s stableford, division 1: A Kirkpatrick 39, A White 37, I Murphy 36, S Andreassen 30, N Mackie 29.

Division 2: M Higham 42, D Mettrick 30, V Richardson 38, R Skuse 33, G Clapham 25.

Twos: A White.

Approach: V Richardson.

Gisborne Park

JEAN Foot equalled her best round of the year in winning the women’s stableford on Saturday.

Foot fired 85-21-64, for 45 points, while Horst Schreiber’s 41 was best of the men.

Shirley Paku had her best round of the year (a 90) on September 17. On Sunday she had her second best — 93-25-68 — to win the women’s stableford with 41 points.

SUNDAY — men’s net: P Koorey 68, B Cox 69, S Phillips 70 on c/b.

Women’s stableford: S Paku 93-25-68, 41.

Twos:K McDonald, P Koorey.

Saturday — Men’s stableford: H Schreiber 41, E Parkin 41.

Women’s stableford: J Foot 85-21-64, 45.

Drawn two: T Ford.

Tuesday (Sept 26) — Veteran men’s stableford: R Walford 42, L Lexmond 40, C Palmer 39, H White 36, A Nairne 36.

Twos: H White.

Coming up: TOMORROW, affiliated golf club members’ 9-hole tournament, 12 noon to 1.30pm.

Tolaga Bay

TOLAGA Bay was a wood-free zone in Sunday’s competition.

An all-irons medal was held and Tim Reedy’s 71 was good enough to top the list from Mickey Grant (73).

Grant was also runner-up in the putting won by Walter Robinson (30 putts).

SUNDAY — All-irons medal: T Reedy 71, M Grant 73, P Stevenson 75, J Hale 75, J Crawford 75.

Putting: W Robinson 30, M Grant 31.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Bon Irving and Captain’s trophies, 10am tee-off, stableford for others, 12 noon tee-off.

Waikohu

A two on the par-3 16th iced the winning cake for Kahu Tamanui in the club stableford on Sunday.

Tamanui won with 96-31-65, for 41 points.

SUNDAY — Stableford: K Tamanui 41, P Milner 38, A Tamanui-Nunn 32, I Ruru 30.

Twos: K Tamanui.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, men’s and women’s shootout.

Patutahi

MANA Pohatu and Joe Blair were out on their own in the men’s net on Sunday.

Pohatu broke 80 for the first time this year to win the senior division with 79-15-64.

Blair won the junior division with 87-23-64.

TUESDAY — Women’s net: J Ewart 97-27-70, D Nienhuys 107-30-77 on c/b.

SUNDAY — Men’s net, senior division; M Pohatu 64, G Brown 68, B Wallace 68.

Junior division: J Blair 64, B McKenzie 69, A Brodie 69.

Women’s net: A Haisman 73.

Jackpot: R Hindmarsh.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: T Green 21, M Pohatu 21, M Stock 20, P Harrison 20.

Junior division: K Philip 21, J Blair 20, J Brodie 20, G Tattersfield 20, T Berry 20.

COMING UP: SATURDAY, Patutahi Ladies Open, 18 holes teeing off at 10.30am, nine holes teeing off at 11.30, gross net and stableford competitions in senior and intermediate sections, entry fee includes twos, morning tea and lunch, contact Jandy Winiata (021-256-4517 or email Jandy.Solomono@police.govt.nz) or Shelley Robertson (027-634-0880 or email g.s.robertson@xtra.co.nz).

Te Puia Springs

MARK Higham denied Bill Clark a club championship title in his return to the Coast after a lengthy stint in Australia.

Higham beat Clark 4 and 3 in the intermediate men’s club championship final on Sunday.

The win highlighted some solid scoring by Higham over the past three weeks including his first sub-80 round at Poverty Bay (78 last Thursday) — of which he is also a member — since February of 2016.

Raana Walker won the men’s stableford on Sunday with 40 points.

SUNDAy — Men’s stableford: R Walker 40, J Forrester 39, R Ngatai 39, P Harrison 37, J Devery 37, M Higham 36, B Clark 36, W Forrester 35, R Smith 35, G Roberts 35, P Summersby 35.

Intermediate men’s club championship final: M Higham def B Clark 4 and 3.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, no golf.

Junior reps

A patchwork Poverty Bay-East Coast team are battling at the junior interprovincial challenge in Cambridge.

PBEC, a six-strong compilation of homegrown and outside players, are zero from three after three rounds.

They lost 4-2 to Northland in round 1, 6-0 to hosts Waikato in round 2 and 4½ to 1½ to Bay of Plenty in round 3.

The two Wades provided PBEC’s individual wins against Northland.

Mahia’s Wade Wesche, at No.3 in the side, won 1-up and Wairoa’s Wade Williams, at No.2, also won on 18.

No.1 Tini Hawea, after heavy losses in the opening two rounds, had a 2-up victory against Bay of Plenty while Williams had a half.

PBEC next face Canterbury in the week-long tournament which culminates in placing playoffs.

PBEC results, round 1 — Poverty Bay-East Coast 2 Northland 4: Tini Hawea lost 7 and 6, Rahiri Tukaki Murray (loan player from Springfield) lost 4 and 2, Wade Wesche won 1-up, Wade Williams (loan player from Wairoa) won 1-up, Charlie Dods (loan player from Hastings) lost 1-down, Reef Pohatu lost 4 and 3.

Round 2 — PBEC 0 Waikato 6: Hawea lost 5 and 4, Tukaki Murray lost 5 and 3, Wesche lost 3 and 1, Williams lost 7 and 6, Dods lost 5 and 4, Pohatu lost 6 and 4.

Round 3 — PBEC 1½ Bay of Plenty 4½: Hawea won 2-up, Tukaki Murray lost 4 and 3, Wesche lost 1-down, Williams halved, Dods lost 8 and 6, Pohatu lost 7 and 6.

Poverty Bay

CLUTCH putts on the last two holes earned Brian Morrissey membership to an exclusive club at Poverty Bay on Sunday.

The 74-year-old carded 73-11-62 to break his age for the first time on the Poverty Bay track.

Morrissey has achieved the feat at Te Puia Springs (par 66) and Patutahi (par 70) but this was a career-first for the popular former Poverty Bay-East Coast representative and multiple club championship winner at both the Springs and the Bay.

Known for his straight driving and excellent short game, Morrissey had to call on all his ability with the blade to get over the line.

He sank a 25-foot par putt on the eighth (his penultimate hole) then holed a 3½-footer on the ninth to seal the deal. The snake on the eighth also proved vital in him claiming the “Sunday School” jackpot of scoring two stableford points or more on every hole.

To cap a memorable day, the man known as “BJ” won the division 1 men’s stableford with 46 points, denying Nigel Udy, who was second with a near-as impressive 73-9-64, for 44.

Sunday’s scoring continued a three-day theme of big stableford points highlighted by a weekend victory double to Kim Travers.

Fresh from a personal-best 83 on September 21, Travers carded consecutive 86s for 43 points to win the division 2 men’s stableford on Saturday and Sunday.

The Saturday win was on countback from Andy Hayward (80-15-65) and Basil Payne (83-18-65).

Travers teed off this morning in the opening qualifying round of the Poverty Bay men’s open on a handicap index of 16.7 — 2.0 below his previous index.

“Friday Flash” results were the hottest over the three-day period.

Lyndsay Ball carded 79-18-61, for 47 points. It was his lowest round of the year by seven shots and his first sub-80 score since February of 2008.

Barry Brown also ventured into unfamiliar 70s territory. His 79-17-62, for 46 points, broke a drought dating back to March of 2014.

Tene Goldsmith and Gay Young are the 2017 DJ Barry Jug pairs champions. They came from behind to win the South African net medal 36-hole title with a score of 586, just three ahead of Don McFadyen and MJ Bloem.

The excellent individual scoring has not been restricted to the men.

Ishbel McKinnon won the women’s grocery stableford yesterday with 108-42-66, for 44 points. It followed her stableford-winning 41 points the day before.

Mary Allan posted her best round of the year — 87 off 21 — to finish second in the grocery stableford with 43 points, followed by Annabelle Sutton (42), Vicki Fraser (42), Peri Gayford (41) and June MacKinnon (40).

Wednesday — Women’s grocery stableford: I McKinnon 44, M Allan 43, A Sutton 42, V Fraser 42, P Gayford 41, J MacKinnon 40, O Thompson 39, G Young 39, M Shanks 39, A Witters 39.

Twos: V Bell

9-holers’ medal: J Alderson 55-22-33.

Tuesday — Women’s red tee teams’ stableford: T Allan/T Lewis/V Fraser 126.

Women’s stableford: I McKinnon 111-42-69, 41.

SundAY — DJ Barry Jug mixed pairs South African net medal: T Goldsmith/G Young 586 (307, 279); D McFadyen/MJ Bloem 589 (271, 318).

men’s stableford, division 1: B Morrissey 46, N Udy 44, B Colbert 40, P Clayton 40, M Thomas 39.

Division 2: K Travers 43, D Wright 42, P Rickard 41, L Pollitt 40, B Brown 37.

Twos: A White 2, P Grogan, R Morley, M Thomas, B Morgan.

Approach: M Thomas.

Jackpot: A White.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: D Pirimona 39, A Kirkpatrick 39, C Poole 38, V Richardson 38, T Donovan 38.

Division 2: K Travers 43, A Hayward 43, B Payne 43, D Wright 40, S Olsen 39.

Twos: S Andreassen, J McGregor, A Higham.

Approach: S Andreassen.

THURSDAY (Sept 28) — Men’s stableford, division 1: A Kirkpatrick 39, A White 37, I Murphy 36, S Andreassen 30, N Mackie 29.

Division 2: M Higham 42, D Mettrick 30, V Richardson 38, R Skuse 33, G Clapham 25.

Twos: A White.

Approach: V Richardson.

Gisborne Park

JEAN Foot equalled her best round of the year in winning the women’s stableford on Saturday.

Foot fired 85-21-64, for 45 points, while Horst Schreiber’s 41 was best of the men.

Shirley Paku had her best round of the year (a 90) on September 17. On Sunday she had her second best — 93-25-68 — to win the women’s stableford with 41 points.

SUNDAY — men’s net: P Koorey 68, B Cox 69, S Phillips 70 on c/b.

Women’s stableford: S Paku 93-25-68, 41.

Twos:K McDonald, P Koorey.

Saturday — Men’s stableford: H Schreiber 41, E Parkin 41.

Women’s stableford: J Foot 85-21-64, 45.

Drawn two: T Ford.

Tuesday (Sept 26) — Veteran men’s stableford: R Walford 42, L Lexmond 40, C Palmer 39, H White 36, A Nairne 36.

Twos: H White.

Coming up: TOMORROW, affiliated golf club members’ 9-hole tournament, 12 noon to 1.30pm.

Tolaga Bay

TOLAGA Bay was a wood-free zone in Sunday’s competition.

An all-irons medal was held and Tim Reedy’s 71 was good enough to top the list from Mickey Grant (73).

Grant was also runner-up in the putting won by Walter Robinson (30 putts).

SUNDAY — All-irons medal: T Reedy 71, M Grant 73, P Stevenson 75, J Hale 75, J Crawford 75.

Putting: W Robinson 30, M Grant 31.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Bon Irving and Captain’s trophies, 10am tee-off, stableford for others, 12 noon tee-off.

Waikohu

A two on the par-3 16th iced the winning cake for Kahu Tamanui in the club stableford on Sunday.

Tamanui won with 96-31-65, for 41 points.

SUNDAY — Stableford: K Tamanui 41, P Milner 38, A Tamanui-Nunn 32, I Ruru 30.

Twos: K Tamanui.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, men’s and women’s shootout.

Patutahi

MANA Pohatu and Joe Blair were out on their own in the men’s net on Sunday.

Pohatu broke 80 for the first time this year to win the senior division with 79-15-64.

Blair won the junior division with 87-23-64.

TUESDAY — Women’s net: J Ewart 97-27-70, D Nienhuys 107-30-77 on c/b.

SUNDAY — Men’s net, senior division; M Pohatu 64, G Brown 68, B Wallace 68.

Junior division: J Blair 64, B McKenzie 69, A Brodie 69.

Women’s net: A Haisman 73.

Jackpot: R Hindmarsh.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: T Green 21, M Pohatu 21, M Stock 20, P Harrison 20.

Junior division: K Philip 21, J Blair 20, J Brodie 20, G Tattersfield 20, T Berry 20.

COMING UP: SATURDAY, Patutahi Ladies Open, 18 holes teeing off at 10.30am, nine holes teeing off at 11.30, gross net and stableford competitions in senior and intermediate sections, entry fee includes twos, morning tea and lunch, contact Jandy Winiata (021-256-4517 or email Jandy.Solomono@police.govt.nz) or Shelley Robertson (027-634-0880 or email g.s.robertson@xtra.co.nz).

Te Puia Springs

MARK Higham denied Bill Clark a club championship title in his return to the Coast after a lengthy stint in Australia.

Higham beat Clark 4 and 3 in the intermediate men’s club championship final on Sunday.

The win highlighted some solid scoring by Higham over the past three weeks including his first sub-80 round at Poverty Bay (78 last Thursday) — of which he is also a member — since February of 2016.

Raana Walker won the men’s stableford on Sunday with 40 points.

SUNDAy — Men’s stableford: R Walker 40, J Forrester 39, R Ngatai 39, P Harrison 37, J Devery 37, M Higham 36, B Clark 36, W Forrester 35, R Smith 35, G Roberts 35, P Summersby 35.

Intermediate men’s club championship final: M Higham def B Clark 4 and 3.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, no golf.

Junior reps

A patchwork Poverty Bay-East Coast team are battling at the junior interprovincial challenge in Cambridge.

PBEC, a six-strong compilation of homegrown and outside players, are zero from three after three rounds.

They lost 4-2 to Northland in round 1, 6-0 to hosts Waikato in round 2 and 4½ to 1½ to Bay of Plenty in round 3.

The two Wades provided PBEC’s individual wins against Northland.

Mahia’s Wade Wesche, at No.3 in the side, won 1-up and Wairoa’s Wade Williams, at No.2, also won on 18.

No.1 Tini Hawea, after heavy losses in the opening two rounds, had a 2-up victory against Bay of Plenty while Williams had a half.

PBEC next face Canterbury in the week-long tournament which culminates in placing playoffs.

PBEC results, round 1 — Poverty Bay-East Coast 2 Northland 4: Tini Hawea lost 7 and 6, Rahiri Tukaki Murray (loan player from Springfield) lost 4 and 2, Wade Wesche won 1-up, Wade Williams (loan player from Wairoa) won 1-up, Charlie Dods (loan player from Hastings) lost 1-down, Reef Pohatu lost 4 and 3.

Round 2 — PBEC 0 Waikato 6: Hawea lost 5 and 4, Tukaki Murray lost 5 and 3, Wesche lost 3 and 1, Williams lost 7 and 6, Dods lost 5 and 4, Pohatu lost 6 and 4.

Round 3 — PBEC 1½ Bay of Plenty 4½: Hawea won 2-up, Tukaki Murray lost 4 and 3, Wesche lost 1-down, Williams halved, Dods lost 8 and 6, Pohatu lost 7 and 6.

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