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Te Puia Springs

The sight of Mount Hikurangi standing majestically in the distance was befitting as Te Puia Springs honoured a similarly commanding golfing presence on Sunday.

East Coast legend Peter Rouse remains a mountainous spiritual presence at the Springs seven years after his tragic death.

He’s on the walls of the clubhouse. He permeates the picturesque landscape of a beloved course he dominated for decades. He still crops up regularly in conversation over a 19th-hole drink.

He holds an enduring mana and once a year the club dedicates a special day to officially mark the respect in which he will always be held at home and through the Poverty Bay-East Coast golfing district.

On Sunday, over 40 players, celebrated the life of PD Rouse — a life ended at the age of 74 when he died in a quad bike accident on a farm near Tokomaru Bay in 2012.

The ultimate tribute to Rousie is to play well. If you can’t do that, the next best thing is to enjoy a drink and the company of others in a Springs clubhouse that has produced an anthology of Rouse anecdotes.

It was fitting long-time clubmate and friend Brian Morrissey did both.

Morrissey’s golf was superb, as was his at-times emotional prize-giving tribute to Rouse.

Morrissey broke his age by eight strokes, the 75-year-old signing for 67-10-57, to win the men’s overall net.

Rouse, who no doubt would have been age-breaking with regularity had he been alive today, would have been impressed although “bloody burglar” would likely have accompanied his congratulatory comments.

Morrissey, on the cusp of achieving the feat at his now home Poverty Bay course, started and finished with birdies, and had a couple more in between.

His name goes on a tankard presented to Rouse when he won the 1999 King of the Coast at Tolaga Bay — one of 11 times he claimed that honour.

Hiria McClutchie continued her fine form to top the women’s division with 103-40-63.

Rousie would also have been highly impressed with the Springs course. It was immaculately presented, auguring well for next month’s East Coast Men’s open.

  • The Hikurangi Foodmarket East Coast Amateur Open is on April 27-28. The two-day matchplay tournament also features an 18-hole stableford section. Entry includes twos and lunch and dinner on both days, along with a practice round and scramble on Friday, April 26.

SUNDAY — Peter Rouse Memorial Tournament, women’s net: H McClutchie 63, I Ngarimu 64, A Cook 65, G Roberts 66, R Ngatai 68.

Men’s net: B Morrissey 57, N Mackie 60, J Forrester 60, B Colbert 62, C Taewa 62, I Sykes 62, T Green 63, C Jeffrey 64, R Smith 64, N Dewes 65, A Higham 67, A Chandra 67, J Babbington-Welsh 68, P Anderson 69, B Clark 69.

Twos: A Chandra, K Waitoa.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, round 1 of the Jo Hale Memorial Trophy (net).

Tahunga

Tahunga’s open opening day is on Saturday.

There are American foursomes and men’s sections.

Cup of tea at 10.30am; tee-off at 11am. Lunch and dinner provided.

Inquiries to Mark Steele 867 0803 or Casey Maddock 867 0234 or email: tahunga@golf.co.nz

Note, there is no eftpos at the clubhouse.

Poverty Bay

Gay Young felt she was playing a single-figure handicapper for half of her Hutchinson Cup final against Viv Bell yesterday.

Bell defeated Young 3 and 1 in a match Bell described as “a heck of a tussle”.

All-square after 14 holes, Bell rattled off wins on the next three holes to seal victory.

Her best golf came in the second-third of the match, leading 18-handicapper Young to comment that she was playing “a scratch golfer”.

Bell, off 21, made birdie-4 on the fifth hole, then parred the next six holes.

She didn’t realise how well she was actually scoring.

“I was just in the zone.”

Bell ended up signing for 86-21-65 while Young also played below her handicap, shooting 89-18-71.

Bell had a tight Monday semifinal against Marg Colebourne. She won on the 18th while Young eliminated Margaret Williams.

Sally Spence had a couple of birdies, including a two, in her women’s medal-winning round yesterday. Spence carded 87-19-68, one ahead of Jan Steele’s 96-27-69.

Mark Norman (41 stableford points), Lee “Pikey” Hewson (39), Vance Richardson (net 70), Richard Foon (68), Gray Clapham (40) and Dave Mettrick (40) were the men’s competition winners last week.

WEDNESDAY — Hutchinson Cup women’s matchplay final: V Bell def G Young.

Women’s medal: S Spence 87-19-68, J Steele 96-27-69.

9-holers putting: P Parker 15 on c/b.

Twos: S Spence

Longest putt on 5: M Williams.

MONDAY — Hutchinson Cup women’s matchplay semifinals: V Bell def M Colebourne, G Young def M Williams.

Women’s stableford: V Fraser 37.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: M Norman 41, P Grogan 37.

Division 2: L Hewson 39, C Simpson 39, B Pratt 38, D Pirimona 38, A Baldwin 38.

Twos: A. White.

Approach: A White.

SATURDAY — Men’s net, division 1: V Richardson 70, A Abrahams 70, D Jenkins 72, A Reedy 72, T Goldsmith 72.

Division 2: R Foon 68, J McGregor 71, C Simpson 72, N West 73.

Twos: R Foon, A Abrahams, C Poole, D Jenkins, S Andreassen, T Goldsmith.

Approach: S Andreassen.

THURSDAY (Feb 28) — Men’s stableford, division 1: G Clapham 40, C Poole 39, I Murphy 38, M Dodgshun 38.

Division 2: D Mettrick 40, P Graham 37, J Pittar 37, M Mulrooney 37.

Twos: N. Mackie, A. White.

Approach: S. Willock.

Gisborne Park

Jo Kerr returned to the 70s on Sunday.

There were no disco moves and only four 1-overs does not constitute a bogey wonderland, but there were some slick manoeuvres on the 18 dance floors as Kerr ended a series of rounds in the 80s with 76-8-68.

It is not known if she said “that’s the way uh-huh, uh-huh I like it” after making two on the 14th, recording the women’s best third shot and winning the women’s net.

Johnny Charles enjoys his 70s music — perhaps not disco — and plenty of late 60s material as well. He won the men’s stableford with his second consecutive 86-18-68.

Sixty-eight — the year of such classics as Hey Jude, Mrs Robinson, All Along The Watchtower and Sympathy for the Devil — was also the winning score in the men’s net on Saturday.

Bo Huhu’s 77-9-68 headed off Rod Moore’s 75-7-68 on countback.

Ann Richardson (41 points, Wednesday) and Patutahi’s Sitjze Mohlmann (40, Tuesday) enjoyed stableford competition wins last week.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: J Charles 40, B Watene 38, D Harrison 37.

Women’s net: J Kerr 68.

Twos: D Harrison, R Grace, J Kerr.

Approach: S Phillips.

Women’s best third shot: J Kerr.

SATURDAY — Men’s net: B Huhu 68, R Moore 68, S Phillips 71.

WEDNESDAY (Feb 27) — Women’s stableford: A Richardson 107-39-68, 41.

TUESDAY (Feb 26) — Veteran men’s stableford: S Mohlmann 40, A Nairne 39, J McGann 38, N Jones 38, G Williams 38, B Atkins 37.

COMING UP: SATURDAY/SUNDAY, April 20-21, Summit Forestry NZ Ltd Easter 36-hole tournament, start sheet at office.

Patutahi

Peter Johnston entered rarefied sub-80 air in winning the junior men’s net on Sunday with 78-17-61, three shots clear of Rocky Pardoe’s 81-17-64.

SUNDAY — Men’s net, senior division: B McKenzie 67, T Hindmarsh 67, S Pohatu 68, J Brown 69.

Junior division: P Johnston 61, R Pardoe 64, B Pohatu 65, J Blair 67.

Women’s net: H Pomana 69, D Johnston 71.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: A Nimmo 23, P Hokianga 23, W MacLellan 22, T Green 22, J Brodie 22.

Junior division: C Brown 22, J Blair 21, B Tietjen 21, C Newman 20, D Stevens 20.

Waikohu

A two on the 16th proved decisive as Tipi Ruru topped the first round of the cup competition on Sunday.

Ruru’s 82-15-67 headed off Percy Milner on countback while Ella Wynyard’s 71 was best of the women.

SUNDAY — Cup competition, first round, men’s net: T Ruru 67, P Milner 67, L Green 71, U Chambers 72, K Tamanui 73, T Smith 74.

Women’s net: E Wynyard 71, M Tuapawa 78, V Grace 86.

Twos: T Smith, T Ruru, L Green.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Cup competition, second round.

Veterans

Bryan Pratt added his name to an illustrious piece of Gisborne East Coast veteran golf silverware — the Johnny Jackson Plate — on Tuesday.

Pratt fired 83-19-64 to comfortably top the 44-strong field in the net competition held on the Poverty Bay course.

The field included nine women, who had a section of their own, and seven clubs were represented.

Pratt was four shots clear of Bernie Rothschild (79-11-68), with Warwick Thompson and Brian Morrissey the next best on 69.

Shelley Robertson shot 92-19-73 to top the women’s section from Lorraine Haisman (75).

It was noted that some golfers are still coming to terms with the new rules, particularly the correct dropping of a ball and the local rule regarding what happens after you go out of bounds or lose a ball.

GEC vets are on the road next week to take on their Bay of Plenty counterparts for the Shark Trophy.

Around 30 players are already confirmed for the clash, which features rounds at Whakatane (from 11am) on Monday and Kawerau (9am) on Tuesday.

Those keen to join the fun need to arrange their own transport and accommodation. You can play on both or either day.

Johnny Jackson Plate, men’s net: B Pratt 64, B Rothschild 68, W Thompson 69, B Morrissey 69, B Proudfoot 71, R Young 71, D McFadyen 71, J Rouse 71, G Burnside 72, N Jones 72.

Women’s net: S Robertson 73, L Haisman 75, J Foot 76, J MacKinnon Twos: N Absalom.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Morley Cup mixed pairs; SATURDAY/SUNDAY, March 16-17, Reynolds Cup qualifying.

Te Puia Springs

The sight of Mount Hikurangi standing majestically in the distance was befitting as Te Puia Springs honoured a similarly commanding golfing presence on Sunday.

East Coast legend Peter Rouse remains a mountainous spiritual presence at the Springs seven years after his tragic death.

He’s on the walls of the clubhouse. He permeates the picturesque landscape of a beloved course he dominated for decades. He still crops up regularly in conversation over a 19th-hole drink.

He holds an enduring mana and once a year the club dedicates a special day to officially mark the respect in which he will always be held at home and through the Poverty Bay-East Coast golfing district.

On Sunday, over 40 players, celebrated the life of PD Rouse — a life ended at the age of 74 when he died in a quad bike accident on a farm near Tokomaru Bay in 2012.

The ultimate tribute to Rousie is to play well. If you can’t do that, the next best thing is to enjoy a drink and the company of others in a Springs clubhouse that has produced an anthology of Rouse anecdotes.

It was fitting long-time clubmate and friend Brian Morrissey did both.

Morrissey’s golf was superb, as was his at-times emotional prize-giving tribute to Rouse.

Morrissey broke his age by eight strokes, the 75-year-old signing for 67-10-57, to win the men’s overall net.

Rouse, who no doubt would have been age-breaking with regularity had he been alive today, would have been impressed although “bloody burglar” would likely have accompanied his congratulatory comments.

Morrissey, on the cusp of achieving the feat at his now home Poverty Bay course, started and finished with birdies, and had a couple more in between.

His name goes on a tankard presented to Rouse when he won the 1999 King of the Coast at Tolaga Bay — one of 11 times he claimed that honour.

Hiria McClutchie continued her fine form to top the women’s division with 103-40-63.

Rousie would also have been highly impressed with the Springs course. It was immaculately presented, auguring well for next month’s East Coast Men’s open.

  • The Hikurangi Foodmarket East Coast Amateur Open is on April 27-28. The two-day matchplay tournament also features an 18-hole stableford section. Entry includes twos and lunch and dinner on both days, along with a practice round and scramble on Friday, April 26.

SUNDAY — Peter Rouse Memorial Tournament, women’s net: H McClutchie 63, I Ngarimu 64, A Cook 65, G Roberts 66, R Ngatai 68.

Men’s net: B Morrissey 57, N Mackie 60, J Forrester 60, B Colbert 62, C Taewa 62, I Sykes 62, T Green 63, C Jeffrey 64, R Smith 64, N Dewes 65, A Higham 67, A Chandra 67, J Babbington-Welsh 68, P Anderson 69, B Clark 69.

Twos: A Chandra, K Waitoa.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, round 1 of the Jo Hale Memorial Trophy (net).

Tahunga

Tahunga’s open opening day is on Saturday.

There are American foursomes and men’s sections.

Cup of tea at 10.30am; tee-off at 11am. Lunch and dinner provided.

Inquiries to Mark Steele 867 0803 or Casey Maddock 867 0234 or email: tahunga@golf.co.nz

Note, there is no eftpos at the clubhouse.

Poverty Bay

Gay Young felt she was playing a single-figure handicapper for half of her Hutchinson Cup final against Viv Bell yesterday.

Bell defeated Young 3 and 1 in a match Bell described as “a heck of a tussle”.

All-square after 14 holes, Bell rattled off wins on the next three holes to seal victory.

Her best golf came in the second-third of the match, leading 18-handicapper Young to comment that she was playing “a scratch golfer”.

Bell, off 21, made birdie-4 on the fifth hole, then parred the next six holes.

She didn’t realise how well she was actually scoring.

“I was just in the zone.”

Bell ended up signing for 86-21-65 while Young also played below her handicap, shooting 89-18-71.

Bell had a tight Monday semifinal against Marg Colebourne. She won on the 18th while Young eliminated Margaret Williams.

Sally Spence had a couple of birdies, including a two, in her women’s medal-winning round yesterday. Spence carded 87-19-68, one ahead of Jan Steele’s 96-27-69.

Mark Norman (41 stableford points), Lee “Pikey” Hewson (39), Vance Richardson (net 70), Richard Foon (68), Gray Clapham (40) and Dave Mettrick (40) were the men’s competition winners last week.

WEDNESDAY — Hutchinson Cup women’s matchplay final: V Bell def G Young.

Women’s medal: S Spence 87-19-68, J Steele 96-27-69.

9-holers putting: P Parker 15 on c/b.

Twos: S Spence

Longest putt on 5: M Williams.

MONDAY — Hutchinson Cup women’s matchplay semifinals: V Bell def M Colebourne, G Young def M Williams.

Women’s stableford: V Fraser 37.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: M Norman 41, P Grogan 37.

Division 2: L Hewson 39, C Simpson 39, B Pratt 38, D Pirimona 38, A Baldwin 38.

Twos: A. White.

Approach: A White.

SATURDAY — Men’s net, division 1: V Richardson 70, A Abrahams 70, D Jenkins 72, A Reedy 72, T Goldsmith 72.

Division 2: R Foon 68, J McGregor 71, C Simpson 72, N West 73.

Twos: R Foon, A Abrahams, C Poole, D Jenkins, S Andreassen, T Goldsmith.

Approach: S Andreassen.

THURSDAY (Feb 28) — Men’s stableford, division 1: G Clapham 40, C Poole 39, I Murphy 38, M Dodgshun 38.

Division 2: D Mettrick 40, P Graham 37, J Pittar 37, M Mulrooney 37.

Twos: N. Mackie, A. White.

Approach: S. Willock.

Gisborne Park

Jo Kerr returned to the 70s on Sunday.

There were no disco moves and only four 1-overs does not constitute a bogey wonderland, but there were some slick manoeuvres on the 18 dance floors as Kerr ended a series of rounds in the 80s with 76-8-68.

It is not known if she said “that’s the way uh-huh, uh-huh I like it” after making two on the 14th, recording the women’s best third shot and winning the women’s net.

Johnny Charles enjoys his 70s music — perhaps not disco — and plenty of late 60s material as well. He won the men’s stableford with his second consecutive 86-18-68.

Sixty-eight — the year of such classics as Hey Jude, Mrs Robinson, All Along The Watchtower and Sympathy for the Devil — was also the winning score in the men’s net on Saturday.

Bo Huhu’s 77-9-68 headed off Rod Moore’s 75-7-68 on countback.

Ann Richardson (41 points, Wednesday) and Patutahi’s Sitjze Mohlmann (40, Tuesday) enjoyed stableford competition wins last week.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: J Charles 40, B Watene 38, D Harrison 37.

Women’s net: J Kerr 68.

Twos: D Harrison, R Grace, J Kerr.

Approach: S Phillips.

Women’s best third shot: J Kerr.

SATURDAY — Men’s net: B Huhu 68, R Moore 68, S Phillips 71.

WEDNESDAY (Feb 27) — Women’s stableford: A Richardson 107-39-68, 41.

TUESDAY (Feb 26) — Veteran men’s stableford: S Mohlmann 40, A Nairne 39, J McGann 38, N Jones 38, G Williams 38, B Atkins 37.

COMING UP: SATURDAY/SUNDAY, April 20-21, Summit Forestry NZ Ltd Easter 36-hole tournament, start sheet at office.

Patutahi

Peter Johnston entered rarefied sub-80 air in winning the junior men’s net on Sunday with 78-17-61, three shots clear of Rocky Pardoe’s 81-17-64.

SUNDAY — Men’s net, senior division: B McKenzie 67, T Hindmarsh 67, S Pohatu 68, J Brown 69.

Junior division: P Johnston 61, R Pardoe 64, B Pohatu 65, J Blair 67.

Women’s net: H Pomana 69, D Johnston 71.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: A Nimmo 23, P Hokianga 23, W MacLellan 22, T Green 22, J Brodie 22.

Junior division: C Brown 22, J Blair 21, B Tietjen 21, C Newman 20, D Stevens 20.

Waikohu

A two on the 16th proved decisive as Tipi Ruru topped the first round of the cup competition on Sunday.

Ruru’s 82-15-67 headed off Percy Milner on countback while Ella Wynyard’s 71 was best of the women.

SUNDAY — Cup competition, first round, men’s net: T Ruru 67, P Milner 67, L Green 71, U Chambers 72, K Tamanui 73, T Smith 74.

Women’s net: E Wynyard 71, M Tuapawa 78, V Grace 86.

Twos: T Smith, T Ruru, L Green.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Cup competition, second round.

Veterans

Bryan Pratt added his name to an illustrious piece of Gisborne East Coast veteran golf silverware — the Johnny Jackson Plate — on Tuesday.

Pratt fired 83-19-64 to comfortably top the 44-strong field in the net competition held on the Poverty Bay course.

The field included nine women, who had a section of their own, and seven clubs were represented.

Pratt was four shots clear of Bernie Rothschild (79-11-68), with Warwick Thompson and Brian Morrissey the next best on 69.

Shelley Robertson shot 92-19-73 to top the women’s section from Lorraine Haisman (75).

It was noted that some golfers are still coming to terms with the new rules, particularly the correct dropping of a ball and the local rule regarding what happens after you go out of bounds or lose a ball.

GEC vets are on the road next week to take on their Bay of Plenty counterparts for the Shark Trophy.

Around 30 players are already confirmed for the clash, which features rounds at Whakatane (from 11am) on Monday and Kawerau (9am) on Tuesday.

Those keen to join the fun need to arrange their own transport and accommodation. You can play on both or either day.

Johnny Jackson Plate, men’s net: B Pratt 64, B Rothschild 68, W Thompson 69, B Morrissey 69, B Proudfoot 71, R Young 71, D McFadyen 71, J Rouse 71, G Burnside 72, N Jones 72.

Women’s net: S Robertson 73, L Haisman 75, J Foot 76, J MacKinnon Twos: N Absalom.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Morley Cup mixed pairs; SATURDAY/SUNDAY, March 16-17, Reynolds Cup qualifying.

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