Gisborne - East Coast golf roundup

FOURSOMES CHAMPIONS: Poverty Bay club member Pete Anderson and Gisborne Park’s Anuresh Chandra combined to win the Enterprise Cars Poverty Bay Open Foursomes gross title on Saturday.
Safe golf — or to put it bluntly, don’t do anything stupid — proved a winning tactic as the pair carded even-par 72 for the 18-hole event on the Poverty Bay course to finish six shots clear of the field.
They mixed two birdies with two bogeys and, most importantly, avoided big numbers.
Poverty Bay members Alex Kirkpatrick and Andy Abrahams won the net trophy with 69.5.
Among those to fall short this year were defending gross champions Paul Rickard and Brad Morgan, whose hopes of winning silverware again were scuppered by a nine on the par-4 14th hole.
The giant Enterprise Cars Cup dates back to 1979 when it was first played for as a four-ball best ball matchplay tournament over Queen’s Birthday Weekend at Gisborne Park. Dave Howie and Chris Middleton defeated Stuart Barker and Percy Whiteley in the first 16 final.
The trophy shifted to Awapuni in 1987 for what was described as the inaugural Poverty Bay open foursomes — a 36-hole strokeplay tournament won by Eric Gordon and Peter Rouse. Over the years the trophy has alternated between best net and best gross.
Last weekend’s tournament featured Ross Gibson — the only player in the field to have competed in the 1979 foursomes at the Park. Picture supplied

Gisborne Park

THE defending champions’ scalps one day; the top qualifiers’ head on a plate the next.

It was a job extra well done by Mason Emery and Waiti Tamatea as they belied their Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs bottom seeding over the weekend.

Emery and Tamatea beat 2018 champions Brad Reynolds and Tony Leggett 3 and 2 on Saturday to decide who would claim the 16th and last qualifying spot.

They followed it up Sunday by eliminating No.1 seeds Derek Craven and Josh Hayes to advance to the second round.

Tamatea was the hero of the hour, making birdie-4 on the 19th — getting a shot from Craven.

Next up for Emery/Tamatea is Tom Reynolds and Tony File, who also needed an extra hole to get rid of father and son Danny and Zane Boyle.

The sudden-death theme continued in Glen McKinnon and Mike Hutton’s win over Steve Phillips and Paul Wellard — 30-handicapper Hutton making par on the 20th to close it out.

Pete Tamatea is understood to have been on fire as he and Ray Walford beat 2017 champions Geoff Hill and Anthony Pahina on the 17th.

Ray Grace and Terry Pointon knocked out Roger McGann and Butch Atkins.

The other round 1 matches are to be played this Sunday.

Brad Reynolds discovered his “A” game a day too late.

He shot a personal-best even-par 72-8-64 on Sunday, making birdies on the eighth and ninth holes (he started on the 10th). His 44 points won the men’s stableford.

Blanche Walker was the stand-out player in the Fletcher’s Meat Treat women’s open tournament on Saturday. She had 81-4-67 to win the overall net.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: B Reynolds 44, J Glassford 38.

Women’s stableford: M Marino 37.

Twos: J Morley.

SATURDAY — Fletcher’s Meat Treat women’s open tournament, overall net: B Walker 81-14-67.

Division 1, gross: J Kerr 81, F Wesche 85.

Net: S McRoberts 86-15-71, J Utting 73.

Stableford: W Morrissey 38, J Akuhata 35.

Division 2, gross: T Paku 96, G Roberts 97.

Net: M Pickles 97-22-75, R Hiko 100-24-76.

Stableford: L McFlinn 34, J Winiata 32.

Division 3, gross: I Ngarimu 103, V Grace 110.

Net: M Tuapawa 113-40-73, J Muir 77.

Stableford: A Tamanui 37, D Watts 32.

Approaches: B Walker (div 1), J Winiata (div 2), I Ngarimu (div 3).

Closest to line: K Papuni.

Twos: J Foot.

Tuesday (April 30) — Veteran men’s stableford: S Peneha 36, B Lumsden-Nicholls 36, P Koorey 35, E Parkin 33, C Brown 32, D Te Maro 32.

The Te Kanawa Cup men’s matchplay is on SUNDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 8am: J Collier/C Nepe v Z Rolls/R Taylor. 8.09: R Moore/D Rameka v D Harrison/B Watene. 8.18: S Peneha/Q Peneha v B Huhu/P Koorey.

Waikohu

ANTONY Ruru had three birdies on his way to winning the men’s stableford on Sunday with 79-16-63, for 43 points.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: A Ruru 43, P Milner 40, T Brown 39, F Ngatoro 37.

Nancy McCormick women’s foursomes, net: M Tuapawa/V Grace 79.5, E Wynyard/A Tamanui-Nunn 79.5.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, men’s handicap singles, Audrey Kelly, Te Pairi, Coronation, Aotearoa and veterans’ competitions for women.

Patutahi

MARTIN Weaver and Pat Molloy led the way in the men’s net on Saturday.

Weaver won the junior division with 64 and Molloy’s 66 was best of the seniors.

Lorraine Haisman won the women’s net with 72, then repeated her effort with 73 on Tuesday.

TUESDAY — Women’s net: L Haisman 99-26-73, M Philip 103-29-74.

SUNDAY — Men’s net, senior division: P Molloy 66, D Pohatu 67, S Pohatu 68.

Junior division: M Weaver 64, R Moleta 67, G Tattersfield 67.

Women’s net: L Haisman 72.

Twos: R Moleta.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: R Pohatu 21, Selwyn Pohatu 20, H Pomana 19, B McKenzie 19.

Junior division: C Kirkpatrick 21, L Jamieson 21, D Tarry, 20, Selwyn Skudder 20.

Poverty Bay

VIV Bell got her defence of the Kahlenberg Cup women’s pairs off to the perfect start yesterday.

Bell, who won in 2018 with Jan Steele, is with Fay Pell this year. The pair had a four-ball best ball stableford score of 46 points to top qualify.

Glorious weather was matched by the scoring in Sunday’s competition.

Three birdies in five holes helped Nick Richardson to an impressive 74-10-64, for 44 points, and the division 1 men’s stableford honours.

His efforts denied Dave Pirimona, who also had 44 points from his 76-12-64, but was edged on countback.

The round of the week came from Tuki Sweeney last Thursday — 74-11-63, for 45 points — to win the div 1 stableford.

WEDNESDAY — Kahlenberg Cup women’s pairs qualifying, four-ball best ball stableford: V Bell/F Pell 46.

Women’s stableford: A Gemmell 93-24-69, 41.

9-hole stableford: B Dickson 17, J Alderson 16.

Twos: J Utting, M Colebourne, K Crosby.

Sunday — Men’s stableford, division 1: N Richardson 44, D Pirimona 44, M Norman 41, D Patumaka 40, S Andreassen 39.

Division 2: L Hewson 42, D Hall 39, R Johnstone 36, L Pollitt 35, N Jones 35, P Rickard 35, R Young 35.

Twos: R Gibson, D Pirimona, M Norman.

Approach: S Andreassen.

SATURDAY — Enterprise Cars Poverty Bay men’s open foursomes, 18-hole gross: P Anderson/A Chandra 72, G Brown/P Clayton 78.

Net: A Kirkpatrick/A Abrahams 69.5, S Shields/A Hayward 70, J McGregor/P Wauchop 70.5, W Thompson/F Ball 70.5, D Situ/J Situ 71.5, C Poole/V Richardson 71.5, J van Helden/G Clapham 72.5, P Rickard/B Morgan 72.5, D Bush/C Christie 73.

Twos: J van Helden/G Clapham, R Foon/D Jenkins, R Gibson/B Brown, C Poole/V Richardson.

THURSDAY (May 2) — Men’s stableford, division 1: T Sweeney 45, A Abrahams 41, G Clapham 41, V Richardson 38, G Brown 37, B Colbert 37.

Division 2 : A Destry 37, W Thompson 37, D Bush 35, D Mettrick 35, M Gemmell 34.

Twos: M Dodgshun, G Brown, T Sweeney, G Clapham.

Approach: G Brown.

Tahunga

The Stockies & Cockies Tahunga Golf Day is tomorrow. Lunch 1pm; tee-off 2pm. Format is 9-hole ambrose. Inquiries to Mark Steele 867 0803 or Casey Maddock 867 0234.

The Tahunga Men’s Open is on Saturday, May 18. Morning tea 10.30am; tee-off 11am. Inquiries to Mark Steele 867 0803 or tahunga@golf.com

Note, the club does not have eftpos.

Mahia

HOME-course trio Gid Pitman, Tom Hema and Bruce Maher won the Na Puteputi ambrose tournament at the weekend. The trio carded a net 60.4 to head off Richard Billington, Simon Billington and Ann Barltrop on 61.8, with Rod Barltrop, Helen Billington and Elaine Westwood third on 62.2.

Te Puia Springs

JIM Devery won the Sunday net with 80-19-61, one ahead of Nelson Truman.

SUNDAY — Net: J Devery 61, N Truman 62, P Harrison 64, P Ngarimu 67, J Forrester 68, J Miratana 69, J Babbington-Welsh 70, H Rasmussen 71, G Roberts 71.

COMING UP: SUNDAY: first round of Presidents, LGU, putting for women, haggle for men.

Tolaga Bay

The Queen of the Coast women’s open tournament scheduled for May 11 has been cancelled. It will not be played this year.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, first round of men’s four-ball.

Veterans

THE Gisborne Park course proved too tough an opponent for most of the 47 players who competed in Gisborne East Coast Veteran Golfers’ Society’s Hamilton Trophy on Tuesday.

Only Brian Lumsden-Nicholls and Park clubmate Mike Hutton beat the course in the par competition.

Lumsden-Nicholls won the trophy with 83-12-71, 2-up on the card, while Hutton shot 101-30-71 to finish 1-up.

A couple of others played around handicap while the rest had to bow to the superiority of a course in what one vet described as “magnificent” condition.

The next vets’ event is at Patutahi on Tuesday, June 11. It was scheduled for 12 noon but organisers are trying to get the start time brought foward to 10am.

Hamilton Trophy results — Men’s par: B Lumsden-Nicholls +2, M Hutton +1, D Te Maro sq, P Koorey sq, B Hall -1, F Ball -1, B Morrissey -1, D Bush -1, P Harrison -1, R Foon -2.

Women: M Marino -3, T Lewis -3, B Walker -4.

9-hole section: V Powdrell -2, B Payne -2, J Fricker -2.

Twos: B Morrissey, J Aitchison, C Brown, A Destry, F Ball.

Gisborne Park

THE defending champions’ scalps one day; the top qualifiers’ head on a plate the next.

It was a job extra well done by Mason Emery and Waiti Tamatea as they belied their Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs bottom seeding over the weekend.

Emery and Tamatea beat 2018 champions Brad Reynolds and Tony Leggett 3 and 2 on Saturday to decide who would claim the 16th and last qualifying spot.

They followed it up Sunday by eliminating No.1 seeds Derek Craven and Josh Hayes to advance to the second round.

Tamatea was the hero of the hour, making birdie-4 on the 19th — getting a shot from Craven.

Next up for Emery/Tamatea is Tom Reynolds and Tony File, who also needed an extra hole to get rid of father and son Danny and Zane Boyle.

The sudden-death theme continued in Glen McKinnon and Mike Hutton’s win over Steve Phillips and Paul Wellard — 30-handicapper Hutton making par on the 20th to close it out.

Pete Tamatea is understood to have been on fire as he and Ray Walford beat 2017 champions Geoff Hill and Anthony Pahina on the 17th.

Ray Grace and Terry Pointon knocked out Roger McGann and Butch Atkins.

The other round 1 matches are to be played this Sunday.

Brad Reynolds discovered his “A” game a day too late.

He shot a personal-best even-par 72-8-64 on Sunday, making birdies on the eighth and ninth holes (he started on the 10th). His 44 points won the men’s stableford.

Blanche Walker was the stand-out player in the Fletcher’s Meat Treat women’s open tournament on Saturday. She had 81-4-67 to win the overall net.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: B Reynolds 44, J Glassford 38.

Women’s stableford: M Marino 37.

Twos: J Morley.

SATURDAY — Fletcher’s Meat Treat women’s open tournament, overall net: B Walker 81-14-67.

Division 1, gross: J Kerr 81, F Wesche 85.

Net: S McRoberts 86-15-71, J Utting 73.

Stableford: W Morrissey 38, J Akuhata 35.

Division 2, gross: T Paku 96, G Roberts 97.

Net: M Pickles 97-22-75, R Hiko 100-24-76.

Stableford: L McFlinn 34, J Winiata 32.

Division 3, gross: I Ngarimu 103, V Grace 110.

Net: M Tuapawa 113-40-73, J Muir 77.

Stableford: A Tamanui 37, D Watts 32.

Approaches: B Walker (div 1), J Winiata (div 2), I Ngarimu (div 3).

Closest to line: K Papuni.

Twos: J Foot.

Tuesday (April 30) — Veteran men’s stableford: S Peneha 36, B Lumsden-Nicholls 36, P Koorey 35, E Parkin 33, C Brown 32, D Te Maro 32.

The Te Kanawa Cup men’s matchplay is on SUNDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 8am: J Collier/C Nepe v Z Rolls/R Taylor. 8.09: R Moore/D Rameka v D Harrison/B Watene. 8.18: S Peneha/Q Peneha v B Huhu/P Koorey.

Waikohu

ANTONY Ruru had three birdies on his way to winning the men’s stableford on Sunday with 79-16-63, for 43 points.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: A Ruru 43, P Milner 40, T Brown 39, F Ngatoro 37.

Nancy McCormick women’s foursomes, net: M Tuapawa/V Grace 79.5, E Wynyard/A Tamanui-Nunn 79.5.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, men’s handicap singles, Audrey Kelly, Te Pairi, Coronation, Aotearoa and veterans’ competitions for women.

Patutahi

MARTIN Weaver and Pat Molloy led the way in the men’s net on Saturday.

Weaver won the junior division with 64 and Molloy’s 66 was best of the seniors.

Lorraine Haisman won the women’s net with 72, then repeated her effort with 73 on Tuesday.

TUESDAY — Women’s net: L Haisman 99-26-73, M Philip 103-29-74.

SUNDAY — Men’s net, senior division: P Molloy 66, D Pohatu 67, S Pohatu 68.

Junior division: M Weaver 64, R Moleta 67, G Tattersfield 67.

Women’s net: L Haisman 72.

Twos: R Moleta.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: R Pohatu 21, Selwyn Pohatu 20, H Pomana 19, B McKenzie 19.

Junior division: C Kirkpatrick 21, L Jamieson 21, D Tarry, 20, Selwyn Skudder 20.

Poverty Bay

VIV Bell got her defence of the Kahlenberg Cup women’s pairs off to the perfect start yesterday.

Bell, who won in 2018 with Jan Steele, is with Fay Pell this year. The pair had a four-ball best ball stableford score of 46 points to top qualify.

Glorious weather was matched by the scoring in Sunday’s competition.

Three birdies in five holes helped Nick Richardson to an impressive 74-10-64, for 44 points, and the division 1 men’s stableford honours.

His efforts denied Dave Pirimona, who also had 44 points from his 76-12-64, but was edged on countback.

The round of the week came from Tuki Sweeney last Thursday — 74-11-63, for 45 points — to win the div 1 stableford.

WEDNESDAY — Kahlenberg Cup women’s pairs qualifying, four-ball best ball stableford: V Bell/F Pell 46.

Women’s stableford: A Gemmell 93-24-69, 41.

9-hole stableford: B Dickson 17, J Alderson 16.

Twos: J Utting, M Colebourne, K Crosby.

Sunday — Men’s stableford, division 1: N Richardson 44, D Pirimona 44, M Norman 41, D Patumaka 40, S Andreassen 39.

Division 2: L Hewson 42, D Hall 39, R Johnstone 36, L Pollitt 35, N Jones 35, P Rickard 35, R Young 35.

Twos: R Gibson, D Pirimona, M Norman.

Approach: S Andreassen.

SATURDAY — Enterprise Cars Poverty Bay men’s open foursomes, 18-hole gross: P Anderson/A Chandra 72, G Brown/P Clayton 78.

Net: A Kirkpatrick/A Abrahams 69.5, S Shields/A Hayward 70, J McGregor/P Wauchop 70.5, W Thompson/F Ball 70.5, D Situ/J Situ 71.5, C Poole/V Richardson 71.5, J van Helden/G Clapham 72.5, P Rickard/B Morgan 72.5, D Bush/C Christie 73.

Twos: J van Helden/G Clapham, R Foon/D Jenkins, R Gibson/B Brown, C Poole/V Richardson.

THURSDAY (May 2) — Men’s stableford, division 1: T Sweeney 45, A Abrahams 41, G Clapham 41, V Richardson 38, G Brown 37, B Colbert 37.

Division 2 : A Destry 37, W Thompson 37, D Bush 35, D Mettrick 35, M Gemmell 34.

Twos: M Dodgshun, G Brown, T Sweeney, G Clapham.

Approach: G Brown.

Tahunga

The Stockies & Cockies Tahunga Golf Day is tomorrow. Lunch 1pm; tee-off 2pm. Format is 9-hole ambrose. Inquiries to Mark Steele 867 0803 or Casey Maddock 867 0234.

The Tahunga Men’s Open is on Saturday, May 18. Morning tea 10.30am; tee-off 11am. Inquiries to Mark Steele 867 0803 or tahunga@golf.com

Note, the club does not have eftpos.

Mahia

HOME-course trio Gid Pitman, Tom Hema and Bruce Maher won the Na Puteputi ambrose tournament at the weekend. The trio carded a net 60.4 to head off Richard Billington, Simon Billington and Ann Barltrop on 61.8, with Rod Barltrop, Helen Billington and Elaine Westwood third on 62.2.

Te Puia Springs

JIM Devery won the Sunday net with 80-19-61, one ahead of Nelson Truman.

SUNDAY — Net: J Devery 61, N Truman 62, P Harrison 64, P Ngarimu 67, J Forrester 68, J Miratana 69, J Babbington-Welsh 70, H Rasmussen 71, G Roberts 71.

COMING UP: SUNDAY: first round of Presidents, LGU, putting for women, haggle for men.

Tolaga Bay

The Queen of the Coast women’s open tournament scheduled for May 11 has been cancelled. It will not be played this year.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, first round of men’s four-ball.

Veterans

THE Gisborne Park course proved too tough an opponent for most of the 47 players who competed in Gisborne East Coast Veteran Golfers’ Society’s Hamilton Trophy on Tuesday.

Only Brian Lumsden-Nicholls and Park clubmate Mike Hutton beat the course in the par competition.

Lumsden-Nicholls won the trophy with 83-12-71, 2-up on the card, while Hutton shot 101-30-71 to finish 1-up.

A couple of others played around handicap while the rest had to bow to the superiority of a course in what one vet described as “magnificent” condition.

The next vets’ event is at Patutahi on Tuesday, June 11. It was scheduled for 12 noon but organisers are trying to get the start time brought foward to 10am.

Hamilton Trophy results — Men’s par: B Lumsden-Nicholls +2, M Hutton +1, D Te Maro sq, P Koorey sq, B Hall -1, F Ball -1, B Morrissey -1, D Bush -1, P Harrison -1, R Foon -2.

Women: M Marino -3, T Lewis -3, B Walker -4.

9-hole section: V Powdrell -2, B Payne -2, J Fricker -2.

Twos: B Morrissey, J Aitchison, C Brown, A Destry, F Ball.

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