Gisborne - East Coast Golf roundup

TE K CHAMPIONS: Bo Huhu (left) and Peter Koorey won one of the most sought-after titles at Gisborne Park Golf Club — the Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs — on Sunday. They beat Cliff Nepe and John Collier 2 and 1 in the handicap matchplay final. The trophy dates back decades to the days of the now defunct Turanganui course. Picture by Paul Rickard

Gisborne Park

LIFTING a trophy with a long and illustrious history was extra special for Bo Huhu on Sunday.

Huhu and Pete Koorey beat Cliff Nepe and Johnny Collier in the Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs handicap matchplay final — a first Te K success for Huhu and second for Koorey, who won it with Evan Parkin in 2001.

The difference between the pairs was a stretch of holes on the back nine holes. Huhu, giving the shots off his 8-handicap, and Koorey (16) forged a 4-up lead over Nepe (17) and Collier (27), then held off a late charge from their opponents.

Koorey was full of praise for his partner, who he described as “a good player and a good friend”.

The 2019 Te K series was particularly memorable for Koorey as it included a hole-in-one — the second of his career — during their quarterfinal win.

Nepe will have to wait another year to try to get his hands back on a trophy he won with Jury Kerekere in 2003.

The wait continues for Collier, who has been runner-up several times.

The Fletcher Cup subsidiary was also decided. Father and son Danny and Zane Boyle beat Steve Phillips and Paul Wellard on the 17th.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs final: B Huhu/P Koorey def C Nepe/J Collier 2 and 1.

Fletcher Cup men’s subsidiary final: D and Z Boyle def S Phillips/P Wellard 2 and 1.

Men’s net: R Taylor 72, A Pahina 72.

Twos: B Reynolds 2.

Approach: R Taylor.

Men’s best second shot: G McKinnon.

Women’s best third shot: J Akuhata-Nickerson.

WEDNESDAY (June 5) — Women’s Mulligan net: S Maisey 68, M Marino 69, A Watene 69.

TUESDAY (June 4) — Veteran men’s stableford: N Jones 38, P Mitchell 34, M Hutton 33, S Mohlmann 32, L Green 31, P Hogan 31.

MONDAY (June 3) — Team Stableford: J Foot/S Phillips from B Reynolds/Z Boyle.

Twos: J Kerr.

Round 3 of the Benson Cup women’s pairs is on SUNDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 10am: M Marino/B Woods v B Walker/W Morrissey. 10.06: K Hay/P Johansen v J Foot/S Paku.

COMING UP: SATURDAY/SUNDAY, Men’s Handicap Cup qualifying.

Waikohu

TONY Akroyd was dialled in on his way to a brilliant sub-par round at the Turanga Health Waikohu Men’s Open on Saturday.

Patutahi member Akroyd had five birdies and a single bogey in his gross-winning 4-under par 66.

Tahunga’s Spencer Butt won the net with 74-10-64 and home-course player Kahu Tamanui won the stableford with 91-28-63, for 43 points.

The field was small but once again Waikohu turned on an excellent day and there were plenty of compliments about the condition of the course.

Tama Brown won the greens-in-regulation club competition on Sunday. He finished on 17 greens in his net 62, a number modified by handicap.

Percy Milner was second on 15, despite having a superior net of 61 including the jackpot of two twos.

Audrey Tamanui-Nunn’s 14 was best of the women.

SUNDAY — Greens-in-regulation competition, men: T Brown 17 greens, net 62; P Milner 15, 61; K Tamanui 14, 67.

Women: A Tamanui-Nunn 14, 64.

Jackpot: P Milner.

SATURDAY — Turanga Health Waikohu Men’s Open, gross: T Akroyd 66, A Higham 70, A Chandra 70.

Net: S Butt 64.

Stableford: K Tamanui 43, A Ruru 39, T Donovan 38, H Douglas 36, P Milner 36, I Ruru 36.

Long drives: T Donovan (0-18), P Milner (19+).

Approach: T Green.

Twos: A Chandra 2, W Brown, T Akroyd, A Ruru.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, first and second rounds of Coates and McLean trophies, third and final rounds are on Sunday, June 30.

Mahia

THERE have been a lot of rounds between sub-70 drinks for Mahia stalwart Pete Bremner.

The two-time King of the Coast champion and winner of multiple senior club championship crowns shot 3-under 69 on Sundayhis first round in the 60s since September of 2015.

Bremner’s 43-point round, featuring four birdies and a bogey on the 16th, easily won the men’s stableford.

Maraea Wesche looks in solid form ahead of this weekend’s Northern Hawke’s Bay 27-hole women’s tournament. She won the LGU on Saturday with 103-27-76.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: P Bremner 43, Wade Wesche 38, R Bremner 36, B Crowley 35, L Wesche 35.

SATURDAY — LGU: Maraea Wesche 103-27-76, Maria Wesche 94-13-81, L Morgan 119-35-84.

Te Puia Springs

ROBYN Ngati’s putter anchored her victory in the women’s competition on Sunday. She had 29 putts in her 93-23-70.

Roly Smith won the men’s stableford with 81-16-65, for 37 points.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: R Smith 37, J Devery 36, J Forrester 35, J Babbington-Welsh.

President’s competition round 3, LGU, net: R Ngatai 93-23-70, G Roberts 71, F Walker 72, H McClutchie 79.

Putting: R Ngatai 29, G Roberts 31, I Ngarimu 32.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, meeting at 10.30am, stableford for men, Captain’s competition round 1, LGU, putting for women; SUNDAY, June 23, Busby Tray pairs.

Patutahi

TWO of the club’s major matchplay titles are down to the last four, with finalists to be decided this weekend.

The Te Kani Pere Cup men’s semifinals feature Rocky Pardoe against Dean Pohatu and Pat Molloy taking on Martin Weaver.

The McKeague Cup women’s semis pit Lorraine Haisman against Denise Johnston and Sheree Gray against Materoa Philip.

Wayne Baty’s best score in over a year — 75-12-63, for 43 points — won him the senior men’s stableford on Sunday.

TUESDAY — Meade Cup, round 1, women’s net: R Maloy 106-35-71, L Haisman 98-26-72.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, senior division: W Baty 75-12-63, 43; T Donovan 70-4-66, 40; P Molloy 79-12-67, 40; M Stock 83-14-69, 37 on c/b.

Junior division: J Blair 85-16-69, 37; J Neilson 83-15-68, 37; B Pohatu 91-21-70, 36.

Women’s stableford: M Philip 101-30-71, 35; L Haisman 99-26-73, 34.

Twos: W Baty, P Molloy, A Higham.

Jackpot: P Molloy.

Eagle on 1: H Brown.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: K Kennedy 22, O Willimott 21, H Brown 21, P Johnston 21 on c/b.

Junior division: S Pittar 21, D Somerton 21, D Quinn 20, M Broad 20.

Poverty Bay

THE defending champions, a pair who won it 39 years ago and possibly the oldest male full-playing member at the club are bidding for the 2019 Gisborne Motors Barns-Graham men’s pairs title.

Qualifying for the matchplay series is on Saturday and as of yesterday, 36 pairs had entered.

They include reigning champs Mark Norman and Dave Jenkins, who beat Cliff Poole and Colin Christie in the 2018 final.

Bill Allen and Roy Skuse will chalk up yet another BG campaign. The pair first combined in the early 70s and won it in 1980 — 10 years before current world No.1 men’s golfer Brooks Koepka was born — then again in 2016, 36 years later.

Arthur Bacon, 86 years old and understood to be the oldest male playing member at the Bay, will meet his partner, Darryl Grant, for the first time in qualifying.

Several players lit up the course last week, including three notable sub-par rounds. Anaru Reedy had a flawless six-birdie, 6-under 66 on Friday.

Mark Jefferson’s 1-under 71 on Sunday was highlighted by a wonderful shot on the par-3 sixth, his ball finishing inches away from a career-first hole-in one.

Pete Anderson had seven birdies in his 68 on Sunday — including the jackpot of two twos — and but for driving out of bounds on the 17th would have notched a PB.

Other impressive stableford points hauls were recorded over the week by Les Gunther, David Situ, Brian Read and Alex Kirkpatrick.

The Oman Cup women’s matchplay semifinalists were sorted this week. Sue Kemp faces Margaret Williams and Vicki Fraser will play Fay Allen.

Wednesday — Women’s tee-to-green net-plus-putts: A Witters 97, T Lewis 98.

9-holers: Liz Plowman.

Oman Cup women’s matchplay, round 2: S Kemp def G Young, M Williams def S Spence, V Fraser def M Colebourne, F Allen def C Skuse.

Semifinals: S Kemp v M Williams, V Fraser v F Allen.

MONDAY — Women’s par: M Francois +2.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: M Jefferson 43, R Gibson 43, P Anderson 41, P Stewart 40.

Division 2: L Gunther 42, K White 41, L Pollitt 41.

Twos: P Anderson 2, S Jeune, M Jefferson, B Morrissey, P Rickard.

Approach: M Jefferson.

Jackpot: P Anderson.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: D Situ 42, C Poole 35, A Abrahams 34, G Clapham 34, D Jenkins 34.

Division 2: B Read 42, B Allen 42, M Smith 37, R Skuse 37.

Twos: S Andreassen, D Bush.

Approach: S Andreassen.

THURSDAY (June 6) — Men’s stableford, division 1: A Kirkpatrick 42, R Veall 41, M Dodgshun 39, G Morley 38, V Richardson 38.

Division 2: R Murphy 41, H Williams 40, I Kirkpatrick 38, M Smith 37, P Graham 37, D Atkins 37.

Twos: M Dodgshun.

Approach: H Williams.

The qualifying round of the Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs is on SATURDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 11.15: C Bauld/L Gunther, D Wright/M Karalus. 11.23: G Kemp/R Fletcher, K White/P Grogan. 11.31: S Andreassen/D Pirimona, G Brown/D Griffin. 11.39: R Gibson/B Brown, G Eriksen/P Goodwin. 11.47: G Clapham/A Kirkpatrick, P Clayton/J Pittar. 11.55: D Jenkins/M Norman, B Colbert/R Morgan. 12.03: D Bush/C Poole, D Situ/E Atherton. 12.11: B Read/M Smith, J Rouse/V Powdrell. 12.19: R Foon/A Jennings, P Hakiwai/C Jeffrey. 12.27: N Richardson/V Richardsdon, L Hewson/C Taewa.

No.10, 11.15: K Daniels/L Pollitt, C Dean/J Williams. 11.23: D Mettrick/R Veall, M Gemmell/W Thompson. 11.31: R Skuse/B Allen, B Morrissey/C Simpson. 11.39: G Burnside/T Goldsmith, D Patumaka/T Donovan. 11.47: H Williams/T Williams, L Foster/R Wells. 11.55: J Situ/B Payne, M Stewart/A Hayward. 12.03: N Jones/R Young, N Absalom/F Ball. 12.11: P Wauchop/J McGregor, D Grant/A Bacon.

Tolaga Bay

TERE Lincoln sent a warning on Sunday to his four-ball men’s matchplay final opponents. Lincoln won the men’s medal with 69-6-63 on countback from Mark Watts’ 76-13-63.

Lincoln and John Hale face Trent Higgs and Zac Horomia in the four-ball final this Sunday.

The committee meeting scheduled for this weekend has been postponed to Sunday, June 30.

SUNDAY — Medal: Tere Lincoln 69-6-63, M Watts 76-13-63, S Cranswick 66, M Grant 67, T Higgs 67, J Murphy 68, J Hale 69, B Yates 69.

Putting: Z Horomia 26, T Higgs 27.

Twos: D Maitai, S Cranswick.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, men’s four-ball final, medal and putting; SATURDAY/SUNDAY, King of the Coast men’s open tournament, entry inquiries to Jeremy Murphy 021 485 658 or email maikaikastn@gmail.com

Veterans

A HOLE-in-one, a 45-point blitz and a superbly-presented course to match the weather made for “a cracker” of a Gisborne-East Coast Veteran Golfers’ tournament on Tuesday.

Forty veterans enjoyed the stableford round at Patutahi.

Gisborne Park member Dave Te Maro had the round of the day — 97-35-62, for 45 points — with Poverty Bay octogenarian Arthur Bacon second with 87-22-65, for 41 points.

The talk of the clubhouse, however, was Park player Blanche Walker, who aced the 120-metre 15th hole on her way to winning the women’s division with 83-14-69, for 38 points.

It was Walker’s third hole-in-one — her first coming shortly after she started playing in 1997. A 7-iron was the deadly weapon this time.

GEC vets’ chairman John Fricker lavished praise on the course and Patutahi hospitality.

The course was “fabulously presented” — “even the rough was perfectly manicured” — and it was clear members had put in hard work prior to the veterans’ visit, he said.

Results — Men’s stableford: D Te Maro (Gisborne Park) 45, A Bacon (Poverty Bay) 41, G Burnside (PB) 37, S Andreassen (PB) 36, D McFadyen (PB) 36, D Maloy (Patutahi) 36, P Mitchell (Gis P) 35, D Mettrick (PB) 35, R Young (PB) 34, C Brown (Gis P) 34 on c/b.

Women’s stableford: B Walker (Gis P) 38, M Philip (Pat) 37, R Maloy (Pat) 36.

9-hole stableford: G Watt (PB) 17, J Fricker (Gis P) 17.

Hole-in-one: B Walker (Gis P).

Two: F Ball (PB)

Gisborne Park

LIFTING a trophy with a long and illustrious history was extra special for Bo Huhu on Sunday.

Huhu and Pete Koorey beat Cliff Nepe and Johnny Collier in the Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs handicap matchplay final — a first Te K success for Huhu and second for Koorey, who won it with Evan Parkin in 2001.

The difference between the pairs was a stretch of holes on the back nine holes. Huhu, giving the shots off his 8-handicap, and Koorey (16) forged a 4-up lead over Nepe (17) and Collier (27), then held off a late charge from their opponents.

Koorey was full of praise for his partner, who he described as “a good player and a good friend”.

The 2019 Te K series was particularly memorable for Koorey as it included a hole-in-one — the second of his career — during their quarterfinal win.

Nepe will have to wait another year to try to get his hands back on a trophy he won with Jury Kerekere in 2003.

The wait continues for Collier, who has been runner-up several times.

The Fletcher Cup subsidiary was also decided. Father and son Danny and Zane Boyle beat Steve Phillips and Paul Wellard on the 17th.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs final: B Huhu/P Koorey def C Nepe/J Collier 2 and 1.

Fletcher Cup men’s subsidiary final: D and Z Boyle def S Phillips/P Wellard 2 and 1.

Men’s net: R Taylor 72, A Pahina 72.

Twos: B Reynolds 2.

Approach: R Taylor.

Men’s best second shot: G McKinnon.

Women’s best third shot: J Akuhata-Nickerson.

WEDNESDAY (June 5) — Women’s Mulligan net: S Maisey 68, M Marino 69, A Watene 69.

TUESDAY (June 4) — Veteran men’s stableford: N Jones 38, P Mitchell 34, M Hutton 33, S Mohlmann 32, L Green 31, P Hogan 31.

MONDAY (June 3) — Team Stableford: J Foot/S Phillips from B Reynolds/Z Boyle.

Twos: J Kerr.

Round 3 of the Benson Cup women’s pairs is on SUNDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 10am: M Marino/B Woods v B Walker/W Morrissey. 10.06: K Hay/P Johansen v J Foot/S Paku.

COMING UP: SATURDAY/SUNDAY, Men’s Handicap Cup qualifying.

Waikohu

TONY Akroyd was dialled in on his way to a brilliant sub-par round at the Turanga Health Waikohu Men’s Open on Saturday.

Patutahi member Akroyd had five birdies and a single bogey in his gross-winning 4-under par 66.

Tahunga’s Spencer Butt won the net with 74-10-64 and home-course player Kahu Tamanui won the stableford with 91-28-63, for 43 points.

The field was small but once again Waikohu turned on an excellent day and there were plenty of compliments about the condition of the course.

Tama Brown won the greens-in-regulation club competition on Sunday. He finished on 17 greens in his net 62, a number modified by handicap.

Percy Milner was second on 15, despite having a superior net of 61 including the jackpot of two twos.

Audrey Tamanui-Nunn’s 14 was best of the women.

SUNDAY — Greens-in-regulation competition, men: T Brown 17 greens, net 62; P Milner 15, 61; K Tamanui 14, 67.

Women: A Tamanui-Nunn 14, 64.

Jackpot: P Milner.

SATURDAY — Turanga Health Waikohu Men’s Open, gross: T Akroyd 66, A Higham 70, A Chandra 70.

Net: S Butt 64.

Stableford: K Tamanui 43, A Ruru 39, T Donovan 38, H Douglas 36, P Milner 36, I Ruru 36.

Long drives: T Donovan (0-18), P Milner (19+).

Approach: T Green.

Twos: A Chandra 2, W Brown, T Akroyd, A Ruru.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, first and second rounds of Coates and McLean trophies, third and final rounds are on Sunday, June 30.

Mahia

THERE have been a lot of rounds between sub-70 drinks for Mahia stalwart Pete Bremner.

The two-time King of the Coast champion and winner of multiple senior club championship crowns shot 3-under 69 on Sundayhis first round in the 60s since September of 2015.

Bremner’s 43-point round, featuring four birdies and a bogey on the 16th, easily won the men’s stableford.

Maraea Wesche looks in solid form ahead of this weekend’s Northern Hawke’s Bay 27-hole women’s tournament. She won the LGU on Saturday with 103-27-76.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: P Bremner 43, Wade Wesche 38, R Bremner 36, B Crowley 35, L Wesche 35.

SATURDAY — LGU: Maraea Wesche 103-27-76, Maria Wesche 94-13-81, L Morgan 119-35-84.

Te Puia Springs

ROBYN Ngati’s putter anchored her victory in the women’s competition on Sunday. She had 29 putts in her 93-23-70.

Roly Smith won the men’s stableford with 81-16-65, for 37 points.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: R Smith 37, J Devery 36, J Forrester 35, J Babbington-Welsh.

President’s competition round 3, LGU, net: R Ngatai 93-23-70, G Roberts 71, F Walker 72, H McClutchie 79.

Putting: R Ngatai 29, G Roberts 31, I Ngarimu 32.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, meeting at 10.30am, stableford for men, Captain’s competition round 1, LGU, putting for women; SUNDAY, June 23, Busby Tray pairs.

Patutahi

TWO of the club’s major matchplay titles are down to the last four, with finalists to be decided this weekend.

The Te Kani Pere Cup men’s semifinals feature Rocky Pardoe against Dean Pohatu and Pat Molloy taking on Martin Weaver.

The McKeague Cup women’s semis pit Lorraine Haisman against Denise Johnston and Sheree Gray against Materoa Philip.

Wayne Baty’s best score in over a year — 75-12-63, for 43 points — won him the senior men’s stableford on Sunday.

TUESDAY — Meade Cup, round 1, women’s net: R Maloy 106-35-71, L Haisman 98-26-72.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, senior division: W Baty 75-12-63, 43; T Donovan 70-4-66, 40; P Molloy 79-12-67, 40; M Stock 83-14-69, 37 on c/b.

Junior division: J Blair 85-16-69, 37; J Neilson 83-15-68, 37; B Pohatu 91-21-70, 36.

Women’s stableford: M Philip 101-30-71, 35; L Haisman 99-26-73, 34.

Twos: W Baty, P Molloy, A Higham.

Jackpot: P Molloy.

Eagle on 1: H Brown.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: K Kennedy 22, O Willimott 21, H Brown 21, P Johnston 21 on c/b.

Junior division: S Pittar 21, D Somerton 21, D Quinn 20, M Broad 20.

Poverty Bay

THE defending champions, a pair who won it 39 years ago and possibly the oldest male full-playing member at the club are bidding for the 2019 Gisborne Motors Barns-Graham men’s pairs title.

Qualifying for the matchplay series is on Saturday and as of yesterday, 36 pairs had entered.

They include reigning champs Mark Norman and Dave Jenkins, who beat Cliff Poole and Colin Christie in the 2018 final.

Bill Allen and Roy Skuse will chalk up yet another BG campaign. The pair first combined in the early 70s and won it in 1980 — 10 years before current world No.1 men’s golfer Brooks Koepka was born — then again in 2016, 36 years later.

Arthur Bacon, 86 years old and understood to be the oldest male playing member at the Bay, will meet his partner, Darryl Grant, for the first time in qualifying.

Several players lit up the course last week, including three notable sub-par rounds. Anaru Reedy had a flawless six-birdie, 6-under 66 on Friday.

Mark Jefferson’s 1-under 71 on Sunday was highlighted by a wonderful shot on the par-3 sixth, his ball finishing inches away from a career-first hole-in one.

Pete Anderson had seven birdies in his 68 on Sunday — including the jackpot of two twos — and but for driving out of bounds on the 17th would have notched a PB.

Other impressive stableford points hauls were recorded over the week by Les Gunther, David Situ, Brian Read and Alex Kirkpatrick.

The Oman Cup women’s matchplay semifinalists were sorted this week. Sue Kemp faces Margaret Williams and Vicki Fraser will play Fay Allen.

Wednesday — Women’s tee-to-green net-plus-putts: A Witters 97, T Lewis 98.

9-holers: Liz Plowman.

Oman Cup women’s matchplay, round 2: S Kemp def G Young, M Williams def S Spence, V Fraser def M Colebourne, F Allen def C Skuse.

Semifinals: S Kemp v M Williams, V Fraser v F Allen.

MONDAY — Women’s par: M Francois +2.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: M Jefferson 43, R Gibson 43, P Anderson 41, P Stewart 40.

Division 2: L Gunther 42, K White 41, L Pollitt 41.

Twos: P Anderson 2, S Jeune, M Jefferson, B Morrissey, P Rickard.

Approach: M Jefferson.

Jackpot: P Anderson.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: D Situ 42, C Poole 35, A Abrahams 34, G Clapham 34, D Jenkins 34.

Division 2: B Read 42, B Allen 42, M Smith 37, R Skuse 37.

Twos: S Andreassen, D Bush.

Approach: S Andreassen.

THURSDAY (June 6) — Men’s stableford, division 1: A Kirkpatrick 42, R Veall 41, M Dodgshun 39, G Morley 38, V Richardson 38.

Division 2: R Murphy 41, H Williams 40, I Kirkpatrick 38, M Smith 37, P Graham 37, D Atkins 37.

Twos: M Dodgshun.

Approach: H Williams.

The qualifying round of the Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs is on SATURDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 11.15: C Bauld/L Gunther, D Wright/M Karalus. 11.23: G Kemp/R Fletcher, K White/P Grogan. 11.31: S Andreassen/D Pirimona, G Brown/D Griffin. 11.39: R Gibson/B Brown, G Eriksen/P Goodwin. 11.47: G Clapham/A Kirkpatrick, P Clayton/J Pittar. 11.55: D Jenkins/M Norman, B Colbert/R Morgan. 12.03: D Bush/C Poole, D Situ/E Atherton. 12.11: B Read/M Smith, J Rouse/V Powdrell. 12.19: R Foon/A Jennings, P Hakiwai/C Jeffrey. 12.27: N Richardson/V Richardsdon, L Hewson/C Taewa.

No.10, 11.15: K Daniels/L Pollitt, C Dean/J Williams. 11.23: D Mettrick/R Veall, M Gemmell/W Thompson. 11.31: R Skuse/B Allen, B Morrissey/C Simpson. 11.39: G Burnside/T Goldsmith, D Patumaka/T Donovan. 11.47: H Williams/T Williams, L Foster/R Wells. 11.55: J Situ/B Payne, M Stewart/A Hayward. 12.03: N Jones/R Young, N Absalom/F Ball. 12.11: P Wauchop/J McGregor, D Grant/A Bacon.

Tolaga Bay

TERE Lincoln sent a warning on Sunday to his four-ball men’s matchplay final opponents. Lincoln won the men’s medal with 69-6-63 on countback from Mark Watts’ 76-13-63.

Lincoln and John Hale face Trent Higgs and Zac Horomia in the four-ball final this Sunday.

The committee meeting scheduled for this weekend has been postponed to Sunday, June 30.

SUNDAY — Medal: Tere Lincoln 69-6-63, M Watts 76-13-63, S Cranswick 66, M Grant 67, T Higgs 67, J Murphy 68, J Hale 69, B Yates 69.

Putting: Z Horomia 26, T Higgs 27.

Twos: D Maitai, S Cranswick.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, men’s four-ball final, medal and putting; SATURDAY/SUNDAY, King of the Coast men’s open tournament, entry inquiries to Jeremy Murphy 021 485 658 or email maikaikastn@gmail.com

Veterans

A HOLE-in-one, a 45-point blitz and a superbly-presented course to match the weather made for “a cracker” of a Gisborne-East Coast Veteran Golfers’ tournament on Tuesday.

Forty veterans enjoyed the stableford round at Patutahi.

Gisborne Park member Dave Te Maro had the round of the day — 97-35-62, for 45 points — with Poverty Bay octogenarian Arthur Bacon second with 87-22-65, for 41 points.

The talk of the clubhouse, however, was Park player Blanche Walker, who aced the 120-metre 15th hole on her way to winning the women’s division with 83-14-69, for 38 points.

It was Walker’s third hole-in-one — her first coming shortly after she started playing in 1997. A 7-iron was the deadly weapon this time.

GEC vets’ chairman John Fricker lavished praise on the course and Patutahi hospitality.

The course was “fabulously presented” — “even the rough was perfectly manicured” — and it was clear members had put in hard work prior to the veterans’ visit, he said.

Results — Men’s stableford: D Te Maro (Gisborne Park) 45, A Bacon (Poverty Bay) 41, G Burnside (PB) 37, S Andreassen (PB) 36, D McFadyen (PB) 36, D Maloy (Patutahi) 36, P Mitchell (Gis P) 35, D Mettrick (PB) 35, R Young (PB) 34, C Brown (Gis P) 34 on c/b.

Women’s stableford: B Walker (Gis P) 38, M Philip (Pat) 37, R Maloy (Pat) 36.

9-hole stableford: G Watt (PB) 17, J Fricker (Gis P) 17.

Hole-in-one: B Walker (Gis P).

Two: F Ball (PB)

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