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Tahunga

Spencer Butt returned to the senior club champion throne on Sunday.

Butt knocked off 2018 winner Mark Steele on Saturday, then beat Jeremy Kemp 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final on Sunday.

Kemp booked his place in the final with a win against John Osborne.

Mike Gibson claimed the intermediate honours with a 3 and 2 victory over Lee Johnson.

Gibson eliminated defending champ Ben Johnson in the Saturday semis while Lee Johnson ousted Simon Ewen.

Gisborne Park

Local legend Karen Hay has moved a step closer to a 19th senior women’s club championship title.

Hay’s 16th-hole semifinal win over Blanche Walker booked her a place in Saturday’s final. She faces the winner of the yet-to-be-played semi between defending champion Jo Kerr and Wiki Morrissey.

Mihi Marino and Carney Pipi will decide the intermediate final while Kath Papuni and Di Webb are the junior finalists.

The Walford-Taylor battle could be the match of the day in men’s club championships on Sunday.

Rob Taylor faces Ray Walford in a senior quarterfinal. The pair posted the same score in qualifying but Walford sent a message last weekend with his 78-10-68, for 40 points, in the men’s stableford on Sunday.

Geoff Hill takes on Sel Peneha in the other quarterfinal. Rod Moore and Brad Reynolds are already into the semis as the top two qualifiers.

Derek Craven won the men’s stableford on Sunday with 82-15-67, for 41 points. He may need that sort of form to see off rising junior Zach Rolls in their intermediate quarterfinal.

Several first round matches were played on Sunday.

Dave Harrison beat Waiti Tamatea to book a quarterfinal against intermediate top qualifier Danny Boyle.

Cliff Nepe defeated Ray Grace and will next face intermediate No.2 seed Steve Phillips.

Bottom junior qualifier Tony Leggett knocked out John Charles while second-from-bottom Neal Jones saw off Mason Emery.

The women’s club championship finals are on Saturday.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: D Craven 41, R Walford 40, E Morley 40, W Whangapirita 37.

Women’s stableford: J Morley 42, M Marino 40.

Twos: Z Boyle 2, A Watene.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford: B Reynolds 39, R Walford 37.

WEDNESDAY (Aug 7) — Women’s stableford: J Muir 41.

Drawn two: A Richardson.

The women’s club championship finals are on SATURDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 8am: Winner of K Hay v B Walker v winner of J Kerr v W Morrissey. 9am: M Marino v C Pipi. 9.06: K Papuni v D Webb.

The draw for the men’s club championships on SUNDAY is — No.1 tee, 9am: R Walford v R Taylor, G Hill v S Peneha. 9.06: D Boyle v D Harrison, A Pahina v G McKinnon. 9.12: S Phillips v C Nepe, D Craven v Z Rolls. 9.18: B Cox v N Jones, J Hayes v D Rameka. 9.24: P Wellard v T Leggett, C Palmer v P Tamatea.

Poverty Bay

Been there, done that, time to do it again.

Andrew Higham starts his campaign for yet another club championship record on Saturday.

But the six-time senior champion at Poverty Bay would be the first to admit he’s no favourite.

He would probably rate a couple of names over his in this year’s list of contenders.

Difference is only one of the leading lights has tasted success on this particular stage.

Simon Jeune won the title in 2015, beating Higham 1-up in the 36-hole final.

He’s back and is part of a strong challenge to Higham’s reign.

If there was a vote for favourite leading into the 36-hole strokeplay qualifying on Saturday, it would probably come out in Anaru Reedy’s favour.

Reedy has been in devastating form, which has resulted in his handicap dropping to +1.2 — the lowest in the region. He has shot sub-par figures in six of his past 10 rounds, the worst of those a 3-over 75.

Other likely frontrunners are Poverty Bay Open champion Pete Anderson, greenkeeper William Brown and recently-crowned King of the Coast Hukanui Brown, while Glenn Morley, who has reduced his handicap from 8 to 3 in the past 11 months, could be the dark horse.

Neil Mackie is vying for his third intermediate title on the trot.

Intermediate, junior and endeavour division players have one round of qualifying on Saturday.

The Dodgshun Cup division 1 gross champion will be decided on Saturday.

Club champs qualifying for the seniors doubles as the last two rounds of the Dodgshun Cup.

Anderson is leading the best-three-of-four-rounds series on 156 (82, 74). Higham (75) and Jeune (77) have played only one round so must count both their remaining rounds while Anderson has the chance of dropping his 82.

Vance Richardson (84, 78) is also in the mix.

The Dodgshun Cup also features two other divisions, who have a round on Saturday as part of club championship qualifying, then play their final round on Sunday.

Andy Hayward (82, 84) leads division 2 by one stroke from Mackie (83, 84). Mark Stewart (95, 92) and Bill Simpson (92, 95) are tied at the top of division 3.

WEDNESDAY — Women’s net: L Fletcher 100-33-67, J MacKinnon 95-25-70.

Twos: D Kirkpatrick.

9-holers’ gross: R Spence 49.

MONDAY — 6x6x6 women’s net-plus-putts-minus-stableford: L Fletcher 15.

Best third shot on 18: A Witters.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: P Stewart 37, M Norman 36, R Gibson 34, A Reedy 34, J Situ 34.

Division 2: R Johnstone 40, A Baldwin 39, P Rickard 37, L Pollitt 37.

Twos: J Kerekere.

Approach: J Kerekere.

SATURDAY — Men’s net, division 1: V Richardson 69, J McGregor 69, A Abrahams 72, C Poole 72, J van Helden 72, D Situ 72.

Division 2: D Bush 69, A Baldwin 69, C Christie 70, B Payne 70.

Twos: S Andreassen, J Situ, J van Helden, N Mackie, S Jeune.

Approach: S Jeune.

THURSDAY (Aug 8) — Men’s stableford, division 1: C Dean 38, I Murphy 37, C Christie 37, R Veall 36, P Graham 36, A Reedy 36, C Poole 36.

Division 2: R Owen 38, M Gemmell 37, B Read 36, J Aitchison 34, G Kemp 34, R Fletcher 34, H Williams 34.

Twos: B Hall, G Kemp, R Veall.

Approach: I Murphy.

COMING UP: TOMORROW, Kiri Te Kanawa senior open tournament, all club members over 50 years of age welcome, 9am start; COMING UP: FRIDAY, August 30, Quiz Night II: The Sequel, teams of six, includes food, to register your team (including team name), email johnvanhelden1304@gmail.com

Patutahi

Hukanui Brown’s busy club championship campaign is off to a top seed start.

Fresh from his King of the Coast men’s open win at Tolaga Bay, Brown earned the No.1 seeding in the senior men’s division of the club championships on Sunday.

Brown edged Tony Akroyd on countback after both posted a best round of 3-under 67, including six birdies apiece.

Brown, who is also in the Poverty Bay club champs, will play the winner of the match between his older brother Eddie Brown and cousin Jace Brown.

Akroyd faces Regan Hindmarsh.

Hamish Harris continued his impressive form on Sunday, winning the junior net with 81-16-65.

Denise Johnston got the countback nod over Jenny Ruru in the women’s net. Both carded 68.

SUNDAY — Men’s net, senior division: T Akroyd 63, H Brown 65, R Hindmarsh 66, J Neilson 66, P Johnston 67.

Junior division: H Harris 65, S Pittar 65, M de Luze 66, G Tattersfield 67.

Women’s net: D Johnston 68, J Ruru 68.

Twos: H Harris, R Hindmarsh.

Jackpot: H Harris.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: B McKenzie 23, R Moleta 22, A Hindmarsh 22, A Higham 19.

Junior division: D Somerton 23, D Dodgshun 22, P Summersby 22, S Pittar 19.

Tolaga Bay

THANKS for coming uncle.

Defending champion Taine Lincoln advanced to the senior men’s club championship final with a comfortable win over uncle Tere Lincoln on Sunday.

Three players are chasing the other final berth. Dion Milner faces Bruce Yates in a quarterfinal match this weekend. The winner will play Neil Hansen in the semis.

It was a bittersweet day for Toby Williams. He lost his intermediate match 2 and 1 to Mickey Grant but won the stableford with 78-17-61, for 43 points.

Grant struck the jackpot of two twos on his way to victory.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: T Williams 43, M Grant 41, Taine Lincoln 40, T Higgs 39, Joe Lincoln 37, J Hale 37, B Yates 35.

Twos: M Grant 2, J Murphy.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, committee meeting at 10am, men’s club championships.

Mahia

The President’s four-ball best-ball matchplay champions have been decided.

Kevin Symes and Lance Wesche beat Tim Powdrell and Bernie Crowley in the men’s final.

Maria Wesche and Colleen Wesche defeated Viv Kyle and Lee Steel in the women’s final.

SUNDAY — Eagles competition, stableford: N Gailer 43, R Bremner 41, P Jelbert 39, G Hornblow 38, D Bremner 37, B Morrissey 36.

Twos: K Symes, R Bremner.

Seniors

The Sunrise Foundation Gisborne East Coast Veteran Golfers’ Association open tournament is at Poverty Bay Golf Club from November 3 to 6.

Numbers are limited to 64 men and 48 women. Entries must be in by Friday, November 1.

The men’s tournament is one round of strokeplay followed by three rounds of matchplay from November 3 to 6.

The women’s tournament is three rounds of strokeplay from November 4 to 6.

For further inquires or for an entry form, contact John Fricker at pbseniors@outlook.com or 022 658 4784, or contact the Poverty Bay pro shop at (06) 867 4402.

Tahunga

Spencer Butt returned to the senior club champion throne on Sunday.

Butt knocked off 2018 winner Mark Steele on Saturday, then beat Jeremy Kemp 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final on Sunday.

Kemp booked his place in the final with a win against John Osborne.

Mike Gibson claimed the intermediate honours with a 3 and 2 victory over Lee Johnson.

Gibson eliminated defending champ Ben Johnson in the Saturday semis while Lee Johnson ousted Simon Ewen.

Gisborne Park

Local legend Karen Hay has moved a step closer to a 19th senior women’s club championship title.

Hay’s 16th-hole semifinal win over Blanche Walker booked her a place in Saturday’s final. She faces the winner of the yet-to-be-played semi between defending champion Jo Kerr and Wiki Morrissey.

Mihi Marino and Carney Pipi will decide the intermediate final while Kath Papuni and Di Webb are the junior finalists.

The Walford-Taylor battle could be the match of the day in men’s club championships on Sunday.

Rob Taylor faces Ray Walford in a senior quarterfinal. The pair posted the same score in qualifying but Walford sent a message last weekend with his 78-10-68, for 40 points, in the men’s stableford on Sunday.

Geoff Hill takes on Sel Peneha in the other quarterfinal. Rod Moore and Brad Reynolds are already into the semis as the top two qualifiers.

Derek Craven won the men’s stableford on Sunday with 82-15-67, for 41 points. He may need that sort of form to see off rising junior Zach Rolls in their intermediate quarterfinal.

Several first round matches were played on Sunday.

Dave Harrison beat Waiti Tamatea to book a quarterfinal against intermediate top qualifier Danny Boyle.

Cliff Nepe defeated Ray Grace and will next face intermediate No.2 seed Steve Phillips.

Bottom junior qualifier Tony Leggett knocked out John Charles while second-from-bottom Neal Jones saw off Mason Emery.

The women’s club championship finals are on Saturday.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: D Craven 41, R Walford 40, E Morley 40, W Whangapirita 37.

Women’s stableford: J Morley 42, M Marino 40.

Twos: Z Boyle 2, A Watene.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford: B Reynolds 39, R Walford 37.

WEDNESDAY (Aug 7) — Women’s stableford: J Muir 41.

Drawn two: A Richardson.

The women’s club championship finals are on SATURDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 8am: Winner of K Hay v B Walker v winner of J Kerr v W Morrissey. 9am: M Marino v C Pipi. 9.06: K Papuni v D Webb.

The draw for the men’s club championships on SUNDAY is — No.1 tee, 9am: R Walford v R Taylor, G Hill v S Peneha. 9.06: D Boyle v D Harrison, A Pahina v G McKinnon. 9.12: S Phillips v C Nepe, D Craven v Z Rolls. 9.18: B Cox v N Jones, J Hayes v D Rameka. 9.24: P Wellard v T Leggett, C Palmer v P Tamatea.

Poverty Bay

Been there, done that, time to do it again.

Andrew Higham starts his campaign for yet another club championship record on Saturday.

But the six-time senior champion at Poverty Bay would be the first to admit he’s no favourite.

He would probably rate a couple of names over his in this year’s list of contenders.

Difference is only one of the leading lights has tasted success on this particular stage.

Simon Jeune won the title in 2015, beating Higham 1-up in the 36-hole final.

He’s back and is part of a strong challenge to Higham’s reign.

If there was a vote for favourite leading into the 36-hole strokeplay qualifying on Saturday, it would probably come out in Anaru Reedy’s favour.

Reedy has been in devastating form, which has resulted in his handicap dropping to +1.2 — the lowest in the region. He has shot sub-par figures in six of his past 10 rounds, the worst of those a 3-over 75.

Other likely frontrunners are Poverty Bay Open champion Pete Anderson, greenkeeper William Brown and recently-crowned King of the Coast Hukanui Brown, while Glenn Morley, who has reduced his handicap from 8 to 3 in the past 11 months, could be the dark horse.

Neil Mackie is vying for his third intermediate title on the trot.

Intermediate, junior and endeavour division players have one round of qualifying on Saturday.

The Dodgshun Cup division 1 gross champion will be decided on Saturday.

Club champs qualifying for the seniors doubles as the last two rounds of the Dodgshun Cup.

Anderson is leading the best-three-of-four-rounds series on 156 (82, 74). Higham (75) and Jeune (77) have played only one round so must count both their remaining rounds while Anderson has the chance of dropping his 82.

Vance Richardson (84, 78) is also in the mix.

The Dodgshun Cup also features two other divisions, who have a round on Saturday as part of club championship qualifying, then play their final round on Sunday.

Andy Hayward (82, 84) leads division 2 by one stroke from Mackie (83, 84). Mark Stewart (95, 92) and Bill Simpson (92, 95) are tied at the top of division 3.

WEDNESDAY — Women’s net: L Fletcher 100-33-67, J MacKinnon 95-25-70.

Twos: D Kirkpatrick.

9-holers’ gross: R Spence 49.

MONDAY — 6x6x6 women’s net-plus-putts-minus-stableford: L Fletcher 15.

Best third shot on 18: A Witters.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: P Stewart 37, M Norman 36, R Gibson 34, A Reedy 34, J Situ 34.

Division 2: R Johnstone 40, A Baldwin 39, P Rickard 37, L Pollitt 37.

Twos: J Kerekere.

Approach: J Kerekere.

SATURDAY — Men’s net, division 1: V Richardson 69, J McGregor 69, A Abrahams 72, C Poole 72, J van Helden 72, D Situ 72.

Division 2: D Bush 69, A Baldwin 69, C Christie 70, B Payne 70.

Twos: S Andreassen, J Situ, J van Helden, N Mackie, S Jeune.

Approach: S Jeune.

THURSDAY (Aug 8) — Men’s stableford, division 1: C Dean 38, I Murphy 37, C Christie 37, R Veall 36, P Graham 36, A Reedy 36, C Poole 36.

Division 2: R Owen 38, M Gemmell 37, B Read 36, J Aitchison 34, G Kemp 34, R Fletcher 34, H Williams 34.

Twos: B Hall, G Kemp, R Veall.

Approach: I Murphy.

COMING UP: TOMORROW, Kiri Te Kanawa senior open tournament, all club members over 50 years of age welcome, 9am start; COMING UP: FRIDAY, August 30, Quiz Night II: The Sequel, teams of six, includes food, to register your team (including team name), email johnvanhelden1304@gmail.com

Patutahi

Hukanui Brown’s busy club championship campaign is off to a top seed start.

Fresh from his King of the Coast men’s open win at Tolaga Bay, Brown earned the No.1 seeding in the senior men’s division of the club championships on Sunday.

Brown edged Tony Akroyd on countback after both posted a best round of 3-under 67, including six birdies apiece.

Brown, who is also in the Poverty Bay club champs, will play the winner of the match between his older brother Eddie Brown and cousin Jace Brown.

Akroyd faces Regan Hindmarsh.

Hamish Harris continued his impressive form on Sunday, winning the junior net with 81-16-65.

Denise Johnston got the countback nod over Jenny Ruru in the women’s net. Both carded 68.

SUNDAY — Men’s net, senior division: T Akroyd 63, H Brown 65, R Hindmarsh 66, J Neilson 66, P Johnston 67.

Junior division: H Harris 65, S Pittar 65, M de Luze 66, G Tattersfield 67.

Women’s net: D Johnston 68, J Ruru 68.

Twos: H Harris, R Hindmarsh.

Jackpot: H Harris.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: B McKenzie 23, R Moleta 22, A Hindmarsh 22, A Higham 19.

Junior division: D Somerton 23, D Dodgshun 22, P Summersby 22, S Pittar 19.

Tolaga Bay

THANKS for coming uncle.

Defending champion Taine Lincoln advanced to the senior men’s club championship final with a comfortable win over uncle Tere Lincoln on Sunday.

Three players are chasing the other final berth. Dion Milner faces Bruce Yates in a quarterfinal match this weekend. The winner will play Neil Hansen in the semis.

It was a bittersweet day for Toby Williams. He lost his intermediate match 2 and 1 to Mickey Grant but won the stableford with 78-17-61, for 43 points.

Grant struck the jackpot of two twos on his way to victory.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: T Williams 43, M Grant 41, Taine Lincoln 40, T Higgs 39, Joe Lincoln 37, J Hale 37, B Yates 35.

Twos: M Grant 2, J Murphy.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, committee meeting at 10am, men’s club championships.

Mahia

The President’s four-ball best-ball matchplay champions have been decided.

Kevin Symes and Lance Wesche beat Tim Powdrell and Bernie Crowley in the men’s final.

Maria Wesche and Colleen Wesche defeated Viv Kyle and Lee Steel in the women’s final.

SUNDAY — Eagles competition, stableford: N Gailer 43, R Bremner 41, P Jelbert 39, G Hornblow 38, D Bremner 37, B Morrissey 36.

Twos: K Symes, R Bremner.

Seniors

The Sunrise Foundation Gisborne East Coast Veteran Golfers’ Association open tournament is at Poverty Bay Golf Club from November 3 to 6.

Numbers are limited to 64 men and 48 women. Entries must be in by Friday, November 1.

The men’s tournament is one round of strokeplay followed by three rounds of matchplay from November 3 to 6.

The women’s tournament is three rounds of strokeplay from November 4 to 6.

For further inquires or for an entry form, contact John Fricker at pbseniors@outlook.com or 022 658 4784, or contact the Poverty Bay pro shop at (06) 867 4402.

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