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EIGHT months ago Brad Reynolds told his family he would be the 2019 Gisborne Park senior men’s club champion.

On Sunday he lived up to those words to achieve the individual highlight of his sporting life so far.

Reynolds defeated Rob Taylor 5 and 4 in the 36-hole matchplay final.

He ended it with a birdie-2 on the short par-14th hole . . . a short walk to the 19th for a fitting celebration.

Taylor made Reynolds work for it.

The pair were all-square after nine holes, then Taylor won the 10th and 12th holes to go 2-up. Reynolds won the 14th and the 17th and the pair went to lunch locked all-square.

Reynolds said he was happy with that. He struggled with his putting and “couldn’t find a fairway to save myself” with his driver.

That all changed in the afternoon. The big dog came right and he won several holes, including the 24th, 26th and 27th to hold a 3-up advantage with nine to go.

A snake-putt on the 31st put him dormie 5-up and he finished it the next hole.

“It felt bloody good,” said Reynolds, whose previous golfing highlight was winning the Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs title with grandfather Allan Nairne.

“The Te K was special as it was with Poppa but club champs is the one I wanted.”

Danny Boyle and Derek “Red” Craven have clashed plenty of times on the cricket pitch over yesteryears.

On Sunday they met on the fairways in the intermediate final.

Former OBR Presidents player Boyle admitted ex-Pirates cricketer Craven probably had the edge success-wise with the red ball.

But it was no contest when it came to the white dimpled one.

Boyle strode to a 4-up lead after 18 holes and eventually won 7 and 6.

It was his third Park intermediate title and he said “the boys” had been giving him grief about stepping up to the senior ranks.

Chris Palmer collected his first club championship honour — the junior men’s title — in a clash that went into overtime. Palmer said there was never more than one hole in it against Barry Cox. They finished the scheduled 18 holes all-square and a par on the par-3 20th got Palmer over the line.

Mike Hutton won the endeavour title.

SUNDAY — Canadian mixed foursomes net: P Johansen/M Hutton 67.5, M Alley/R Moore 68.

Gross: T Reynolds/R Walford.

Twos: D Harrison/W Morrissey, M Hutton/P Johansen.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford: S Peneha 39, B Huhu 38 on c/b.

Grandmother’s Cup net: J Akuhata-Nickerson 71, J Foot 72 on c/b.

Non-Grans Salver: K Hay 79.

Drawn two: M Alley.

Most golf by a gran: K Papuni.

WEDNESDAY (Aug 28) — Women’s drawn pairs stableford: S Paku/A Watene 73.

Twos: W Morrissey, S Paku.

TUESDAY (Aug 27) — Veteran men’s stableford: M Hutton 42, E Parkin 38, A Nairne 37, P Mitchell 37, B Cox 35, S Mohlmann 35, G Williams 33, E Morley 33.

Patutahi

IT’S down to the business end of the men’s and women’s club championships.

Hukanui Brown and Tony Akroyd will battle out the senior men’s title while Denise Johnston faces Helen Pomana in the senior women’s final.

Jon Priestley and Wayne Baty go head to head for the intermediate honours. Shelley Robertson and Sheree Gray are the last two standing in the intermediate women’s division.

Hamish Harris has been in fine form but will be wary of the consistent Mike de Luze in the junior men’s final.

Jenny Ruru is up against Rhonda Maloy for the junior women’s crown.

It’s brother on brother in the endeavour men’s final – Brian versus Ian Tietjen.

All finals are on Sunday over 36 holes from 8.30am bar the endeavour section, which is 18 holes, teeing off at midday.

TUESDAY — Women’s net: L Haisman 97-26-71, J Ruru 108-34-74.

SUNDAY — Men’s net, 0-15: J Neilson 68, J Priestley 68, T Akroyd 69, H Brown 70.

16+: P Summersby 65, A Nimmo 66, G Tattersfield 67, I Tietjen 67.

Women’s net: S Robertson 68, L Haisman 69.

Twos: G Brown, C Parker, S Pohatu.

Jackpot: G Brown.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: T Williams 27, J Blair 24, B Wallace 22, A Blakeman 21.

Junior division: P Jex-Blake 22, J Tietjen 21, D Skudder 21, D Quinn 21.

TUESDAY (Aug 27) — Women’s stableford: J Ewart 101-27-74, 33; M Philip 109-31-78, 29; M Winiata 108-29-79, 29.

COMING UP: TOMORROW, meat pack nine-hole stableford; SATURDAY, men’s winter shootout, 8.30am tee-off.

Te Puia Springs

TWO women’s club champions for 2019 will be decided on Sunday.

Robyn Ngatai and Hazel Miratana are in the intermediate final while Frances Walker and Hiria McClutchie are in the junior final.

Pete Ngarimu was the stand-out performer in Sunday’s stableford. He won with 42 points.

SUNDAY — Stableford: P Ngarimu 42, N Truman 39, J Devery 39, R Walker 38, H Rasmussen 36, H Miratana 35, P Harrison 35, G Roberts 34, R Ngatai 34, P Summersby 33.

Approaches: R Ngatai, P Harrison.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, men’s club championships, women’s club championship finals (junior and intermediate).

Poverty Bay

RU versus Wi.

Their nicknames are short. Their talents are lengthy.

And this Saturday they will pit those skills in what promises to be — weather dependent — a men’s club championship final of topnotch quality.

Anaru “Ru” Reedy and William “Wi” Brown are the remaining contenders for the senior title after cruising to semifinal victories on Saturday.

Brown delivered what his opponent Pete Anderson described as “a lesson” in matchplay golf.

The Poverty Bay greenkeeper was 4-under when Anderson raised the white flag on the 11th hole.

Brown was superb. His performance featured a couple of birdie-2s but it was sublime recovery shots from trees on the par-4 seventh and eighth holes, when Anderson looked like having a chance of eating into his deficit, that stood out.

Both times Brown spotted a gap. Both times he found it and the man many feel has the best-looking swing in the district never gave Anderson a chance.

Reedy, a disciple of the Gravity Golf swing, saw off fellow Poverty Bay-East Coast masters representative Simon Jeune — the only one of the semifinalists to have won the Poverty Bay senior title.

Reedy was 3-up after nine holes, birdied the 10th to go 4-up, then the pair traded a few punches before shaking hands on the 15th.

Those who want to see a golf ball hit at a pure level should take the time to watch some of the 36-hole scheduled final on Saturday.

A third consecutive intermediate title is a win away for Neil Mackie but he’s — excuse the pun — not taking it for granted.

Mackie will line up against Darryl Grant, a quiet achiever who has the chance to add a club championship crown to his Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs glory.

Grant once again showed his calm in the pressure cauldron to beat Clive Dean 1-up in their semi-final.

He was 1-down playing 16 but won that after Dean found the water. Both made pars on 17 to hit the 18th tee all-square.

Grant stepped up with a brilliant second shot to six-feet from the pin and Dean ended up conceding.

Mackie has been solid throughout the champs and continued that form in disposing of Gray Clapham 5 and 4.

Warwick Thompson and Mark Stewart will duke it out for the junior title. Thompson beat Bill Simpson in the semis while Stewart eliminated Hamish Williams.

John Rouse and Alan Baldwin are the endeavour finalists.

MARG Colebourne’s first club championship title was 18 years in the making.

Colebourne won the senior women’s 36-hole matchplay final in emphatic fashion on Tuesday.

All-square after 13 holes against Mary Allan, Colebourne proceeded to win the next five, then the first hole of the afternoon round to go 6-up.

She went on to complete a 9 and 8 win.

“it was 18 years of trying,” said Colebourne, who has played in all but one club championship this century after starting golf in 1999.

The intermediate final went all but the 36-hole distance.

Anne Gemmell beat June MacKinnon 2 and 1 in a title match played last week.

It was up-and-down all the way and Gemmell said she was thrilled to win.

Gemmell is no stranger to club championship success, having racked up several at Tahunga and even doing a double — Tahunga senior and Poverty Bay intermediate — in 2011.

It was a consecutive bridesmaid finish for MacKinnon.

Kirsty Shaw and Odette Thompson had a titanic battle in the 27-hole junior final on Monday.

Shaw parred the par-5 27th (ninth hole) to force extra holes, then parred the par-5 first hole to win a quality final.

Rose Pettigrew beat Sandy Armstrong in the 9-holers’ final.

Women’s club championships results (played on different days) — Senior division: M Colebourne def M Allan.

Consolation: J Utting def L Holmberg.

Intermediate: A Gemmell def J MacKinnon.

Consolation: S Bramwell def J Steele.

Junior: K Shaw def O Thompson.

Consolation: V Fraser def S Kemp.

9-holers: R Pettigrew def S Armstrong.

Consolation: R Spence def J Alderson.

The insurance tournament is at Poverty Bay tomorrow. Report at 12 noon for a 12.30 shotgun start. The draw is — No.1 tee: S Harbottle, N Mackie, R Harding, M Higham; M File, L Ball, A Putman, M van der Velde.

No.2: G Hannah, C Newman, R Maloy, H Douglas; M Tilley, G Webb, A Ross, G Cunningham.

No.3: D Bush, J Pittar, M Reynolds, N Jenkins.

No 5: J Boy Smith, W Brown, P Kerekere, C Taewa; D Meadows, B Brown, K Daniels, P Grogan.

No.6: P Mullooly, F Lewis, J Castles, G Bramwell; K Shaw, C Slater, R Majstrovic, N Hendrie.

No.7: T Sherratt, G Kemp, I Kirkpatrick, I Dudley, P Florence.

No.8: B Morrissey, B Pratt, P Goodwin, A Baldwin; T Sweeney, D Jenkins, P Hogan, N Jones.

No.9: K Humphries, R Ladd, E Hindmarsh, J McGregor; D Waide, T Lister, M Sowerby, G Cunningham.

No.10: H Keast, G Morley, L Hewson, R Gibson; M Weaver, B Talbott, D Williams, P Molloy.

No.11: Tere Lincoln, T Sharp, N Hansen, M Grant.

No.12: P Rickard, H Johanson, T Green, G Marchbank; C Bauld, L Foster, R Wells, M Stevens.

No.17: Tim Wilkies, R Menzies, D Gregory, G Gregory; N Kitchen, D Quinn, C Sutton, T Reynolds.

No.18: J Cunningham, A Paterson, D Hall, B Marsden; G Wilson, R Clark, M James, F Cook.

Tolaga Bay

NEIL Hansen will face Taine Lincoln in the senior men’s club championship final on Sunday. Hansen beat Bruce Yates 2 and 1 at the weekend to book a title clash with the defending champion.

SUNDAY — Stableford: J Murphy 40, N Hansen 38, B Yates 37, T Williams 35, J Lincoln 35, G Watts 34.

Twos: J Murphy.

Coming up: SUNDAY, men’s and women’s medal, men’s club championship finals.this Sunday mens/ladies medal.

Waikohu

MARG Tuapawa won the all-in stableford on Sunday. Tuapawa had 40 points and pipped Tom Smith by one.

SUNDAY — All-in stableford: M Tuapawa 40, T Smith 39, T Ruru 34, K Tamanui 33, P Milner 31, I Ruru 31.

Twos: T Ruru.

COMING UP: SATURDAY, working bee; SUNDAY, no competition; SATURDAY, Sept 14, Waikohu open closing tournament.

Veterans

POVERTY Bay members Colin Christie and Duncan Bush combined forces to win the Gisborne East Coast Veterans’ Golfers Society’s Croskery Tankard four-ball best-ball title on Tuesday.

The Christie-Bush combo posted 48 stableford points on their home course, two ahead of Peter Harrison (Te Puia Springs) and Neal Jones (Gisborne Park).

John Aitchison (Mahia/PB) and John Fricker (Gis Park) were third on 46.

Brian Morrissey’s absence resulted in a few changes to the Player of the Year ladder.

Morrissey still leads on 39 points but 2017 winner Peter Harrison has moved into second on 36, three ahead of Glenn Burnside with three events remaining.

TUESDAY — Croskery Tankard four-ball best ball stableford: C Christie/D Bush 48, P Harrison/N Jones 46, J Aitchison/J Fricker 46, M Smith/W Thompson 44, D Tarry/S Mohlmann 44, B Cox/N Jenkins 43, G Burnside/B Pratt 42, B Hall/R Young 42, P Simpson/M Orford 41, R Fletcher 40, M van der Velde 40.

Twos: G Burnside, M Smith.

COMING UP: TUESDAY, Oct 8, trip to Tolaga Bay.

Fundraising

THE red wine cliché was thrown at Brian Morrissey after his outstanding performance at the Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society fundraiser at Poverty Bay Golf Club on Sunday.

But it appears to be right. Morrissey does seem to be getting better with age. He’s 76 and on Sunday broke his age by three years in the round of the tournament.

Morrissey had three birdies, including a two on the 11th and a chip-in for 3 on the fourth, in his 1-over 73-10-63, for 45 points.

Not only was it the best gross score, it was the top stableford by three points from Kim Travers and Marg Colebourne.

Pete “Florrie” Florence and his long-time organising crew of Brian Shields and Gary Bates once again did a fine job of putting together this annual event.

This is Florrie’s baby and he begins his reminder to regular supporters and his hunt for new sponsors months out.

This year he had a staggering list of over 80 sponsors for prizes and, yet again, every golfer who played went home with something.

Spare prizes were given to the Cancer Society to use in other fundraisers.

There was also an auction that included a carpet valued at $650, $200 watch and a scenic flight.

At the end of it all, Florrie was able to present GEC Cancer Society with $4750 — another brilliant and timely effort considering Daffodil Day was the preceding Friday.

Gisborne Park

EIGHT months ago Brad Reynolds told his family he would be the 2019 Gisborne Park senior men’s club champion.

On Sunday he lived up to those words to achieve the individual highlight of his sporting life so far.

Reynolds defeated Rob Taylor 5 and 4 in the 36-hole matchplay final.

He ended it with a birdie-2 on the short par-14th hole . . . a short walk to the 19th for a fitting celebration.

Taylor made Reynolds work for it.

The pair were all-square after nine holes, then Taylor won the 10th and 12th holes to go 2-up. Reynolds won the 14th and the 17th and the pair went to lunch locked all-square.

Reynolds said he was happy with that. He struggled with his putting and “couldn’t find a fairway to save myself” with his driver.

That all changed in the afternoon. The big dog came right and he won several holes, including the 24th, 26th and 27th to hold a 3-up advantage with nine to go.

A snake-putt on the 31st put him dormie 5-up and he finished it the next hole.

“It felt bloody good,” said Reynolds, whose previous golfing highlight was winning the Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs title with grandfather Allan Nairne.

“The Te K was special as it was with Poppa but club champs is the one I wanted.”

Danny Boyle and Derek “Red” Craven have clashed plenty of times on the cricket pitch over yesteryears.

On Sunday they met on the fairways in the intermediate final.

Former OBR Presidents player Boyle admitted ex-Pirates cricketer Craven probably had the edge success-wise with the red ball.

But it was no contest when it came to the white dimpled one.

Boyle strode to a 4-up lead after 18 holes and eventually won 7 and 6.

It was his third Park intermediate title and he said “the boys” had been giving him grief about stepping up to the senior ranks.

Chris Palmer collected his first club championship honour — the junior men’s title — in a clash that went into overtime. Palmer said there was never more than one hole in it against Barry Cox. They finished the scheduled 18 holes all-square and a par on the par-3 20th got Palmer over the line.

Mike Hutton won the endeavour title.

SUNDAY — Canadian mixed foursomes net: P Johansen/M Hutton 67.5, M Alley/R Moore 68.

Gross: T Reynolds/R Walford.

Twos: D Harrison/W Morrissey, M Hutton/P Johansen.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford: S Peneha 39, B Huhu 38 on c/b.

Grandmother’s Cup net: J Akuhata-Nickerson 71, J Foot 72 on c/b.

Non-Grans Salver: K Hay 79.

Drawn two: M Alley.

Most golf by a gran: K Papuni.

WEDNESDAY (Aug 28) — Women’s drawn pairs stableford: S Paku/A Watene 73.

Twos: W Morrissey, S Paku.

TUESDAY (Aug 27) — Veteran men’s stableford: M Hutton 42, E Parkin 38, A Nairne 37, P Mitchell 37, B Cox 35, S Mohlmann 35, G Williams 33, E Morley 33.

Patutahi

IT’S down to the business end of the men’s and women’s club championships.

Hukanui Brown and Tony Akroyd will battle out the senior men’s title while Denise Johnston faces Helen Pomana in the senior women’s final.

Jon Priestley and Wayne Baty go head to head for the intermediate honours. Shelley Robertson and Sheree Gray are the last two standing in the intermediate women’s division.

Hamish Harris has been in fine form but will be wary of the consistent Mike de Luze in the junior men’s final.

Jenny Ruru is up against Rhonda Maloy for the junior women’s crown.

It’s brother on brother in the endeavour men’s final – Brian versus Ian Tietjen.

All finals are on Sunday over 36 holes from 8.30am bar the endeavour section, which is 18 holes, teeing off at midday.

TUESDAY — Women’s net: L Haisman 97-26-71, J Ruru 108-34-74.

SUNDAY — Men’s net, 0-15: J Neilson 68, J Priestley 68, T Akroyd 69, H Brown 70.

16+: P Summersby 65, A Nimmo 66, G Tattersfield 67, I Tietjen 67.

Women’s net: S Robertson 68, L Haisman 69.

Twos: G Brown, C Parker, S Pohatu.

Jackpot: G Brown.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: T Williams 27, J Blair 24, B Wallace 22, A Blakeman 21.

Junior division: P Jex-Blake 22, J Tietjen 21, D Skudder 21, D Quinn 21.

TUESDAY (Aug 27) — Women’s stableford: J Ewart 101-27-74, 33; M Philip 109-31-78, 29; M Winiata 108-29-79, 29.

COMING UP: TOMORROW, meat pack nine-hole stableford; SATURDAY, men’s winter shootout, 8.30am tee-off.

Te Puia Springs

TWO women’s club champions for 2019 will be decided on Sunday.

Robyn Ngatai and Hazel Miratana are in the intermediate final while Frances Walker and Hiria McClutchie are in the junior final.

Pete Ngarimu was the stand-out performer in Sunday’s stableford. He won with 42 points.

SUNDAY — Stableford: P Ngarimu 42, N Truman 39, J Devery 39, R Walker 38, H Rasmussen 36, H Miratana 35, P Harrison 35, G Roberts 34, R Ngatai 34, P Summersby 33.

Approaches: R Ngatai, P Harrison.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, men’s club championships, women’s club championship finals (junior and intermediate).

Poverty Bay

RU versus Wi.

Their nicknames are short. Their talents are lengthy.

And this Saturday they will pit those skills in what promises to be — weather dependent — a men’s club championship final of topnotch quality.

Anaru “Ru” Reedy and William “Wi” Brown are the remaining contenders for the senior title after cruising to semifinal victories on Saturday.

Brown delivered what his opponent Pete Anderson described as “a lesson” in matchplay golf.

The Poverty Bay greenkeeper was 4-under when Anderson raised the white flag on the 11th hole.

Brown was superb. His performance featured a couple of birdie-2s but it was sublime recovery shots from trees on the par-4 seventh and eighth holes, when Anderson looked like having a chance of eating into his deficit, that stood out.

Both times Brown spotted a gap. Both times he found it and the man many feel has the best-looking swing in the district never gave Anderson a chance.

Reedy, a disciple of the Gravity Golf swing, saw off fellow Poverty Bay-East Coast masters representative Simon Jeune — the only one of the semifinalists to have won the Poverty Bay senior title.

Reedy was 3-up after nine holes, birdied the 10th to go 4-up, then the pair traded a few punches before shaking hands on the 15th.

Those who want to see a golf ball hit at a pure level should take the time to watch some of the 36-hole scheduled final on Saturday.

A third consecutive intermediate title is a win away for Neil Mackie but he’s — excuse the pun — not taking it for granted.

Mackie will line up against Darryl Grant, a quiet achiever who has the chance to add a club championship crown to his Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs glory.

Grant once again showed his calm in the pressure cauldron to beat Clive Dean 1-up in their semi-final.

He was 1-down playing 16 but won that after Dean found the water. Both made pars on 17 to hit the 18th tee all-square.

Grant stepped up with a brilliant second shot to six-feet from the pin and Dean ended up conceding.

Mackie has been solid throughout the champs and continued that form in disposing of Gray Clapham 5 and 4.

Warwick Thompson and Mark Stewart will duke it out for the junior title. Thompson beat Bill Simpson in the semis while Stewart eliminated Hamish Williams.

John Rouse and Alan Baldwin are the endeavour finalists.

MARG Colebourne’s first club championship title was 18 years in the making.

Colebourne won the senior women’s 36-hole matchplay final in emphatic fashion on Tuesday.

All-square after 13 holes against Mary Allan, Colebourne proceeded to win the next five, then the first hole of the afternoon round to go 6-up.

She went on to complete a 9 and 8 win.

“it was 18 years of trying,” said Colebourne, who has played in all but one club championship this century after starting golf in 1999.

The intermediate final went all but the 36-hole distance.

Anne Gemmell beat June MacKinnon 2 and 1 in a title match played last week.

It was up-and-down all the way and Gemmell said she was thrilled to win.

Gemmell is no stranger to club championship success, having racked up several at Tahunga and even doing a double — Tahunga senior and Poverty Bay intermediate — in 2011.

It was a consecutive bridesmaid finish for MacKinnon.

Kirsty Shaw and Odette Thompson had a titanic battle in the 27-hole junior final on Monday.

Shaw parred the par-5 27th (ninth hole) to force extra holes, then parred the par-5 first hole to win a quality final.

Rose Pettigrew beat Sandy Armstrong in the 9-holers’ final.

Women’s club championships results (played on different days) — Senior division: M Colebourne def M Allan.

Consolation: J Utting def L Holmberg.

Intermediate: A Gemmell def J MacKinnon.

Consolation: S Bramwell def J Steele.

Junior: K Shaw def O Thompson.

Consolation: V Fraser def S Kemp.

9-holers: R Pettigrew def S Armstrong.

Consolation: R Spence def J Alderson.

The insurance tournament is at Poverty Bay tomorrow. Report at 12 noon for a 12.30 shotgun start. The draw is — No.1 tee: S Harbottle, N Mackie, R Harding, M Higham; M File, L Ball, A Putman, M van der Velde.

No.2: G Hannah, C Newman, R Maloy, H Douglas; M Tilley, G Webb, A Ross, G Cunningham.

No.3: D Bush, J Pittar, M Reynolds, N Jenkins.

No 5: J Boy Smith, W Brown, P Kerekere, C Taewa; D Meadows, B Brown, K Daniels, P Grogan.

No.6: P Mullooly, F Lewis, J Castles, G Bramwell; K Shaw, C Slater, R Majstrovic, N Hendrie.

No.7: T Sherratt, G Kemp, I Kirkpatrick, I Dudley, P Florence.

No.8: B Morrissey, B Pratt, P Goodwin, A Baldwin; T Sweeney, D Jenkins, P Hogan, N Jones.

No.9: K Humphries, R Ladd, E Hindmarsh, J McGregor; D Waide, T Lister, M Sowerby, G Cunningham.

No.10: H Keast, G Morley, L Hewson, R Gibson; M Weaver, B Talbott, D Williams, P Molloy.

No.11: Tere Lincoln, T Sharp, N Hansen, M Grant.

No.12: P Rickard, H Johanson, T Green, G Marchbank; C Bauld, L Foster, R Wells, M Stevens.

No.17: Tim Wilkies, R Menzies, D Gregory, G Gregory; N Kitchen, D Quinn, C Sutton, T Reynolds.

No.18: J Cunningham, A Paterson, D Hall, B Marsden; G Wilson, R Clark, M James, F Cook.

Tolaga Bay

NEIL Hansen will face Taine Lincoln in the senior men’s club championship final on Sunday. Hansen beat Bruce Yates 2 and 1 at the weekend to book a title clash with the defending champion.

SUNDAY — Stableford: J Murphy 40, N Hansen 38, B Yates 37, T Williams 35, J Lincoln 35, G Watts 34.

Twos: J Murphy.

Coming up: SUNDAY, men’s and women’s medal, men’s club championship finals.this Sunday mens/ladies medal.

Waikohu

MARG Tuapawa won the all-in stableford on Sunday. Tuapawa had 40 points and pipped Tom Smith by one.

SUNDAY — All-in stableford: M Tuapawa 40, T Smith 39, T Ruru 34, K Tamanui 33, P Milner 31, I Ruru 31.

Twos: T Ruru.

COMING UP: SATURDAY, working bee; SUNDAY, no competition; SATURDAY, Sept 14, Waikohu open closing tournament.

Veterans

POVERTY Bay members Colin Christie and Duncan Bush combined forces to win the Gisborne East Coast Veterans’ Golfers Society’s Croskery Tankard four-ball best-ball title on Tuesday.

The Christie-Bush combo posted 48 stableford points on their home course, two ahead of Peter Harrison (Te Puia Springs) and Neal Jones (Gisborne Park).

John Aitchison (Mahia/PB) and John Fricker (Gis Park) were third on 46.

Brian Morrissey’s absence resulted in a few changes to the Player of the Year ladder.

Morrissey still leads on 39 points but 2017 winner Peter Harrison has moved into second on 36, three ahead of Glenn Burnside with three events remaining.

TUESDAY — Croskery Tankard four-ball best ball stableford: C Christie/D Bush 48, P Harrison/N Jones 46, J Aitchison/J Fricker 46, M Smith/W Thompson 44, D Tarry/S Mohlmann 44, B Cox/N Jenkins 43, G Burnside/B Pratt 42, B Hall/R Young 42, P Simpson/M Orford 41, R Fletcher 40, M van der Velde 40.

Twos: G Burnside, M Smith.

COMING UP: TUESDAY, Oct 8, trip to Tolaga Bay.

Fundraising

THE red wine cliché was thrown at Brian Morrissey after his outstanding performance at the Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society fundraiser at Poverty Bay Golf Club on Sunday.

But it appears to be right. Morrissey does seem to be getting better with age. He’s 76 and on Sunday broke his age by three years in the round of the tournament.

Morrissey had three birdies, including a two on the 11th and a chip-in for 3 on the fourth, in his 1-over 73-10-63, for 45 points.

Not only was it the best gross score, it was the top stableford by three points from Kim Travers and Marg Colebourne.

Pete “Florrie” Florence and his long-time organising crew of Brian Shields and Gary Bates once again did a fine job of putting together this annual event.

This is Florrie’s baby and he begins his reminder to regular supporters and his hunt for new sponsors months out.

This year he had a staggering list of over 80 sponsors for prizes and, yet again, every golfer who played went home with something.

Spare prizes were given to the Cancer Society to use in other fundraisers.

There was also an auction that included a carpet valued at $650, $200 watch and a scenic flight.

At the end of it all, Florrie was able to present GEC Cancer Society with $4750 — another brilliant and timely effort considering Daffodil Day was the preceding Friday.

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