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Poverty Bay

HIS time was always going to come.

It was never a matter of if William Brown would win the senior men’s club champion; it was when.

When should probably have come a lot earlier than it did for such a talented player.

But it came, and a metaphorical monkey scuttled away on a cool Saturday afternoon after spending a few too many years on the back of the young greenkeeper.

Brown defeated Anaru Reedy 4 and 3 in their 36-hole matchplay final.

He sank a five-foot putt for par on the 15th to add his name to the elite list of senior champions.

The difference was the short game — particularly putting — in what became “a grind” to the finish.

Birdies were few and far between. A stiff, cold southerly made sure of that.

Brown’s scoring was highlighted by a brilliant eagle-3 on the fifth hole. He smacked a 5-iron to 2-foot from the pin — Reedy’s birdie was not good enough.

Brown birdied the fifth in the afternoon with a neat up and down after putting his second shot just through the green.

He led 1-up at the 18-hole lunchtime break and as Reedy struggled in the early holes of the afternoon, Brown increased that advantage to 3-up after 23 holes.

Reedy’s putter finally came to the party on the 24th to win it with a par and when he parred the 25th after driving into the right-hand trees to win that hole too, it appeared to be all on.

Brown responded by winning the 27th and 29th, where he made an excellent up and down for par — his reading of the line and pace of his putts a feature of his performance.

The 30th was to prove pivotal. Reedy, at 3-down, had a great chance to win one back only for Brown, after leaving his lengthy birdie attempt 10-foot short, to slot the putt.

Reedy missed his attacking downhill birdie effort and the 5-footer coming back to lose the hole.

The match took another turn when Brown drove out of bounds from the 31st tee and lost the hole but he restored order with an outstanding long-range, downhill putt on the 32nd which lipped the hole.

He got the pressure six-footer coming back after Reedy’s 12-foot, vicious breaker across the green finished agonisingly on the edge of the cup.

That put Brown 4-up and he completed the job on 33 with a par after Reedy missed his birdie attempt to keep the match going.


THERE are shots golfers never forget.

When Neil Mackie reflects on his third intermediate men’s club championship in a row years from now, it is highly likely he will recall his second shot on the 27th hole (the ninth).

Mackie was waaaaay back from the green with his drive on the par-4 hole, took out a 3-wood and smacked his ball to pin-high on the green. He two-putted, won the hole and went on to beat Darryl Grant 3 and 2.

Mackie had expected a tough bout against a player who had shown his cool and consistency in winning a second Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs title earlier in the season. He got it.

Mackie led 2-up after nine holes but found himself 2-down late in the round, and won the 17th and 18th to square it.

He got to 3-up after 23 holes but Grant would not go away. He repeated his morning effort in making birdie on the par-3 sixth hole (24th) and doggedly hung in.

Both men had chances to win the 33rd hole only to miss short putts.

Grant’s miss, which Mackie said was “a huge relief”, kept him 2-down and the reigning champion finished it with a par-4 on the 34th.


It was a bittersweet week of club championship finals for husband and wife Warwick and Odette Thompson.

Both made junior division finals. Both went to extra holes. But only one got across the line.

Odette was pipped on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff in her 27-hole final on Monday.

Warwick only had 18 holes to negotiate but that also went into overtime in his clash with Mark Stewart.

The second hole was to prove the difference. He won it in regulation play then parred it in extra time to clinch his first club championship crown.


Retired doctor John Rouse relinquished the endeavour crown but not before receiving the biggest cheer of the day.

The Doc, who lists his age at “only 85”, lost to Alan Baldwin on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Baldwin looked well on track to win. He led 3-up with three holes to play only for the Doc to win all three.

The 18th was memorable. The Doc sank a 25-foot downhill putt for par to win it — the 19th-hole “gallery” watching, then erupting as the ball trickled down to the hole and dropped in

The pair halved 19 and 20 and Baldwin kept his cool when it counted most to finish it on 21.

The Doc said he was happy to see a new name go up on the board and Baldwin was a worthy winner.

WEDNESDAY — Taste One/First Light Frozen women’s 27-hole Canadian open foursomes, net (Saunders Salver): J Kerr/L Holmberg 102.25, M Allan/J Tietjen 108.75, C Skuse/K Crosby 109.25, T Dods/Morag Shanks 110.5, M Colebourne/S Kemp 111.5, Miggles Shanks/J MacKinnon 111.5, S Maestrom/P Zame 112, P Shaw/A Watene 112.5.

9-holers’ net: P Parker/B McIldowie 35, H Kirkpatrick/J Williams 38.5, J Ngarimu/J French 39.

Twos: J Kerr/L Holmberg, A Witters/K Shaw.

Closest to line: K Crosby.

Approaches: J Utting, J Tietjen, J Williams.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: P Stewart 38, N Richardson 35, D Patumaka 35.

Division 2: N Jones 38, L Pollitt 37, R Morley 36, K Daniels 35.

Approach: L Pollitt.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: A Kirkpatrick 36, S Andreassen 35, G Morley 34.

Division 2: B Simpson 36, J Wealands 35, C Poole 32.

Twos: S Andreassen, A Kirkpatrick, P Butler.

Approach: M Smith.

THURSDAY (Sept 5) — Men’s stableford, division 1: A Kirkpatrick 39, M Dodgshun 37, M Higham 35, C Dean 35.

Division 2: M Smith 41, S Harbottle 39, P Graham 36, B Hall 36.

Twos: D Bush, B Hall.

Approach: M Higham.

Te Puia Springs

FRANCES Walker ascended to 2019 club championship royalty on Sunday.

Walker defeated Hiria McClutchie in the junior women’s final.

She also completed part one of a possible Walker double.

Husband Raana is in the semifinals of the junior men’s champs and warmed up for his clash with Dick Cook by winning the men’s Sunday stableford with 42 points.

Hazel Miratana mirrored those points to win the women’s stableford and along the way defeated Doreen Goldsmith in the Women’s Handicap Cup semifinals.

She faces Pauline Summersby in the final.

SUNDAY — Women’s stableford: H Miratana 42, F Walker 36, R Ngatai 35, A Cook 32.

Approach: R Ngatai.

Women’s Handicap Cup semifinal: H Miratana def D Goldsmith.

Junior women’s club championship final: F Walker def H McClutchie.

Men’s stableford: R Walker 42, P Ngarimu 38, J Devery 35, D Cook 35, J Forrester 33, P Harrison 31, K Waitoa 30.

Men’s club championships intermediate division: J Forrester def N Dewes

Junior division: J Devery def H Rasmussen, D Cook def J Babbington-Welsh.


COMING UP: SUNDAY, monthly meeting (10.30am), Women’s Handicap Cup final (H Miratana v P Summersby), junior men’s club championship semifinals (R Walker v D Cook, P Ngarimu v J Devery).


Tolaga Bay


COME and get it is the call from two reigning champions for this weekend’s men’s club championship finals.

Taine Lincoln will defend the senior title against the man he beat last year, Neil Hansen, while Trent Higgs is out to retain the intermediate crown against Mark Watts.

The junior final pits Jerry Murphy against Mathew Jefferd.

All finals are on Sunday from 9am.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: M Grant 40 J Hale 39, J Murphy 32, T Higgs 31.

Twos: M Grant.


Coming Up: sunday, men’s club championship finals fromo 9am, committee meeting 10am, stableford from midday.


Patutahi


THE King of the Coast became the Prince of Patutahi on Sunday.

Hukanui Brown warmed up for club championship finals day by winning the men’s shootout on Saturday.

He carried his success into Sunday’s senior men’s final against Tony Akroyd.

Brown defeated Akroyd 5 and 4 and there were no complaints from his vanquished opponent.

“I’ve played similar golf and won before but I just had to sit back in amazement sometimes,” said Akroyd, who trailed 2-down after 18 holes of the 36-hole matchplay final. “He very much deserved his win.”

Brown, who won his first King of the Coast men’s open title at Tolaga Bay in July, shot 1-under 69 for the first 18 and was 3-under when the pair shook hands.

Jon Priestley outgunned Wayne Baty 8 and 7 in the intermediate men’s final.

Mike de Luze beat Hamish Harris 4 and 3 in the junior men’s final.

Priestley (+7) and de Luze (+8) forged substantial leads in the first 18.

Helen Pomana’s class shone through in the senior women’s final, beating Denise Johnston 4 and 3.

Sheree Gray beat Shelley Robertson 5 and 4 in the intermediate final and Jenny Ruru won the junior title by default over Rhonda Maloy.

The battle of the brothers — Brian v Ian Tietjen — in the endeavour men’s final went the way of Brian, 5 and 4.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: R Hindmarsh 40, P Hokianga 40, B Wallace 40, B McKenzie 39, T Green 38.

SATURDAY — Men’s shootout final, overall winner: H Brown from C Beattie, C Brown.


Gisborne Park


PARK life member Shirley Paku has put her name on plenty of club silverware over her decades of golf.

On Sunday she added another chapter to the book with victory in the Meg Gordon women’s foursomes.

Paku combined with senior club champion Jo Kerr to win the title, with evergreen Jean Foot and Kath Papuni runners-up.

SUNDAY — Meg Gordon women’s foursomes: J Kerr/S Paku from J Foot/K Papuni.


Mahia



PETE Bremner will have a little revenge on his mind when he goes about adding yet another senior men’s club championship title to his arm’s-length list on Saturday.

Bremner faces Chris Pitman in the final and will be well aware of a recent Carter Cup semifinal involving the pair.

Pitman was unstoppable that day. He was getting eight shots off Bremner — the club champs are off the stick — but still shot an incredible 2-under 70 in an emphatic win.

The senior women’s final is a battle of the cousins, with Fairlane Wesche up against Ali Maru.

Other finals — Intermediate men: Duncan Bremner v Kevin Symes.

Intermediate women: Susie Adam v Elaine Westwood.

Junior men: Tom Hema v Tony Clark.

Junior women: Viv Kyle v Colleen Wesche.

FRIDAY — Stockies, cockies and tradies 9-hole ambrose: T Hema/R Bremner/K Symes/K Hooper 37; B Crowley/G Hornblow/B White/P Mackie 35; F Wesche/J Geary/Clay Wesche/V Kyle 33.


Waikohu



WAIKOHU’S open closing day tournament is on Saturday.

There are Canadian mixed foursomes and men’s sections.

A cuppa at 10.30am will be followed by tee-off at 11.30.

Members are asked to bring a plate.

The club does not have eftpos.


Seniors



Veteran golfers wanting to play in the Gisborne East Coast Veteran Men’s and Women’s Open at Poverty Bay in November are urged to get their entries in as soon as possible.

The men’s field for their tournament from Sunday, November 3, to Wednesday, November 6, is near half full.

There are plenty of spots available in the women’s tournament from the Monday to Wednesday but organisers are encouraging golfers to enter now to avoid disappointment.

For more information or to enter, contact the Poverty Bay pro shop (867 4402) or John Fricker (022 658 4784 or pbseniors@outlook.com)

Poverty Bay

HIS time was always going to come.

It was never a matter of if William Brown would win the senior men’s club champion; it was when.

When should probably have come a lot earlier than it did for such a talented player.

But it came, and a metaphorical monkey scuttled away on a cool Saturday afternoon after spending a few too many years on the back of the young greenkeeper.

Brown defeated Anaru Reedy 4 and 3 in their 36-hole matchplay final.

He sank a five-foot putt for par on the 15th to add his name to the elite list of senior champions.

The difference was the short game — particularly putting — in what became “a grind” to the finish.

Birdies were few and far between. A stiff, cold southerly made sure of that.

Brown’s scoring was highlighted by a brilliant eagle-3 on the fifth hole. He smacked a 5-iron to 2-foot from the pin — Reedy’s birdie was not good enough.

Brown birdied the fifth in the afternoon with a neat up and down after putting his second shot just through the green.

He led 1-up at the 18-hole lunchtime break and as Reedy struggled in the early holes of the afternoon, Brown increased that advantage to 3-up after 23 holes.

Reedy’s putter finally came to the party on the 24th to win it with a par and when he parred the 25th after driving into the right-hand trees to win that hole too, it appeared to be all on.

Brown responded by winning the 27th and 29th, where he made an excellent up and down for par — his reading of the line and pace of his putts a feature of his performance.

The 30th was to prove pivotal. Reedy, at 3-down, had a great chance to win one back only for Brown, after leaving his lengthy birdie attempt 10-foot short, to slot the putt.

Reedy missed his attacking downhill birdie effort and the 5-footer coming back to lose the hole.

The match took another turn when Brown drove out of bounds from the 31st tee and lost the hole but he restored order with an outstanding long-range, downhill putt on the 32nd which lipped the hole.

He got the pressure six-footer coming back after Reedy’s 12-foot, vicious breaker across the green finished agonisingly on the edge of the cup.

That put Brown 4-up and he completed the job on 33 with a par after Reedy missed his birdie attempt to keep the match going.


THERE are shots golfers never forget.

When Neil Mackie reflects on his third intermediate men’s club championship in a row years from now, it is highly likely he will recall his second shot on the 27th hole (the ninth).

Mackie was waaaaay back from the green with his drive on the par-4 hole, took out a 3-wood and smacked his ball to pin-high on the green. He two-putted, won the hole and went on to beat Darryl Grant 3 and 2.

Mackie had expected a tough bout against a player who had shown his cool and consistency in winning a second Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs title earlier in the season. He got it.

Mackie led 2-up after nine holes but found himself 2-down late in the round, and won the 17th and 18th to square it.

He got to 3-up after 23 holes but Grant would not go away. He repeated his morning effort in making birdie on the par-3 sixth hole (24th) and doggedly hung in.

Both men had chances to win the 33rd hole only to miss short putts.

Grant’s miss, which Mackie said was “a huge relief”, kept him 2-down and the reigning champion finished it with a par-4 on the 34th.


It was a bittersweet week of club championship finals for husband and wife Warwick and Odette Thompson.

Both made junior division finals. Both went to extra holes. But only one got across the line.

Odette was pipped on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff in her 27-hole final on Monday.

Warwick only had 18 holes to negotiate but that also went into overtime in his clash with Mark Stewart.

The second hole was to prove the difference. He won it in regulation play then parred it in extra time to clinch his first club championship crown.


Retired doctor John Rouse relinquished the endeavour crown but not before receiving the biggest cheer of the day.

The Doc, who lists his age at “only 85”, lost to Alan Baldwin on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Baldwin looked well on track to win. He led 3-up with three holes to play only for the Doc to win all three.

The 18th was memorable. The Doc sank a 25-foot downhill putt for par to win it — the 19th-hole “gallery” watching, then erupting as the ball trickled down to the hole and dropped in

The pair halved 19 and 20 and Baldwin kept his cool when it counted most to finish it on 21.

The Doc said he was happy to see a new name go up on the board and Baldwin was a worthy winner.

WEDNESDAY — Taste One/First Light Frozen women’s 27-hole Canadian open foursomes, net (Saunders Salver): J Kerr/L Holmberg 102.25, M Allan/J Tietjen 108.75, C Skuse/K Crosby 109.25, T Dods/Morag Shanks 110.5, M Colebourne/S Kemp 111.5, Miggles Shanks/J MacKinnon 111.5, S Maestrom/P Zame 112, P Shaw/A Watene 112.5.

9-holers’ net: P Parker/B McIldowie 35, H Kirkpatrick/J Williams 38.5, J Ngarimu/J French 39.

Twos: J Kerr/L Holmberg, A Witters/K Shaw.

Closest to line: K Crosby.

Approaches: J Utting, J Tietjen, J Williams.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: P Stewart 38, N Richardson 35, D Patumaka 35.

Division 2: N Jones 38, L Pollitt 37, R Morley 36, K Daniels 35.

Approach: L Pollitt.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: A Kirkpatrick 36, S Andreassen 35, G Morley 34.

Division 2: B Simpson 36, J Wealands 35, C Poole 32.

Twos: S Andreassen, A Kirkpatrick, P Butler.

Approach: M Smith.

THURSDAY (Sept 5) — Men’s stableford, division 1: A Kirkpatrick 39, M Dodgshun 37, M Higham 35, C Dean 35.

Division 2: M Smith 41, S Harbottle 39, P Graham 36, B Hall 36.

Twos: D Bush, B Hall.

Approach: M Higham.

Te Puia Springs

FRANCES Walker ascended to 2019 club championship royalty on Sunday.

Walker defeated Hiria McClutchie in the junior women’s final.

She also completed part one of a possible Walker double.

Husband Raana is in the semifinals of the junior men’s champs and warmed up for his clash with Dick Cook by winning the men’s Sunday stableford with 42 points.

Hazel Miratana mirrored those points to win the women’s stableford and along the way defeated Doreen Goldsmith in the Women’s Handicap Cup semifinals.

She faces Pauline Summersby in the final.

SUNDAY — Women’s stableford: H Miratana 42, F Walker 36, R Ngatai 35, A Cook 32.

Approach: R Ngatai.

Women’s Handicap Cup semifinal: H Miratana def D Goldsmith.

Junior women’s club championship final: F Walker def H McClutchie.

Men’s stableford: R Walker 42, P Ngarimu 38, J Devery 35, D Cook 35, J Forrester 33, P Harrison 31, K Waitoa 30.

Men’s club championships intermediate division: J Forrester def N Dewes

Junior division: J Devery def H Rasmussen, D Cook def J Babbington-Welsh.


COMING UP: SUNDAY, monthly meeting (10.30am), Women’s Handicap Cup final (H Miratana v P Summersby), junior men’s club championship semifinals (R Walker v D Cook, P Ngarimu v J Devery).


Tolaga Bay


COME and get it is the call from two reigning champions for this weekend’s men’s club championship finals.

Taine Lincoln will defend the senior title against the man he beat last year, Neil Hansen, while Trent Higgs is out to retain the intermediate crown against Mark Watts.

The junior final pits Jerry Murphy against Mathew Jefferd.

All finals are on Sunday from 9am.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: M Grant 40 J Hale 39, J Murphy 32, T Higgs 31.

Twos: M Grant.


Coming Up: sunday, men’s club championship finals fromo 9am, committee meeting 10am, stableford from midday.


Patutahi


THE King of the Coast became the Prince of Patutahi on Sunday.

Hukanui Brown warmed up for club championship finals day by winning the men’s shootout on Saturday.

He carried his success into Sunday’s senior men’s final against Tony Akroyd.

Brown defeated Akroyd 5 and 4 and there were no complaints from his vanquished opponent.

“I’ve played similar golf and won before but I just had to sit back in amazement sometimes,” said Akroyd, who trailed 2-down after 18 holes of the 36-hole matchplay final. “He very much deserved his win.”

Brown, who won his first King of the Coast men’s open title at Tolaga Bay in July, shot 1-under 69 for the first 18 and was 3-under when the pair shook hands.

Jon Priestley outgunned Wayne Baty 8 and 7 in the intermediate men’s final.

Mike de Luze beat Hamish Harris 4 and 3 in the junior men’s final.

Priestley (+7) and de Luze (+8) forged substantial leads in the first 18.

Helen Pomana’s class shone through in the senior women’s final, beating Denise Johnston 4 and 3.

Sheree Gray beat Shelley Robertson 5 and 4 in the intermediate final and Jenny Ruru won the junior title by default over Rhonda Maloy.

The battle of the brothers — Brian v Ian Tietjen — in the endeavour men’s final went the way of Brian, 5 and 4.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: R Hindmarsh 40, P Hokianga 40, B Wallace 40, B McKenzie 39, T Green 38.

SATURDAY — Men’s shootout final, overall winner: H Brown from C Beattie, C Brown.


Gisborne Park


PARK life member Shirley Paku has put her name on plenty of club silverware over her decades of golf.

On Sunday she added another chapter to the book with victory in the Meg Gordon women’s foursomes.

Paku combined with senior club champion Jo Kerr to win the title, with evergreen Jean Foot and Kath Papuni runners-up.

SUNDAY — Meg Gordon women’s foursomes: J Kerr/S Paku from J Foot/K Papuni.


Mahia



PETE Bremner will have a little revenge on his mind when he goes about adding yet another senior men’s club championship title to his arm’s-length list on Saturday.

Bremner faces Chris Pitman in the final and will be well aware of a recent Carter Cup semifinal involving the pair.

Pitman was unstoppable that day. He was getting eight shots off Bremner — the club champs are off the stick — but still shot an incredible 2-under 70 in an emphatic win.

The senior women’s final is a battle of the cousins, with Fairlane Wesche up against Ali Maru.

Other finals — Intermediate men: Duncan Bremner v Kevin Symes.

Intermediate women: Susie Adam v Elaine Westwood.

Junior men: Tom Hema v Tony Clark.

Junior women: Viv Kyle v Colleen Wesche.

FRIDAY — Stockies, cockies and tradies 9-hole ambrose: T Hema/R Bremner/K Symes/K Hooper 37; B Crowley/G Hornblow/B White/P Mackie 35; F Wesche/J Geary/Clay Wesche/V Kyle 33.


Waikohu



WAIKOHU’S open closing day tournament is on Saturday.

There are Canadian mixed foursomes and men’s sections.

A cuppa at 10.30am will be followed by tee-off at 11.30.

Members are asked to bring a plate.

The club does not have eftpos.


Seniors



Veteran golfers wanting to play in the Gisborne East Coast Veteran Men’s and Women’s Open at Poverty Bay in November are urged to get their entries in as soon as possible.

The men’s field for their tournament from Sunday, November 3, to Wednesday, November 6, is near half full.

There are plenty of spots available in the women’s tournament from the Monday to Wednesday but organisers are encouraging golfers to enter now to avoid disappointment.

For more information or to enter, contact the Poverty Bay pro shop (867 4402) or John Fricker (022 658 4784 or pbseniors@outlook.com)

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