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Gisborne ParkA COOL head when it counted most came up trumps for Jacque Akuhata-Nickerson in the final of Gisborne Park’s women’s shootout on Saturday.

Akuhata-Nickerson won a putt-off against Pat Johansen on the 18th hole to earn the hole-by-hole net elimination title for the first time.

“That was quite fabulous,” she said. “I was quite flabbergasted.”

History suggested she would go close. She was knocked out on the 17th last year and the 16th in 2016.

The 22-handicapper described it as “one of those days . . . I just could not go wrong.”

Not quite. She hit her first “rough shot” of the day off the tee on 18 and her ball went into trees on the left.

“I thought to myself ‘well, I’m not going to be a hero’. I just chipped it out on to the fairway.”

She proceeded to “smash” a 3-wood — “my pet club” — as hard as she could to near the green only to chip into the left-hand bunker for four.

She reckons “I’m not really a person who gets stressed” and underlined that by hitting a fine shot out of the sand and sinking a 6-foot putt for six, then winning the putt-off.

Many hours earlier, Kath Papuni was the opening casualty of the 18-woman field, who started on the second hole.

The dominoes then fell in the form of Di Webb (No.3), Ann Richardson (No.4), Karen McDonald (No.5), Margaret Alley (No.6), Jo Kerr (No.7), Wiki Morrissey (No.8), Lil McFlinn (No.9), Karen Hay (No.10), Mihi Marino (No.11), Alayna Watene (No.12), Jean Foot (No.13), Frances Hutton (No.14), Rebecca Walford (No.15), 2017 winner Carney Pipi (No.16) and Blanche Walker (No.17).

A PHIL Mickelson special highlighted Zane Boyle’s men’s shootout-winning performance at Gisborne Park on Saturday.

Boyle looked in trouble when he smacked an 8-iron for two out of trees on the 17th and his ball ended up on the 18th tee box well past the green.

The 26-year-old responded with the sort of shot “Leftie” Mickelson is famous for — flopping a 60-degree wedge on to the green, and making a brilliant up-and-down par to stay alive.

It ended Rod Moore’s hopes and Boyle went on to beat Mike Hutton in a chip-off on the 18th green.

Nine-handicapper Boyle, in only his second shootout final, had earlier negotiated his way through a couple of tense moments — a chip-off with Derek Craven on the fourth and a putt-off with Tom Reynolds on the 15th.

“It was pretty cool,” he said of his victory and a shootout experience where virtually every shot has a heavy weight of pressure on it.

Hutton could be pleased with his day’s work, playing steady-as before being pipped at the post.

It was all over after just one hole for Glen McKinnon. Order of departure from there was defending champion Bo Huhu (No.2), John Charles (No.3), Craven (No.4), Steve Phillips (No.5), Pete Koorey (No.6), Jack Glassford (No.7), Barry Cox (No.8), Zach Rolls (No.9), Tony File (No.10), Dave Harrison (No.11), Mason Emery (No.12), Ray Grace (No.13), Geoff Hill (No.14), Reynolds (No.15), Anthony Pahina (No.16) and Moore (No.17).

Chic Brown first. Chic Brown second.

There weren’t enough men to go around in the Colin Campbell Cup mixed pairs combined stableford on Sunday, so Brown shared the golfing love.

He was drawn with Margaret Alley and they won it with 75 points, and he was also drawn with Jo Kerr, and they placed second on 73.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Colin Campbell mixed pairs stableford: C Brown/M Alley 75, C Brown/J Kerr 73pts.

Wednesday (Nov 14) — Women’s net: F Hutton 105-35-70.

TUESDAY (Nov 13) — Veteran men’s par: P Koorey +6, A Lewington +4, B Atkins +3, B Cox +3, M Hutton +2, E Parkin +1, S Mohlmann sq.

Twos: B Aktins.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Electrinet Christmas tournament, start sheet at office.

PatutahiHUKANUI Brown earned royal status in red-figure style at the King and Queen of the Country open tournament over the weekend.

Brown won the men’s 36-hole gross with a 4-under total of 136 highlighted by his Saturday round of 4-under 66.

George Brown overcame Sunday’s windy conditions to win the 36-hole net with 129 (66, 63).

Butch McKenzie, who set a hot net pace with 77-16-61 on Saturday, won the 36-hole stableford with 81 points, three ahead of Chris Beattie.

Lorraine Haisman topped a small field of women. She won the 36-hole net with 139.

SUNDAY — King and Queen of the Country, men’s division, 36-hole gross: H Brown 136.

36-hole net: G Brown 129, P Johnston 134.

36-hole stableford: B McKenzie 81, C Beattie 78.

18-hole stableford: Whata Brown 42, R Pardoe 41, M Stock 41, D Skudder 41, R Pohatu 40, F Ngatoro 39.

Women’s division, 36-hole net: L Haisman 139.

18-hole stableford: D Johnston 38, E Wynyard 35.

Long drives: E Brown jr (0-16 men), T Cave (17+ men), J Winiata (women).

Approaches: M Stock (0-16 men), G Hawea (17+), E Wynyard (women).

Twos: Whata Brown, H Brown, G Brown, B McKenzie, M Stock.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: B Wallace 21, T Cave 21, M Stock 20.

Junior division: J Brodie 24, D Humphrey 22, T Coutts 22.

COMING UP: Patutahi is taking a bus to the hams tournament at Opokiti on SATURDAY, December 1. All are wlecome. First pick-up is at the Marina carpark. Contact George Brown on 027-370-9869 for more details.

Tolaga BayTHE Watts enjoyed a silverware Sunday of Canadian mixed foursomes golf.

Mark Watts and daughter Doreen won the Patterson Cup net and Crawford Cup stableford titles, and were runners-up for the President’s Cup gross.

Mark’s wife Ginger and Dan Maitai were runners-up in the net and stableford.

Tere Lincoln and partner Sheree Dever won the gross.

SUNDAY — President’s Cup Canadian mixed foursomes gross: Tere Lincoln and Sheree Dever from M and D Watts.

Patterson Cup Canadian mixed foursomes net: M and D Watts from D Maitai/G Watts.

Crawford Cup Canadian mixed foursomes stableford: M and D Watts from D Maitai/G Watts.

Stableford: R Pomana 36, Taine Lincoln 35, M Grant 34.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, Dec 9, AGM, 10am.

Poverty BaySHE played the first shot of the day.

She played the last shot of the day.

In between, Teresa Lewis watched as 17 contenders fell, leaving her and Jan Steele as the last two standing in the Kevin Hollis Glass women’s shootout final on Sunday.

Lewis only got into the 19-woman field as a late call-up due to the unavailability of other players.

Seeded 19th, she was happy simply to be included.

“It just means I tee off first; it doesn’t mean I go out first,” she said, referring to the order of tee-off from No.1 hole — the bottom seed through to the No.1 qualifier.

Lewis is no stranger to shootout success. She won the 2009 final but had never got past the 11th hole since then. That trend looked set to continue after she struck tree trouble, then a bunker on the seventh hole only for Viv Bell to come to her rescue.

The “Kiss Me” tie, which is worn by the player who goes out on the first hole, went to Mary Allan.

She was followed by Marg Colebourne (No.2), Ann Ward (No.3), Odette Thompson (No.4) — the same hole as husband Warwick perished in the men’s shootout final also on Sunday — Pip Dymock (No.5), Debbie Kirkpatrick (No.6), Bell (No.7), Sharon Bramwell (No.8), Ishbel McKinnon (No.9), Pauline Zame (No.10), defending champion Jan Utting (No.11), Peri Gayford (No.12), June MacKinnon (No.13), Lynne Holmberg (No.14), Gay Young (No.15), Vicki Fraser (No.16) and Marg Lane (No.17).

That left Lewis, off a 31-handicap, and two-time shootout champion Steele (25) to duke it out on the 18th.

Lewis held her nerve and sank a short but pressure-filled downhill putt to seal victory.

WILLIAM Brown is top of the order for Poverty Bay-East Coast at the national interprovincial in Christchurch.

On Sunday he was No.1 of another order — the Andy Abrahams 19-man shootout final.

“Breezy” Brown produced the sort of impeccable golf he will need when he mixes it with the country’s finest players next week.

In his first taste of the long-running shootout final, Brown shot under par as the field was whittled down from 19 on the first tee to two by the 18th tee.

Patience was a strength. The Poverty Bay greenkeeper, off a 1-handicap, watched as many others struggled under the cut-throat pressure of the net elimination format.

To get his hands on the first-prize booty, Brown’s last hurdle was 10-handicapper and top qualifier Tuki Sweeney.

He cleared that in style, ramming home an eight-foot putt for birdie after Sweeney left his 20-foot birdie attempt short.

Brown survived two chip-offs late in the final stages — knocking out Glenn Burnside on the 15th and Murray Smith on 16.

Simon Jeune, on automatic pilot after an exhausting week of matchplay at the Freyberg Masters interprovincial in Taupo, went on 17.

First to go was Bruce Talbot followed by Roger Kelly (No.2), Clive Dean (No.3), Warwick Thompson (No.4), Chris Taewa (No.5), Gray Clapham (No.6), Sam Willock (No.7), John van Helden (No.8), Roy Skuse (No.9), Basil Payne (No.10), Peter Clayton (No.11), chief sponsor Andy Abrahams (No.12), Vance Richardson (No.13) and Bill Allen (No.14).

Glenn Morley added his name to the Peter Brown Memorial Tray at the Gisborne Financial Services Clients Golf Day on Friday.

Morley won the men’s gross with 2-over 74, one ahead of course superintendent Jimmy Walker.

Dudley Meadows continued his recovery from a serious knee injury to post the top overall stableford — 83-16-67, for 41 points — pipping Morley on countback for the main prize.

Di Webb won the women’s stableford with 39 points on countback from Teresa Lewis.

Jimmy Situ produced a career-best score at the Bay to win the division 1 stableford on Sunday. He had birdies on the eighth, ninth and 14th holes in a 2-over 74-10-64, for 44 points, shaving a stroke off his previous best. His lowest number remains 73 at Gisborne Park.

Situ’s performance denied Anaru Reedy the stableford honours for his 69-3-66, for 42, highlighted by twos on the second, sixth and par-4 14th holes.

Nigel Jones also sent the golfing mercury into the 40s — 86-21-65 winning him division 2.

Forty-one-point hauls earned Andy Hayward and Brian Read stableford victories on Saturday.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: J Situ 44, A Reedy 42, R Gibson 41, P Stewart 40.

Division 2: N Jones 43, L Pollitt 41, M Mulrooney 40, K Daniels 39.

Twos: A Reedy 3, T Goldsmith, P Stewart.

Approach: R. Morley.

Jackpot: A Reedy.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: A Hayward 41, C Poole 39, D Griffin 37, A Kirkpatrick 36.

Division 2: B Read 41, J Neilson 37, R Johnstone 36, P Wauchop 36.

Twos: B Morgan, M Thomas.

Approach: M Thomas.

THURSDAY (Nov 15) — Men’s stableford, division 1: G Burnside 36, J van Helden 36, C Dean 36, G Clapham 35, M Thomas 35.

Division 2: C Christie 38, R Owen 38, M Smith 38, C Sowerby 38.

Twos: T Donovan, C Dean, R Owen.

Approach: T Donovan.

WaikohuTHE Waikohu Christmas Cheer tournament is on Saturday. There are men’s and women’s divisions. Tee-off is 11.30am. Sunday is a free day.

Te Puia SpringsJIM Devery’s licorice allsorts round was good enough to win the Musgrave Cup men’s stableford on Sunday.

Devery’s melting pot of scoring range from birdie to triple-bogey in his 83-19-64, for 38 points.

SUNDAY — Musgrave Cup men’s stableford: J Devery 38, R Smith 36, J Babbington-Welsh 34, B Clark 34, N Dewes 33, P Ngarimu 32, J Puha 32.

Women’s stableford: A Cook 41, P Summersby 36, H Miratana 36, G Roberts 35.

Twos: H Miratana, G Roberts.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, general meeting 10.30am, followed by AGM and haggle; SUNDAY, Dec 9, Te Puia Christmas tournament and interclub with Tolaga Bay.

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