Gisborne ParkNumber one seeds. Gone. Number two seeds. Gone Number three seeds. Gone. And you can keep going until you get to the seventh seeds as a dramatic day unfolded in round 2 of the Kiri Te Kanawa Lifestyle Village Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs at the weekend.
The highest seeds remaining in the quest for the popular trophy are No.7-ranked Evan Parkin and Phil Simpson, who beat Tony Leggett and Sel Peneha. They and the six seeds above them all had byes into round 2.
Top seeds Ray Grace (the course convener) and Anthony Pahina were halted 4 and 3 by Daniel Collier and greenkeeper Pete Tamatea. No.2 seeds Leo Lexmond and Derek Craven were cleaned up 5 and 4 by Mike Hutton and an on-song Glen McKinnon. Third seeds and 2014 Te K champions Kani Kingi and Mason Emery fell 3 and 2 to Pat Hogan and Chris Palmer.
No.4-ranked Barry Cox and Wayne McHugh went to extra holes against Pete Cameron and Bruce Symes. Cameron finished it with a birdie-2 on the 20th. No.5 seeds Brad Reynolds and Cliff Nepe were never behind against Willie Donnelly and Geoff Hill until the 20th, where Donnelly chipped in for two and victory. Sixth seeds Sefo Fonoti and Mike McFlinn joined the higher seed scrap heap in losing 4 and 3 to Jack Glassford and John Collier.
Karen Hay and Mihi Marino are one step away from retaining the Benson Cup women’s pairs title. Hay and Marino beat Jean Foot and Pat Joseph 2 and 1 in the semifinals. They face Jo Kerr and Margaret Alley in the July 17 final after they ousted Francie Hutton and Barbara Woods.
Electrinet Park results
Sunday — Women’s stableford: N Grace 94-20-74, 35.
Twos: K Hay, G McKinnon, K Kingi.
Saturday — Women’s stableford: T Ford 35.
Drawn twos: T Ford.
Wednesday (June 22) — Women’s stableford: J Kerr 33 on c/b.
Twos: J Foot, F Brown, T McDonald.
Tuesday (June 21) — Veteran men’s stableford: K Shaw 45, D Malloy 39, B Atkins 38, P Koorey 37, D Tarry 36, L Lexmond 36, A Lewington 35, M Hutton 35, C Brown 35, G Sharp 35, B Huhu 35, S Mohlmann 35.
Twos: B Atkins, G Sharp, B Huhu, M Hutton.
Approach: B Atkins.
Round 3 of the Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs and associated trophies is on Sunday. The draw is:
Te Kanawa Cup, No.1 tee — 9.18am: P Cameron/B Symes v W Donnelly/G Hill. 9.24: G McKinnon/M Hutton v P Simpson/E Parkin. 9.30: J Glassford/J Collier v P Hogan/C Palmer. 9.36: D Collier/P Tamatea v B Atkins/T Buckingham.
Fletcher Cup, No.1 tee — 9.42: A Pahina/R Grace v T Leggett/S Peneha. 9.48: L Lexmond/D Craven v T File/C Brown. 9.54: S Fonoti/M McFlinn v M Emery/K Kingi. 10am: B Cox/W McHugh v B Reynolds/C Nepe.
Turanganui Trophy, No.1 tee — 10.06: P Koorey/S Phillips v D Harrison/B Watene.
The final of the Benson Cup women’s pairs between J Kerr/M Alley and K Hay/M Marino will be played on Sunday, July 17.
Poverty BayTHE top qualifiers are out, the Bauld-Gunther fairy-tale continued and a man called Pete proved “Goodie” guys don’t always finish last in round 2 of the Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs on Saturday. The field was whittled to 16 duos, who will fight out the matchplay quarterfinals this Saturday.
Among them are Basil Payne and Tene Goldsmith, who won the last three holes to defeat No.1 seeds Ross Gibson and Don Wright on the 18th. Their next-up opponents have a large neon “danger” sign flashing above them. Mike Dodgshun and Pete Humphreys dismissed brothers Ross and Glenn Morley 4 and 3. Humphreys had dropped just 12 shots off his 24 handicap when they shook hands.
The Iceland of the BG Cup, Les Gunther and Craig Bauld, advanced without raising a sweat although when you’re both in a cart and up against just one player, it should be a stroll in the park. Their opponent, Ray Farmer, lost his partner and grandson Matthew Watts to a broken leg while playing hockey.
Peter “Goodie” Goodwin produced 18th-hole heroics to advance alongside Mark Norman. Roger Kelly and Lee Pollitt had come from 3-down with five holes to play to be square playing the 18th only for Goddie to sink a 12-footer for par and victory.
Joe Green and Brad Morgan stepped up when it counted to eliminate Frank Ball and Dave Jenkins 3 and 1. Ball and Jenkins were 2-up after 11 — nine-handicapper Jenkins going out in even-par 36 — but Morgan made birdie on the 14th, Green won the 15th and 16th with bogeys getting shots, and Morgan finished it with a par on the 17th.
Pete Anderson’s almost single-handed back-nine effort fell just short in a 19th-hole loss to the ever-reliable Kim Gunness and Blair Tannahill. Anderson continued his fine form with 73 off the stick but partner Chris Taewa went AWOL on the homeward nine and later graded his performance as an A —“somewhere between A-bysmal and A-ppalling”.
Other combos into the last 16 are Roy Skuse and Bill Allen, and Clive Dean and John Williams.
Sunday — Men’s stableford, division 1: J Situ 43, A White 38, M Jefferson 37, P Rickard 37.
Division 2: M Barker 42, R Skuse 41, B Morgan 41, S Palmer 39.
Twos: L Pollitt
Approach: T Donovan
Saturday — Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs, round 2 results: B Payne/T Goldsmith def R Gibson/D Wright, P Humphreys/M Dodgshun def R Morley/G Morley, K Gunness/B Tannahill def P Anderson/C Taewa, J Green/B Morgan def D Jenkins/F Ball, P Goodwin/M Norman def R Kelly/L Pollitt, R Skuse/B Allen def N Mackie/P Mullooly, C Dean/J Williams def G Brown/D Griffin, C Bauld/L Gunther def R Farmer/M Watts.
Twos: P Anderson, R Morley, B Payne, P Grogan, F Ball, B Morgan, D Jenkins, B Morrissey, P Stewart, L Gunther.
Approach: R Morley.
Thursday (June 23) — Men’s stableford, division 1: R Kelly 39, M Thomas 36, C Poole 35, V Richardson 34.
Division 2: P Humphreys 39, N McGregor 38, S Willock 36, B Allen 36, B Hall 36.
Twos: R Owen.
Approach: R Owen.
The draw for round 3 of the Barns-Graham Cup and associated men’s pairs trophies is:
Bryan Cup, No.1 tee — 10.45: P Shanks/R Murphy v R Farmer/M Watts. 10.52: P Grogan/R Johnstone v G Brown/D Griffin. 11am: B Colbert/M Barker v N Mackie/P Mullooly. 11.07: A White/W Mackey v R Kelly/L Pollitt. 11.15: J McGregor/P Wauchop v D Jenkins/F Ball. 11.22: A Hayward/F Brown v P Anderson/C Taewa. 11.30: J Rouse/V Powdrell v R Morley/G Morley. 11.37: S Palmer/C Smith v R Gibson/D Wright
Barns Graham Cup, No.1 tee — 11.45: B Payne/T Goldsmith v P Humphreys/M Dodgshun. 11.52: K Gunness/B Tannahill v J Green/B Morgan. 12 noon: P Goodwin/M Norman v R Skuse/B Allen. 12.07: C Dean/J Williams v C Bauld/L Gunther.
Barns-Graham Plate, No.10 tee — 10.45: M Stewart/N. McGregor v P Bayly/R Wells. 10.52: N Udy/R Foster v J Situ/M Karalus. 11am: T Donovan/R Foon v G Eriksen/J Kerekere. 11.07: M Clapham/B Morrissey v M Hunt/A Jennings.
Barns-Graham Plate flight, No.10 tee — 11.15: C Jeffrey/N Jenkins v M Orford/A Bacon. 11.22: C Simpson/D Meadows v P Stewart/R Young. 11.30: K White/N Jones v S Willock/M Reynolds. 11.37: D Cook/D Grant (bye).
PatutahiROSS Nichol added his name to a trophy dating back nearly 80 years to complete a weekend double on Sunday.
Nichol beat Wai Koia 5 and 3 in the matchplay final of the Te Kani Pere Cup that was first played for in 1937. It capped a successful two days for Nichol. He also won the junior title of the King of the Country series that ended with the Patutahi men’s open on Saturday.
Andrea Haisman and Jan Ewart had a humdinger battle to decide the McKeague Cup women’s matchplay crown. Haisman won 1-up.
Tony Akroyd overcame a poor start to clinch the Patutahi open overall net honours and the King of the Country senior title. Akroyd made triple bogey-6 on the par-3 ninth hole — he started on the eighth — but stormed back with five birdies and an eagle over the next 11 holes. He bogeyed the 12th and 13th, then made birdie on the 15th in a round of 3-under 67. His net 65 won him the Bryan Johnson Memorial Trophy for best overall net and secured him the King of the Country senior honours.
The KotC was held over three men’s open tournaments — Tahunga, Waikohu and Patutahi — and ended in a Patutahi clean sweep.
Akroyd finished the series with a best two-round gross total of 139, four strokes ahead of clubmate Eddie Brown jr. It was his fourth KotC series win.
Toby Williams won the intermediate net on 130, with yet another Patutahi player, Tony Green, runner-up.
Nichol won the junior net, also with 130, from Tahunga’s Ben Johnson.
Sunday — Men’s stableford: G Brown 76-10-66, 40; M Higgs 90-22-68, 38; B Pohatu 94-24-69, 37.
Women’s stableford: S Robertson 88-18-70, 34.
Jackpot: E Brown jr.
Twos: T Hindmarsh, E Brown jr.
Te Kani Pere Cup winner (men): R Nichol.
McKeague Cup winner (women): A Haisman.
Saturday — Patutahi men’s open, Bryan Johnson Memorial Trophy for best overall net: T Akroyd 67-2-65.
Senior division, gross: P Kerekere 68, W Brown 72.
Net: E Brown jr 66, J Devery 69.
Stableford: T Hindmarsh 37, T Green 36, S Pohatu 36.
Intermediate division, gross: T Williams 79, C Parker 81.
Net: B Johnson 66, T Brodie 66.
Stableford: R Nichol 40, G Tattersfield 39, P Johnson 38.
Junior division, gross: T Sherratt 88, M Smith 90.
Net: B Lane 66, C Newman 69.
Stableford: G Watson 39, J Graham 37, B Tietjen 37.
Eagle: T Akroyd.
Long drives: R Hindmarsh (senior), A Brodie (intermediate), T Sherratt (junior).
Approaches: T Akroyd (senior), B Johnson (intermediate), C Newman (junior).
Friday — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: C Parker 23, T Green 23, R Nichol 22, S Pohatu 21, R Hindmarsh 21, B Williams 21.
Junior division: S Fookes 21, A Nimmo 20, G Humble 20, C Newman 20, J Graham 20, C Brown 20.
MahiaMAHIA Golf Club is in mourning following the death of popular member Robert Wesche on June 23.
“The club is deeply saddened by the death of Robert Wesche,” said Mahia stalwart and long-time member Lil McFlinn. “Bob was elected president at the end of 2015 but unfortunately his illness never allowed him the task.”
The Wesche family have a strong connection with the Mahia club, and are well known at clubs throughout the Poverty Bay-East Coast region. Bob was farewelled at Nuhaka this week. The golfing community extends its condolences to his family.
SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: J Robertson 39, B.Crowley 38, Wayne Wesche 38, G Pitman 38, Wade Wesche 37.
TahungaBen Johnson (40 stableford points), Sam Hain (37) and Casey Maddock (net 72) were the Sunday competition winnners.
SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: B Johnson 40, M Steele 39.
Division 2: S Hain 37, C Brownlie 34.
Women’s net: C Maddock 72, K Johnson 72.
Best seconds shots: K Mossman (div 1 men), S Hain (div 2 men), C Ewen (women).
All-in approach: T Steele.
Twos: T Steele, S Kemp.
Tolaga BayDAN Maitai and Rangi Mackey are the 2016 four-ball men’s matchplay champions. Maitai and Mackey complemented each other perfectly to beat Dion Milner and John Hale 4 and 3. When Mackey mucked up Maitai came through and vice-versa, said Hale.
“Wattie” and “Scotty” won the plate, Mark Watts and Scott Cranswick beating Tere Lincoln and Kara Solomon.
SUNDAY — Men’s medal: M Grant 64, S Cranswick 65, Tere Lincoln 67, Joe Lincoln 67.
Twos: M Watts, Tere Lincoln.
Four-ball men’s matchplay final: Dan Maitai/R Mackey def D Milner/J Hale 4 and 3.
Plate final: M Watts/S Cranswick def Tere Lincoln/K Solomon.
COMING UP: July 30-31, King of the Coast men’s open, entries available from John Hale on 862-6889 or Walter Robinson on 862-6563.
WaikohuJULIE Coker equalled her best round at Waikohu to win the women’s net on Sunday. Coker mixed two birdies, with three bogeys and a double bogey in her 75-12-63.
Sunday — Men’s net: DJ Baty 67, J Baty 67, T Brown 68, L Green 72.
Women’s net: J Coker 63, E Wynyard 67, V Grace 73.
Twos: J Baty.
COMING UP: SATURDAY, working bee from 9am; SUNDAY, club competitions.