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Tairawhiti golf roundup

Te Puia SpringsThe East Coast Open last weekend had its winners, those who were thanked for coming and plenty in between on and off the course.

Simon Jeune unoffically claimed the “overtime” award.

While some played a round-robin as the worst of the weather struck on Sunday morning and others chose simply not to turn up at all, Jeune went the distance and more in three of his four top 16 matches.

He ended up playing 75 holes over the two days including three sudden-death playoffs, two of those on Sunday.

It would have been more but Jeune and Jace Brown decided 20 holes was enough on Sunday afternoon and tossed a coin. Brown won.

The coin replaced the club in the fifth eight division final. Sam Willock and Tennant McNeill played their match through calls of heads or tails. It is understood McNeill came from 5-down after nine tosses to win.

Brian Morrissey was kind enough to offer Brad Reynolds a seat in his buggy for their 3rd 16 third place playoff. When Reynolds got to 6-up, Morrissey said “you can bloody walk now” and drove off.

Andy Higham won the championship 16 but not before a Saturday morning jaw-dropper when he power-shanked an iron out of town off the par-3 sixth tee. Even the best . . .

Big-hitting Zane Rangihika took the risk of a suckered ball in the mud out of play on the par-4 275-metre 13th hole. The young Kawerau golfer smashed his drive 30 metres over the green instead and pitched back on.

Three consecutive air-shots from the one player; new nicknames for Les Gunther (“Soggy”), Allan White (“White Flag”) and John van Heldon (“Make It Click”); the father-son Battle of the Boyles going the way of dad Danny (over Zane) despite inadvertently marking his ball in the rough; Kawerau’s Tuakana August avoiding the trip for a second helping of dinner on Sunday night by filling high two plates to begin with (he cleared both and still had room for dessert); Nehe Dewes’ wonderful pre-dinner speeches and karakia; and the Kodak moment of three generations of the Higham family, from bubs to grandfather Mark, sitting together in the clubhouse all added to the colour and history of this very special tournament.

SUNDAY — East Coast men’s open and handicap tournament, East Coast Open 1st 16, overall winner: Andrew Higham from H Brown.

Third: A Reedy.

Flight: J Brown from S Jeune.

Plate: W Brown from P Kerekere.

Consolation flight: E Brown jr.

Ruatoria Handicap 2nd 16, overall winner: J Devery from Taine Lincoln.

Third: B Reynolds.

Flight: R Witters from D Situ.

Plate: T August from G Overend.

Consolation flight: A Nepia.

Tokomaru Bay 3rd 16, overall winner: J van Helden from T Mackie.

Third: C Taewa.

Flight: A Double from Z Boyle.

Plate: D Boyle from G Clapham.

Consolation flight: S Stirrat.

Waipiro Bay 4th 16, overall winner: Aaron Higham from T Wenmoth.

Third: N Carson.

Flight: P Mullooly from B Clark.

Plate: G Chaffey from N Dewes.

Consolation flight: D Young.

Te Puia Handicap 5th 16, overall winner: T McNeil from S Willock.

Flight: N Hall.

Plate: R Maxwell.

Consolation flight: L Gunther.

36-hole stableford: P Harrison from R Walker.

Twos: W Brown 3, J Brown 2, S Stirrat 2, S Jeune 2, T Green, G Chaffey, B Reynolds, G Overend, B Rothschild, R Witters, T McNeil, P Kerekere, D Young, Aaron Higham, T Mackie, N Dewes.

Poverty BayTHE winners of the first and second 16s at last weekend’s East Coast Open at Te Puia Springs have joined forces for the Enterprise Cars open foursomes on Saturday.

And if history is anything to go by, they have a great shot at it.

Andrew Higham, who won the championship 16 at the East Coast Open, will combine with second 16 winner Jason Devery for the 36-hole tournament.

Higham and Shayde Skudder won the overall gross at the 2017 foursomes. It was the third time Higham had won it with a third different partner.

That augurs well for his new partner in crime, Devery, although to make it a fourth, they have to shoot lower than the perennial favourites — four-time winners Peter Kerekere and William Brown.

Others chasing gross honours and the giant trophy that goes with it include Collin Jeffrey and Brent Colbert, Glenn Morley and Pete Stewart, and Tene Goldsmith and George Brown.

Also up for grabs is the overall net.

The commentator’s kiss of death failed to derail Ross Gibson and Barry Brown last year. Expect them to rise to the occasion again.

WEDNESDAY — Women’s net: G Young 92-17-75, S Spence 95-18-77.

LGU, silver: G Young 92-17-75.

Bronze 1: P Dymock 103-24-79.

Bronze 2: M Lane 110-31-79.

9-holers: J Ngarimu 51-17-34.

Twos: J. Bell.

Tuesday — Women’s stableford: M Lane 102-31-71, 39; V Bell 90-18-72, 38.

Twos: K Crosby.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: T Donovan 37, D Patumaka 37, B Morgan 34.

Division 2: B Talbot 36, P Rickard 33, R Morley 31.

Approach: T. Donovan.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: B Brown 41, V Richardson 38, C Poole 36, J McGregor 36.

Division 2: D Bush 37, B Read 37, C Christie 31, P Wauchop 26.

Twos: V. Richardson.

Approach: P. Butler.

THURSDAY (April 26) — Men’s stableford, division 1: A White 42, S Andreassen 39, B Allen 39, G Brown 39, P Clayton 38.

Division 2: R Murphy 40, P Graham 39, S Willock 38, B Proudfoot 38, G Eriksen 38.

Twos: P Clayton, G Brown, F Ball.

Approach: P Clayton.

The Enterprise Cars men’s open foursomes is on SATURDAY. Entries are still being taken. Contact the pro shop at 867-4402. The draw is — No.1 tee, 8am: L Pollitt/K Daniels, P Rickard/B Morgan. 8.07: B Brown/R Gibson, P Grogan/J Kerekere. 8.15: R Murphy/T Williams, C Poole/V Richardson. 8.22: C Christie/D Bush, D Kirkpatrick/A Kirkpatrick. 8.30: R Third/J Vaughan, S Willock/M Reynolds. 8.37: D Mettrick/B Proudfoot, R Foon/D Wright. 8.45: S Shields/A Hayward, G Kemp/I Kirkpatrick.

No.10, 8am: S Jeune/K White, T Goldsmith/G Brown. 8.07: A Higham/ J Devery, B Colbert/C Jeffrey. 8.15: L Foster/M Stevens, G Morley/P Stewart. 8.22: W Brown/P Kerekere, D Gray/D Patumaka. 8.30: D Situ/J Situ, W Thompson/R Skuse.

Gisborne ParkEVAN Parkin left the pretenders in his wake in the Tuesday veteran men’s stableford last week.

Parkin’s 80-14-66, for 42 points, was three clear of Wayne McHugh, Butch Atkins and Geoff Sharp.

Electrinet Park results, TUESDAY (April 24) — Veteran men’s stableford: E Parkin 42, W McHugh 39, B Atkins 39, G Sharp 39, C Brown 38, C Palmer 37, B Lumsden-Nicholls 37 on c/b.

Twos: A Nairne.

PatutahiWHERE did that come from?

Paul Harrison produced one of the greatest scores in the history of the meat pack nine-hole stableford on Friday.

Harrison mixed birdies on the 14th, 16th and 18th holes with a double bogey on the 17th in his 1-under 34 for a whopping 27 points and victory in the senior division.

On another day, Helen Pomana’s 24 would have won. She settled for second.

Twenty-four was, however, enough in the junior division, James Brodie winning on countback from Jamie Graham.

TUESDAY — Women’s net: M Alley 96-20-76.

SUNDAY — Men’s net: A Hindmarsh 65, P Malloy 66, M Farmer 66, M de Luze 67.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: P Harrison 27, H Pomana 24, D Johnston 22, A Blakeman 21.

Junior division: J Brodie 24, J Graham 24, B Tietjen 22, J Tietjen 22.

COMING UP: SATURDAY, shootout, tee-off at 8.30am, cut-off is 194.

Tolaga BayMark Watts and John Hale are the 2018 OB-Harry Trophy winners.

Watts paid tribute to the late Owen Cranswick and Harry Higgs with the round of the day and his best of the year — 76-12-64 — as he and Hale posted a combined net total of 139.

They were two shots ahead of Trent Higgs and Bruce Yates.

SUNDAY — Net: M Watts 62, D Maitai 66, T Higgs 67.

Putting: M Watts 24, T Higgs 27, J Crawford 28.

OB-Harry Trophy pairs combined net: M Watts/J Hale 139, T Higgs/B Yates 141.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, May 6, Oligoi Jug men’s interclub pennants, round 3; SATURDAY, May 12, Queen of the Coast women’s open tournament, 9.30am morning tea, 10am tee-off, two divisions plus twos, long drives and approaches, lunch included in entry fee, inquiries/entries to Letty Poananga or Anthea Lincoln.

WaikohuPERCY Milner pipped an in-form Tama Brown on countback to win the men’s stableford on Sunday.

Milner had 88-24-64 while Brown shot 81-17-64. Both had 42 points.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford: P Milner 42, T Brown 42, F Tamanui 35.

Women’s stableford: A Tamanui-Nunn 37, V Grace 32, E Wynyard 29.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, cup competition, third round.

Women's pennantsMAHIA will take the smallest of advantages into the Poverty Bay women’s pennants title decider after “a real doozy” of a third round last weekend.

Round 3 was held in conjunction with the Mahia women’s open tournament, which attracted an excellent turnout of 48 players.

The Mahia team prevailed on the day. Treena Smith, Mattie Fergus, Lee Steel and Colleen Wesche ended with a total net of 297, Steel leading the way with 72.

Waikohu were second on 306, Valerie Grace’s 72 their best individual score.

Wairoa were third on 323, with Fairlane Wesche’s 74 their top round.

Mahia’s win put them top of the table with one round to play at Poverty Bay at the end of the month.

There’s little between the top three. Mahia have 23 points, Wairoa 22 and Waikohu 21, with distance back to fourth-placed Poverty Bay on 15.

Mahia ladies club captain Maraea Wesche was delighted with their performance and how the day went.

The scene was set for “a real doozy of a day”, she said, and the players responded as the trademark Mahia winds got up.

She paid tribute to greenkeeper Bernie Crowley, who she said produced the best greens they had seen in the series so far.

The Stephenson Trophy for best overall net in the women’s open was won by Mahia’s Renee Hiko with 71.

Pennants results, round 3 (best individual player in brackets): Mahia 297 (Lee Steel 72), Waikohu 306 (Valerie Grace 72), Wairoa 323 (Fairlane Wesche 74), Poverty Bay 331 (Sally Spence 76), Gisborne Park 332 (Blanche Walker 78), Patutahi 332 (Jandy Winiata 77), Te Puia Springs 335 (Alison Maru 80), Tahunga 338 (Casey Maddock 77), Tolaga Bay 354 (Letty Poananga 80).

Overall points (with one round to play): Mahia 23, Wairoa 22, Waikohu 21, Poverty Bay 15, Gisborne Park 10.5, Te Puia Springs 10.5, Tahunga 9, Tolaga Bay 8, Patutahi 7.

VeteransBUTCH Atkins fought back from illness earlier this year and needed that battling spirit to clinch the Gisborne East Coast Veteran Golfers’ Society’s Hamilton Trophy at Poverty Bay Golf Club on Tuesday.

The Gisborne Park member, playing off his highest handicap for many years (11), started double bogey/double bogey but came back to post 81-11-71 and win the par event with a +2 score.

The course proved too tough for most of the 37-strong field.

Only six players posted below-handicap scores, while one unfortunate individual finished 11-down to the card.

Mike Orford was the best of the +1 finishers, heading off Barry Cox on countback.

The veterans were grateful to the Poverty Bay women, who were happy for them to start at the earlier time of 10am.

The next vets’ event is at Patutahi on Tuesday, June 12, teeing off at 12 noon.

Hamilton Trophy results (par competition): B Atkins (Gisborne Park) +2, M Orford (Poverty Bay) +1, B Cox (GP) +1, P Harrison (Te Puia Springs) +1, G Burnside (PB) +1, B Hall (PB) +1, S Williams (PB) sq, P Rickard (PB) sq, A Nairne (GP) sq, A Destry (PB) -1.

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