Pennants glory to Bay boys
Poverty Bay Golf Club added to its illustrious Oligoi Jug men’s interclub pennants history with a cakewalk victory on its home fairways on Sunday.
The host club’s No.1 side outclassed Tolaga Bay 8-0 in the 36-matchplay final to usher in a new era of Poverty Bay-East Coast pennants history.
Peter Kerekere, William Brown, Simon Jeune and Pete Anderson won Poverty Bay the symbol of men’s interclub supremacy for the 19th time.
Brown was also presented the sportsman trophy for player of the pennants series for his record of seven wins and one half.
Jeune had the same record, while Kerekere and Anderson suffered just one singles defeat apiece over the three points rounds, semifinal and final.
They were the same four who shared the title with Patutahi last year while Kerekere, Brown and Jeune were members of winning PB teams in 2015 and 2016.
Kerekere now has nine Oligoi Jug titles to his name.
He underlined PB’s dominance in Sunday’s final with a 10 and 9 defeat of Dion Milner after forging an 8-up lead in the morning 18.
Brown dismissed Bruce Yates 7 and 5, Anderson won seven of his last nine holes to beat Taine Lincoln 9 and 8, and Jeune was 6-up with six to play when his opponent, Tere Lincoln, raised the white flag.
The emphatic win brought back memories of the 2016 final, which involved the same clubs and players, bar Anderson, and ended in the same whitewash result.
The 2018 PB team became the first winners of a new trophy after the 43-year-old Oligoi Jug went missing in the aftermath of the 2017 final.
A bit of history behind new Oligoi Jug pennants trophyThe original “Jug” was donated by Jim Booth and Jock Corson in 1975. It was presented to the winner of an individual strokeplay tournament up to 1988 before becoming the pennants trophy.
Poverty Bay club member, PB (2) pennants team member and Gisborne Metal Recyclers owner Brent Colbert donated the “new” silverware.
He found the trophy at his scrapyard and mounted it on a cut-down wooden beer bottle made by woodturner Gordon Humble from a Patutahi Golf Club totara post, and gifted to Colbert’s father Brian.
The trophy itself dates back to 1964 and originated from an inter-port challenge between Gisborne and Napier.
Sunday also saw the playoffs for third to sixth places.
Patutahi’s Hukanui Brown, brother Eddie Brown jr, cousin Jace Brown and Regan Hindmarsh beat a three-man Te Puia Springs team of Andrew Higham, Jason Devery and Thomas Donovan 6-2 over 27 holes to win the Pounamu Trophy for third place.
Poverty Bay (2)’s Brent Colbert, David Situ, George Brown and Alister Jennings beat Gisborne Park’s Sel Peneha, Brad Reynolds, Rod Moore and Tom Teneti 6-2 over 18 holes to clinch fifth.
The Endeavour men’s interclub handicap pennants was also decided at Poverty Bay on Sunday.
Waikohu won the points series and title by just two points from Poverty Bay and Mahia.
Full results from pennants in Golf Roundup tomorrow