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Electrinet Park

A BLOCKBUSTER round 1 match is in store after the top 16 of the Te Kanawa Cup men’s pairs were sorted over the holiday weekend.

Defending champions Anaru Reedy and Pete Tamatea powered past Rod Moore and Dave Rameka 4 and 3 in their “play-in” round match to book a spot in the Te K round of 16.

There they face Sel Peneha and Dave Te Maro, who sent Evan Parkin and Horst Schreiber to the Turanganui Cup consolation with a 15th-hole win.

Reedy, on +5, and Peneha, +1, are the lowest handicapped players in the club and if both men are on top of their games, expect more birdies than an Alfred Hitchcock thriller.

These two pairs are also the lowest-seeded to make the 16 — Reedy and Tamatea qualified 23rd and Peneha and Te Maro 26.

The “play-in” round featured 10 matches to find those to make up the top 16, joining the top six qualifiers who advanced directly to that group.

Among those are No.1 seeds and new members Mike Christophers and Adrian Wyrill, who face a tricky first-up combination in Tom Reynolds and Tony File.

Second seeds Darrel Gregory and Graeme Dickey could find negotiating their way around Ray Grace and Jace Brown a challenge while third seeds Craig Christophers (Mike’s brother) and Matt Henwood face a seasoned Te K campaigner in Glen McKinnon and Phil Nepia.

First-round matches in the Te Kanawa and Turanganui cups must be played by Sunday, June 20. The first-rounds losers in the Te K section go into the Fletcher Cup subsidiary.

SUNDAY — Men’s net: T Akroyd 74.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford: P Wellard 36.

Twos: A Reedy 2.

Poverty Bay

A sore shoulder, drizzly rain and dogged opponents could not stop Gay Young and Pen Wanklyn from claiming the 2021 Kahlenberg Cup women’s pairs crown yesterday.

Young and Wanklyn defeated Sally Spence and Anne Ward 2 and 1 in the handicap matchplay final.

It gave Young a sixth Kahlenberg title — all with different partners — and was a first for Wanklyn.

“Pen was nursing a sore shoulder, so I give credit to her for playing so well,” said Young, who, off a 15-handicap, was giving the shots.

Fortunately the weather was not as bad as was forecasted. Drizzle early in the round was more annoying than uncomfortable.

Young and Wanklyn (off 29) were never behind.

They went 2-up after Wanklyn won the seventh and eighth holes and after four halved holes on the trot, a Young par on the 13th put them 3-up.

Spence (20-handicap) sank a long birdie putt on the 14th to close the gap, which she and Ward (31) cut to one by winning the 15th.

The 16th was halved and Young sealed the win with a par on the 17th.

Marg Lane and Odette Thompson beat June MacKinnon and Marg Williams 5 and 4 in the plate final.

Sue Ellwood defeated Jean Clayton 4 and 3 in the Juliet Rickard 9-hole matchplay final.

THIRTY-two spots.

Forty-two contenders.

Basic subtraction tells us 10 of those will fall at the first hurdle of the Gisborne Motors Barns-Graham Cup men’s pairs.

The ever-popular BG Cup tees off this Saturday with best-ball stableford qualifying.

Where a pair qualifies means diddly-squat, as defending champions Brian Clarke and Mike Dodgshun showed last year, coming from 27th seeding to beat Ross Gibson and Barry Brown 5 and 4 in the handicap matchplay final.

Both combos are back for another go — Clarke looking for his third taste of BG glory.

Pairs to watch?

Simply answered, every dog has its day. But to win this one, you need skill and some luck to survive five rounds of potentially intense matchplay.

Darren Patumaka, who is partnered with Thomas Donovan, sent a strong message on Sunday with his division 1 men’s stableford-winning 76-10-66, for 42 points.

As did Brent Colbert — who has once again paired with Andy Putnam — twice last week, a 41-point haul winning division 1on Thursday, followed by a 36-point effort on Sunday.

A FEW Minties moments have been endured by a couple of male members in recent weeks. Golf Roundup won’t name them out of mercy.

Incident 1: The combinations for four-ball haggles nowadays are decided by throwing the balls (golf balls, that is) of the players in the air, usually the two closest and the two furthest apart making up the pairs.

Said victim No.1 took it upon himself to do the honours and tossed all four balls high in the sky. Unfortunately he threw three balls away from himself and the other straight up. The ball reached its peak and plummeted downwards, landing on said victim’s noggin, nearly knocking him out.

Incidents 2 and 3: Said victim, not the same one as incident 1, was playing the 10th hole in miserable Saturday conditions. On attempting to hit his second shot near olive trees in the left rough, his club flew out of his hands and into the stratosphere.

Said victim had no idea where it went and had to go back the next morning for a search and rescue. He found it high in an olive tree.

Same victim was playing a recent Thursday round. Having started on the 10th he got to the first hole and went to have a chat with the pro. On returning, he grabbed his trundler and trotted along to catch up with his group. As he walked down the fairway, for the life of him he could not remember where he had hit his ball from the tee box.

The mystery was solved when he put his hand in his pocket and pulled out the ball.

WEDNESDAY — Kahlenberg Cup women’s pairs final: G Young/P Wanklyn def S Spence/A Ward 2 and 1.

Kahlenberg Plate final: M Lane/O Thompson def J MacKinnon/M Williams 5 and 4.

Juliet Rickard 9-holers’ matchplay final: S Ellwood defeated Jean Clayton 4 and 3.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: D Patumaka 42, M Norman 39, B Colbert 36.

Division 2: P Rickard 37, S Harbottle 36, J Holmes 36, M Karalus 35.

Twos: D Patumaka, J Kerekere, J Situ.

Approach: G Morley.

SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: A Hayward 39, P Butler 36, J Situ 35, S Andreassen 35.

Division 2: D Wright 40, L Pollitt 36, C Christie 35.

Twos: A Hayward, S Andreassen, P Butler.

Approach: S Andreassen.

THURSDAY (June 3) — Men’s stableford, division 1: B Colbert 41, M Higham 39, G Morley 38, W Mortleman 37.

Division 2: R Fletcher 37, M Reynolds 35, M Dodgshun 33, M Smith 32, K Goldsmith 32.

Twos: G Morley, B Colbert.

Approach: G Morley.

Qualifying for the Gisborne Motors Barns-Graham Cup is on SATURDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 8.03am: D Patumaka/T Donovan, R Foon/N West.

11.15am: G Morley/G Clapham, P Mullooly/N Mackie. 11.23: J Van Helden/S Harbottle, M Norman/D Jenkins. 11.31: A Kirkpatrick/R Fergus, P Graham/W Mortleman. 11.39: Reid Fletcher/G Kemp, M Stewart/A Hayward. 11.47: D Hall/S Jeune, C Dean/J Williams. 11.55: S Willock/M Reynolds, V Richardson/C Poole.

12.03: W Brown/M Barker, B Brown/R Gibson. 12.11: B Clarke/M Dodgshun, K Daniels/L Pollitt. 12.19: P Butler/H Williams, B Colbert/A Putnam. 12.27: J Pittar/T Sherratt, D Grant/A Bacon. 12.35: D Pirimona/J Kerekere, B Read/M Smith.

No.10 tee, 11.15am: G Brown/D Griffin, J Jenner/N Jones. 11.23: D Bush/C Christie, J Situ/C Carmody. 11.31: A Williams/D White, C Taewa/L Hewson. 11.39: D Atkins/J Aitchison, M Callaghan/H Keast. 11.47: L Foster/C Bauld, D Wright/B Morrissey. 11.55: K Goldsmith/T Goldsmith, A Baldwin/G Udall.

12.03: K Travers/B Morgan, F Ball/P Hakiwai. 12.11: P Wauchop/J McGregor, C Jeffrey/R Morgan. 12.19: P Goodwin/B Payne, B Simpson/B Talbot.

Tolaga Bay

RONGO Pomana’s 38 points pipped Tuki Sweeney for the stableford honours on Sunday.

SUNDAY — Stableford: R Pomana 38, T Sweeney 37, J Hale 33, T Higgs 33.

Twos: V des Barres.

Patutahi

PAT Hokianga led a trio of 39-pointers in the men’s stableford on Sunday.

Hokianga headed off Selwyn Pohatu and Oz Willimott on countback.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, senior division: P Hokianga 39, S Pohatu 39, O Willimott 39, R Pohatu 37.

Junior division: L Jamieson 37, B McKenzie 37, M Pohatu 37, M Weaver 36.

Women’s stableford: H Pomana 30.

Twos: D Pomana, C Brown, M Stock, D Quinn, O Willimott.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford, senior division: O Willimott 19, M Stock 19, T Brodie 19, A Hindmarsh 18.

Junior division: B Williams 21, I Tietjen 21, P Briant 20, L Jamieson 20.

Waikohu

PATUTAHI member Dwayne Russell was the stand-out performer at the Waikohu Men’s Open on Saturday.

Russell had four birdies in his 3-under 67 which won him the overall gross. He also boomed out the long drive in his section.

Home-course players collected the other main prizes. Ike Ruru won the overall net with 92-21-71 while Percy Milner’s 35 points was good enough to win the overall stableford.

SUNDAY — Team stableford: P Milner/K Tamanui/L Green 111, M Tuapawa/A Tamanui-Nunn/V Grace 84.

SATURDAY — Waikohu Men’s Open, gross: D Russell 67

Overall net: I Ruru 71.

Overall stableford: P Milner 35.

Division 1, net: H Douglas.

Stableford: T Brown 33, T Donovan 33, L Green 32, T Ruru 31.

Division 2, gross: S Mohlmann 89.

Net: D Williams 75.

Stableford: C Christophers 32, B Pohatu 31, M de Luze 30.

Twos: C Beattie, L Green, W Brown.

Long drives: D Russell, D Waihaki, D Gordon.

Approaches: T Donovan, B Pohatu, G Hannah.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, meeting at 10am followed by greens in regulation competition.

Veterans

ONLY the hardcore turned up for the Gisborne East Coast Veteran Golfers Society’s latest competition.

Thirty-two players ventured to Patutahi, despite the classic showery winter weather, for a stableford round.

They were rewarded with hot soup from a much-appreciated Patutahi crew led by Jan Ewart.

The scoring not surprisingly was no headline-grabber. Electrinet Park member Evan Parkin won the men’s stableford with 33 points while Poverty Bay’s Teresa Lewis’ 30 was the best of the women.

Mahia

Monday — Par: B Cutler +5, I Parker +2, G Pitman -3.

SUNDAY — HB Kingi par, women: F Wesche +2 and +1, Maraea Wesche -3.

Men: Wade Wesche +2, P McKenzie +2, N Jones -2.

COMING UP: Northern Hawke’s Bay women’s open foursomes, 9.30am tee-off, entries to Renee Hiko 027-371-8682 or Maraea Wesche 027-229-2342.

Golf Roundup compiled and edited by Chris Taewa. If you have a story, tournament to promote or results you wish to have printed, contact The Gisborne Herald at 869-0633 or email sports@gisborneherald.co.nz