EXPERIENCE meant nothing as Pen Wanklyn was crowned the 2021 Kevin Hollis Glass women’s shootout champion on Sunday.
Wanklyn, playing in the 19-woman final for the first time, showed the cool, calm and collectedness of a seasoned campaigner.
Getting two shots on the 18th hole, the 30-handicapper made bogey-5 to knock out a woman who has appeared in many a final — Jan Utting.
Last year’s champion Colleen Skuse made a great fist of her title defence in getting to the 17th.
The shootout so often produces “expect it when you least expect it” moments. One of those came from the get-go when Mary Allan four-putted the first hole to be the first out.
Marg Williams was next after tree trouble and a chip-off on the second, and June MacKinnon followed on the third.
Vonnie Fletcher’s chip-off effort on the fourth proved fatal as her ball failed to make it up a rise to the green and ended up back at her feet.
Birgitt Whyte’s putter betrayed her on the fifth and Pip Dymock exited via a tree and bunker on the sixth
Deb Kirkpatrick lost a putt-off on the seventh, Teresa Lewis took a rough route to go out on eight and Odette Thompson self-destructed on the ninth.
Peri Gayford was victim number 10 in a putt-off, followed in similar fashion by Gay Young on 11.
Marg Lane succumbed on the 12th and it was unlucky No.13 for Rosie Spence.
Rochelle Taewa, who had won in her only other shootout appearance many moons ago, became a spectator after a double-bogey 6 on the 14th and Vicki Fraser joined her on the 15th.
Marg Colebourne has an impressive shootout record, having won it multiple times, but lake problems on 16 dashed her hopes, leaving Wanklyn Utting and Skuse to fight out the medals.
SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: R Gibson 37, A White 35, B Morrissey 35.
Division 2: D Hall 38, P Rickard 37, C Simpson 37.
Twos: M Karalus, P Rickard, J. Kerekere.
SATURDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: G Morley 36, A Hayward 36, C Poole 35.
Division 2: K Travers 37, G Clapham 35, T White 34.
Twos: G Morley, J Kerekere, D Pirimona.
Thursday (Nov 11) — Men’s stableford, division 1: I Murphy 39, P Clayton 37, P Butler 36, N Richardson 36.
Division 2: D Atkins 39, B Simpson 37, S Harbottle 34, R Fletcher 33.
Twos: P Clayton, D Bush, S Harbottle.
COMING UP: MONDAY, AGM, from 5.30pm at the clubhouse; SATURDAY, Dec 4, Primo Cup finals followed by club prize-giving (rescheduled from original date); SUNDAY, Dec 12, Taste One Christmas hams open tournament.
JO Kerr told her husband as she headed out the door for the Park women’s shootout final on Sunday that she would be playing “one or two holes” and be back.
She returned. Hours later. And as the 2021 women’s champion.
In a reversal of the senior women’s club championship final last month, Kerr beat two-time shootout winner Karen Hay on the 18th hole of the net elimination event.
It was a lot of holes less than their epic 37-hole club championship final won by Hay but a long day for those who reached the latter stages of the contest.
The club’s two best women’s players decided the crown and winner’s cheque, which Kerr admitted was a surprise.
“I don’t think I have ever made it past the 10th hole in the shootout, so I was not expecting to go far.”
Kerr, off a 7-handicap, was the lowest handicapper in the field. Hay (9) was second-lowest.
Both got a shot on the 18th — the fourth-stroke hole — so it was a straight shootout. A par would have been good enough but both made bogeys — Kerr chastising herself for a “duffed” chip after being just short of the green for two.
That meant a putt-off to decide the champion. Kerr went first and put her ball to about 40 centimetres, Hay gave her’s a chance of going in with a bold stroke but it ended a little too far.
“The only time that my heart had an irregular beat (all day) was watching the putt from Karen in the putt-off. I threw my arms in the air, let out a huge ‘yes’, gave a Tiger fist pump, and then turned to Karen and apologised for my excitement. She gracefully said, ‘no, you go for it’ so I carried on yahooing.”
The only other drama for Kerr over the day was on the fifth when she failed to get her first shot out of a bunker. “But my dear friend Tina Karaitiana had her troubles in the other bunker, which gave me a lifeline.”
Seventeen players competed in the final after two pulled out, so it started on the third hole. Rebecca Walford was the first to go, courtesy of a triple-bogey 7.
The first of seven putt-offs occurred on the fourth, 2020 champion Di Webb failing to get closer than Hay and Kath Papuni.
The order of elimination from there was Karaitiana (5th), Shirley Paku (6th), Papuni (7th), Barb Woods (8th) after a five-player putt-off), Tracey Veronica Ford (9th), Jacque Akuhata-Nickerson (10th), Pat Johansen (11th), Sue Maisey (12th), Blanche Walker (13th), Carney Pipi (14th), Mihi Marino (15th), first-time shootout competitor Maria Sheridan (16th) and Robin Foot (17th).
A report on the men’s shootout final won by Terry Pointon is to follow.
Sunday — Men’s net: S Pahina 69, G McKinnon 70, A Pahina 70.
Twos: S Phillips.
Saturday — Men’s stableford: E Parkin.
Twos: D Te Maro.
THURSDAY (Nov 11) — Twilight 9-hole competition, stableford: T Pointon 20, M Henwood 20.
Non-golfers’ gross: B Buntings 48.
Approaches: J Taylor (on 7), N Hansen (on 14).
Long drive: Z Boyle (on 6), P Hakiwai (on 15).
Monkey on the back (lowest stableford the week before): S Rolls.
KAHU Tamanui edged Aaron Coker for the stableford honours on Sunday.
SUNDAY — Stableford: K Tamanui 32, A Coker 32, U Chambers 28.
COMING UP: SATURDAY, working bee; SUNDAY, no club competition; SATURDAY, Nov 27, Waikohu Christmas Cheer.
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DOREEN Goldsmith successfully defended the McDowell Cup mixed pairs with a different partner on Sunday. Goldsmith, who won the silverware with Ian Sykes in 2020, combined with cousin Daryl Goldsmith to retain it.
Their combined net total of 137 — Doreen 67 and Daryl 70 — was three shots clear of Hazel (67) and Bill Clark (73), with Hiria McClutchie (64) and Raana Walker (77) third.
Henry Rasmussen won the stableford with 34 points.
COMING UP: SUNDAY, women’s shootout, Musgrave Cup men’s stableford.
WAIKOHU’s Percy Milner and Audrey Tamanui-Nunn were in a class of their own at Patutahi’s open closing day on Sunday.
The duo combined brilliantly for 47 stableford points to win the Ruka Tupara Memorial trophy — seven points ahead of the next best score.
Regan Hindmarsh had four birdies and just one bogey in his 3-under 67, the lowest gross score of the day.
TUESDAY — Women’s net: L Haisman 78, A Haisman 80.
SUNDAY — Open closing day, Canadian mixed foursomes stableford: P Milner/A Tamanui-Nunn 47, J Priestley/K McLatchie 40, P Hokianga/M Philip 40.
Senior men’s division, gross: R Hindmarsh 67.
Net: A Hindmarsh 68.
Stableford: E Brown Jr 36, H Harris 35, J Neilson 35, T Donovan 35.
Junior men’s division: C Parker 81.
Net: B McKenzie 67.
Stableford: C Brown 38, L Maynard 38, B Pohatu 36, D Skudder 35.
Long drives: J Brown (sr men), R Moleta (jr men), S Pohatu (women).
Approaches: H Harris (sr men), M Smith (jr men), S Pohatu (women).
FRIDAY — Meat pack 9-hole stableford, senior division: G Brown 22, C Christophers 21, J Neilson 20, R Pardoe 18, T Brodie 18 on c/b.
Junior division: G Holland 22, N Bunting 21, D Dodgshun 20, P Briant 18, C Kirkpatrick 18 on c/b.
SONYA Sweeney led from start to finish to win the intermediate women’s club championship on Monday.
Sweeney defeated Alive Hale 6 and 5 in the 36-hole matchplay final.
She powered to a 7-up lead after 15 holes but Hale won two of the last four to go into the lunch break 5-down.
COMING UP: SUNDAY, Nov 28, Christmas tournament, 12 noon tee-off.