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Women’s golf —18 holes
There couldn’t have been a nicer day for playing the third and final round of the Strokeplay Championships on Saturday September 21, and the ladies’ field made the most of it with good scoring.
Nett haggle results: Karen Roche 68; Carol Leary 72; Susie Goodall, Jenny Tubman, Bev Ireland, Shoneen Dunning, Vivienne Lilley, Jacquie Bain 73; Gay Bainbridge 74; Niria Gerbich 75.
Hidden Holes: Karen Roche 8 points.
Player of the week: Karen Roche.
Approximately 20 players turned up on Wednesday September 25 hoping that the unpleasant weather would improve. However, after playing seven holes in heavy showers and gusts of wind so strong that umbrellas were not an option, and a branch was blown from a tree narrowly missing a player, that sensibly the final round in the Strokeplay championship competition was aborted, postponed to Wednesday October 2.
There were 47 players in the field on Monday September 23, and it was good to see people returning from illness/injury/overseas travel etc. Cloudy skies for much of the day were accompanied by a wind so cold that even the most hardy souls who habitually wear shorts winter and summer needed more layers, and froze along with everyone else. There were only enough women for 12 mixed pairs in the stableford competition, and the redundant men had to be content with playing single-sex pairs.
Mixed pairs winners were John Drent and Karen Lee 82 points.
Runners up: Bill Tiffin and Di Lewis 79.
Individual stableford results—Men: John Drent 43 points; Errol Millar, John Saunders 43; Gyan Prole, Ray Berghan, Wayne Gamble 41; Eddie Bruce, Rakau Keno, Peter Brown, Bill Tiffin 40; Earle White, Gerry Tompkins 39; Kerry Lewis, Andrew McLennan 37; Maurice Tait 36; John Purkis, Lew Sayer, 35; Gary Dunlop, Allen Smith, Bryn Gradwell, Bob Hoggard 34.
Women: Avon Gordon 45 points; Adrienne Lyn, Heather White, Helen Parry 40; Di Lewis 39; Mavis Bruce, Karen Lee 37; Vivienne Lilley, Chris O ‘Connell, Edna Connolly 36; Kaylene Croker 35; Noelene Deverill, Adele Gunning 34.
Twos: Helen Parry on 8.
Two Matchplay Handicap Championship matches were played: Avon Gordon b Adrienne Lynch on 15; Mavis Bruce b Chris O’Connell on 16.
Nine hole golf
It was a beautiful day for the Nine Hole Open Day on Friday September 20 and 55 players came from Te Aroha, Omokoroa, Walton, Whangamata, Tauranga, Thames and Waihi for a stableford competition.
Ladies Division 1: Margaret Meldrum (Waihi) 23 points; Lorraine Meyer, Cathy Shannon (Waihi) Surita Heyden (Te Aroha) 20;Sue Tesselaar (Te Aroha) 18; Jacquie Crossfield (Omokoroa), Mary Fielding (Omokoroa) 17; Fiona Pickett (Walton), Sue Pidduck (Whangamata), Patricia Breingan (Tauranga), Barbara Schrider (Waihi), Pauline Thurston (Omokoroa) 15.
Division 2: Lorraine Duffin (Thames), Gwen Garrett, Kay Lane, Sue Ryan (Waihi), Leanne Wright (Walton) 21 points; Trish Baigent (Walton), Glenys Bosher (Paeroa), Mandy Piper 15.
Men’s Division: Brian Warren (Waihi) 23; Rex Smith (Waihi), Gordon Lusby (Omokoroa) 22; Brian Hunter, Tony Skelton (Waihi) 19; Peter Madsen, John Vautier (Waihi) 18; Phil Davis (Te Aroha), John Paul 16; Barry O’Brien (Omokoroa), Garth Pritchard (Waihi) 15.
There was no formal play on Tuesday September 24 due to inclement weather. A few hardy souls ventured onto the course, but soon retreated to the carpark, and home. At least they tried.