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Women’s golf—18 holes
On Saturday September 28, the ladies’ field played 8th LGU, Lowrie Cup, and Karl Wilson Buttons competitions.
Nett haggle results:
Vivienne Lilley 71; Wendy Matutinovich 72; Michelle Libby 73; Sharon Deacon, Jackie Robson, Jacquie Bain 74; Shoneen Dunning, Carol Leary, Avon Gordon 75; Bev Ireland, Susie Goodall 76; Chris MacKenzie 77; Niria Gerbich 79.
Karl Wilson Buttons—Silver: Michelle Libby. Bronze 1: Sharon Deacon. Bronze 2: Shoneen Dunning.
There was no let-up in foul weather on Wednesday October 3 for the 8th LGU, Lowrie Cup, Karl Wilson Buttons competitions and the final StrokePlay championship round. Severe weather warnings of gales and squalls were forecast, and although the rain was intermittent and not unduly heavy at first, with the strong cold wind those who considered their scores would not feature high on the leaderboard sensibly withdrew from the course. Nineteen players carried on to the bitter end in brutal conditions.
Nett haggle results: Avon Gordon, Jacquie Bain 72; Dot Ramsey 74; Heather Houston, Edna Connolly, Mavis Bruce, Kaylene Croker 75; Pat Hay, Adrienne Lynch, 76; Michelle Libby, Wendy Matutinovich, Sally Grindlay 77; Carol Leary, Jenny Gallaugher 78.
Karl Wilson Buttons—Silver: Wendy Matutinovich. Bronze 1: Avon Gordon. Bronze 2: Jacquie Bain.
Player of the week: Avon Gordon.
An essential and pleasant part of the golfing day is food at the end of the game. How many times have we been so pleased to see the lights on in the kitchen even when there are very few players in the field, and the caterer need not be there? Even more so on a wet, cold day—to know that Cheryl our caterer is on deck, and that there will be hot soup, and nourishing food at the end of the game is very much appreciated.
From the beginning of the week, weather turned to custard, with gales, squalls, and cool temperatures—certainly not conducive to venturing on to the golf course. Yet some Vets did just that on Monday October 1, only to retreat after a few holes when greens were awash, watched from the comfort of the clubhouse by some sympathetic committee members.
The Coromandel Shield Inter Club competition fourth round was played at Hauraki on Monday September 23. Waihi’s team Ken Purcell, Maurice Joyce, Mick Goodall, Tim Parish, Brian Baynes and Peter Maria found the Hauraki course challenging, and despite the near-perfect conditions, they were unable to repeat their performance of the week before at Paeroa, (probably suffering from World Cup Rugby and a late night). Te Aroha still holds the lead with 151 points, Paeroa 129, Thames 124, and Waihi 122, and with the penultimate round at Whangamata, Waihi will need some miraculous play to close the gap, with their last chance at Te Aroha for the final.
Nine Hole golf
The Nine hole group also tried to play on Tuesday October 2, and undeterred by the wind and rain, 26 players turned up wearing their most glamorous yet practical wet weather gear ready to brave the elements. Fourteen players were beaten back by the weather at different stages of their game, while a few carried on to the bitter end, with some amazing results (considering the conditions) in the stableford competition.
Ladies Stableford results: Yvonne Stack 15 points; Helen Brady, Gwen Garret 14.
Men TOB Stableford: John Murphy 24 points; John Vautier 21; Garth Pritchard 17.