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OJI 54 Hole Tournament
On the weekend of the 8th & 9th of February the Waihi Golf Club held its annual 54 Hole Open tournament. This year the club welcomed two new major sponsors in OJI Fibre Solutions and The Clubroom.
109 entries ensured a strong field for the 2 day event. The course was well set up by the Waihi green staff under very dry conditions with the greens playing true and reasonably quick on the Saturday afternoon and just a bit slower on Sunday.
The first round on Saturday saw Don Highet from Walton, playing off a 15, set a blistering pace with a nett 60 to start his weekend campaign in the senior men. His lead was never threatened from that round on and he eventually took home the prize for the best nett with a 3 round score of 198. In the juniors, 3 locals went into the last day with a good chance to take the Best Nett Trophy but eventually with a 3 round nett score of 209, Mike Matutinovich took the title. In the ladies division Emma Yarndley from Ngahinepouri took out the best nett for woman with a solid 206 from fellow club member Emma Spiers.
The men’s gross this year was won by Leonard Morgan from Cambridge. Leonard came to Waihi to defend his title from last year and after scoring 74, 72, and 76 he was 4 shots clear of the field and again will have his name on the trophy.
The ladies’ gross this year was hotly contested with 5 players coming to Waihi playing off 7 or better. The final day saw Jill Morgan and Sian Stevenson both from the Cambridge Club fighting for best Gross. Jill taking the win on the day on countback with a 3 round total of 246 .
The Stable ford winners were David P Campbell 118, Dennis Borman 117, and Emma Spiers 115
Another successful tournament at Waihi Golf Club.