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**2020 Championship Pennants, Division 2 **
-Rounds 3 & 4, 1/3/20
Conditions: Excellent Greens
Weather: Early fog, then HOT
After sending Fraser & Denyer to play with the pros during day 1, Captain Roache and Tetley were sent to Queenstown to pick up tips from the pros down south.
The team for Day 2 was:
Murray Fraser (on debut at Hamilton)
Jeremy Petherick (on debut)
Ben Petherick (on debut)
With year 13 debutant Ben Petherick in the team, it was probably the first time in 10 years that the pennant team had an average playing age under 50. The days golf could have been viewed through 2 lenses, either the Glass was Half Full (GHF), or Glass Half Empty (GHE).
Round 3 vs Pirongia
A tough start for half the team that hadn’t seen the golf course before as the first 3 holes were played in fog. The matches went as follows:
Ben Petherick lost 5&4; GHF now knows his way around the golf course; GHE finished 2nd
Jeremy Petherick lost 5&4; GHF now knows his way around the golf course, GHE finished 2nd
Eddie Evans won 1 up; GHF wrapped up 2020 player of the year honours; GHE used up some gas playing 18 holes
Daryll Denyer lost 2 down; GHF hung in for 18 holes; GHE finished 2nd
Murray Fraser won 4&3; GHF beat Scott Law who is a Waikato rep; GHE Law played with a broken thumb
Lincoln Drent lost 3&1; GHF birdied 2 of the 3 par 3’s; GHE spent a LOT of time in bunkers
Final Score Pirongia 4, Waihi 2
Round 4 vs Ngaruawahia 2
B Petherick won 5&4; GHF big win on debut; GHE had to be the sober driver and go to school the next day
J Petherick lost 2&1; GHF set the tone by hitting balls before each game; GHE lost bragging rights to his son
E Evans halved; GHF reinforced his Player of the Year credentials; GHE playing 36 holes in 31 degree heat may take some recovery time
D Denyer lost 2&1; GHF battled all day; GHE left his car lights on and had a flat battery
M Fraser won 6&5; GHF played excellent golf all day long; GHE beat a guy old enough to be Andy’s dad
L Drent lost 6&5; GHF got to witness someone hole out from 175m on the 2nd; GHE will not be able to get enough cards in to get down the order
Final Score Ngaruawahia 3.5, Waihi 2.5
After the days results Waihi is in 4th place. Big thanks to Dave Campbell for arranging for Ben & Jeremy to play late in the week. Great to have some new blood in the team.
Next game day is at Pirongia on 15 March against Waitomo & Riverside 2.