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Here is the summary of the last 2 pennants rounds
Round 5 & 6
Jethro Meares, Terry Gerbich, John Libby, Deane Tetley, Lincoln Drent, Murray Fraser
First up was the host club Pirongia. The locals got off to a quick start and won the first 2 games. John Libby led from start to finish to get the first point and Deane Tetley ground out a half. Drent had a tight match at 2 and birdied the last 2 holes to win 1 up. Fraser started colder than a frozen dinner and was 5 down after 6 holes. He didn’t give up and also birdied the last 2 holes to win 1 up sealing a team win 3.5-2.5.
Round 6 was against Ngaruawahia. Meares birdied the last to win 1 up, Gerbich was unsuccessful. Libby had a tight game that finished all square and Tetley led from start to finish to win handily. Drent & Fraser were close most of the way but didn’t play as well as the morning and lost 1 down and 2/1. Final score Waihi 2.5 Ngaruawahia 3.5.
This left the team in 6th place on the 8 team ladder. All that was required to avoid relegation was a win or draw against Waitomo.
Round 7 at Hamilton Golf Club
Murray Gutry, Deane Tetley, John Libby, Murray Fraser, Andy Roche, Lincoln Drent
A tight tussle with Waitomo saw Libby and Fraser comfortably win their games while Drent & Roche got taught a putting lesson leaving the match all tied up as Gutry and Tetley played the last. Unfortunately one wayward shot into the pines and a pumped up wedge saw both players lose 1 down. This meant Waihi were in the relegation match against Pirongia.
The matches were tight all the way with 5 of the games going at least 17 holes. Gutry relied on local knowledge to win 2/1 to get the team off to a good start. Tetley once again went down the last but ended up 1 down. Roche wasn’t as consistent as his opponent and lost 4/3. Drent hung close at the turn then produced 2 birdies on the back nine to pull away for a 2/1 victory. Libby built up a good lead but it had whittled down to 1 up on the 18th tee. Fraser had been 2 down but once again fought back to also lead 1 up on the 18th tee. The state of the match was that one of the 2 players had to halve the hole for the team to win. Both sides were feeling the pressure as all 4 balls ended up in bunkers, with the 2 Waihi players in the deep bunker on the left. Libby’s opponent hit a decent shot first which John was unable to match therefore leaving the match all square. Fraser’s opponent hit next from the right hand bunker and overcooked it joining Fraser in the deep pot. They matched shots from there and Fraser held on to win 2 up, giving Waihi the match 3.5-2.5 and we retain our spot in Division 2 for another year.
The players would like to thank the club for the new representative shirts and caps. We were very well presented on course this year.