Leeper wins tour­na­ment

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This year’s Seeka Whanga­mata Men’s Mas­ters tour­na­ment held re­cently at the Ti­toki course drew a field of 128 play­ers from 39 clubs play­ing 54 holes over three days.

A golf­ing week­end away at a pop­u­lar beach lo­ca­tion makes this event an ex­tremely pop­u­lar an­nual getaway, with the full field sign go­ing up within a few days of en­tries open­ing.

The weather over the week­end was great for golf, fine with a bit of wind. The field was di­vided into two sec­tions based on age which this year saw the age split at 57.

Mike Leeper (Pupuke) held the hon­ours at the end of the first day with a 71, two shots bet­ter than Dave Singer (Waitakere) and a group of three who were one shot fur­ther back.

At the end of the sec­ond day, the field had closed up with three play­ers equal on 146 — Mike Leeper, Philip Hunter (Mor­rinsville) and Bryan Grafas (Whanga­mata), with Dave Cooke (Tau­ranga) one shot back.

Sun­day came with a con­tin­u­a­tion of the fine weather and close scor­ing golf.

Gareth Chitty (Ti­ti­rangi) shot the best round of the day but was un­able to catch up with two of the lead­ers who fin­ished equal first on 217 — Mike Leeper and Philip Hunter.

An ex­tremely ex­cit­ing play­off that went to sud­den death af­ter the first two holes ul­ti­mately saw Mike Leeper come through, win­ning on the fifth play off hole and tak­ing the tour­na­ment hon­ours for the sec­ond year in a row.

An­other high­light of the tour­na­ment was a hole in one on the 154m No 17 hole by Jim Denyer from Red­wood Park.

A well-at­tended prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony fol­lowed on late Sun­day af­ter­noon. Spon­sors and lo­cal busi­nesses com­bined with the Whanga­mata Golf Club to build a prize list worth more than $14,000. Re­sults: Open Gross win­ner: Mike Leeper (Omaha Beach); Open Nett win­ner: Bruce Stubbs (River­side); Open Stable­ford win­ner: Bruce Fish­wick (Whanga­mata).

Di­vi­sion 1 Gross: Win­ner Gareth Chitty (Ti­ti­rangi), Glen Goldfinch (Pukekohe) 2, Dave Cooke (Tau­ranga) 3. Di­vi­sion 1 Nett: Win­ner Dave Singer (Waitakere), An­drew Rye (Cam­bridge) 2, Michael Con­nor (Akarana) 3. Di­vi­sion 1 Stable­ford: Win­ner Bernie Se­don (Hamilton), Brett Glover (Whanga­mata) 2, Tom Ap­pleby (Whit­ford Park) 3.

Di­vi­sion 2 Gross: Win­ner Philip Hunter (Mor­rinsville), Bryan Grafas (Whanga­mata) 2, John Fer­regel (Waiuku) 3. Di­vi­sion 2 Nett: Win­ner Dave Iz­zard (Waitakere), Roger Har­ris (Akarana) 2, Mike Rum­ble (Whanga­mata) 3. Di­vi­sion 2 Stable­ford: Win­ner Les Dunn (Whanga­mata), Greg Li­mond (Whit­ford Park) 2, Trevor Palin (Ti­ti­rangi) 3.

HE WON AGAIN: A very happy Mike Leeper ac­cepts his win­ner’s cheque, for the sec­ond year in a row, from Whanga­mata Golf Club pres­i­dent Brett Wil­son.

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