Ideal con­di­tions for Tai­hape golf

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Taihape -

The Robert­son Holden Xmas Cheer was con­tested in su­perb con­di­tions.

A slight breeze and light cloud cover was com­ple­mented with re­cep­tive greens that had some pace al­though not light­ning quick.

De­spite re­cent grass growth the fair­ways and rough were ex­cel­lent to play out of with enough cush­ion­ing to make it en­joy­able to walk.

A field of 102 greeted the starter with vis­i­tors dom­i­nat­ing all facets of the re­sults in­clud­ing the nov­elty holes, twos and raf­fles.

Matt Thomas won the men’s gross on 73 from Mike Taiuru (Hawke­stone) on 76.

Thomas’s round in­cluded only 1 birdie on the 15th and 14 pars.

In the women’s gross Lily Grif­fin (Manawatu¯ ) and Nicky Martin (Ran­gatira) both shot 85 just edg­ing out Jenny Ritchie (Mar­ton) on 86 with Grif­fin win­ning the half ham on the toss.

Long-time stal­wart De­nis McKen­zie (Apiti) who won the net in 1987 pre­sented the Snow Wind Cup to joint win­ners Bar­rie Ran­dall (Tai­hape), Josh Clarke (Hawke­stone) and Joe Stella (Hawke­stone) all on 64 net.

How­ever, the best score on the day came from Life Mem­ber Mar­ian Cleaver with a phe­nom­e­nal 47 points to eas­ily blitz the ladies de­spite fail­ing to score on the last hole.

Paul Early (Apiti) won the se­nior men with 41 points which in­cluded birdies on 2 and 18.

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