Tour­na­ment play-off first in 38 years

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The 2011 Ruth Mid­dle­ton Me­mo­rial golf tour­na­ment held at the Mata­mata Golf Club on July 2 and 3 was a phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess. Due in part to the fan­tas­tic weather but more so to the qual­ity of the field.

Af­ter 36 holes on day one, the leader of the gross was Jesse Hamil­ton of Maun­gakiekie with rounds of 74, 73, closely fol­lowed by Bri­anna May­nard (Avi­a­tion Club) on 74, 74 and New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chantelle Cas­sidy (Toko­roa) 77,72. Zoe Brake, who was on week­end leave from the Navy had not played golf since Fe­bru­ary, scored 74 75 to lie 4th.

Sun­day proved to be very com­pet­i­tive with nu­mer­ous spec­ta­tors tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to see some splen­did golf.

Jesse shot 74 in her fi­nal round, Chantelle 77, Bri­anna 81 and Zoe 72.

These scores re­sulted in Zoe and Jesse tied on 221.

For the first time in the tour­na­ment’s 38 years a play-off was re­quired. Both girls had great drives down the first hole.

Jesse’s sec­ond was just to the right of the green pin high and Zoe’s sec­ond shot fin­ished midgreen.

Zoe putted first to less than a me­tre from the hole and Jesse’s third shot had left her a lit­tle over a me­tre.

Jesse missed her putt for par and Zoe calmly slot­ted hers to take the ti­tle for 2011.

The net competition was won by lo­cal girl, up-and-com­ing 12-yearold Dayna Mor­row-Wil­son. Play­ing off a 22 hand­i­cap Dayna had gross rounds of 92 (net 70), 91 (net 69) and 96 (net 74). This im­pres­sive scor­ing saw Dayna the clear net win­ner by four shots from Emily Eng from Re­muera Club.

John Mid­dle­ton (son of the late Ruth) was on hand to present the gross prizes and the Ruth Mid­dle­ton Cup to Zoe and life mem­ber Mil­dred Madill pre­sented the Burke Salver to Dayna.

Sh­eryll John­son (women’s vice club cap­tain) car­ried out the for­mal­i­ties and spon­sor ac­knowl­edg­ments ( Mid­dle­ton Fam­ily, Mata­mata Rac­ing Club and Waikato Stud and the com­mit­tee. Also Jag­gers, Broad­way Mo­tel and Bang Hair Sa­lon for their spot prize do­na­tions.

Next year New Zealand Golf has asked the Mata­mata Club to stage the New Zealand Ama­teur Four­somes on the Fri­day prior to the Ruth Mid­dle­ton Tour­na­ment. This will no doubt cre­ate even more in­ter­est in the event. Re­sults – Gross: Win­ner: Zoe Brake, Whakatane; Run­ner up: Jesse Hamil­ton, Maun­gakiekie; 3rd: Chantelle Cas­sidy, Toko­roa; 4th: Caryn Khoo, Paku­ranga; 5th: Bri­anna May­nard, Avi­a­tion; 6th: Courtney Man­ning, North Shore; 7th: Mun Chin Keh, Paku­ranga; 8th: Fai Tongdeth­sri, Hamil­ton; 9th: Wenyung Keh, Paku­ranga; 10th: Larissa Eruera, Avi­a­tion; 11th: Saini Skud­der, Ro­torua; 12th: Hanna Seifert, Lochiel.

Net: Win­ner Dana Mor­rowWil­son, Mata­mata; Run­ner up: Emily Eng, Re­muera; 3rd: Sai Ma, North Shore; 4th: Jan Manoon­pong, Re­muera; 5th: Rotana Howard, Ro­torua; 6th: Kim­ber­ley McPhat­ter, Maun­gakiekie; 7th: Deb­bie Wells, Mata­mata; 8th: Jo­ce­lynn Katu, Avi­a­tion; 9th: San­dra Carey, Tau­marunui; 10th: Shayna Ku­mi­tau, Te Kowhai; 11th: Donna Gaskell, Mata­mata; 12th: Jenny Chen, Paku­ranga; 13th: Pip Law­son, Whakatane; 14th: San­dra Hop­son, Mata­mata; 15th: Kate David­son, Mt Maun­ganui; 16th: Zeta Syme, Cam­bridge.

Long­est Drives: +1 to 5 Hand­i­cap: Chantelle Cas­sidy, Toko­roa; 6-12: Tepua Rus­sell, Omanu 13+. Near­est Pins – Hole 6: Kitty Kan­ters, Ngaru­awahia; Hole 11: Jo Wech, Waipu; Hole 16: Liz Hodg­son, Tau­marunui.

Ac­cu­rate aim: From left. Dayna Mor­row-Wil­son Net win­ner (Burke Salver) and Zoe Brake (Ruth Mid­dle­ton Cup).

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