Tournament play-off first in 38 years
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).