Golf tournament field maxed out
The field for the annual Ruth Middleton Memorial tournament will be at maximum capacity again this year.
In total, 90 players from 41 clubs will descend on the Matamata Golf Club, including the host’s top seven players.
Pam Wright and Susan Hancock have been named as the local’s top contenders when they take to the green this weekend.
The tournament has been so popular that people sign up for the next year’s event the year before, women’s committee member Sheelah Lamb said.
The players will be of a high calibre including last year’s winner, and the current New Zealand matchplay and strokeplay winner, Chantelle Cassidy who will be competing with a handicap of +2.3.
There are eleven players on scratch or better handicap and over half the field are on single figure handicaps, Lamb said.
Many of the winners of the amateur tournament, which was named after the first winner of the event in 1974, have gone on to become professionals or club pros over the years.
Local life members and ex-club captains and the Middleton family will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the tournament with a luncheon for guests on Sunday before watching the contenders battle for the title.
UMS Senior A required a win and had to prevent third placed Taupiri securing a bonus point at Bedford Park on Saturday.
Both were achieved by UMS and they have all but secured themselves a playoff berth for the promotion plays offs at the end of the season.
What also billed as Sponsors Day at UMS, this was always going to be the game that made or broke the season as Taupiri knew that they had to win or get a bonus point as UMS still have the bye.
The game was an end to end encounter and both teams had long periods of possession and the result was not safe until the last seconds of the game.
A desperate defence caused an infringement and Ryan Tuhakaraina slotted a nice penalty.
UMS failed to clean up the resulting kickoff and this allowed Taupiri possession which they utilised with a
The gold and blacks visited Pirongia in a must win situation to keep their top two position alive.
With the thought of cross town and rival Matamata hosting Taupiri, a slip up would gift Taupiri a sniff.
With that in mind, Hinuera playing into the wind made their customary fast beginning.
Whatever manager Richard Edwards puts into the water had the desired effect. Within four minutes Hinuera were on the board curtesy of a Nigel