Gar­rud keeps cool to take shootout

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Eigh­teen men turned out for this year’s Jim King Memo­rial Shootout held at Walton Golf Club. With two guys miss­ing and only M Gar­rud as first re­serve, the tra­di­tional 19 play­ers were one short so the shootout be­gan on the sec­ond hole.

First to be elim­i­nated on the sec­ond hole was G Wills. Bet­ter luck next time Grant. Sec­ond out was I Jenk­ins after a putt off. Next to go was E Hiller­ton on the hard­est hole on the course, the 4th. Around the cor­ner, the 5th was the last hole for P Cole­man.

The 6th hole was not so kind to the Mouse, R Wil­liams. Up the hill to the long par five 7th hole was the kryp­tonite that crip­pled Su­per­man, K Pick­ett. The easy par three, the 8th, was a putt off be­tween three play­ers that elim­i­nated G Pit­con. The 9th hole, the last of the first nine had a very tough pin place­ment that re­moved M King. It was then on to the back nine with 10 play­ers left. The long par five with a head wind was dif­fi­cult and a few found the trees but not for shel­ter. Here was where M Pike a rookie to Shootout was elim­i­nated after a chip off. The tail wind helped some on the 11th but Lux­ton hit his sec­ond too far and found the lake, which was to his end. The par three, 12th with the wind whip­ping across the hole caused a few to fly left and in the end it was too many shots for es­teemed club cap­tain Lippy, S Scrace. The 13th, a tricky par four around the cor­ner with out of bounds all the way down the right, proved to be the un­do­ing of J Arm­strong along with a three putt. Back into the wind up the par five 14th no one ven­tured near the fence line this time how­ever, the pine trees seemed to at­tract a few. It was here that Stu de­cided we needed to re­move a few of th­ese and fin­ished his day just be­fore the par three, 15th.

With fond mem­o­ries for Don Sharp after his hole in one a few days ago, it was too hard for Mike and John. A chip off ended it for the Kiwi, J Stevens. The tight and tough 16th with the fear of the fence line too much for some they found the gap through the trees. Don went to check the sheep and fin­ished his day here on this green. Then there were three, over the hill to the 17th green. Trum­pet and L&P had a wee chip to see who would leave. It was the end now for L&P.

To the fi­nal hole straight off the tee went Trum­pet and to the right went Guru near a tree. Peter’s driver off the deck found him very near the green. Guru also hit driver to the left of the green.

Both had short chips to the green but Trum­pet had two and a few too many putts, it was not to be. The win­ner with a solid putt for par was Mike Gar­rud.

Thanks to spon­sor Nola King and Gil­bert Hig­gins for his or­gan­i­sa­tion on the day.


SHOOTOUT CHAMP: Walton Golf Club’s Mike Gar­rud was the win­ner of this year’s Jim King Memo­rial Shootout.

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