Weather up against golf
For the past 22 years Tokoroa Golf Club has hosted one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the Waikato, the Tokoroa $10,000 Classic. Last weekend more than 100 golfers played the course under very challenging conditions.
The weather bomb that hit on Saturday caused play to be suspended then eventually cancelled. The 36 hole tournament was shortened to just the 18 holes played on Sunday.
Thankfully the weather improved on Sunday and some very impressive scores were achieved – reflecting the pristine state of the course and high calibre of players in the field.
In the men’s division I, the best gross score after 18 holes was a three-way tie, forcing a play-off to define final places. Junior golfer Nathaniel Cassidy, sponsored by Industrial Valve Engineering was the gross winner of the 2012 YR’s Painters $10,000 Classic. Gavin Cortesi, sponsored by the Tokoroa Cosmopolitan Club was 2nd and Daniel Smith, 3rd. Fellow junior golfer Liam McKain, sponsored by Experian celebrated his 15th birthday in style by winning the best net in men’s division I with Turangi’s Tiraa George 2nd and Lauchie Phillips 3rd. Suki Rea won best stableford in division I with a fantastic 42 points, 2nd was Conrad Salisbury and Mick Shaw was 3rd.
In men’s division II the gross winner was Brendon Welch, sponsored by Kevin McGovern Motors, Brendan Morgan was 2nd and 3rd Tony Edgar. Joe McGee had the best division II net score with Teina Tekopua 2nd and Trex Paiti was 3rd.
Owen Wilson, sponsored by Putaruru Electrical had the best stableford score in division II, with Russell Burman 2nd and Les O Leary, sponsored by Les O Leary Posts, 3rd.
This year’s gross winner in the ladies’ division was Kahupiki Winikerei, sponsored by R J Lincoln Transport. Net winner was Shanynn McCaskill and best stableford was won by Jan Grange, sponsored by T G M Services. This year’s winners of the Red Bull Competition were Norman Thompson in division I, Trex Paiti division II and Shanynn McCaskill for the ladies.
A feature of the Tokoroa $ 10,000 Classic that sets it apart from other golf tournaments is the ‘‘shoot-out’’ held after play on Sunday afternoon. This year was the Thomas Jewellers Shoot Out and after some fierce competition the winners were in men’s division I Damon Jakeman, sponsored by New World Tokoroa, Barry Preece in men’s division II and Ann Preece won this year’s ladies Shoot Out. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the sponsors. Thanks also to Shirley Buckley, her $10K committee and volunteers.