Dou­bles golf cro­quet for Pu­taruru

South Waikato News - - Out & About - LUKE KIRKEBY

Af­ter the im­pres­sive turnout for its first tour­na­ment in July the Pu­taruru Golf Cro­quet Club is now pre­par­ing for an­other.

On Novem­ber 27 from 9.30am un­til about 2.30pm the club in Ara­puni St next to the Pu­taruru Bowling Club will run a dou­bles open tour­na­ment with play­ers com­ing from through­out the Waikato-king Coun­try and Bay of Plenty area.

Pres­i­dent and ref­eree Bryan Les­ley said he was look­ing for­ward to the com­pe­ti­tion and was hop­ing for bet­ter weather than the tor­ren­tial rain that took place last time which un­for­tu­nately forced them to fin­ish there first ever tour­na­ment early.

‘‘I’m al­ways look­ing for­ward to them and we will have 24 play­ers and 12 pairs tak­ing part which is all we can take,’’ he said.

‘‘Fly­ers have been sent out to the var­i­ous clubs and we still need teams to fill the tour­na­ment up but it is early yet and we should hope­fully get enough but if not I will be able to pair up with an­other mem­ber and join in.’’

Les­ley said while only reg­is­tered play­ers can take part in the tour­na­ment it would be a great op­por­tu­nity for those want­ing to learn more about the sport to come along and watch.

‘‘Any­one can come along and watch. The more we get the bet­ter,’’ he said.

‘‘There will be peo­ple here if any­one wants to come along and talk about join­ing the club and we have also now started Satur­day play from 9.30am but it is only for se­ri­ous play­ers, it’s not for muck­ing around.’’

He said since the club be­came of­fi­cially reg­is­tered ear­lier this year un­der Cro­quet Waikato King Coun­try In­cor­po­rated, which al­lows for tour­na­ments to be held, mem­ber­ship num­bers have been slowly in­creas­ing.

‘‘We now have 30 mem­bers, 11 which are reg­is­tered so they can play in tour­na­ments and 19 so­cial mem­bers who are al­lowed to play on our lawns only,’’ he said.

Les­ley said the club meets ev­ery Mon­day and Thurs­day to play from 9.30am un­til 12pm and said he would like to en­cour­age Pu­taruru Col­lege stu­dents to also give golf cro­quet a go.

‘‘It’s not com­pli­cated once you get used to it and I have been in touch with schools so I’m hop­ing they might come down in the sum­mer and try it out,’’ he said.

It’s $50 for the year to join the club and there’s no ex­tra charge for Satur­day play.

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