Doubles golf croquet for Putaruru
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.