Spring Fling golf cro­quet tour­ney draws 32 play­ers

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

The an­nual Golf Cro­quet Spring Fling tour­na­ment at Vic­to­ria Park lawns in Te Awa­mutu at­tracted 32 play­ers in­clud­ing vis­i­tors from Pukekohe, Te Aroha, Claude­lands, Hamil­ton East, Pu­taruru, Te Kuiti, Otoro­hanga and Mata­mata.

Club cap­tain Jean Fisher re­ports some out­stand­ing play and close re­sults made for an in­ter­est­ing time for the or­gan­is­ers to fi­nalise plac­ings, par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond di­vi­sion.

First di­vi­sion re­sulted in a clear-cut win for Vanessa Hanna and David John­son of Hamil­ton East who won all five of their games.

Sec­ond place in first di­vi­sion went to Jeanette Dyer and Ed­wina Jamieson of Claude­lands with four wins.

Jenny Les­ley and Lynette Ben­nett (Pu­taruru) took out the sec­ond di­vi­sion with four wins.

A count­back on points dif­fer­en­tial was re­quired to de­cide the run­ners-up af­ter four teams emerged with three wins each. Wendy Tuck and Joan Martin (Claude­lands) filled sec­ond spot with a dif­fer­en­tial of +6 from Anne Kennedy and Graeme Wood (Pu­taruru) +5, Brian Richard­son (Te Kuiti) and Shirley Eg­gle­stone (Te Awa­mutu) even and Noe­line Horne and San­dra Stuts­bury (Pukekohe) -3. The tour­na­ment was spon­sored by High­field Coun­try Es­tate.

Te Awa­mutu Cro­quet Club opened for the sea­son in Septem­ber and has been busy with com­pe­ti­tions and tour­na­ments ever since. The As­so­ci­a­tion Cro­quet Dou­bles Tour­na­ment was con­tested by 16 play­ers in two di­vi­sions.

The win­ner and run­ner-up in di­vi­sion one were Gwen Fal­coner (Waihi) and Jim Gil­li­gan (Katikati) re­spec­tively. Di­vi­sion two was won by Neville White (Te Awa­mutu) with Anne White (Te Awa­mutu) sec­ond.

The club has wel­comed sev­eral new play­ers to Golf Cro­quet re­cently, help­ing boost club mem­ber­ship a lit­tle.

How­ever, Fisher said the club is al­ways hope­ful that they may seen some younger play­ers and men who are will­ing to join the club and try the full game of cro­quet.

“Cro­quet is not just a ladies game men. Other clubs in our re­gion have quite a strong fol­low­ing of me play­ing the game. New play­ers of any age are wel­come.”

Lessons are of­fered in both forms of the game (golf cro­quet, as­so­ci­a­tion cro­quet). Fur­ther de­tails can be ob­tained from Jean Fisher 07 871 4427.

Claude­lands’ Sue Tru­man on her way to mak­ing 12 hoops in one turn dur­ing Te Awa­mutu Cro­quet Club’s an­nual two-day sin­gles cham­pi­onship.

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