Muir hits hole-in-one

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Long-time Piron­gia res­i­dent and non-golfer Jim Muir played the per­fect shot on the 13th in a so­cial nine-hole tour­na­ment hosted by the Piron­gia Golf Club on Satur­day.

Jim used a five iron for his hole-in-one — a feat club stal­wart Char­lie Coles says many good golfers never achieve.

“I’ve been bad­ger­ing Jim to join us for years,” says Char­lie. “Maybe this is a sign.” Barry Ford­ham ex­celled scor­ing a whop­ping 47 points to win the club’s ju­nior di­vi­sion scram­ble by five points on Sun­day.

Scor­ing was a lot bet­ter in the ju­nior di­vi­sion than the se­niors. Many of the se­niors had dif­fi­culty read­ing the dry, hard greens.

Scott Law found some magic on the 18th hole to seal the se­nior scram­ble hon­ours. He put his tee shot through the green and then chipped in for an ea­gle two and a two- un­der­par 70 to fin­ish with 40 points.

Pitch­ford Tro­phy semi­fi­nals were con­tested in con­junc­tion with the scram­ble on Sun­day.

Char­lie Coles and part­ner John McCormick elim­i­nated Rob Tay­lor and Brent Keene in the first semi — Coles star­ring with a 66 nett.

The other semi­fi­nal re­sulted in Hans Niere­mei­jer and Derek Boyle tak­ing the hon­ours on the 18th hole over Phillip Eyre and Paul Davie.

Niere­mei­jer hit the ap­proach of the day on 18 to just un­der two me­tres. This put the pres­sure on Davie, the only other player who could have halved the hole with a birdie but it was not to be.

Law won the se­nior scram­ble with 40 points from Kevin Ap­pleby, Derek Boyle 38, Steve Law, Josh Law, Bill Fox, Brent Keene 37, Garry Russo 36.

Ford­ham, with his 47 points, fin­ished well clear of Dave Peryer, Ian Grey, Char­lie Coles 42, Hans Niere­mei­jer 41, Addy Niere­mei­jer 40.

Twos: Scott Law, Josh Law, Bill Fox, Gary Bow­man. Clos­est to the pin: Char­lie Coles. Long­est putt: Derek Boyle. Club day spon­sor: Good­wright Con­tract­ing.

Photo / Chris Pat­ter­son

Ace golfer Jim Muir cel­e­brates his hole-in-one at Piron­gia on Satur­day.

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