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