Houhora course in wonderful form
HOUHORA. Fine weather helped a good turnout of players contest the Houhora Golf Club’s weekly nett competition on Sunday where Cabby Johnson took out first place with 65 points followed by Neil St George 67 then John Cooper placing third after a four-way countback with 70.
The Wednesday 9-hole haggle was won last week by Richard Thompson on 22 stableford points from Ash Mitchell then Ivor Bates 19 on countback.
In other news, it was noted club captain made special remarks about the condition of the course, which for this time of year is looking and playing extremely well.
KAITAIA VETS. The Kaitaia vets reported a solid turnout of 24 and ideal autumn conditions for the weekly hitout at Ahipara on Monday last week (May 20). Top scores by, men: Bill Steed 33, Terry Shaw 31, Mike Masters 30, Warren Rogers 28, women: Elaine Hammond 27, with Sue Panther, Lesley Masters and Glenys Rogers all finishing with 25.
Also, 2s for Brian Hamilton Smith, Don McCulloch and Steed; nearest the pin prizes for Steed (men) and Elaine Knightbridge (women); while the lucky draw went to Lynn McCarthny.
KAITAIA LADIES. The Kaitaia ladies recently completed the first round of the Nancy McCormack — played with a chosen partner and on combined nett — and results were, Lynn McCarthny and Brenda Muller 72, Marj Duncan and Lesley Masters 73, Elaine Hammond and Sandy Joe 74, then Val Yates and Anne Squire 75.5. Results by the Saturday ladies for the 1st round were, Mary Williams and Ellen Wright 72, Kerry Rolleston and Julie Carnachan 75, and Flo Smith and Lyn Masters 84. Round 2 was played last week where, it was noted, all could change.
In other recent news, four ladies travelled to Whangarei to play in a combined nett competition. Standouts were Betty Evans with Muller scoring 69 nett, and Duncan with Joe 70. Conditions were described as great although a heavy dew made the greens slow. The top scores were, The Pines 125 points, Waipu 128, Bay of Islands 132 and Kaitaia 139.
The Doubtless Bay Tennis Club played host to 12 members of the Whangaparoa Tennis Club for an afternoon tournament earlier this month
A report from the inaugural challenge on Saturday, May 18, noted the weather was sublime and the tennis was a treat with men’s, women’s and combined doubles played, the Whangaparoa team outclassing the locals in the majority of cases.