WAIHI GOLF

Waihi Leader - - News - By NAN HOGGARD

With a weather fore­cast of heavy rain sweep­ing the re­gion, it was re­mark­able that few peo­ple can­celled their en­try in the Ebony-spon­sored open tour­na­ment held at Waihi on Fri­day May 11, and those that did could well have re­gret­ted their hasty ac­tion, for the day was cloudy, calm and warm and no rain un­til later in the day. The course was in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, and the greens a bit like cryptic cross­words — great, but chal­leng­ing un­til you got the hang of them! For eight years now, this tour­na­ment has been gen­er­ously spon­sored by Ebony Fash­ions of Waihi Beach, Tau­ranga, Ngatea, Ti­rau and Hamil­ton. Af­ter golf the assem­bled play­ers were treated to a fash­ion pa­rade, with lo­cal play­ers Diane Spiers, Adri­enne Lynch, Denise McCon­non and Glen­nis Burgess mod­el­ling the lat­est fash­ions avail­able in the Ebony stores. Play­ers came from Hamil­ton, Paeroa, Omoko­roa, Whanga­mata, Mata­mata, Ngaru­awahia, Cam­bridge, Fairview, Carter­ton, Wal­ton, Mara­marua and Waihi, and those not for­tu­nate enough to win a prize at least had a chance to go home with some­thing from the well­stocked sales table. The com­pe­ti­tions were Gross win­ner over the field won by Carol Leary (Waihi) 79, Nett win­ners in Di­vi­sion 1 won by Pat Hay (Waihi) 71, and Di­vi­sion 2 Adri­enne Lynch (Waihi) 69; Stable­ford win­ners Di­vi­sion 1 Heather Sharp (Wal­ton) 36 points, Di­vi­sion 2 Raewyn Wright 38 points. Stable­ford run­ners up Di­vi­sion 1: Sharon Haslam (Whanga­mata), Lyn­ley Wal­lace (Cam­bridge), Jill Agnew (Whanga­mata) 35; Chris MacKen­zie (Mata­mata), Shar­lene Ste­wart 34; Diane Lewis, Rae Brown 33; Donna Gaskell (Mata­mata), Anke Her­manns­dor­fer 32; Nan Hoggard. 31; Adele Gun­ning 30.

Di­vi­sion 2: Niria Ger­bich 38; Karen Lee 37; Dot Ram­sey 36; Chris Mercer, Denise McCon­non, Penny Joyce 35; Kathy Ash­ton 34; June O’Reilly, Jenny Gallaugher, Judy Bor­chard, Mavis Bruce, Louise Pud­dle (Wal­ton) 33. Twos: Diane Lewis x 2 on 6 and 8. Near­est the pin on 8 — Di­vi­sion 1: Diane Lewis. Di­vi­sion 2: Jenny O’Dwyer. Long­est drive on 12 Di­vi­sion 1: Donna Gaskell (Mata­mata). Di­vi­sion 2: Edna Con­nolly. Long­est putt on 1: Pat Hay. Di­vi­sion 2: Chris Al­ley (Paeroa). Pres­i­dent’s tro­phy for best lo­cal stable­ford: Adri­enne Lynch.

Women’s golf—18 holes

It was back to the usual rot­ten weather on Satur­day May 12, with only five women turn­ing up to play Rose­bowl stable­ford com­pe­ti­tion. It is so hard to score well in th­ese dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, and one has to ad­mire peo­ple who play no mat­ter what the weather gods throw at them. Stable­ford re­sults: Su­san Mus­tard 33 points; Bev Ireland 31.

Two matches were played: The Spiers Beach cup fi­nal with Phillipa Har­vey win­ning against Niria Ger­bich on the 14th hole, and in the 1st round Four­ball Best Ball match the Kay Mar­shall and He­len Tidswell com­bi­na­tion con­ceded to Michelle Libby and Kathy Ash­ton on the 11th hole.

On Mon­day May 14 the Bay of Plenty District As­so­ci­a­tion pen­nant fi­nal was played at Omanu, the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams of six play­ers from Ro­torua, Te Aroha, Opotiki, Pauanui and Waihi clubs hav­ing qual­i­fied for this event by win­ning the se­ries of three As­so­ci­a­tion In­ter­club pen­nants held dur­ing the past three months. It was a mag­nif­i­cent day for golf — calm, sunny and warm, al­beit a bit heavy un­der­foot af­ter the re­cent heavy rain. Five nett scores from each team were counted in the fi­nal re­sult, and it was close, with Opotiki and Waihi both in the lead with 382 ag­gre­gate nett, forc­ing a “sud­den death” play-off. Sarn­dra Tio­pora (Opotiki) and Kay Mar­shall (Waihi) drew the short straws for the play­off — and they were all square on the first hole, and level on the next un­til Kay’s great chip into the green past the pin was no match for Sarn­dra’s which was even bet­ter, land­ing close to the hole giv­ing her an easy putt for a par and the win. Re­sults: Opotiki 382. Run­ners-up Waihi 382; Te Aroha 395; Pauanui 397; Ro­torua 401. Best nett : Kay Mar­shall (Waihi), Carol Leary (Waihi), Marion Edge­cumbe (Te Aroha) 73.

It was hot and sunny on Wed­nes­day May 16—to­tally dif­fer­ent from the fore­cast show­ers and pos­si­ble thun­der­storms. (They came later!) There were 34 play­ers in the field in­clud­ing two en­thu­si­as­tic “new­bies”: one who has gained her hand­i­cap. Con­grat­u­la­tions Melody. There were some very good scores in the BOP Stable­ford com­pe­ti­tion: Diane Spiers 40 points; Avon Gor­don, Robin Zin­zan 37; Sally Grindlay, Anke Her­manns­dor­fer 36; Gay Bain­bridge, Heather Walker, Mavis Bruce 35; Nan Hoggard 34; Karen Lee 33; Kay Still 31; Margaret Lecky 30. Soul Player of the Week: Diane Spiers.

Veter­ans’ golf

It was a Par com­pe­ti­tion on Mon­day May 14 in good weather. Men: Wil­lie Lynch 6 up; Kerry Lewis, Bill Tif­fin 4 up; Er­rol Millar, Peter Robert­son, Ed­die Bruce 3 up; Wayne Gamble, Allen Smith 2 up; Bob Pipe, Bob Hoggard, Rakau Keno 1 up; Norm San­der­son, An­drew McLen­nan all square; Paul Chad­wick, John Dev­er­ill, Peter Maria, Tom Wal­lace, Allen Sar­jant 2 down; Ray Berghan 3 down; Earle White, Peter Wright 4 down. Twos: Allen Sar­jant, Peter Wright on num­ber 8. Ladies: Penny Joyce 1 up; Jenny Gallaugher 1 down; Adri­enne Lynch 2 down; Mavis Bruce 3 down; June O’Reilly 4 down.

Nine Hole golf

Eda Pipe, Jean Cot­ter­ill, Pat Burr and Ca­role Ham­ble­ton rep­re­sented Waihi in the BOP District As­so­ci­a­tion Nine-hole pen­nant fi­nals on May 14 at Omanu, with teams of four from Tairua, Ro­torua also par­tic­i­pat­ing with all scores in each team counted. Win­ners: Ro­torua 151, Waihi in sec­ond place 166, and Tairua third with 187 ag­gre­gate nett. Best nett : Ca­role Ham­ble­ton(Waihi) 31.

Per­sis­tent show­ers on Tues­day May 15 led to a small field and dif­fi­cult scor­ing in the Homelinks Martha nett com­pe­ti­tions. Ladies Di­vi­sion 1 nett: Jean Cot­ter­ill , Ali­son Tur­ney 37; Barbara Schrider, Marie Wy­att 39. Men Martha nett: Peter Madsen 31; Terry Pater­son 34; Brian Hunter, Mau­rice Drum­mond 35.

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Soul Player of the week: Diane Spiers.

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