The major event of the week was undoubtedly the holding of the 45th Trust House Open Christmas Cheer Tournament on Saturday. Played in four divisions with tee off times throughout the day a large field of 80 players enjoyed a fine, threatening day. The overall winners were both visitors, Brian Lochore from Eketahuna and Haira Paku from Mahunga with 42 points each. As the prize lists in each division went down to 9th-10th place the abbreviated results are-
Men Group 1
1st Rob Blackett 40
2nd Joe Tuoro 40
3rd Ash Peterson 38
1st Sereana Phillipps 39
2nd Linda Cameron 37
3rd Jenni Johnston 36
Men Group 2
1st Haira Paku 42
2nd Conrad Shanly 37
3rd Dennis Hogg 37
Men Group 3
1st Brian Lochore 42
2nd Alwyn Williams 38
3rd Innes Kennard 38
There were also closest to the pins on every par 3 and longest drives on No 2 in this very well organised tournament.
Last Monday the vets group held their 12-hole shootout final. Of the 13 who teed off No 1 only three remained with two holes to play and it was Bob Macfarlane who was eliminated on No 17 leaving the two top qualifiers, Ash Peterson and Rex Fowler to battle down the 18th. Both had a chance to sink the winning putt but it was Rex Fowler who emerged as the Vets Shootout Champion for 2016.
This Monday the vets had a stableford round. Results were-
Men Group 1
1st Alex Tulloch 27
2nd Alan Sadler 23
3rd John Dalziell 22
Men Group 2
1st Alex McLeod 28
2nd Rex Fowler 26
3rd John Whitehead 24
The Fagan Ford Nearest the Pin was Alan Sadler.
Last Wednesday perfect conditions of sunshine, warmth and light airs met 32 men and 26 women for the TRC Toyota Twilight. With 58 golfers on the course for the first night of the team’s event things certainly warmed up but the field needs to remember the pace of play needs to warm up too so everyone enjoys themselves.
In the men’s competition it was a mix of the old and the young when one of our club’s elder statesmen, Murray Wolland, scored 22 points to win whilst one of our youngest, Nate Hefferen, only just a teenager, almost holed out on the 8th green to win the All Teed Up Closest to the Pin prize. Nate was playing with two Wellington representative golfers, Kerry Mountcastle and Dean Gray, and there was much conjecture amongst nearby golfers as to which of our reps stuck the ball so close to the pin, but Nate strode the course and tapped it in from 5cms to receive the accolades of all.
In the Women’s division Trish Newcombe also shot 22 points. Unlike last week when scoring was very average, all 11 players on our evening’s prize list shot handicap or better.
Greg Ordish and Jeanette McNae won the Wairarapa Funeral Services longest drives.
The Thursday New World Supermarket competition saw Innes Kennard win with 43 points from Ian Harrowfield on 41, and then visitor Roger Allen, Ash Peterson and Gavin Harris, all on 40. The All Teed Up Nearest the Pin went to Bob Hill.
The women’s Shootout final is taking place as I write this report so there are no women’s results this week. On Saturday the Men’s Match Committee AGM will be held in the 19th at 10.30, followed by our usual club day when all potential interclub players are asked to play. After the golf, at approximately 5pm the men’s prize giving will be held so all those who have won anything during the season should be there so their achievements can be recognised.
Off the Fairway
Last week I wrote about two fishers who were trying their luck in the lake by No 4 tee during the Lansdowne Masters and suggested they should ask permission first. Well, it seems they were fishing with the approval of the Greens Manager and had also helped eliminate some of the rabbit population as well. I humbly apologise- keep up the good work!