SunLive – Strong turnout of golfers despite the drizzle

A wet start to the week at Waihi Golf Club meant no organized golf until midweek, says Waihi Golf Club Member Rodger Bagshaw

“Wednesday ladies had a great day for many to play the first of two rounds for Nancy McCormick’s 4somes,” Rodger said.

On Thursday, a light drizzle gave way to fine weather for the morning haggle in which Allan Sarjant posted the best score of 38 points.

“Francis Gascoigne (36) was next, with Eddie Bruce and Alan Smith both 35,” Rodger explained.

“Afternoon haggling started well but had to overcome a few patches of drizzle, but Wayne Brierly had the best score with 40 points.”

Murray Fraser and Kelly Exelby tied for second with 37, followed by Michael Matutinovich with 36. Damian Dunlop was again in the chase with 34.

“Saturday ladies also participate in the Nancy McCormick 4somes, but in their net haggle Robyn Kirby came out on top with a net 70.”

Second was Phillipa Harvey with 73, then Sharon Deacon (75).

On Saturday, the qualifying round for one of the most sought after men’s trophies took place.

“It’s the Ludwig Cup, which is a four-ball stableford competition,” says Rodger.

“As expected, there was a strong turnout from the club’s players for the qualifying round and haggling, which took place in very good weather conditions. Twenty-one pairs signed up, with the top sixteen qualifiers trying to continue their involvement in match play next week.

Top qualifiers were Scott Spicer/David Croker with 44 points. Three teams with 43 points were David Campbell/David P. Campbell, Charles Gurr/Rex Knight and Hanson Madsen/Jacob Seymour. Next come Paul Weaver/Russell Dewey, Earl Hoskins/John Giffney and Jim Evans/Earl White with 42 points.

“In both haggles, despite ideal conditions, the score was diabolical with only five players scoring better than their handicap out of a total draw of 76 players, and only two 2s were recorded,” Rodger explained.

In morning haggling, Alan Smith led with 39 points in the senior division, followed by Scott Spicer (38) and Mike Morrison (37).

Among the Juniors, Tom Rowbotham was the only player to score 36 points, just ahead of Michael Bonnici (35). In the afternoon haggle, Russell Dewey was first in a countdown with Murray Fraser, both scoring 37 points. Paul Williams, David Fox and Richard Taitoko were next with 35 points.

Michael C. Ford