SunLive – Large turnout of golf players despite the drizzle

A wet start to the week at the Waihi Golf Club didn’t allow for any organized golf until midweek, says Waihi Golf Club member Rodger Bagshaw

“The Wednesday Ladies had a fine day for many to play the first of two rounds for the Nancy McCormick 4somes,” says Rodger.

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

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

“The afternoon haggle started off fine, but had to overcome a few drizzle patches, but Wayne Brierly had the best score with 40 points.”

Murray Fraser and Kelly Exelby were tied for second with 37, and next was Michael Matutinovich with 36. Damian Dunlop was once again in the hunt with 34.

“The Saturday ladies are also competing in the Nancy McCormick 4somes, but in their net haggle Robyn Kirby had the best score with a net 70.”

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

On Saturday, the Qualifying round for one of the men’s most sought after trophies was played.

“It’s the Ludwig Cup, which is the four ball best ball in the Stableford competition,” says Rodger.

“As expected there was a large turnout of club players for the Qualifying round and haggles, which were played in great weather conditions. Twenty one pairs entered, with the top sixteen Qualifiers going on to try and further their involvement in match play next week. ”

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

“In the two haggles, despite the ideal conditions, the scoring was diabolical with only five players scoring better than their Handicap from a total field of 76 players, and only two 2’s were recorded,” says Rodger.

In the morning haggle, Alan Smith came out on top with 39 points in the senior division, followed by Scott Spicer (38), and Mike Morrison (37).

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

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