Last weekend Taumarunui Golf Club held its 71st left-handers’ tournament in a kaleidoscope of weather patterns. Friday’s practice round was in glorious spring sunshine with spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu, Saturday overcast and Sunday drizzly rain. It didn’t dampen the spirits of the 75 players who attended though, representing 33 clubs from as far afield as Kaikoura to Whangarei.
Main winners were:
Ted O’Reilly Shield for 36 hole Net – Dave McCrea (Urenui) 141
George Worms Memorial for 36 hole Stableford – Tim Belcher (Feilding) 72; runner-up Kevin Shannon (Taumarunui) 68; 3rd Stephen Leatherland (Ngaruawahia) 67; 4th Roger Maxwell (Urenui) 67
Rod McLeish Cup for Senior Gross – Kahu Tataurangi (Remuera) 139; runner-up Ken Shea (Raglan) 150
Frank Hemmingson Cup for Senior Nett – Merv Hughes (Waipawa) 143; runner-up Trevor Hayes (Ohope) 146
Graeme Bridge Cup for Intermediate Gross – Barry Mathews (Titirangi) 174; runner-up Leigh Virtue (Horsham Downs) 176
Haddon Strachan Memorial Cup for Intermediate Nett – Daniel Scotson (Rangitikei) 145; runner-up Lawrie Fawcitt (Riverside) 147
Johnson Keepa Trophy for Junior Gross – Grant Dalton (Trentham) 187; runner-up Garry Grimes (Taumarunui) 187
Doug Beever Memorial Putter for Junior Nett – Kerry Bond (Riverside) 147; runner-up Harold August (Pahiatua) 150
Bowyer Trophy for Left-handed Ladies Nett – Harriet Byelich 143
Right-handed supporters – Nett – Jo McCrea (Urenui) 140; Stableford – Evelyn Mills (Urenui) 70; runner-up Alby Adeane (Ngaruawahia) 65
Manukorihi Cup for winning team – Taumarunui 1 – Peter Jacobson, Garry Grimes, Harriet Byelich (204)
(Contributor – Harriet Byelich)
Pictured is Kahu Tataurangi from Remuera Club (playing off a course handicap of +4) holding the Rod McLeish Cup for the best gross rounds of 73 and 66 respectively.