Today was not only an LGU competition but also the only day for golfers to qualify for the National Teams Event. There was a reasonable turn out in dull cloudy weather which immediately turned to rain at assembly time. Some who had come sat around uncertain whether they would play, but there was a good number determined to continue who suited themselves up like warriors in waterproof cladding for them and their equipment only to have the rain stop in time for the board to come out with the playing order and all 26 ladies willing to give it a go. The first few holes were spent stripping off. The fear of possible heavy rain and thunder predicted by the Met Office, assisted by some good play, had the players keeping a cracking pace getting in for lunch earlier than usual.
The winners of the day’s haggle were; Jenny Braithwaite (69), Evelyn Heale and Anne Hawkins (72), Jane Fraser, Liz Hodgson and Jill Burton (73), Sue Ferguson and Chris Jilesen (74). Congratulation to Glenda Street for a two on the 4th hole.
Winners of the entry to the National Team Event who will represent the club on Friday 7th May were Evelyn Heale, Anne Hawkins, Jane Fraser and Liz Hodgeson.
Also running each week is a new competition called the Swindle. Those who participate have to have at least two stableford points on every hole to win but once the kitty gets to the target amount, which it did this week, it has to be won. No-one won it outright but Jenny Braithwaite had the best card to win the Swindle which, considering she had to make more than a couple of recoveries having tangled with some trees or just had a lapse, showed a great deal of determination and the ability to hit some wonderful fairway shots. I feel as her agent I should be in for a percentage.
(Contributed by Marion Johnston)
A big field of 43 ladies turned up in the fog to play the first round of the Captain’s Trophy, which is a nett competition, so if you want to be among the prizes, you cannot pick up your ball if you are playing badly. After a cool start, the fog lifted pretty quickly to reveal a lovely warm day with very little wind. It was almost too hot and lots of umbrellas were being used as sun umbrellas to keep people out of the sun. The scoring was pretty hot as well, with three ladies scoring nett 67. Merle Munro won on a count back from Chris Edkins and Jose Heale. Anne-Maree Harland was next on 68, then Glenda Street, also on 68. Wallis Jones had 69 and Sue Virtue and Glenys Wheeler followed on 70. Daphne Ferguson, Linda Smith and Sue Jordan had 71; Imelda Woolston and Roseanne Parkes were next on 72 and Chris Jilesen, Margaret Nelson and Vicky Kimberley all had 73. With all the sunny, dry weather, there is lots of run on the golf course, which sometimes does not help the scoring, when the ball races past the green or into a greenside bunker! Three ladies managed to score twos: Cara O’Donnell and Sarah Leilua on the 4th hole and Chris Edkins on the 17th. The swindle was not struck.
A small group of nine-hole players competed in a stableford competition, with Rosie Buckland coming out the winner with 22 points, closely followed by Judy Fox on 20, on a count back from Jeanne Gomas.
On Friday the 19th March, the first round of the annual Wills Cup was played at Taumarunui Golf Course. This is a South Waikato interclub competition with teams from Pirongia, Waitomo, Piopio Aria, Te Awamutu, Stewart Alexander and Taumarunui competing. We were supposed to host this round last year at this time, but Covid got in the way and the whole competition was cancelled for the year. This time the event went smoothly and a big thank you to Harriet Byelich, Chris Jilesen and Margaret Nelson for producing a delicious spread in the kitchen. All the teams enjoyed their morning tea then went off to do battle.
Pirongia finished 4 points ahead of us, so well done to the Taumarunui team. Thanks also to Barbara Corney for doing the cards and results and Sue Ferguson for organising the carts and the bar. The visitors were very complimentary of our lovely course and we hope to see them back for our Triple T tournament in early May.
(Contributed by Sue Rennie)