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Club champs quarter-finals

There were a couple of surprises but most results followed either form or seedings in the quarter-finals of the club champs on Saturday (Oct 3).

In the seniors, Peter Green made hard work of putting away Peter Watson, who struggled for most of their match to stay in touch. With superior driving and putting, Peter G looked to be coasting to a comfortable win when he was four up with six to play, but Peter W won four of the next five to take it to the last before another poor drive saw Peter G claim a deserved 1-up win.

Top intermediate qualifier Richard Pearson couldn't reproduce his excellent recent form when it was needed most and was always behind against Paul Tunnicliff who drove and chipped well on the way to a 3/2 victory. On the other hand, second seed Lindsay Brooks cantered to a clear 5/3 victory over Rangi Kohe. Jonathan Tuheke and Stephen Russell had a ding dong battle, with Jonathan winning the last to force extra holes before prevailing at the 20th when Stephen missed a short putt on the difficult greens. Dave Blake made surprisingly easy work of Maurice Woodhouse 5/4 to also book a spot in the semi-finals.

In Junior A, Aaron Kotua justified his top seeding by crushing Roma Elkington 7/6 while second seed Paul McCrae was almost as dominant in seeing off Warwick King 6/5. Lewis Wilson overcame Bryan Ramsey 3/2 and Ian Hanford was too steady for Alan Church in winning 4/3.

In the only Junior B match, Steve Turnell cruised to a 5/4 victory over a battling Brad Crabb.

In the match of the day, Andy Isle with a nett 71 edged Dean Goodman by a shot to claim top spot.

Maurice Woodhouse and Peter Watson had some solace when they shared the twos money.

Next week is the semi-finals but we also host the Blenheim Golf Club and the Eagles so to allow them more time to get over the Whangamoa we will be teeing off at the later time of 10.30am.

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