Club results for 12/8/23
- 13 August 2023
- Peter Watson
Jonathan Tuheke survived an opening double bogey, an out of bounds and several shanks to win the final of the individual matchplay against his good mate Keri Kotua with a fabulous par on the 18th hole.
Playing off the blue tees, the 12-handicapper showed plenty of grit to come back from two down after 10 holes to clinch his first major club title at the death.
While neither golfer was at their best in ideal winter conditions, the final was fill of twists and turns.
Keri - who had to give Jono five shots and was just recovering from a wrenched knee - started with a par to go up early but then lost the next two to a par and a bogey. He drew level on No 6 when Jono put his drive out of bounds and then went ahead after parring No 9. Another par at No 10 saw him double his lead.
They halved the next three holes before Keri imploded, double bogeying the par three No 14, losing No 15 to a bogey and then double bogeying No 16. All of a sudden Jono was in front but he then shanked his second into the trees on No 17 to lose the hole to a par and go to the last all square.
Both hit good drives down the difficult 18th, but while Keri muffed his second Jono - who got a shot - hit a beauty to snatch victory.
In the match of the day - which doubled as the fifth round of the Barkman Trophy and MS Ford Shootout - Lewis Wilson finished head and shoulders above everyone else is shooting an excellent net 69 of the blue tees. The 20-handicapper went out in 44 and back in 45 for an 89.
Another leftie, Mike Savage, was next with a tidy net 73. He was followed by Andy Isle (75), Chris Louth (76) and Peter Watson (77).
No-one else broke a net 80, despite the calm and sunny conditions, and no-one managed a two.
Among the nine-holers, Sally Quinlivan triumphed with a net 37 to become the second woman to win in a row. Paul McCrae and Errol Guthardt shared second with 38 each.
Next week (August 19) we play the sixth round of the Barkman Trophy and MS Ford Shootout off the white tees, with the nine-holers playing a par round off the back nine.