Club results for 25/5/24

  • 26 May 2024
  • Peter Watson

Higher handicappers dominate the quarterfinals of the individual matchplay after second-round action on Saturday (May 25).

Aaron Kotua, who plays off a 12, remains the lowest left among the final eight, with the last group of single-figure golfers shown the door on another fine autumn day.

At the top of the draw, defending champion Jonathan Tuheke kept his hope of a two-peat alive with a comfortable 5/4 victory over Neil McLaren in a catch-up match on Sunday. One down early, Jono won five holes on the bounce from No 8 to seize control before finishing it on No 14 with a par three.

Maurice Woodhouse was pushed all the way by Andrew Craig. All square at the turn and again at the 16th after Andrew recovered from two down, Maurice won the last two holes with bogeys to win 2-up.

Aaron Kotua lost his first three holes to Roma Elkington, whom he had to give 14 shots, but it was all one-way traffic after that as Roma faded on the back nine and Aaron shot 40 to ease to 5/3 victory.

Geoff Halkett got the better of his fellow 14-handicapper Garth Jameson, easing to a comfortable 4/3 win after a dominant back nine.

Graham Galt had to give Barry Rhodes 12 shots, and despite shooting a net 81 managed to prevail 1-up at their final hole.

Andy Isle has been in good form recently but was no match for David Huntley who started with a 15-shot advantage and made it count. One up after nine, Dave - who shot a net 70 - won four of the next five to triumph 5/3.

Paul Tunnicliff dumped another low handicapper out, defeating Keri Kotua 5/4. Playing much the steadier golf, Paul used his 11-shot head start to carve out a three-up lead after the front nine before closing it out at No 14 with a par three. 

Phil Sellers began 13 shots to the good against Peter Watson and putted his way to a 3-up lead after 10 holes before Peter won three in a row to tie it up. However, Phil took advantage of some short game lapses from Peter to lead by one playing No 17 which he parred for a 2-1 victory..

In the plate competition for first-round losers, Richard Pearson shot the round of the day to dispose of Michael Savage 5/4. Richard - who recently turned 80 - amazingly shot his age off the blue tees. His stellar net 69 include three twos - on No 2, 5 and 14.

Gareth Edwards - with a two at No 14 - ground out a 1-up win over Chris Louth, while Craig Barron rediscovered some form to see off Duncan Isle 4/2.

Dean Goodman lost his first two holes to Lewis Wilson, who had an 11-shot cushion,  but then won seven of the next eleven to canter to a 6/4 cakewalk.

James Campion overcame a 20-shot deficit against Jim McMullan to cruise to a 5/4 win on the back of a net 74.

Among those not involved in matchplay, Pete Green took the honours with 33 stableford points, one better than Neil McLaren.

Heather Carey got a big cheer for posting the best 9-hole score, recording an excellent 22 stableford points for the back nine. Paul McCrae (19) and Lloyd Moyle (18) filled the minor places.

Andy Isle and Barry Rhodes were others to share the twos money.

Next Saturday (June 1) we play the third round of the Barkman Trophy and Shootout off the white tees, while the 9-holers play a par round off the front nine.



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