Club results for September 25, 2021
There was plenty of interest in the big scoreboard in the clubhouse on Saturday after the third and final qualifying round for the NBS club champs as players anxiously checked the results to see if they had made it and if so who they would be up against in the quarter-finals.
Once again conditions were tough with the course playing extra long off the blue tees after heavy rain earlier in the week. A swirling wind and greens still recovering from their annual spring renovations meant it was difficult to score well but two golfers - Aaron Kotua and Callum Hogg - managed to be the first to shoot under their handicap during the qualifiers.
Aaron - playing off a 17 - recorded a fine 85 off the stick for a net 68 which not only earned him match of the day honours and maximum Barkman Trophy points, but it also propelled him into the fifth qualifying spot in the intermediate division. A raffle win topped off an excellent day.
Almost as meritorious was Callum's net 71 which was achieved on just two hours sleep following a night shift at work. As well as claiming second place on the day, it secured him third spot in the Junior A grade.
Maurice Woodhouse overcame a dodgy knee to come home in 72 for third place in the match of the day, while the trio of Jack Denton, Neil McLaren and Andy Isle with 73 each were next. The consistent Richard Pearson bagged the last Barkman point for seventh with a 74.
With two of the three best gross scores counting toward qualification, Andy easily headed the senior division with a strong finishing 80 for a total of 164. Well back were Peter Watson (170), Peter Green (172), Dean Goodman (174) and Jasper Broad-Kolff (184). Dean will play Jasper for a place in the semi-finals.
Richard heads the highly competitive intermediate grade after shooting 89 off the stick for a total of 177. Close behind is Dave Blake (178), Maurice (180), Lindsay Brooks (181) and Aaron (183). Rounding off the top eight are Paul Tunnicliff (185), Steve Russell (186) and Jonathan Tuheke (194). In the quarter-finals on October 9 Richard will play Jonathan, Dave will take on Steve, Maurice and Paul will do battle, and Lindsay will go head to head with Aaron.
In the Junior As, the ever steady Paul McCrae - who earlier took out the C & F Legal Stroke with a total net score of 146 - goes into the quarter finals as top dog after shooting a 95 for a gross total of 186. Nipping at his heels is Neil McLaren (188). They are followed by Callum (194), Lewis Wilson (195), Warwick King (197), Bryan Ramsey (200), Ian Hanford (203) and Warren Carey (204). So in the quarters matchups, Paul will play Wazza, Neil will be up against Ian, Callum will verse Bryan, and Lewis and Warwick will lock horns.
Mike Murphy heads the Junior B standings after totalling 200 for his best two rounds. Next best is Grant Fergusson (206) and Alan Church (211). They are followed by Jim McMullan (224), Roma Elkington (227) and Steve Turnell (229). With the two top seeds getting byes, Alan will take on Steve in one of the quarter-finals, while Jim and Roma will contest the other.
Jack and Paul M - with a birdie each - shared the twos money.
Next week (Oct 2) is another round of the Barkman Trophy and Shootout. The match of the day will be a stableford round off the white tees.
NOTE: For those who can't play their quarter-final matches on October 9, you can play them on another day providing your partner agrees and it is played before the semi-final on October 16.