Big Weekend of Golf
CoastWide Honda - Buller Westland 36-hole Stroke play Championships: This year’s event was once again another successful event for Buller Westland and the local Westport Golf club.
Greymouth golfer Michael Scholes chips in for Eagle on the 18th
Participants were spared from the worst of the forecasted weather; however, Saturday did provide some challenging winds for competitors for at least half of their rounds. Sunday was a different situation with more settled weather providing an opportunity for some of the guns to shine through.
The club and Buller Westland are very grateful to the Westport Club for hosting this annual event, and for the continued support from Total Golf, Mitre 10 Westport and New World Westport.
As expected, pre-tournament favourite Aroha Minhinnick was too good for the Ladies here comfortably winning the gross honours with a two-round score of 157. Locals held the nett honours with Fiona Cooper home a very respectable score of 143, to edge Gaye Munnerley (Greymouth) 147 and Joy Forsyth 149.
Men’s Division 1;
This division had 5-6 players with the favourite tag on Friday night, however Craig Newman (2019 champ), local John Murray and Kam Clarke emerged as the early pace setters come the end of play of Saturday (for the gross title). Kam Clarke (Nelson) continued his consistent form on Sunday to take the 2020 title with a gross score of 143, next saw Craig Newman 147 and Glen Drummond 148. John Murray (151), Jeremy Aranga – Greymouth (153) and Matthew Grimes – Nelson (155) completed the highlights from the Gross section.
Meanwhile in the nett section saw Michael Scholes (Greymouth) 145, Peter Fox (Weedons) 145, Carl Forbes (Karamea) 146, Patrick Werahiko (Templeton) 147, Mark Le Compte (Marlborough) 148 & Mike Taylor (Pegasus) 152.
Men’s Division 2;
This division on the other hand had a couple of favourites leading into Friday, and it was pleasing to see one of them in Brian Hateley (Westport) emerge with a great gross score of 154, next home was Murray Marsh (Hokitika) 156, Paul Neilson (Pegasus) 159, Peter Bourke (Greymouth) 160, Jeff Riordan (Takaka) 163, and Andy Tasker (Motueka) 167. The nett division on the other hand saw some equally impressive scoring with Mike Osborne (Greymouth) home with 143 nett, to edge Jason Gwatkin (Pegasus) 146, Levi Kearns (Motueka) 151, Russell Nelson (Westport) 153, Patrick McBride (Greymouth) 154 and Josh Neale (Nelson) 156.
Men’s Division 3;
This division again provided some interesting scenarios of potential results come Sunday, however Nick Thom utilised his local knowledge and experience to breeze home to capture the gross honours with a score of 166, next saw Darren Lewis (Lincoln) 178, and a strong contingent of Greymouth players in Raymond Blair 179, Kevin Thomas 180, Regan Stanton 183 and Rick Moor 183 rounding out the gross scoring. The nett section saw local Tony Chapman home with another great score of 144 nett to edge Blake Buchan (Pegasus) 149, Joshua Golding (Greymouth) 151, Bernard Batt (Hokitika) 153, and locals Jack Becker 154 and Gerald Hateley 156.
There was a stableford match played at Kaiata on Saturday and the runaway winner was Paul 'I've got more time on my hands these days' Pretorius on 39 points with James Hardie and Pete McGee a wee way back both on 33 points.
There was a run on two's with Graham Sinclair, James Hardie, Kieran Stone and Pete Theron all claiming a par 3 birdie.
This weekend is the first round of the Kaiata and Groom cups, which is set down for Saturday, but looking at the weather forecast, providing you can arrange the match with your opponent to suit, either day will be fine if you can get matches played.
Remember that next weekend is club champ qualifying.
The dismal weather prevented any competition golf at the Mahinapua links during the past week.
This weekend has two qualifying rounds for the Club Championships. Both days will be medal rounds and on Saturday the Shaw Cup for the best nett will also be at stake.
A third round is scheduled for next weekend with the best score for each player used to determine qualification and rankings.
The 9th green will be reinstated for all club champ matches.
The ladies match this Saturday is the 2nd round of the McIntosh Bogey with K McIntyre Starter, M Curtain Catering.