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Club Matchplay Championships.


Saturday 18th October 2014


The course was in very good condition and there was some light drizzle patches but the wind stayed away.


The finalists in the senior men were Darcy Faiers and Mark Hawken. Darcy applied the early pressure over the first 18 holes scoring 5 birdies and 3 one over pars for a 2 under par round of 71. Mark was unable to recapture his good form when he played par golf to defeat John Newland in the semifinal and at the lunch break he was 8 down. During the afternoon holes both players were 2 under par and Mark was unable to cut into the lunch time lead and Darcy won the senior men’s title by the margin of 8/7.


The intermediate finalists were Greg Huston and Steve Honeyfield and the game was very close over the first 18 holes with Greg holding a 2up lead. The lunch Greg had must have been full of energy because he played the next 12 holes only 2 over par and with Steve on the bogey train too often the game slipped away for Steve and Greg won the intermediate title by the margin of 7/6.


The junior finalists were Ray Jenkins and Mike Taikato. Ray made the best start and after 14 holes he had a five up lead but then Mike stormed back into the game winning the last four holes to be only 1 down after 18 holes. After lunch both players played good golf and Ray held a 2up lead after 27 holes. Mike won the next 2 holes to square the game but Ray came back to par 4 of the next 5 holes and Ray won the Junior by the margin of 2/1.Mike will have to wait another year to get his name on the honour’s board.


The limit finalists were Nick Williams and Graeme Kempton and this final was played over 18 holes. Graeme made the good start and was 4up after 4 holes but Nick came back and after 9 holes was only 2 down. Graeme edged out to a 3up lead but once again Nick fought back winning 3 of the next 7 holes and the 18th hole was halved so the game was all square. An extra hole was required. Both players were feeling the pressure but Nick put his tee shot on the green.Graeme missed the green but safely chipped on. Nick’s putt for a two was more than a meter short. Graeme’s par putt slide by the hole and then Nick sunk his putt to win the limit title 1up.


The senior ladies finalists were Kathy Faiers and Gareth Hughes. Kathy needs 2 more titles to catch up to Roger Rei’s number of 25. Play over the first 18 holes was tight and at the lunch break the match was all square. Kathy looked to be on the way to another title after 27 holes when she held a 3 up lead but Gareth fought back and won 5 of the next 7 holes to win the senior title by the margin of 2/1.Steve reckons he was the best caddie and that gave Gareth the winning edge.


The intermediate finalists were Barbara Hill and Ev Gibbs both players playing under their handicaps over the first 18 holes. Ev won 4 of the first five holes and held the 4up lead at the lunch break. The game continued to be close after lunch but some missed putting opportunities by Barbara gave 2 more holes to Ev and Ev went on to win the intermediate title by the margin of 6/5.


The Junior ladies finalists were Janice Huston and Carolyn Davidson. This match was played over 18 holes. Carolyn was hitting long straight drives to give her the edge in this match. Janice had a good short game but the wet fairways stopped any run on her drives and Carolyn won the Junior title by the margin of 5/4


Congratulations to all the championship winners. Good luck in the Champion of Champions play offs and thank you to all the caddies who assisted on the day. The day concluded with an evening meal at the Kakaramea Hotel and we were able to celebrate the Taranaki and All Blacks victories.


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