Wellington Anniversary Weekend saw the annual The Grill @ Solway Park 54 Hole Teamplay Tournament held at Mahunga. Saturdays conditions were great for the Fourball and Ambrose rounds but Sundays Foursomes in the blustery gales made for some interesting golf. As usual for a Mahunga tournament the visitors from the Wellington and Manawatu regions were out in force. Last year at the tournament Caleb Kahui of Wainuiomata Golf Club scored a hole in one on hole 6 which is a short par 3. This year Caleb again played the perfect shot in the Ambrose round and aced number 10 which is a tough par 3, so a big congratulations to him.
In the tournament Caleb teamed up with our own Anita Karaitiana and it was that combination that won the Gross division with a combined gross score for the 3 rounds of 202. They scored a phenomenal 57 in Saturday afternoons Ambrose round which is 15 shots under par and good golf from 2 and 6 handicappers, although Anita said she was merely a spectator and was in awe watching Caleb. They were 10 shots clear of the father and son combination of Ivan & Byron Karaitiana and Rod Dravitzki & Brett Sargent who tied for 2nd. Darcy Kahui & Brian Pengelly were 4th. In the Nett division Frankie Martin & Paul Beech were easy winners with 189.25 followed by Darryl Coley & Phil Granich on 193.75. Leon Nicho & Tom Kainuku were 3rd by a tiny margin from the father and daughter combination of Ray & Cheycoda Cocks. In the Fourball round nearest the pins went to Ray Cocks, Frankie Martin, Terry Fleet and Ivan Karaitiana, and the long drives went to Anita Karaitiana, Phil Granich, Chris Wenden and Mark Logan.
On Tuesday the vets played a Stableford competition and in the men Terry Tacon was first with 40 points followed by Peter Campbell on 38. In the ladies there was a tie with Noeline Stevenson & Nan McNae both coming in with 35 points. For the 9 holers Gordon Wilton had 18 points followed by Daphne Jordan with 14. Nearest the pins went to Nan McNae and Peter Campbell.
This weekend sees the start of the Wellington Inter Club competition so here's to a top season for those teams representing Mahunga. The club competition on Saturday is Stableford and it is the final round of the Summer Cup on which David O'Reilly seems to have a mortgage on with the 50 points he scored in round 2. On Sunday the club competition is a par round. Don't forget the meeting for members on Thursday night at 7pm in the Clubhouse to discuss the questionnaire and any other aspects of the club you want to discuss. On Saturday there is also the working bee starting at 8am to split firewood. Good golfing.