It was a big weekend of matches at Mahunga last Saturday with the semi-finalists in both the Walker Fourball and the consolation Roy Morris Trophy. Last year's champions Graham Duckett and Shane Stewart had a good win over Rod Dravitzki and Jason Walker in a very tight match. Duckett and Stewart were one up at the turn, and it was all square going down the 18th but Shane chipped in for birdie and left Rod needing his very long putt to send the match to extra holes, but the putt just slid past the hole. Duckett and Stewart will be a formidable force and be looking to retain their title when they come up against top qualifiers Ivan and Byron Karaitiana in the first semi-final. The other semi-final will be Brett Sargent and Graeme Dick against Damian Kauika and Laurence Butler, and I think it might be Laurence's Saturday form that will see them sneak into the final. Meanwhile in the Roy Morris Trophy Frankie Martin and Paul Beech will come up against Darryl Coley and Anita Karaitiana in the first semi-final and Jeremy Harp and Shane Wilson will play Ray Cocks and Neville Biel in the second semi.
Saturdays competition was a par round and Shane Stewart continued his excellent run of form posting a score of 5 up, followed by Damian Kauika on 3 up and Kurt Karaitiana and Phillip Granich on 1 up. Phillip Granich got three holes in two which is a good effort considering there are only four par 3's at Mahunga. Nearest the pins went to Ivan Karaitiana, Greg Granich, Rod Dravitzki, Phillip Granich and Frankie Martin.
Last Thursday saw the Farriers Bar & Eatery Ladies Fourball played at Mahunga and the winners of the Gross were Nolene Stevenson and Michelle Coley from Mahunga and winning the nett were Jo Bird from Castlepoint and Cindy Giles from Riversdale.
On Tuesday the vets played a Chicago Stableford and in the men's group first was Doug Simpson on 36 points from Roger Stenton on 34 and Peter Campbell on 33. In the ladies group Judith O'Connor was streets ahead of the field with 35 points followed by Maria Lauvi on 29 points. In the nine holer's Daphne Jordan was first with 28 points, followed by Betty Loader on 26 and Gordon Wilton on 24 points. Holes in two went to Peter Campbell.
This weekend the competition of the day on Saturday is a Stableford and on Sunday it is a Par round. The British Open starts on Thursday night and going by the weather forecast there could be more golf watched than played this week.