It was a big weekend at Mahunga for the Comfort Socks NZ Easter Tournament. With a field exceeding 100 players, a prize pool of over $7,000 for gross and nett, and great weather it was always going to be a huge success for the Club. On Friday was the practice round and the competition was Medal. In group 1 Owen Lloyd showed he was there not just to make up the numbers by winning the group with a nett 66. He was followed by Damian Kauika with a nett 67, Dan Kahui with nett 69 and Karen Wehipeihana with a nett 70. In group 2 Haira Paku had a nett 66, followed by Blair Duckett and Grizz Kahui both with nett 67 and Aimee Jones with Nett 70. Group 3 saw both Terry Burns and Layton Kawana card nett 66, while Daniel Duckett and Shane Stewart both had nett 67. Holes in two were scored by Troy Shaw, Glen Signal, Karina McDonald and Laurence Butler.
Saturday and Sunday were the main days of the tournament and there was some great scoring. Dean Gray took out the men’s Group 1 Gross division carding 137 for his two rounds. But on Sunday he played exceptional golf and carded a 64 off the stick to equal the course record. Owen Lloyd was next with 141, followed by Jeff Tuoro with 142 and Ivan Karaitiana with 147. The Group 1 Nett was taken out by Sam Forrester with 137, followed by Troy Shaw on 140, Calen Kahui 142 and Cameron Giddens, Mark Bowden and Tim Roper both had 143.
In men’s Group 2 Damian Kauika took Out the Gross with 155, followed by Bevan Hay and Josh Kahui both on 159 and Alex Jones and Paul Beech both on 160. Graeme Dick burgled the Group 2 Nett division with a total of 135 so good to see him finding some form again. Next was Godfrey Bowden on 140 followed by Stu McLaren and Zeb Livingston both with 141.
Men’s Group 2 Gross winner was Bob Eadie with 166, followed by Carl Cocks on 168 and they were well clear of Nuki Gordon and Wayne Evans on 174. Shane Stewart took out the Group 3 Nett with 137, followed by Brian Chappell on 140, Bill Ousey on 141 and Daniel Duckett on 142.
The ladies group saw things a lot tighter at the top of the leader board with Anita Karaitiana taking the Gross section with 160, and only a sot to spare over Jo Wilton-Eadie on 160. Next was Sereana Phillips with 166 and Karen Wehipeihana on 175. In the Nett division Cath Keno was the winner on 141 and she was one shot clear of Cheycoda Cocks on 142, Karina McDonald next with 147 and Wendy Rhodes 149.
The longest drives were sponsored by WBS and on Saturday went to Phil Tuoro, Quentin Henderson, Maurice O’Reilly, Sereana Phillips and Kasey Ainsworth. On Sunday it was Sam Forrester, Quentin Henderson, Layton Kawana, Anita Karaitiana and Kasey Ainsworth. A big thanks to all our sponsors who enabled every hole on both Saturday and Sunday to have a nearest the pin. The 3 Day Haggle was shared by Damian Kauika and Shane Stewart on 204, closely followed by Owen Lloyd on 205.
On Tuesday the vets played a medal round and in the men’s division Blair Harvey had a nett 48 to edge Eddie Tuuta with 49. In the ladies division Betty Loader was an easy winner with nett 42 followed by Janet Shaw and Cilva Richmond both on 53. Holes in two were scored by Nan McNae and Eddie Tuuta and the nearest the pins went to Janet Shaw, Nan McNae, Eddie Tuuta and Ross Ireland.
This weekend sees the Club competitions on both Saturday and Sunday as medal rounds. On Sunday the Club will hold the Wairarapa Intermediate and Junior Championship over 18 holes with tee off at 10.00am. The Intermediate division is for handicap indexes from 11.0 to 15.9 and the Junior division is for handicaps 16.0 to 24.0. Get your entries into the club ASAP or turn up on the day.