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Saturday/Sunday 14/15th October

What a weekend of golf at Walton! It was great to have a third successive weekend of golf in fine weather with many of our finest players involved. Saturday was packed with tough and tight semi-finals for the club championships and flights.

Most of the emphasis was on the club championships but the scramble resulted in Golfer of the Week Rodney Luxton on countback from Lee Mouqué (both nett 68). Other good scores were by Andrew McGiven and Johnathan Armstrong (nett 70) and Stephen Scrace (nett 71).  The course must have been tough as they were the only players to meet or better handicap. The competition for Wacker showed just how the course played with two (unnamed) players failing to get 20 points and others not much better.

Then there was Sunday. After a shower before play, the Westpac Club Championship finals were battled out on the course at its absolute best of grassy fairways, punishing rough, the first real run, and impeccable and speedy greens. Hugh congratulations are due to the winners and proper appreciation to the beaten finalists. Getting to the final is a worthy achievement.

 

Men

Senior Champion - Andrew McGiven, runner-up Mike Buckman,

Intermediate Champion - Gavin Pitcon, runner-up Lee Mouqué

Junior Champion - Mark King, runner-up Stephen Scrace

Junior N Champion - Latoa Aliimatafitafi, runner-up Alan Blackstock

Flight winners - Mike Garrud, Charles Gibson, Gilbert Higgens and Ivan Jenkins

Ladies

Silver Champion - Ann Needham, runner-up Dianne Sweeney

Bronze I Champion - Lee-Anne Pitcon, runner-up Rhonda Bates

Bronze II Champion - Judy Osbourne, runner-up Kate Hillerton

Bronze III Champion - Shirley Cornes, runner-up Jan Baigent

9-holers Champion - Bev King, runner-up Jenny Fairhill

Special congratulations to the Pitcons on both winning and to Lee Mouqué and Latoa Aliimatafitafi on a superb first season at Walton.

Saturday 7th October

Saturday’s Monthly Medal was enjoyed by a large field of nearly 50 golfers playing a course on great condition. Latoa Allimatafitafi certainly enjoyed it with a nett 65. Other Div 2 scores of note were from Peter Darragh (69), Elder Boaza 9&0 and Alan Blackstock, Peter Jackson and Ivan Wright (all 71).  Lee Mouqué (nett 68) won Div 1 followed by Bede Higgens (69), Gavin Pitcon and Don Highet (both 71).

 

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Next week see the semi-finals (Saturday) and finals (Sunday) of the Westpac Club Matchplay Championships. Men, Ladies and 9-holers all have their own finals. Semi-finals are played over 18 holes and finals over 36 holes. Tradition is the that losing semi-finalists caddie for their conqueror.

Saturday also features Flight semi-finals with 18-holes finals on Sunday.

All are welcome to spectate on Sunday for what is always a great club event regularly featuring drama and surprises. Matches will conclude from about 2pm onwards.

Saturday matches (NOTE THE EARLY START):

08.50 G Wills v C Gibson; P Jackson v I Jenkins

08.58 M Buckman v M Western; M King v G Higgs

09.05 B Verryt v R Rutten; A Blackstock v W Raynel

09.12 Ladies 1

09.30 L Aliimatafitafi v I Wright; G Higgens v M Pike

09.38 D Highet v L Mouqué; A Wiles v S Scrace

09.45 Ladies 2

09.53 Ladies 3

10.00 K Braybrook v T Richards; M Garrud v J Higgens

10.08 I Aliimatafitafi v B Goodwin; K Pickett v P Hipperson

10.15 G Pitcon v B Higgens; R Western v A McGiven

 

Saturday 30th September

Club Champs brought out the highest number of golfers for weeks, or was it the sun? Some played strict matchplay but most joined the Scramble. Golfer of the Week was Ivan Wright (nett 67). Others in Div 2 playing well were Stu Gordon (68) then Elder Boaza, Kent Pickett, Phil Metcalfe and Graham Higgs. Bede Higgens won Div 1 (nett 68)  followed by Gavin Pitcon and John Adamson.

Club Champs matches for Saturday 7 October off no. 1 tee

 

09.30      G Pitcon v R Coleman; D Highett v R Luxton

 

09.38      M Begovich v B Higgens; J Adamson v L Mouqué

 

09.45      Ladies

 

09.53      Ladies

 

10.00      M King v J Semmens; A Wiles v P Metcalfe

 

10.08      P McKoy v G Higgs; A Cornes v S Scrace

 

10.15      M Buckman v J Armstrong; M Garrud v R Western

 

10.23      T Richards v M Western; J Higgens v A McGiven

 

10.30      P Witika v L Aliimatafitifa; P Darragh v A Blackstock

10.38      W Fort v W Raynell; I Wright v T Howard

 

Saturday 23rd September

 

Forty-two players revelled in real sunshine this week, enjoying the first decent golf day for some time. They did themselves and the course proud. Golfer of the week was John Higgens (nett 66) closely followed by the young pretender Bede (nett 68). Others in Div 1 doing themselves justice were Andrew McGiven (nett 69) and Mark Lewis, Tony Iverson, Steve Scrace and Rodney Luxton.

Did anyone notice the family hat-trick? Gilbert Higgens took out Div 2 (nett 68). Noticeable scores came from Elder Boaza, Iao Aliimatafitafi, Paul Hipperson and Graham Higgs.

 

Saturday 16th September

 

At last, some golf - forty men played; some well, some average and some a little indifferently.

 

Mark Lewis started early, and appeared waterproof braving the rain with no jacket in sight, to be golfer of the week, net 68. Terry Howard and Lee Mouqué scored net 69, followed by ‘long time no see’ Geoff Hicks and Don Highet (70), and Captain King (71) stopping the rapid slide in his handicap.

NOTE: Entries for Club Championships close next Saturday 23 September when the draw will be made.

Higgen’s Trophy matches for 23 September

09.39 J Stevens v S Scrace, G Pitcon v R Williams
09.46 Iao Aliimatafitafi
v G Bruce, R Rutten v L Douglas
09.53 I Jenkins v A Cornes, T Howard v R Coleman
10.00 I Wright v M Pike, M King v A Wiles
10.07 J Lurch v G Wills, J Armstrong v Latoa Aliimatafitafi

Saturday 9th September

Another wet Saturday just passed. Nine hardy souls played but no-one improved their handicap. Only one more handicap revision is due before the Club Championships and your division will be confirmed for that event. 

The first round of Club Championships for both Men and Women (18 hole) is due on 30th September (26th Tuesday Ladies). 

To enter please tell/call your Club Captiain on or before 23rd September when the draws will be made.

Next Saturday 16th September Higgens Trophy Matches are:
10.00am Ioa vs Tatua, G Bruce vs M Pike
10.07am Kingo vs Rene, L Douglas vs Wild Thing
10.14am Lurch vs Kiwi, G Wills vs S Scrace
10.21am Toot vs Jono, Latoa vs Mouse

Saturday 2nd September
Draw for the Higgens Trophy this weekend Saturday 9th September

Tee times:
10.00am I Jenkins vs Ioa 10am
10.07am Tatua vs A Cornes
10.15am T Howard vs R Williams
10.22am Latoa vs R Coleman

Good Luck to all those involved.