Big playoff putt wins Hunter's title

Pukekohe golfer Glenn Dobbs sank a 25-foot putt on the first playoff hole to claim the overall title at the inaugural Hunter's Wines Marlborough men's golf tournament at the Marlborough club in Fairhall on Saturday.

Tied with Marlborough club players Duncan Anderson, Ray Meaclem and Mike Ponder on 79 stableford points after two rounds, Dobbs drilled the long putt to shut out the local trio.

Prizes were up for grabs on Friday and Saturday and the overall winner of Friday's stableford was Bruce Palmer (43 points) on countback from Mark Holder.

Trent Davies shot the day's low score of 74 to win the senior division on 41 points from Jim Cooke on 40.

Overall winner Dobbs won Friday's intermediate section from Mike McLeod, while Holder's 43 points was enough to edge out Ponder (42) for junior honours.

A medal competition was played on Saturday and the best nett score went to Wairau Valley's Ken Eggers with an impressive 65. Chas Craig's 75 was the best gross score of the day and saw him take out the senior title.

The intermediate gross was won by Nick Thompson, who shot an 84, with John O'Brien hitting a 91 to claim the junior gross victory.

Nett competition winners were William Harrison (senior), Tony Yardley (intermediate) and Malcolm Aitken (junior).

A total of 120 golfers took part and the tournament is set to become an annual event.


Friday (stableford)

Division one: Trent Davies 41, Jim Cooke 40 c/b from Kevin Hawkins, Clarry Neame 39 c/b from Hugh Bay, Mark Le Compte 38, Ray Meaclem 37, Matt Costello 36 c/b.

Division two: Glenn Dobbs 42, Mike McLeod 40 c/b from Dave Knappstein, Tom Statham 39 c/b from Mike Collins, Robert Hille 38 c/b from Ravi Johl, Ken Bennett 37.

Division three: Mark Holder 43, Mike Ponder 42, Dean Greenhill 40 c/b from Duncan Anderson, Tony Tripe 39, Paddy Couchman 37 c/b from Robin Taylor and David Smith 37.

Best stableford over all divisions: Bruce Palmer (43 c/b).

Saturday (medal gross & nett)


Division one: Chas Craig (73), Nick Thomson (84), John O'Brien (91 c/b).

Division two: Ray Meaclem (74), John Gudsell (85), John Davis (91).


Division one: William Harrison (69), Tony Yardley (68 c/b), Malcolm Aitken (66 c/b).

Division two: Hugh Bay (70), Bob Nicolle (68), Rod Lofthouse (66).

Best combined stableford over both days: Glenn Dobbs (Pukekohe) 79.

Best nett over all divisions: Ken Eggers 65.

The Marlborough Express