2017 KAIMAI CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT.
Held jointly at Mount Maunganui and Omanu Golf Clubs.
Saturday/Sunday 3rd & 4th June 2017.
The 34th Kaimai Classic “Stableford” Tournament involved 175 players from around the North Island and supported by sponsors Mount Pro Shop as lead sponsor assisted with by The Farmers and McDonalds.
Perfect fine weather set the scene for play on two very well prepared courses, providing the opportunity to play winning golf over the 36 holes – 18 holes on each course. Did not quite work out for many !.
There were 36 out-of-district clubs represented in the Kaimai Classic which included an 11 player contingent from Pirongia, 9 from Taranaki (Fitzroy & Ngamutu), 6 from Waikato, 25 from Auckland clubs.
Players certainly enjoyed the chance to play these two top courses and with players from other courses although scoring was a mixture of very good and a surprisingly number of so-so scores on both days and courses.
Enjoyable evening entertainment with “Batsman” Tony Wellington was well supported and lively.
Mount Maunganui Golf Club players almost scooped the pool for the top stableford division prizes.
Winners: Women: Silver Sue Aitken Bronze Joann Neylon
Men: SeniorMichael Williams Intermediate. Wayne Ashworth
However the player of the tournament was Pete Morris from Pirongia whose 46 and 43 to win the Junior Division and eclipsed the total field stablefords.
Impressive stableford scores over the two rounds were:
Women field Omanu Course: Joann Neylon (Mount) and Pauline Tolley (Omanu) - 41’s
Mount Maunganui Course: Sarah Andrews(Remuera) 38.
Men’s field Mount Maunganui Course. Jon Scott (Waitakere) 44,
Wayne Ashworth (Mount Maunganui) 41, Graeme Bayly 40 (Te Awamutu)
Pete Morris (Pirongia) 46, Norm Thompson (Omanu) 43, Pete Morris (Pirongia) 43, David George (Omanu) 43. Murray Russell42, Kevin Neylon (Mount Maunganui) 41.
Leading gross scores were posted by Karl Knedler (Tauranga) (70/73) 143 and BrittneyDryland 75/74).
Day One: Saturday
Women Divisions 1 & 2. Mount Maunganui Golf Course
Gross. Brittney Dryland (Titirangi) and Julie Gee (Riverside) were locked at 75 gross.
Stableford Division 1. Julie Gee (Riverside) 37, led from Sue Aitken (Mount Maunganui) 35 and Karen Iles (Omanu(34).
Stableford Division 2 Sarah Andrews (Remuera) 38 led Judith Redgrave (South Head) 36.
Men Divisions Omanu Golf Course
Division 1 Gross
Karl Knedler (Tauranga) 70 set a solid pace with Jack Trower (Matamata) 73 following.
Division 1 Stableford Omanu Golf Course
Early pace was set by Peter Tipler (Omanu) & Justin Park (Tauranga) 39’s, with James Golding (Omanu) and Thomas Neylon (Remuera) 37’s just behind.
Division 2 Stableford Omanu Golf Course
A strong 43 by Norm Thompson (Omanu) led from Robert Cargill (Buckley) , Darren Young (Omanu) with 39’s and Mac Robertson 38.
Division 3 Stableford Mount Maunganui
Blistering from Pete Morris (Pirongia) with a hot 46, only 6 ahead of Graeme Bayly’s (Te Awamutu) 40, the next best Murray Russell (Omanu) 38 and David George (Omanu)37.
Day 2. Sunday Final day
Weather was even better for day 2 setting the scene for what could be some great golf, close contests with all out attacks to be launched on the leading round one players.
Brittney Dryland (Titirangi) 74 with her Saturday 75, set the target of 149 which Julie Gee (Riverside) could not match, finishing with a 78 and a total of153.
Runner-up in the gross was Aprile Everitt (Omaha Beach) 83/83 a total of 166 as Julie Gee and Sue Aitken had claimed the top stableford prizes.
Division1 Stableford. Omanu
A close contest with 2 players tied after 36 holes.
Winner, Sue Aitken (Mount Maunganui) with another 35 a total of 70 was matched by Julie Gee (Riverside) (37/33) also with a total of 70 with Sue Aitken winning on count back.
Division 2. Stableford Omanu
Another close contest that in the end was decided by one point.
41’s by both Joann Neylon (Mount Maunganui) and Pauline Tolley (Omanu) was enough for Joanne Neylon (69) to win the stableford (28/41), one point ahead ofPauline Tolley’s total of 68 (27/41).
Combined Women Division
Scoring better stablefords, the silver group filled 5th to 9th place with the Bronze players only managing to fill the last 3 positions. Close contests for all positions.
38 by Mary Chantry (Tauranga) 31/38 = 69, finished 5th , 6th position to Jan Davies 33/36 =69 and 7th place to Jullie Hawkes (Remuera) 29/38 = 67.
Men Gross Mount Maunganui
Jack Trower’s late run of 71 to add to his round 1 73 - a total 144, almost saw him overhaul the winner Karl Knedler whose 73 and 70 from round 1 - a total of 143, one shot clear.
James Golding (Omanu) finishing 3rd with a total of 149.
Division 1 Stableford. MountMaunganui
A hot 39 by Michael Williams, (Mount Maunganui Club Manager and a left-hand golfer), saw his late move overtake a number to move into the lead with 35/39 = 74.
James Golding scored 2 rounds of 37 to finish on a total of 74. Only lost on countback.
Thomas Neylon (Remuera) also with consistent rounds of 37/36 finished on 73 and 1 adrift but 2 back was Tony Cliff (Whitford Park) on (34/37) total 71.
Division 2 Stableford Mount Maunganui
Change was on the cards and it did happen.
Wayne Ashworth (Mount Maunganui) solid score 37 in round 1set him up well and with his final round score of 41 for a total of 78 placed him 1 ahead of the next best.
Fast finishing Jon Scott (Waitakere) with 44 points tried valiantly to overtake but the 33 from his round 1 and a total of 77 could not quite close the gap, a similar result for Robert Cargill’s (Buckley) 39/38 = 77, finishing 3rd on countback.
Division 3 Stableford Omanu
This is where the action was, but it all came from one player.
Pete Morris (Pirongia) showed his 10 other Pirongia club players and the field how to score.
Not content with his 46 in round 1 and showing no mercy to other players, Pete Morris made every post a winning post to score 43 for round 2 – giving a total of 89 points. Awesome.
6 other players trying their best and scoring 40+ points, but could not threaten Pete’s lead.
David George (Omanu) 43 points and Russell Murray (Omanu) 42 points finished 9 points behind.
Gross Brittney Dryland Titirangi 75/74 149
Julie Gee Riverside 75/78 153
Sue Aitken Mount Maunganui 82/81 163
Aprile Everitt Omaha Beach 83/83 166
Sue Aitken Mount Maunganui 35/35 70
Julie Gee Riverside 37/33 70
Joann Neylon Mount Maunganui 28/41 69
Pauline Tolley Omanu 27/41 68
Mary Chantry Tauranga 31/38 69
Jan Davies Omanu 33/36 69
Julie Hawkes Remuera 29/38 67
Trudy MorrisonHuapai 31/36 67
Karen Iles Omanu 34/33 67
Shirley Pye Omanu 31/35 66
Rae Holmes Mount Maunganui 22/32 65
Gross: Karl Knedler Tauranga 70/73 143
Jack Trower Matamata 73/71 144
James Golding Omanu 74/75 149
SimonJoyce Royal Auckland 74/76 150
Division 1 Michael Williams Mount Maunganui 35/39 74
James Golding Omanu 37/37 74
Thomas Neylon Remuera 37/36 73
Tony Cliff Whitford Park 34/37 71
Dave Singer Waitakere 36/34 70
Clint Southam Mount Maunganui 36/34 70
Jack Trower Matamata 33/36 69
Jordan Samuels Omanu 34/35 69
Horrocks Rainsford Royal Auckland 34/35 69
Karl Knedler Tauranga 35/34 69
Steven Fair Akarana 32/36 68
Glen Ellia Omanu 35/33 68
Division2 Wayne Ashworth Mount Maunganui 37/41 78
Jon Scott Waitakere 33/44 77
RobertCargill Buckley 39/38 77
Neil Weber Omanu 36/36 72
Mac Roberston Mount Maunganui 38/34 72
Jim Kirkham Te Awamutu 33/38 71
Norm Thompson Omanu 43/28 71
Raymond Everitt Warkworth 35/34 69
TrevorMcKenzie Omanu 36/33 69
Barry Mathews Titirangi 30/37 67
Division3 Pete Morris Pirongia 46/43 89
David George Omanu 37/43 80
Murray Russell Omanu 38/42 80
Kevin Neylon Mount Maunganui 35/41 76
StevenCrosby Aviation 36/39 75
Graeme Bayly Te Awamutu 40/35 75
Paul Alexandre Mount Maunganui 35/38 73
BarryPollett Omanu 37/36 73
Graeme Prestige Omanu 35/37 72
Peter McKinnon Omanu 31/40 71