Championships write up

It was finals day for the the Temuka Golf Club Matchplay championships on Sunday April 28th. There were finals in 5 men’s grade and 3 women’s grades contested over the day. Play was over 36 holes for all grades except for Junior B men’s which was over 18 holes. There was good support for the players competing from family and club members.

Gay Smith and Judy Whitley were first on the course at 8.30am contesting the Women’s Bronze 2 Division. Gay Smith built a 2 hole lead over the first 9 holes and added to it to be 4 up after 18 holes. Judy Whitley fought back in the 9 holes after lunch to be only 1 down however Gay regained her dominance in the last 9 to win 3 and 2.

Roger Harmon and Ian Cooper contested the Mens Junior B final. These 2 players were evenly matched and were square after 9 holes and after 18 holes. They also squared the first sudden death hole but Roger Harmon broke the deadlock on the 20th hole to win the final.

The Junior A final was between Phil Crotty and Rex Archibald. This was a hard fought match with the result square after 9 holes, 18 holes and 27 holes. However trend did not continue as Rex then went on a scoring spree on the last 9 holes to win 5 holes in a row and the match 5 and 4.

Pip O’Connell and Brian Mulvey contested the Men’s Intermediate B division final. Pip O’Connell started the better being 2 up after 9 holes and 4 up after 18. He continued the good form after lunch and was 6 up after 27 holes. Mulvey started a fight back in the last 9 holes but O’Connell’s lead was too big and he eventually won 4 and 3.

In the Bronze 1 Division Willie Powell and Rae Winkelman competed for the championship. An even 1st 9 was broken when Willi went 1up but Rae fought back to be square after 18 holes. Willie started the better after lunch as she went to a 4 up lead after 27 holes and carried on the good form to win 5 and 4.

The Intermediate A Men’s final was between Charles Scarsbrook and Ray Teahen. This was evenly contested being square at lunch and neither player more than 1 up. However Scarsbrook shot an outstanding 35 on the 3rd 9 and raced to a 3up lead. This was comfortably maintained to the 33 hole of the match however greater accuracy and improved putting by Teahen on the 34th to 36th holes saw him win these holes and square the match. The match went to the 37th hole. Teahen’s accurate play continued on this hole and he went to win 1 up.

The Women’s Silver division was between Frances Mulvey and Sharon Patrick. Both these players have contested the final previously and had won it. Frances Mulvey started the better of the two and was 3 up after 9 holes. The match was much more even after this but Mulvey was 4 up after 18holes and then 5 up after 27 holes and eventually won 6 up with 5 to play.

The Senior Mens final was between Kevin Teahen and Murray Kerse. After 9 holes the match was even however Kevin played the better in the next 9 to be 3up at lunch. Murray  made inroads into that lead early in the 9 holes after lunch winning the 2nd and 3rd holes and be 1 down however Teahen responded with wins on 3 holes later in that 9 and with 9 holes to go was 4 up. He maintained the lead in the last 9 to win 5&4.  Kevin, the low handicapper in the field, was 1 over on the card for the duration of the match which included a tidy 68 on the morning 18 holes.

The finals were a good day for the Teahen clan with 3 members winning championships.  Kevin and Ray each winning one of the top two men’s grades and Frances Mulvey winning the Senior women’s championship.