Rongokea wins Easter golf

Thursday April 20, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports
Pare Rongokea (right) receives two return air ticket to Tahiti from Air Rarotonga chief pilot and director, Munro Hockin, after winning the Air Rarotonga-sponsored tournament played over Easter Saturday and Monday. 17041901 Pare Rongokea (right) receives two return air ticket to Tahiti from Air Rarotonga chief pilot and director, Munro Hockin, after winning the Air Rarotonga-sponsored tournament played over Easter Saturday and Monday. 17041901

Weather was a major factor and great leveler in the two day 2017 Air Rarotonga sponsored golf tournament played over Easter Saturday and Easter Monday at the Rarotonga Golf Club course in Nikao.

 

The opening round on Saturday was played in strong westerlies and drizzly rain, with the best round of the day coming from Royle “Tubz” Brogan with a one over par 71 and 41 points putting him in second place, one shot behind club captain Jimmy Teokotai on 42 points.

Monday saw a 180 degree shift in the weather, with howling easterlies and driving rain.

Playing at the end of the field and in probably the worst of the conditions, Kris “Gunz” Williamson fired a creditable two over par 72.

Considering there was over 180 rounds of golf played, it was remarkable that no one managed par or better over the two days.

Even more remarkable was that only three points separated the top 12 overall prize winners and not one of those players, played consistently enough to win a sweepstake prize on both days.

Three players finished tied on 75 points equating to 3 under their handicaps for the two days.

A count back system was used to decide the eventual winner, with Pare Rongokea taking out the top honours and produced the biggest smile of the day when he received his prize of a return trip to Tahiti for two from Air Rarotonga chief pilot and director, Munro Hockin.

After playing three over his handicap on Saturday, Rongokea playing off a 14 handicap, backed up with a great 78 off the stick and 42 points on the Monday.

In second place and winging her way to a prize of a return air trip for two to any of the southern group islands was Lynn Webb, followed by club captain Teokotai, who fell off the pace after his great Saturday round with only 33 points, still good enough for a return trip for two to Aitutaki.

Alone on 74 points and the most consistent golfer of the tournament was Teinaki Howard, who returned rounds of 73 and 75 off his five handicap for points of 38 and 36 respectively.

There were also prizes for the best dressed players who represented the Air Rarotonga colours wearing white, pink and blue.

Club president George “The General” George won the men’s prize and Moeroa Turua, the ladies’.

Next week sees the first round of the club stroke play championships to be played in conjunction with the Bluesky-sponsored tournament and the colour theme is blue.

            - Greg Amos/Rarotonga Golf

Results

Overall (36 Hole Stableford Points) All ties decided by count back – Pare Rongokea 75, Lynn Webb 75, Jimmy Teokotai  75, Teinaki Howard 74, Teremoana Howard 73, Joe Daniel  73, Mereana Hagai 73, Simona Aumetua 73, Tiki Daniel 72, Sebon Will 72, Maara Kenning 72 and Cedric Toru 72.

Easter Saturday – Jimmy Teokotai 42, Royle Brogan 41, Simona Aumetua 40, Mereana Hagai 40, Rere Kaiaruna 39, Stuart Henry 39, Joe Daniel 38, Cedric Toru 38, Henry Royle Henry 38 and Ra Urirau 38. Nearest The Pins – 3rd & 12th Ianis Boaza, 4th Enoka Bishop, 7th & 16th Vaike Tairi and Daniel Webb 13th. Best Rounds – Royle Brogan 71 men, Kurai Foster 81 ladies and Pokoina Matara 74 vets. Long Drives (on handicap) - Ali Napa and Donnie Willis. Longest Putt – Tearoa Tini. Birdie Twos – Daniel Webb. Lucky Draw – Alistair Newbigging.

Easter Monday – Pare Rongokea 42, Lynn Webb 40, Tiki Daniel 40, Sebon Will 40, Ripa Tauia 39, Moeroa Matheson 38, Tearoa Tini 38, Joey Browne 38, Moetai Tangitamaiti 38 and Teremoana Hardie 37. Nearest The Pins – 3rd & 12th Kurai Foster, 4th Henry Royle Henry, 7th & 16th Francis and 13th Tingika Elikana. Best Rounds – Kris Williamson 72 men, Kurai Foster 81 ladies and ‘Poppa G’ 77 vets. Long Drives (on handicap) Tangi Amataiti and Teremoana Hardie. Longest Putt – Alistair Newbigging. Lucky Draw – Irving Hosking.

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