Both players finished 10 under their handicaps with scores of 200 for the three rounds.
McDonald, after lying fifth after 36 holes, rocketed to the lead with a five under par 65 in the final round, giving him a three-shot win over the 36-hole leader, George George.
McDonald’s round included seven birdies and an eagle, giving him a four under par total of 206 for the three rounds.
With net rounds of 65, 69 and 66, Henry led from start to finish and just managed to pip Mama Olly Silk by two shots.
Other players to lead from start to finish were Ned Howard in the senior men’s, Vaike Tairi in the intermediate men’s, Ken Matheson in the Junior B Men’s and Kurai Foster in the senior ladies.
Along with Bernie Raffe in the intermediate ladies Howard also retained his title from last year.
Two other players to retain their titles from 2016 were the senior men’s and senior ladies’ gross winners, Kris “Gunz” Williamson and Kurai Foster.
With three consistent rounds of 79 off the stick, Foster also took out the top nett prize. “Gunz” finished one over par for the three rounds with gross scores of 66, 71 and 74.
- Greg Amos/ Rarotonga Golf
Palm Grove Net Results – (54 holes)
Senior Men – 1st Ned Howard 202, 2nd Daniel Webb 204. Senior Ladies – 1st Kurai Foster 207, 2nd Jacqui Urlich 211. Intermediate Men – 1st Vaike Tairi 209, 2nd Ripa Tauia 212. Intermediate Ladies – 1st Bernie Raffe 213, 2nd Moeroa Matheson 216. Junior A Men – 1st Darrell Brown 204, 2nd Alistair Newbigging 208. Junior B Men – 1st Ken Matheson 201, 2nd Simona Aumetua 219. Junior Ladies – 1st Jacqui Lemaire 204, 2nd Sebon Will 206. Veteran Men’s – 1st Murray McDonald 200, 2nd George George 203. Veteran Ladies – 1st Taiora Henry 200, 2nd Olly Silk 202
Palm Grove Gross Results – (54 Holes), Men’s Gross – Kris Williamson 211, Ladies Gross – Kurai Foster 237
Saturday Sweepstake – (Net)
Moe Ponga 61, Murray McDonald 63, Jason Burgess 64, Mama Olly 64, Alice Pilkington 64, Mereana Hagai 65, Ken Matheson 65, Ra Urirau 65, Daniel Webb 66, Helena Mitchell 66 and Darrell Brown 66. Nearest the Pins – George George, Teremoana Hardie, Ed Pittman and “Tiger”. Best Rounds – Daniel Webb 69, Kurai Foster 79 and Murray McDonald 65. Longest Drives – Haimona Browne and Kurai Foster. Birdie Twos (with three each) – Murray McDonald and Daniel Webb.