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Saturday 17 September 2011 | Published in Regional


In spite of a few showers last Saturday, there was still plenty of run on the ball for the inaugural Export 33 Golf Tournament at Rarotonga Golf Club.

More players were able to take advantage of this, having learned from the previous Saturdays competition.

The beer cart was patrolling the course with Export 33 on board and there is no doubt that this improved the game of many players.

Perhaps Tiger Woods would benefit from the same scheme.

Tom Marsters Jnr didnt need extra stimulus during his game.

In a round which included 4 birdies Tom was the best player on the day with a 68 off the stick. Maara Kenning was the best of the ladies with a 77.

Again, it was a close-fought contest, with only 2 strokes separating the top 14 of the 80 players who took part.

In the end, Ken Matheson snuck into first place with an 85 off the stick to score a +6 in this bogey competition.

Ken was followed on +5 by Eddie Tuaati, Maara Kenning (freshly back from New Caledonia), Henry Story, and Allan Hardie.

Rounding out the top ten winners, all on +4, were, Apai Paitai (improving with every sip of Export 33), Tai Raina, Tom Vea, Eddie Pittman, and Frank Berg.

There were four others who came in with a +4 but they were unfortunate in losing out on a count-back.

Fraser Nooroa and his team from CITC Liquor did a great job throughout the competition and in collaboration with Export 33 provided sponsorship and really good prizes for the day. Golfers are very grateful for their support.

This Saturday is the B&M Wholesalers competition.

This is another of the long-running competitions for the Rarotonga Golf Club and is sponsored by Bruce Goldsworthy.

Incidentally, Bruce, one of our life members, has sponsored the nearest-the-pin prizes for the vets every Tuesday for some years and has always been a keen supporter of the Rarotonga Golf Club.

B&M Wholesalers have promised some good prizes this year so make sure your name is on the board.

Members will no doubt have noticed that the number 5 and 6 greens have grown bigger. This has been a decision from the committee responding to suggestions from the members.

In some places on these greens the edge of the green is not quite distinct. If there is any doubt whether your ball is on the green, then the marker should make a judgement based on equity that means decide what is fair.

Good luck to all golfers.