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Saturday 15 March 2014 | Published in Regional


For 10 weeks from November 2013 through to February the Rarotonga Golf Course hosted a pairs competition where club members paired up to determine the top ladies and men’s pair.

There were various categories ranging from a main Cup challenge down to a tea-bag competition for the men and the ladies taking a more subtle approach with pink balls to vases and cutlery and a touch of roses for their prizes.

In the men’s final playoff match, Aukino Tairea and Henry R. Henry defeated Stuart Henry and Edwin Pittman 7/6.

In golfing terms this was a thrashing considering the recent outstanding form of both Pittman and Stuart.

Congratulations to team Pee Weez (Au & HRH) who were the lowest qualifying team that came through and caused this major upset.

Rumour has it that Aukino used his Grey Power magic to pressurise Pittman, who had no response whatsoever.

The ladies’ match was more competitive with Rowena Newbigging and young Katey K. Karati defeating Maara, who subbed for Kurai Foster and Lee Heronymous on the second to last hole.

This was an awesome effort by Maara and Lee and both are steadily improving since joining the club last year.

The highest points tally for the men was Steve Graham and Joe Browne.

The main prizes of two return airfares to Aitutaki and three nights’ accommodation was kindly sponsored by golf club patron Ewan Smith for Air Rarotonga and Jenny and Stuart Henry for Are Tamanu.

The golf club and members take this opportunity to thank the above sponsors and all members for supporting this off season event.

It was a good finale and already some members are pairing themselves up ready for the next challenge starting November 2014.

Meanwhile the 2014 Rarotonga Golf club season officially opens this Saturday at midday followed by a shotgun start at 1pm.