SUDDEN-death battles, a home-course victory surge and glorious spring weather made for a memorable finals day of the Gisborne East Coast senior men’s open. Eight group champions were decided on the Poverty Bay course yesterday, with seven of them coming from the host Poverty Bay course.Bernie Rothschild led the Bay charge with victory in the Group 1 Challenge Cup final.
Rothschild, playing in the GEC open for only the second time, defeated clubmate Peter Clayton 4 and 3 in the final. The 10-handicapper was getting two shots off Clayton in a match highlighted by the pair halving the par-3 sixth hole in birdie-2s.
Full results in Golf roundup Rothschild knocked out Gisborne Park senior men’s club champion Butch Atkins in the semifinals while Clayton beat Poverty Bay intermediate champ Brian Morrissey. Taranaki veteran Peter Greer denied Poverty Bay a title whitewash. The Kaitake member beat Cliff Poole (PB) on the 19th to win Group 2. It was one of three finals that went to extra holes. Colin Simpson sneaked past Dave Mettrick on the 19th in an all-Poverty Bay Group 4 final. Brian Hall pipped Cambridge’s John Hansen on the 20th in the Group 5 final. Other group winners were Ray Third — 3 and 2 over Nigel McGregor (PB) in Group 3; John Rouse, 4 and 3 over Brian Shields (PB) in Group 6; Robin Foster, 4 and 3 over Brian Boylen (Kawerau) in Group 7; and Don McFadyen, 4 and 2 over Michael Lack (Hukanui, Waikato) in Group 8. Rouse’s win was appropriate. He has been getting a bit of hassle recently about his old trundler. First prize in each group was a trundler. Age-group strokeplay net trophies were played for on Sunday. Rod Young (PB) broke 100 for the first time in nearly two years to win the Endeavour Cup under-70 years title. Basil Payne (PB) posted his best round in several months — 81-16-65 — to win the Discovery Cup over-70yrs title.
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