On St Patricks Day the Counties-Manukau Veterans golfers played their first round of inter-club competition at the Maramarua Golf Club. After a weeks postponement due to bad weather the sunshine and dry ground saw the Maramarua course well presented. Highlight of the day was Clarks Beach member Terry Tapp shooting a two over par 74 gross, 1-under his age. As this was the first such feat in recent years of COVIC play, Terry was awarded the COVIC Claret jacket and a sleeve of Callaway balls as the Craig Smith Pro Shop Player of the Day. In a post match interview Terry let slip that in his prime golfing days he played off a 3-handicap and has now accomplished the below age feat some 65 times.
Out of a total field of 67 players representing 11-clubs (Awhitu failed to field a team for round-1), just nine beat their handicap, with Peter Thomson playing his home course in 77 gross for a 9-under handicap score of 45 stableford points. Clarks Beach players Chris Hone and Terry Tapp both finished with 41-points and Hauraki’s Ross Brydon 40. Thomson’s score helped Maramarua finish top team on the day with a best four player team score of 145-points, five ahead of Waiuku and Onewhero both on 140 with Clark’s Beach a point further back in fourth place.
The next COVIC round will be played at Awhitu Golf Club on Wednesday 5th April 2017, where Maramarua will challenge for the COVIC CHALLENGE CUP held by Clarks Beach.
Clarks Beach Golfer Terry Tapp won the COVIC Claret Jacket with his below age round.