July 1 saw the Counties-Manukau Veteran Golfers Inter-Club pennant teams playing at Hauraki Golf Club. It was the second round of finals play for the Covic Shield (Div 1) and the Covic Cup (Div 2) along with the usual Covic Challenge Gold Cup match play.
In total 94 golfers played although only the top five represented their clubs in the finals play with the best four stableford scores counting to their team score and this aggregated determining their place on the day, and points received from 1 for first to 6 for sixth.
The Shield section results saw the Waikare and Clarks Beach teams draw first equal on the day. Waikare remains at the top of the table on 2.5-points with Clarks Beach (5) moving into second ahead of Hauraki (8) and Huntly (8) tied for third. They are followed by Maramarua (8.5) and Manukau (10).
In the Cup section play Pakuranga’s win on the day see them on 3-points and dislodging Pukekohe (5) from first to second followed by Waiuku (6), Awhiti (7), Onewhero (9) and Wattle Downs (12).
In the day’s medal match-play Challenge Cup, played by teams of four over 18-holes, Pukekohe fought hard against the Hauraki challengers who had home course advantage, to pull off a draw at 36-points each and retain the Gold Cup for their second defence in a row. They will now face Awhitu at Pakuranga on the 17th August.
Leading player on the day and winner of the Claret Jacket was none other than the Hauraki President Steve Croamans with 45 points, six points clear of the next best player.
It was a remarkable performance on a course that played very long in mid-winter conditions.
The next Covic event is a mid-winter mystery venue jaunt on Monday 27th July 2015. A new trophy named the ‘Jackson-Jones Justice Cup’ will be played for the clubs entering multiple 3-person teams under the Ambrose play format.
This is a new trophy that honours the recently retired Corporal Graham Jones as Convenor and his predecessor and Covic founder Mr Graham Jackson from Clarks Beach. The newly appointed Convenor is Russ Ford from Maramarua who says “Covic golf has never been stronger and I am expecting participation to grow as more and more of the sixties born baby boomer generation reaches the 50-year qualifying age. With twelve clubs participating and a thirteenth possibly joining in 2016, our ‘fellowship and fun’ motto has never been more appealing. It clearly beats sitting at home feeling lonely or getting under the feet of your partner.” Enquiries about Covic can be made to Mr Ford on 027-3110256.