Epic final for Foursomes
BY COLIN THORSEN
SWEET swinging 25 handicapper, Karen Campton.WILLIAM WETERE
William Wetere and Karen Campton parred the last five holes to win an epic final to the 54-hole Heathcote Foursomes tournament at Te Awamutu Golf Club.
The winning combo staged an extraordinary comeback to pip the runners-up John Irving and Toni Coleman on the 19th hole
with a par to the opposition’s double bogey.
They were steering down the barrel of defeat when three down on the 14th before stringing together three wins on the trot to be all square going down the 18th.
The drama continued with Campton lipping out with her putt for a birdie, while Irving sunk a magnificent long putt to salvage a half and send the match into overtime.
The pressure took its toll when both drives off the tee on 19 ended up in the trees. Wetere/Campton played two outstanding recovery shots to clinch their victory with a ‘gimmie’ par, with their opposition going for a double-bogey.
It was a maiden, breakthrough win for Campton, better known for her exploits on the hockey field.
“I’ve never experienced anything like it. I’m rapt,”she said.“We had two gruelling matches against Aucklanders on Saturday,both won on the 17th, to qualify for the final.
“Our first-up win over New Zealand Masters representative Mike Leitch and his wife Ricki from Maungakiekie Golf
Club was particularly pleasing.” It was the third time Campton has featured in a golf final.
She lost to Gwenda Meeke (on the 15th) in this year’s Te Awamutu Golf Club bronze 1 championship and recalls being well and truly beaten by Petsy Ralph, also in the bronze 1 final, about five years ago.
The unfavourable weather conditions did not dampen the enthusiastic field who enjoyed the well prepared course and generous array of Heathcote sponsored prizes on display or the better golfers on the day.
Group 2: Robert Wetere, Julie Stevanon; r-up: Dylan and Michelle Russell. Group
3: Peter McGowan, Barbara O’Regan; r-up: Kim and Karen Holder.
Group 4: Richard and Petsy Ralph; r-up: John Mohn and Wendy Ramsey.