2003 Deane Sure

Masters a Shaw Thing

The Potmeister teed off in the JWMGC part V as the reigning champion. His tee shot went long but veered right into thick trees. Unfortunately this episode was to repeat itself as Potty tried in vane to rekindle the form shown at Dannivegas a year ago. But off course Potty was struggling under a greater burden than most. Not only had his handicap been slashed but he was host to the contestants for their weekend visit to Wellington.

Hutt Park proved a stern test of golf. Slick greens fooled many putts men. Straying drivers risked water an inevitably trees. The Hutt Valley turned on a fine afternoon making the top conditions conducive to the odd cold one including the Tui’s kindly laid on by someone at the club on the 19th.

The Tournament Leader at the half way was Larry Bonding. A fine round left many admiring Larry’s fine swing and yet others questioning his 22 handicap. However Larry announced that he would be leaving on a 6am jet plane to Sydney for cricket the next day so could not compete for the title. Some asked “what’s all that about?” So the Tournament Leader became Deane Sure. He led with 42 points followed by Ali Cat, co-host Davo and the ever present Gaza T.

We were driven back to the city in the Havana Bar wagon – complete with smoke billowing from the windows. We dined at a Cuba Mall Indian. The food was tasty and the place was busy. Our big table ran right through the middle of the room. Son-of had missed the first round so was obliged to perform the jug-skull. He was given a makeshift jug containing around 5 Heinies. With the usual ceremony he dispatched this in no time. He then lost colour and excused himself. Rolly was guilty of the same offence so obliged with the same trick – with the same result. In the meantime it seemed most of the other diners had left.

Potty then produced the keys to the town so the Woodpecker ensemble tripped between styling venues ending up at a drum and bass extravaganza. The dance floor was pumping and soon some of the boys were amongst it – Wik in particular giving it the full grind.


Next day a seedy bunch gathered Fidels for replenishment.

Then off the infamous Paraparaumu, conqueror of many a golfer including the recent scalp of Tiger no less. It proved tough for some. Many will recall endless wades through knee-high rough looking for balls. It soon became apparent that Cat was having a bad day. But the other 3 in the leading 4 were close with Shawboy showing continuing good form. So good it prompted Ali to attempt the mid-round re-handicap. Always a difficult card to play it did not succeed. In the chasing pack Deano and the dark horse, Hux, were stepping up. Deano has a unique presence on the golf course most often apparent from his voice wafting across from a fairway or 2 away.

Down the closing stretch Deane Surestarted to show signs that the pressure of holding the lead in such a prestigious event was getting to him. His form faltered. But he held on to take a narrow victory from a fast finishing Blackwell followed by Gaza T and Dave. Deane Surewas esctatic. On sinking the final put he punched the air and performed a wee celebratory dance.

The shot of the last day went to Wik for putting his drive 10 feet from the pin on the par 4 5th. Son-of was not far away at 20 feet on the same hole. Bruce, after a troubled start, birdied the 18th to take the money. Best Dressed Golfer, for the 5th year in a row went to Sig for his matching lilac shirt and rugby socks.

Dinner at Fidels

The other diners in our room soon left so we had the place to ourselves. Deane Suresmiled from ear to ear telling everyone that this was his greatest sporting hour. He produced yet more of his fine Pinot Noir to celebrate. He announced that next year the Woodpecker will be in Dunedin. Back to where it all began. Maybe 2004 will be the year of the horse.

We paid our respects to Woodsy then again followed Potty into the Wellington night.

It was yet another fine tournament with exceptional hostmanship from Potty.

Respect. Aiii. – JWMGC Reporter



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