MGC NEWS 18/08/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

As we prepare to farewell the last week of winter (hooray), we’ve had some testing weather over the last week, but at least we got to enjoy the snow-capped mountains as a reward when the rainclouds cleared!!

First up this week, the 9-holers had a special celebration and held a very successful reunion of 21 Years of 9 Hole Golf in Martinborough last weekend, it started with a Meet & Greet at the Clubrooms on Friday night, followed by 35 playing Ambrose Golf on Saturday morning followed by a Soup & Cheese Roll lunch, and a birthday cake.  A delicious dinner for 60 was served at the Village Café on Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning.  Their results from the previous Wednesday are 1st Jaquee Reid 16, 2nd  Jan Ferguson 12 and 3rd Adrienne Sisson 10.

Grumpies results: – 1st Pete Price 37, 2nd  Nick Allen 36 and 3rd Terry Blacktop 34.

Ladies golf and Julie finished first (again!) with Bindy McLeod second and Honor Clark and Sue Dinnison equal 3rd.  The putting was won by Julie Dondertman with 29, followed by Marie Scrimshaw on 31 and Ju Allen with 32.  There was no change to the shootout scoreboard.  Nearest the pin on All Teed Up No 6 was Ju and Jenny Wilkie was closest on Cafe Medici No 8.  Bindy had the only two.

Thursday had a good turn-out of 50 players making the most of the sunshine, 1st Michael Tosswill 43, 2nd Chris Ranish 41, 3rd Rob Lopez 40, 4th = Doug Ferguson, Nick Allen & James Blundell 39. Twos: JD Smith, Nick Morison, Doug Ferguson, Rob Lopez, Craig Andrews, Michael Tosswill & Brent McKinlay – nearest the pin Rob Lopez.

Saturday was the Lefties/Righties Tournament; Best Gross Andy Morison & Ray Matthews, Best Nett Shane Hartnell & Andy Small, 2nd Nett Bill Ward & Rob Lopez, 3rd Nett Roger Ngahooro & Steve Mawdesley.  Best Nett Women Jenny Boyne & Jenny Lloyd, Best Nett mixed – John & Julie Warner. Nearsest the pins – Jacky Nathu, Dave Workman, Andy Morison & Guy Walmsley.

On a sad note, we give our condolences to our new Featherston members with the loss of Norman Douglas in his 94th year; he served on the committee for years and was a life member, he will be sadly missed by all, RIP Norm.

That’s all for this week – Lamb & Chardonnay on 22nd September – get your entries to Kris in the office asap as places are limited and go like hot-cakes!!  Have a good week and good golfing everyone!You

MGC NEWS 28/07/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

After a balmy weekend, we’re back to a few wintry days, so stoke up that fire or warm yourself up with a brisk game of golf!!

Grumpies got washed out last week, so no results from them!

Ladies played a Stableford competition 1stAdele Cairns 34, 2ndJu Allen 33, and 3rd Angela Busby 32.  Nearest the pins were: All Teed Up no 6 – Sherry Weatherstone and Cafe Medici no 8 – Bindy McLeod.  Bindy also scored two twos and Jenny Wilkie had one (two that is, not a hole in one!).

Thursday was another stunner of a day and there were nearly 50 players that turned up to enjoy the sunshine! 1stMariana McDermott 45, 2ndPaul McKenzie 41, 3rd= Guy Walmsley & David Kershaw 39, 5th= Raymond Matthews, Dean Schaef, Bill Gordon & Tony Taylor 38. Twos: Rob Smith, Malcolm Bridge, Dean Schaef, Richard Mills and Sheldon got two twos and nearest the pin.

Sunday’s tournament was medal, putting and shoot-out, 1stAngela Busby 63, 2ndGary Cuttance 68, 3rd= Bill Jones & Sweenz 69, 5thMalcolm Wood 70; Mark Lucock won the putting with 25 putts.

We say a very fond farewell and thanks to Sue Berger our office manager who has been at the helm for 14 years, and welcome to Kris Chamberlein – a new but familiar face in the office.

Congratulations to both the seniors and thirds rugby teams on Saturday – it was fabulous to see so many Marty supporters at Memorial Park;they were very well-deserved wins, you made your town very proud!!

That’s it for me for this week, look after you and yours and good golfing everyone!!

MGC NEWS 21/07/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

After another weekend of eventful weekend of sporting activities (a lucky scrape through for the All Blacks and a triumphant win to the Silver Ferns!), it was good to see the Dick Bennett Memorial – being played in Martinborough for the first time; participants enjoying a good day of golfing despite the weather being on the wintry side.

First up the Grumpies had a lower turn out than usual due to the inclement weather; the winner on the day was Andrew Lawler on 41, 2nd  Nick Allen and Sandy Bidwill on 39. The only 2 was Greg Dalton.

Ladies played a Par round on Wednesday and in first place (yet again) was Julie Weber with +2, 2nd Angela Busby -1, 3rd Ju Allen -2.  Julie also got nearest the pin on All Teed Up no 6 and Marilyn MacKenzie on Cafe Medici no 8. Twos were scored by Marilyn, Ju and Sandra Petersen.

Thursday was a cracker day with sunshine and some good heat in the day despite being rather soggy underfoot!  1st = Andrew Sim & Malcolm Wood (40), 3rd = Trev Hawkins & Tim Loe (38), 5th = David Kershaw, Doug Clark & Pete Price (36).  Twos: Malcolm Wood, Bob Tosswill, Sandra Petersen & Sandy Bidwill – nearest the pin Rick Hargreaves.

Saturday’s comp was medal – 1st Sandy Bidwill 73 (is he living in the club flat?!), 2nd = John Warner, Tim Loe & Malcolm Wood 74, twos – John Warner, Malcolm Wood & Tim Loe.

Sunday’s Dick Bennett Memorial was taken out by Jackson & Peter Gray! In the men’s division 1st Jackson & Peter Gray 50, 2nd Scotty the Butcher & Shane Hartnell 47, 3rd John Taylor & Carl Petersen 46, 4th Nuki Gordon & Jason Paku 45, 5th Doug Clark & Stu Taplin 45, 6th Eddie Brown & Johnson Williams 45, 7th Richard Mills & Mike Charteris 45.  Mixed division, 1st Nick & Ju Allen 44, 2nd Mr & Mrs Gumboot 40, 3rd Tim & Jo Loe 39, (is Tim flatting with Sandy?!).  Women 1st Mariana McDermott & Sally Fairbrother.  Twos – Brian Russo, Jackson Gray, Glen Harper & Bindy McLeod, Nearest the pins Bindy McLeod & Carl Petersen, longest drives Sandra Petersen & Richard Mills.

Coming up – the Bottle-O lefties/righties 36-hole tournament Saturday 17th August, entries to the office.  Good luck to the Martinborough Seniors this Saturday against Gladstone, wear your green & black to Memorial Park!  That’s it for this week – good golfing everyone!

MGC NEWS 14/07/19

Martinborough Golf Report 

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

Well, hopefully everyone has caught up on their sleep and recovered emotions from Monday morning’s events!  As we continue through winter, we’re still getting the odd good golfing day, and the course is still playing well although a bit longer now it is wetter underfoot!

Wednesday was Julie Weber’s day.  She won the putting with 29 followed by Nicola Warren and Jenny Wilkie who both had 31 putts. Julie also had the lowest nett score with 70, with Nicola Warren next on 74 and Ju Allen third with 76. Julie and Ju both had twos. Nearest the Pins were Alison Tipler on All Teed Up No 6 and Ju Allen on Cafe Medici No 8. 

Thursday club winner was Stu Taplin back in form with the only two on the day too – a lucrative day for him!! 2nd Chris Ranish 36, 3rd = Bob Tosswill, Ed Elworthy, Keith Rayner, Tim Loe and Mariana McDermott 35.  Nearest the pin Dean Schaef.

No results from the weekend, but no surprises there as the weather was pretty uninspiring on Sunday!

This Sunday is the Dick Bennett Memorial – 4-ball best ball stableford, men’s ladies and mixed divisions, entries to the office.  Good luck to all involved and hopefully the weather forecast will clear – finger’s crossed!

Enjoy the weekend, stay warm and good golfing everyone!

MGC NEWS 30/06/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

Well, it’s official, we’re over half way through the year, and in our middle month of winter; the frosts have been hard, and judging by the results the golf has been too!!

Grumpies, 1st= Roger Smeaton and Lachie McLeod on 37, 3rd= Peter Price, Rob McCreary and Nick Morison on 36. There were 4 twos, Roger Smeaton, Rob McCreary, Bill Jones and Rick Hargreaves.

Ladies = 1stAdele Cairns 34, 2nd Julie Weber 32, 3rd Jenny Wilkie 30.
There were no twos. Nearest the pin All Teed Up No 6 was Angela Busby and Cafe Medici No 8 was Ju Allen.

Thursday club had a good turn out, and it was a cracking day…the golf was less than impressive with no-one breaking 40; 1st =Andy Morison & Chris Ranish 39, 3rd= Nick Allen, Chris Hanson & Brian Russo, 6thRob Smith & Nick Morison. Twos: Chris Ranish, Nick Allen, Doug Clark, Kris Chamberlain, Craig Andrews, Sky Elworthy & Sandy Bidwill, nearest the pin Gary Cuttance.

Saturday’s comp was medal, putting & shoot-out, 1stBrian Russo 70; Bob Schofield won the putts with 30, twos went to Glenn Harper & Edward Brown.

Sunday’s golfers played a stableford round, 1stNick Allen 42, 2ndEd Brown 38, 3rdTerry Fraei 37, 4thMalcolm Wood 35 and 5thBrian Russo 34, twos: Sandra Petersen, Ed Brown & Malcolm Bridge.

That’s all for this week, take care in these icy conditions and good golfing everyone!

MGC NEWS 23/06/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

It is with great sadness that I open the golf report this week; every club member will remember Adrian Blackett, and our deepest condolences go to Robyn and the Blackett family.  Adrian was a stalwart of the club, a regular Grumpy and a willing volunteer over the years.

Grumpies results last week, 1st  Garry Cuttance and Andrew Simm on 39, 3rd Kenna Boyd and Elizabeth Goodall on 35. There were no twos.

Ladies saw 21 players battle the course in a Par round.  In first place all square was Jane Terpstra, 2ndVenetia Morison -1, 3rdNatalie Donaldson and Julie Weber -2. Good to see Jane and Natalie playing again.  Nearest the pins were Jane Terpstra on and Sandra Petersen.  Jane and Jenny Wilkie both had twos.

After an exceptionally cold start on Thursday morning the sun came out and it was a beautiful day for a round of golf. 1stShaun Richards (Paraparaumu Beach) and Malcolm Wood 41, 3rdTrevor Hawkeye and Sandy Bidwill 40, 5thBrian Russo and Sweenze 39. Twos, Shaun Richards (he had 3!!), Malcolm Wood (2), Doug Clark, Brian Russo and Frank Colton – who also got nearest the pin.  It was fantastic to see our very own Lance Phelps back out on the course, he got a 2 too…as you would expect – we look forward to seeing plenty more of you Lance!

Congratulations to Mariana McDermott and Kris Chamberlain for their recent induction into the Eagles. They have been rightly recognised for their years of work for the Club and devotion to the sport.  Well done girls!

The Marquis Shield team was organised by Brian Russo this year, and he did a great job wrangling men for the teams, he is pictured holding the senior and intermediate team trophies – well done to all the guys who took part.

Coming up: The Dick Bennett Memorial (one of Featherston’s popular tournaments) – 4-ball, best ball, Stableford; men’s, ladies and mixed sections being held Sunday 21stJuly – register entries to the office.

Finally – good luck to all the boys heading over to the GC for their boys trip –  good golfing everyone!

Photo: Brian Russo

MGC NEWS 16/06/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

The shortest day is tomorrow – so as well as remembering to plant your garlic, you can celebrate that the days will be getting lighter…..slowly but surely!!

Grumpies first up as usual – 1stBill Gordon 40, 2ndCaptain Morison 39, 3rdRoger Smearton  36. Twos went to Malcolm Bridge and John Errington.

Ladies played LGU, putting and shootout and there are no changes to the shootout standings. In top form for the putting was Sandra Petersen with just 26 putts, followed by Adele Cairns and Venetia Morison with 31 putts. Sandra also had the best nett score with 74.  Sue Dinnison and Adele Cairns had 77. Nearest the Pins were: All Teed Up No 6 Julie Dondertman and Cafe Medici No 8 Angela Busby.

The 9 Hole group has finished their Handicapped Champs with Debbie Coom the winner, and Sherryl Howie the runner up.  Billie Holmes won the plate with Jenny Joblin the runner up.  12th June results from a putting round:  1st Jenny Tucker 12 putts, 2nd Jenny Tosswill 15 putts, 3rd Mary Herrick and Jane Fanselow –Price 16 putts.  Nearest the Pin Tingay Davidson.

Thursday club proved that some players will do anything to get out of staying at home – although I was assured it was very mild out there it certainly was wet!!  1stMalcolm Wood 42, 2ndSky Elworthy 38, 3rd= Doug Clark, Captain Morison, Chris Ranish & Nick Morison.  Twos: the Captain, Doug Clark, Malcolm Wood & Colin Whibly-Smith – nearest the pin Doug Clark.

Sunday was the Ngahau trophy and Grandma/Grandpa tournament and from all accounts was a successful day out with the sun shining.  The winners of the Ngahau trophy (Committee members) were Trevor Hawkins and Mary Desbonnet.  Grandmas in the prizes were – 1stMary Desbonnet 35, 2ndBindy McLeod 29 3rdSandra Petersen 28.  Grandpas 1st= Trevor Hawkins and Phil Eberlein 41, 3rdMalcolm Wood 39, 4thBob Tosswill 38. Non-grandmas 1stKaren Shaw 35, 2ndMariana McDermott 32; Non-Grandpas 1stBevan Sweeny 39, 2ndDayle Scrimshaw 36, 3rdSteve Croft 35.  Twos Malcolm Wood & Pete Price.

The course is looking good but do your part by replacing divots and pitch marks – good golfing everyone!

Photo: (L/R) Trevor Hawkins, Mary Desbonnet, and Phil Eberlein.

MGC NEWS 09/06/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

Hello winter….she is sure making her presence felt, the home fires haven’t stopped burning since 1stJune – just remember there are still trailer-loads of wood available from the club for the bargain price of $250 delivered – give your details to Sue in the office.

Grumpies winner last week was Alan Eagle on +4, 2ndDavid Marsh on +3, 3rd Bill Gordon on +1, 4thPeter Price on even. Twos were Brent Mortensen, Chris Handley and Terry Blacktop.

Ladies golf was rained off so no news from them, their HPMC round has been re-scheduled for 26thJune.

The sun came out on Thursday and over 40 players joined in the fun. 1stJohn-Dean Smith 40, 2ndSandy Bidwill 39, 3rd= Paul Weeks (Hawkestone) and Colin Whibley Smith 38, 5th= Stu Taplin, Sheldon McNamara, Rob Coy and Mr & Mrs Gumboot; twos Colin Whibley Smith, Bob Schofield, Gumboot, Andy Morison, George Kirk and Malcolm Bridge – nearest the pin Gumboot.  Captain Morison had a significant birthday recently (I know we all said he looked amazing for eighty too), and shouted the bar – thanks Andy…happy 70th!

Coming up this Sunday The Ngahau Trophy and Grandma/Grandpa tournament – divisions for non-geriatrics too!!  Make up your own fours or be at the club by 10am to go in the draw – tee off at 11am – entry fee is $20 per person.

Just remember, golf coaching is available at the Martinborough Golf Club each Thursday from 9am to 11.30am.  If you are interested feel free to contact Joel either through email at or 027 283 9009.

Stay warm and make the most of the sunnydays when we get them – and good golfing everyone!!

MGC NEWS 02/06/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

Did you hear the one about the butcher, the builder, the plumber and the farmer?  Well, they make a formidable Ambrose team and were back on winning form at the Martinborough Kindergarten Ambrose Fundraiser on Queen’s Birthday.   The day was a huge success with a full field who enjoyed on course refreshments, raffles and an auction to top the night off. There were a host of volunteers and sponsors, but massive thanks to Gloagy and Kate Patterson who took the reins this year and organised the event. They raised over $11,000 – thanks to the generosity of the community, and some further afield. The winning team consisted of (left to right in photo) Nigel Malneek, Shane Hartnell, Craig Colton & Scott Reid, 2ndTeam Taylor, & Stephens, 3rdTim & Jo Lowe, Marilyn McKenzie & Andrew Sim. 4thTeam Gumboot & Scrimshaw, 5thTeam Fenwick & Nicholson.

Grumpies winner this week was the organiser Terry Blacktop  41, 2ndChris Ranish 40, 3rd Elaine Howe on 39, 4th Randall Warner and Garry Cuttance on 38.

The 9 holers are finishing their matches for the Howie Handicapped Champs so those not involved played a Stableford Round last week 1st Jane Fanselow Price 22, 2nd Mary Herrick 20, 3rd Leonie Wilde 19.

The ladies silver Pennants team finished the season in third place, so, with the Bronze team finishing second, it was a good year for Pennants.  Last Wednesday was a Bisque Par round; 1st Julie Weber +9, 2ndJu Allen +8, 3rdBindy McLeod, Carol Parkinson and Marie Scrimshaw +6.   Ju and Carol won nearest the pins and were also the only ladies who scored twos.

Thursday was a lower turn out than usual…possibly due to the inclement weather brewing in the South! 1stNick Morison 42, 2ndPaul Shepherd 40, 3rdEd Elworthy and Dave Stevenson.  Twos, deep breath…..Dave Kershaw, Rob Coy, Nick Morison, Dave Stevenson, Paul Shepherd, Chris Ranish, Malcolm Bridge and Doug Clark who also scored closest to the pin.

Coming up…..Sunday 16thJune – Ngahau Grandma/Grandpa trophy; don’t let the name deter any folks lacking the ‘pipe and slippers’ and/or offspring!!

Stay warm, over these next few wintry days and nights…another high is on it’s way next week – and good golfing everyone!!

MGC NEWS 26/05/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

Well, goodbye autumn, hello winter and here comes the rain!! On the bright side it’s only 3 weeks until the shortest day…then it will start getting lighter….slowly…but surely!!

Grumpies first up;  1stRick Hargreaves 43,  2nd  = Ro Griffiths and Mariana McDermott on 40, 4th=  Andrew Simm and Bob Tosswill on 38, 6thBill Jago on 36. There were twos by Randall Warner, Nick Allen and Bob Tosswill.

On Friday the ladies hosted Rew & McCracken, which is a Wairarapa competition with 6 players in the team, in the end, home course advantage prevailed with Martinborough finishing ahead.  Well done team.  The Bronze pennants team had been top of the table, but sadly got pipped at the post to finish second, just one point behind Boulcott Farm after their last match on Monday.  Results from last week; 1stJulie Weber 45, 2ndJu Allen 39, 3rdAngela Busby 38.  Nearest the pins were Ju and Jan Lankow and Ju also scored the only two.  Unfortunately, they have had to cancel their Open Day scheduled for tomorrow, due to low numbers.

Thursday was a cracker of a day with a good turnout – Concrete King Mr Mills brought home the bacon with 44, 2ndMalcolm Wood 41, 3rd= Chris Wilkie, Kerry Mountcastle, Rob McCreary & Dean Schaef 40, 7th David Kershaw 39.  Twos – Gary James, Randal Warner (who also got nearest the pin), Dayle Scrimshaw, Joel Macklin, Doug Clark, James Blundell & Kerry Mountcastle – all the best to Kerry for his trip to the states, he deserves all he can get!

This weekend’s competition was par – 1st= Malcolm Wood & Doug Clark 4, 3rd= Pete Griffiths, Phil Eberlein & Cathy Taylor 3, 6th= Shane Hartnell & Brian Russo.  Twos: Rob Lopez and John Warner.

Coming up: – Martinborough Kindergarten Fundraiser Ambrose Tournament on Queen’s Birthday – This Monday 3rdJune – a lot of fun and a good cause – good golfing everyone!!