MCG News 13/03/18



This past week the spotlight has been on Mornington Golf Course, and fortunately for the Wellington District  Interclub teams the Wellington Mayor has come out in support of keeping it to its 18 hole status for the time being. Its a tricky course with abundant hills and if you stray you are definitely in the wilderness. Playing the hosts at home the selector was very happy with the teams play. Wins in the singles matchplay to Sheldon McNamara 5/3, Randal Warner 3/2, Derek Stephens 3/2, Gavin Lovejoy 2 Up, Chris Ranish and Glen Schofer both all square. The four ball was oh so very close with Chris Ranish and Colin Whibley-Smith, Randal Warner and Gavin Lovejoy and Derek Stephens and Alistair Boyne all finishing up all square.

Opening round of Riverside Cup last Friday was played at Eketahuna against Masterton. Wins to Honor Clark 2 Up, Jo Loe and  Angela Busby 1 Up. A great start to the season.

The Lansdowne trophy team more than made up for their heavy losses the week before at Manor Park against Shandon. On Saturday the gals played Boulcott Heritage Farm at Shandon and had wins in the foursomes to Anita Karaitiana and Wendy Rhodes 2 up and Pip Kirk and Sereana Phillipps 5/4. Zhuoyi Hu and Cheycoda Cocks narrowly losing their tussle at the top on the last hole. Player of the day went to Wendy Rhodes needing only a tee for 12 holes dismissed her opponent in singles matchplay 7/6. Zhuoyi Hu 4/2, Anita Karaitiana 1 Up and Pip Kirk all square.

The Tuesday grumpies had good weather and sizzling scores.  Phil Reid was on fire winning the Stableford Comp with 46pts. 2nd Terry Blacktop on 42, 3rd Alan Yates, Peter Price and Tom Bunny on 40pts.

When not watching her son play cricket Jan Ferguson retreats to Nine hole golf and on Wednesday found herself in the winners circle for the second time in recent weeks winning the Stableford Comp with 22 points. 2nd Leonie Wilde with 17 pts on a count back to Katrina Burgess on a c/b to Sherryl Howie. Katrina also took home the All Teed Up NTP on Number 8.

Next Wednesday 21st March is Cartertons Womens Open day, always fun.


Matchplay using h’cap. Please arrange own tee times to be played on or before date shown.
  11.3.18 25.3.18 7.4.18 21.4.18 5/5/18
Sd 1st Rd 2nd Rd 3rd Rd 4th Rd FINAL
1 Sheldon McNamara Sheldon McNamara
32 BYE
16 Dayle Scrimshaw Dayle Scrimshaw
17  Terry Blacktop
8 Martin Napier Martin Napier
25  BYE
9 Rick Hargreaves Rick Hargreaves
24  BYE
4 Dean Shaef Dean Shaef
29 BYE
13 Tora Boyne Alan Heath
20 Alan Heath
5 Randal Warner Randal Warner
28 BYE
12 Gary Cuttance Gary Cuttance
21 BYE
2 Chris Ranish Chris Ranish
31  BYE
15 Dave Stephenson Malcolm Bridge
18 Malcolm Bridge
7 Derek Stephens Derek Stephens
26 BYE
10 Doug Fergusson Doug Fergusson
23 BYE
3 Col Whibley-Smith Col Whibley-Smith
30 BYE
14 Andrew Lawler John Errington
19 John Errington
6 George Kirk George Kirk
27 BYE
11 Guy Walmsley Guy Walmsley
22 BYE


MCG News 06/03/18



It has been a sad week with the sudden death of our Club Captain Bill Crook last Thursday. Bill had a lot of passion for the Club whose dedication was with out question. Out of a mark of respect the Interclub match with Judgeford last Saturday was postponed. A service to commemorate Bill’s life will be held at Silverstream Retreat in the Hutt Valley tomorrow 9th March at 11.00am, thereafter a brief blessing at St. Patrick’s College Silverstream for any Old Boys . Attendees are requested to wear something with the colour “Fluoro Green” that Bill loved.

The Tuesday Grumpies has been building in numbers with a few of the lads enjoying retirement.  Ngwai fisherman Andrew Simms was the winner of the Par Comp on +6 from Malcolm Bridge on +5, with Ali Holmes on +4.

On Wednesday the ladies played a Par round with the ‘heavy’ air and damp greens making their presence felt.  Undaunted were Marion Mc Kenzie with an outstanding +7, Pam Messervy with +1 and Sherry Weatherstone all square with 0.  The rest were in negative territory.

Sandra Petersen had the only 2 of the day despite not being Nearest the Pin.  Those were achieved by Angela Busby on the All Teed Up No 6 and Honor Clark swapping the ski poles for a putter on the Cafe Medici No 8.

A couple of our gals went on a road trip to Pongaroa last Thursday to play in their Womens Tournament, priceless was the look on each other face when they turned the bend approaching the entranceway, both had to admit they hadn’t thought to ask whether there were any hills. What a cool nine hole course, warm day, no wind, with a couple of good hill climbs, undulating flats to the locals, well tended greens and the traditional country hospitality.  Some sizzling scores and some not so, but with generous sponsorship and great raffles well worth the trek.

2018 SHOOTOUT (After 05/03/18)

1 66 Malcolm Wood
2 68 Mark Lucock
3 69 Bill Jones
69 Malcolm Bridge
5 70 Derek Stephens
70 Paul Harris
70 Phil Eberlien
70 Sheldon McNamara
9 71 John Warner
10 73 John Errington
73 Terry Freai
73 Rick Hargreaves
13 74 Gary Cuttance
74 Col Whibley-Smith
15 75 Dayle Scrimshaw
75 Trev Petersen
17 77 Pete Hudson
18 85 Guy Walmsley
85 Andrew Lawler


MCG News 27/02/18



Marquis Sheild is underway and the lads played in challenging conditions on Sunday at Featherston. The nor west was showing off and local knowledge was key. Wins in the four ball to Chris Ranish and Sheldon Mc Namara, Alistair Boyne and Peter Hudson and Dayle Scrimshaw and Gary Cuttance. In the singles Chris Ranish, Sheldon Mc Namara, Alistair Boyne and Gary Cuttance.

The Silver Pennant team met Miramar at Otaki on Monday, wins in the four ball to Kris Chamberlain and Anna Possenniskie 1 Up. Sandra Petersen and Sherrry Weatherstone all square. 
Wins in the singles to Anna Possenniskie 5/4 and Sherry Weatherstone  6/4.

The Bronze team nipped over the hill to Heretaunga to play Te Marua, play was abandoned, and the retailers were happy to see them.
The Nine holers  played a Par round with Jan Ferguson winning the day with +3 on a c/b to Jenny Tosswill 3rd Ann Renall. All Teed Up NTP went to Barbie Cox.

The Wednesday gals paired up to play four ball best ball matchplay as both Silver and the Bronze Pennant teams have this format in their Competition this year.

No scheduled Mens Competitionon this weekend due to the Wellington Womens 36 hole stroke play  Tournament.
Thirty five entered the tournament this year and though entry numbers were down the field had some quality players. Two Divisons.
0-12 handicap Darae Chung from Shandon put together two magnificent Par rounds to win the Tournament  with a Gross 146.  2nd by one shot  Erika Cui Gross 147. 3rd Kellie Orchard from RWGC Gross 149 4th Fiona Mc Bride of Otaki Gross156. Nett 1st Wendy Rhodes, 2nd Yuriko Manabe Stableford 1st Sandra Petersen 2nd Karen Musson. In the 12.1 to 40.4 Div Jacinta Keenan Gross 178. 2nd Martinboroughs Ju Allen Gross 180 on a c/b to Christine Doughty Nett 1st Roselee Thurston. 2nd Linda Watkins Stable ford 1st Rosemary Burns. 2nd Britta Fraser.

The Julie Murphy Jug was played on Sunday with wins to Wairarapa from Wendy Rhodes 3/1, Sereana Phillipps 3/2, Kris Chamberlain all square and Cheycoda Cocks 2/1. Unfortunately we lost the jug 4.5 to 3.5 to Wellington.

MCG News 20/02/18


The first round of Tilson Salver at Castlepoint was played in warm and sunny conditions, a stark contrast to last year where most abandoned their matches due to torrential rain. The format this year has changed to teams of four with players also playing four ball best ball matchplay. Our gals were outplayed by Carterton with Lyle Griffiths saving us with a very timely half in her singles.
On Tuesday we paid our respects attending the funeral of one of our Past Presidents- Bruce Johns who until quite recently enjoyed coming along to Thursday Club mid afternoon to have a catch up, a beer and to listen to the local banter. On behalf of the members we would like to formally express our sincerest condolences to Mrs Johns (Val) and the family, we too will miss him dearly.
The  Grumpies had a couple of partners joining them last week playing Bisque par. This Comp suited the winner Paul Riddiford who sailed in on + 10 from Julie Warner on +7. 3rd equal Bill Gordon and Paul Shepherd on +6. This week a number were absent attending the funeral.
On Wednesday the nine holers played the first round of Shootout for 2018. Sizzling scoring 1st Mary Herrick Nett 30, 2nd Jan Ferguson Nett 31 on a c/b to Billie Holmes. 4th Katrina Burgess Nett 32. All Teed Up NTP on Number 8 Jenny Tosswill and  Susan Stephens of Ray White  Real Estate NTP on Number 16 went to Ann Renall.
Elaine Howe our Womens Captain was delighted to see such a good turnout Wednesday for the first ‘serious’ game of the year.  LGU, 1st round of Captain’s Trophy and Shootout. On form were Marion Mc Kenzie with a Nett 65, Robyn Blackett Nett 66 and Jo Loe (who also got the only 2 of the day) with a Nett 68.  Nearest the pins were: All Teed Up No 6 Sandra Petersen and Cafe Medici No 8 Ju Allen. Marion’s score gives her one hand on the Kitching Cup, with two more rounds to go for the Best Qualifying round of the Captains Trophy.
This Saturday the Club is hosting the Wellington  Womens 36 hole Open Tournament, a few of our women have entered and we wish them all the very best. The Course will be closed on Saturday for the tournament and on Sunday morning for the Wellington V Wairarapa Julie Murphy jug. Head down there to watch some up and coming players, maybe the next Lydia.

MCG News 06/02/18



The Clubs and bag barely had time to collect dust over the Summer with both Mens and Womens Interclub commencing before the Clubs official Open day this year.

The Wairarapa Women have entered a combined team in this years Lansdowne Trophy Competition under the name Masterton with players from Royal Wellington joining the team.

This is great for Womens Golf in the Wairarapa. The last few years Carterton and Martinborough have combined and prior, Masterton had for a time their own team. This will strengthen ties within clubs and ensure we have a strong and highly competitive team in 2018. Disappointedly though there are only five Teams entered in this Comp, with most now fielding composite teams.

The first round on Saturday had the gals at Boulcott Heritage Farm against Paraparaumu wins in the foursomes  to Zhuoyl Hu and Pip Kirk 7/6 and Sereana Phillipps and Cheycoda Cocks 1 Up. In the singles matchplay wins to Pip Kirk 5/3, Wendy Rhodes 6/5, Sandra Petersen 1 Up and Cheycoda Cocks 1up, overall 6 to 3.

The Silver Pennant team played at Royal Wellington against Paraparaumu last Monday at Heretaunga with wins in the singles to Sandra Petersen 1 Up, Venetia Morison 3/1 and Jenny Wilkie, loving the course, her round included a birdie on the tricky 7th and five other pars, she successfully crushed her opponent 5/4. In the fourball pairing of Kris Chamberlain and Sandra Petersen and Venetia Morison and Marie Scrimshaw finished their matches all square.

The Men have posted two rounds prior to Opening day, both with home advantage. The first round against Masterton at the end of January saw the lads finishing with an impressive result 12.5 to 2.5, boosted morale as the opposition had all their guns playing. On the busy fair day they hosted Wainuiomata in the second round and the Selector was delighted with their performance winning 10.5 to 4.5. Man of the Match went to Randal Warner, the scorecard impressive, two bogeys and two birdies on the front nine and one bogey on the back to finish with a Gross73 and win his match 5/4. Big wins also to John Warner 5/4, Colin Whibley-Smith 5/4, Craig Andrews 4/3, Sheldon McNamara 3/2, Chris Ranish 2/1, Derek Stephens and his opponent had a great tussle finishing all sqaure. Fourball wins to John Warner and Bill Crook 3/2, Chris Ranish and Sheldon Mc Namara 4/2, Randal Warner and Colin Whibley Smith 3/2 and Chris Ranish  3/2 and Dean Scheaf 2 up. Narrow losses to the RD2 postie and his customer.

Opening day Ambrose on Sunday was a blast. Seventy five golfers attacked the Ambrose with vim and vigour and enjoyed some great prizes and conviviality.

The dinner was superb and the Entertainment from the Morison clan was a not to be missed or forgotten occasion .. brilliant by all accounts.

Having this man in their team gave them an edge, 1st Randal Warner, Davis Clarke, James Blundell and Emily Loughnan Nett 53.5.2nd Bill Crook, Gavin McFadyen, Rex McIntosh and Marilyn Mackenzie Nett 54.375 on a c/b to Andy Morison, Glen Schofer, Lachie Mcleod and Sue Dalton Nett 54.375 4th Guy Walmsley, Paul Harris, Neil Catherall and Karen Stephens Nett 54.625 5th Colin Whibley-Smith, John Dyckhoff, Rob McCreary and Mary Isaac with a nett 55.25 on a 8.75 handicap.

MCG News 05/12/17




The Mens Shoot out on Sunday was held on a brilliant Summers day, the mercury just kept on rising as the day wore on, wearing the players to a frizzle. The standard of golf overall was excellent and this hotly contested Competition was played in the usual very friendly spirit. The eventual two survivors for the last hole played brilliantly, both scoring Nett 62’s.

Nineteen set off number one and it was Gavin Lovejoy who  could not overcome a bad tee shot who was first to board the wagon. Morris Lubricants sales rep Guy Walmsey suffering from a stiff neck could not survive the three way chip off on number two and graciously slipped out. Number three takes no prisoners and Bob Tosswill went OB then nestled his next shot into the trees to end his chances this year. Hole number 4 and all but one skipped over the fence, Tom Hindmarsh suffered from a rare wayward Tee shot and was shown the door. Bull Hill did not suit Rocky Hudson, he  got into a tad of trouble in the open drain and it was on the cards that he was facing an uphill battle and tried as he did, was dismissed. The Par threes cause all sorts of panic and Malcolm Wood stuttered with his putting and the subsequent chip out. Captain Bill having such a good round thus far unfortunately went into the drain on 7, faltered at the chip out to join in the festivities with the other could of should of’s. Number 8 was unlucky for our Life member and  Vets Champion  Bill Jones, he was getting tired and whilst normally a very good chipper, did not survive this time. Keeping it in the family, Bills son in law Derek found himself joining the wagon after a five way chip off on number 9. Hole number 10 claimed Mark Lucock who had been playing very steadily, he too failed in a chip out with yet another grouping of five. Graeme Mc Isaac feeling the searing sun was shown the door on the green at the 11th. Colin Wibley Smith did not have a happy time on the Par three 12th  and took himself out of the challenge and is looking forward to 2018. Hole 13 unlucky for Bob Goodley, who did very well with his moon boot to last this far. Probably the hard luck story goes to Chris Ranish, whose pesky little white ball impaled itself on a branch just short of the green on number 14, and as he was unable to locate it , he ceded the hole only for it to fall from its resting place as the last player teed off the 15th. Tora Boyne may have birdied the 15th the day before but a risky decision cost him this time and he too was shown the door, more disappointed that  the chilli bin was bare. The last par three 16th hole  has caused angst for Ro Griffith for a number of years and this year was a repeat , three putting and missing out on the chip out. With the remaining three all on the green in regulation, Gary Cuttance unfortunately charged his first putt and missed the second on the 17th. Lining up on the 18th tee, it was a titanic struggle between Terry Fraei and Patrick Pedlow finishing with the win to Patrick, the Shoot out title and the Stacey Hartnell Memorial Trophy for 2017. Congrats to you Patrick and many thanks to Adrian and  Robyn Blackett for nourishing the players and spectators en route.

The last Tournament of the year is a National one , Kiwi Challenge  at Martinborough on Sunday 17th December 2017, Teams of four. To enter please contact the Office on 06 3069076 or

MCG News 28/11/17



From Left: Representing Martinborough: Karen Shaw, Carol Parkinson and Pip Kirk- Winners of the Wellington Womens Team Stableford Competition, Carol also joint winner of the Bronze Championship Gross Div.

Bronze turned to gold when the trio from Martinborough won the Womens 36 hole Team stable ford silverware at the Champion of Champions held at home on the weekend. Our 2017 Bronze Champion Carol Parkinson tied for 1st place with a Gross 178  with Ange O’Gorman from Titahi Bay. More importantly Carol  contributed to the team 48 stable ford points . Congratulations to you Carol for being named co winner of the  2017 Wellington Bronze Champion.

Karen Shaw loved the challenge playing stable ford off the stick and repeated her first 18 holes with another finishing  runner up in the Bronze Nett with a Nett 133 and contributing 38 stable ford points. Pip Kirk our Silver Champion played well to contribute 54 stable ford points from her 36 holes, securing the team title with a total of 140 points, seven shots clear of Team Royal Wellington. Zhuoyl Hu their star player played sublime in the morning with a Gross 72 and her afternoon round of Gross 79 was enough to keep her in the box seat and the 2017 title of Silver Champion with a Gross of 151. Sher Gibbons her team mate was 2nd equal in the Bronze Nett and Cris Mc Gechan came in with enough stable fords for their team to take overall Runner-up in the Teams section.
Winner of the Best Nett in the Silvers was Karen Gray with Rounds of 64+75 Nett 139 on a c/b to Mastertons Sereana Phillipps 66+73 Nett 139. The Best Nett in the Bronze went to Marion Elliot of Miramar with (Rounds of 65+62)  Nett 127. Shannon was placed 3rd in the teams.

The 9 hole group and and the 18 hole Women held their Combined AGM and prize giving last Wednesday. It was great to see a number of past members come along to help celebrate the successes of 2017.
Results of the Nine hole group included The Most Improved player going to Lizzie Goodall, Best Stableford Ann Renall, Wilson Cup for Putting Sherryl Howie, who also picked up the Trophies for the Most Points overall, The Clark Shield for Shoot out and along with her playing partner Gaylene Selby Neal  the Thurlow Cup 4BBB. Best Nett went to Sandra Burgess and Jenny Tosswill won the Par Cup and the 2017 Champion A division. Her sister Debbie Coom won the B division and Sherryl Howie won the Handicap Championships.
Jaclyn Kras, Angela Busby, Karen Shaw, Kris Chamberlain and Sylvia Beavis were kept on their feet collecting the Silver in the womens 18 hole division.

The Bidwill Leckie exchange on Sunday went the way of the hosts, the Martinborough lads loved the tee to green play but stuttered when it mattered most- the putting. Hospitality was top notch and the trip home on the bus was merry.

The Club is hosting a Christmas Tournament on Saturday with the Club prize giving to follow. The Mens shootout is on Sunday and there is a 8 way chip off for the last 4 places.