MCG News 10/04/18


From Left: Gill Neal and Ann Renall Joint Winners of the Southey Honda 9 hole trophy

The sun was shining for the annual Southey Honda 9 Hole Tournament held last Wednesday at Martinborough. This event has grown over the years and the organising Committee were very pleased to announce that Ann Renall, a Martinborough Member, took out the top prize on count back for the Best Nett competition from  Gill Neal (Masterton), 3rd Helen Ordish (Masterton), 4th Dianne Alexander (Masterton), 5th Jane Watts (Masterton) and 6th Gaylene Selby Neal (Martinborough). Longest Drive Front 9 – Di Herbert, Back 9 – Geri Southey, Nearest the Pin Front 9 – Lizzie Goodall, Back 9 – Jinny Small. We would like to extend our appreciation  to Southey Autoworld Ltd for their continued support of this event.

On Friday the club hosted another successful St Johns Fundraising Tournament with thirty three teams of four competing. Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors and the willingness of those present to part with their cash come Auction time this event continues to be the success it is for St John Wairarapa.

Our Captain Guy Walmsley on behalf of the Club, took great honour in accepting an award, A Priory Vote of Thanks to the Martinborough Golf Club for their valuable assistance rendered in furthering the work of the Order of St John in New Zealand. The award  was presented after the Tournament by Eddie Jackson, St John Midland Chief executive on behalf of the Prior, Dame Patsy Reddy. Over the past eight years the Golf Club has allowed St John to organise a charity golf tournament during the St John appeal week with all proceeds going to St John. St John Wairarapa has benefited by receiving over $65,000 to further their work in the district.

There’s been was a bit of a scramble to select teams for our local Interclub Comps.   Tilson Salver selector Gretel was in the hot seat after last months crushing defeat by Carterton with only one player gaining re selection,  Sylvia Beavis did not disappoint winning 5/3. Martinborough produced one of their best wins ever in this Comp 5.5 to 0.5 over RBGC at Masterton. The other wins from Kris Chamberlain 3/2, Marion Mc Kenzie 1 Up, and Mariana Mc Dermott all square. In the four ball wins to Kris Chamberlain and Mariana Mc Dermott 2/1 and Marion Mc Kenzie and Sylvia Beavis 2Up. Round 2 of Riverside Cup was played at Riversdale Beach last Friday against a formidable Carterton team. Wins to Jo Loe 3/2, Felicity Warren 6/4 and Bindy Mc Leod all square.

On Tuesday a number of the Clubs members attended the funeral of Shirley Rattray, Shirley loved golf and was very handy with the putter winning the Putting Cup for a number of years. At the age of 84 she successful managed a hole in one on the 16th and whats more was featured on Page three of this paper, a feat no other golfer in the region has attained. Our sincerest condolences to Shirleys family and friends.


A Priory Vote of Thanks is awarded to a body such as a club, institution, or a business concern or to individuals for conspicuous services to St John.

The Prior, The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor General of New Zealand, on the recommendation of Priory Chapter has awarded a Priory Vote of Thanks to the Martinborough Golf Club for their exceptional service to the work of St John.

For the past eight years the Martinborough Golf Club has allowed St John to organise a charity golf tournament during the St John appeal week.

The club has made no charge for running this event with all proceeds going to St John.

St John Wairarapa has benefited by receiving over $65,000 to further their work in the district.

We are indebted to the club for their most generous support of our organisation.

MCG News 27/03/18



There was a bit of a scramble earlier in the week to select a team to play Tilson Salver against Riversdale at Masterton on Sunday. Selector Gretel was in the hot seat after last months crushing defeat by Carterton with only one player gaining re selection  Sylvia Beavis did not disappoint winning 5/3. Martinborough produced one of their best wins ever in this Comp 5.5 to 0.5. The other wins from Kris Chamberlain 3/2, Marion Mc Kenzie 1 Up, and Mariana Mc Dermott all square

In the four ball wins to Kris Chamberlain and Mariana Mc Dermott 2/1 and Marion Mc Kenzie and Sylvia Beavis 2Up.

The Bronze Pennant team played their rain abandoned matches against a formidable Te Maura at Heretaunga on Monday. Felicity Warren was on fire winning her match 4/2. Marion McKenzie sliding in 2/1against Club stalwart Faye Turner. In the four ball Felicity and Jaclyn Kras 3/1.

The Men hosted Mornington on Saturday and home advantage catapulted the lads to top of the table winning 13.5 to 1.5. Wins from Craig Andrews 7/6, Gavin Lovejoy 7/6, Colin Whibley Smith 6/5, Sheldon Mc Namara 5/4, Dean Scheaf 5/4, John Warner 5/3, Derek Stephen 3/1, Alistair Boyne 2Up and Glen Schofer all square. In the four ball Sheldon Mc Namara and Chris Ranish 3/2, Colin Whibley Smith and John Warner 5/3, Gavin Lovejoy and Dean Scheaf 5/4, Craig Andrews and Derek Stephen 3/2 and Glen Schofer and Alistair Boyne 2/1.

The Tuesday grumpies played a Par round with Bill Jago winning the comp +6 2nd  John Errington and Peter Price on +3.

There were eighteen players representing Martinborough at Cartertons open day on Wednesday and a large portion did not go home empty handed. Thats to Braiden Intl for subsidising my groceries this week.

Loads of local Tournaments on this weekend and Ed Sheeran in Dunedin.

MCG News 20/03/18



The lads went on a road trip north of Mount Bruce to the hamlet of Eketahuna for the second round of Marquis Shield on Sunday. Playing Carterton we lost 6.5 to 5.5  in the singles, our points coming from wins to Chris Ranish, Craig Andrews, Dale Scrimshaw, Gary Cuttance, Paul MacKenzie  and sneaking in a half Alistair Boyne. The lads though did trump in the four ball with a number of matches finishing all square. Seniors Sheldon Mc Namara and Chrish Ranish, Dean Sheaf and Craig Andrews all square. Intermediates Alistair Boyne and Peter Hudson all square. Juniors both winning their matches Dayle Scrimshaw and Gary Cuttance, Paul Mc Kenzie and Wayne Hunter.

The Tuesday grumpies had a bumper turn out playing  a stableford round Phil Reid was in the box seat with 46 points. 2nd Lachie Mc Leod 40pts on a c/b to Gary Cuttance on a c/b to Peter Price.

Captain Elaine Howe was delighted to see over  thirty women arriving at the Club on Wednesday, the Stewards though did have their work cut out for them. Due to the wet weather earlier in the month a number of Comps were under the pump to be played and so the gals were playing for LGU, the 2nd qualifier of the Captains Trophy and Shoot out, along side the National Competitions of  Coronation Medal, Aotearoa Cup and Vets Cup. A number playing were eligible for all of the National Competitions. All Medal rounds.

Scores were solid and reflected the handicaps, however it doesn’t appear as though we will be mentioned in the dispatches for a top ten finish in the National Comp in 2018. 1st Coronation Medal for Silver players only was won by Ju Allen with Nett 72.  Ju also had the best Gross score of 86. 1st  Aotearoa Cup for Silver and Bronze players was won by Adele Cairns on Nett 71.  Just squeaking in to qualify for the Vets Cup apparently both with significant birthdays earlier this year were joint winners Gretel Dick and Lyle Griffiths on Nett 72.  Twos were scored by Venetia Morison and Lyle Griffiths. Nearest the Pin All Teed Up No 6 went to Karen Shaw and Cafe Medici No 8 to Lyle Griffiths.

The Nine hole group  filled the remaining sports in the carpark on Wednesday and played a Par round 1st Gaylene Selby Neal +2 2nd Debbie Coom +1  3rd Julie Riddell and Jenny Tosswill -1. No Twos.

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 Sheldon McNamara
16 Dayle Scrimshaw Dayle Scrimshaw
17  Terry Blacktop Rick Hargreaves
8 Martin Napier Martin Napier
25  BYE Rick Hargreaves
9 Rick Hargreaves Rick Hargreaves
24  BYE

Rick Hargreaves


4 Dean Shaef Dean Shaef
29 BYE Alan Heath
13 Tora Boyne Alan Heath
20 Alan Heath Randal Warner
5 Randal Warner Randal Warner
28 BYE Randal Warner
12 Gary Cuttance Gary Cuttance
21 BYE
2 Chris Ranish Chris Ranish
31  BYE Malcolm Bridge
15 Dave Stephenson Malcolm Bridge
18 Malcolm Bridge Doug Fergusson
7 Derek Stephens Derek Stephens
26 BYE Doug Fergusson
10 Doug Fergusson Doug Fergusson
23 BYE

Doug Fergusson


3 Col Whibley-Smith Col Whibley-Smith
30 BYE John Errington
14 Andrew Lawler John Errington
19 John Errington John Errington
6 George Kirk George Kirk
27 BYE George Kirk
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.

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.