MCG News 17/03/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

Grumpies start our Club results as usual, 1st Rick Thompson on +7, 2nd David Marsh and Griff Page on +5, 4th Ro Griffiths and Sandy Bidwill on +4. Twos went to Rick Hargreaves and Bill Jones.

Eleven pairs turned up bright and early last Wednesday to play the 36 hole Nancy McCormick Foursomes. It was a day for the 'Mcs' with Bindy McLeod and Mariana McDermott coming out on top.  2nd Ju Allen and Jo Loe, 3rd Sue Fox and Elaine Howe. The Riverside Cup team did well the previous week scoring 5.5 points out of a possible 6.

Thursday was another good day out and finally the reporter managed to have her day!! 1st Ailsa Malneek 45, 2nd Gumboot Petersen, Bevan Sweenz, Johnson Williams & Sandy Bidwill 44, 6th Ro Griffiths & Colin Whibley-Smith 42. Twos: Gary James, Chris Ranish, Paul McKenzie, Andrew Lawler, George Kirk, Bill Jones, Chris Hanson & Johnny Gray; nearest the pin Craig Andrews.

No competition on Saturday but the men’s interclub teams played at home and both won their matches; Div 5 beat Titahi 14-1 and Div 11 beat Wainuiomata 8-6. Well done guys!!

Sunday’s competition was stableford, 1st Karen Stephens, Johnson Williams 44, 3rd Marie Scrimshaw 43, 4th Derek Stephens, Glenn Harper 42, 6th John Taylor, Sandra Petersen 40. Twos: Johnson Williams, Bill Jones & John Warner, Trevor Hawkins got the bird’s nest with 2’s on 6 and 8.

Coming up: Captains’ Trophy and Marquis Shield both on second rounds this Sunday. St John’s Tournament 5th April. And for the first time to be held in Martinborough, the 15TH ANNUAL FEATHERSTON 54 HOLE CLASSIC 2019  being held over 3 days, Saturday 20th April to Monday 22nd April, gross, nett and daily stableford, 3 men’s divisions and 2 ladies, plus plenty more prizes; to register email

Take care, good golfing and kia kaha.

MCG News 10/03/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

As we hit mid-March, some autumnal weather has upset our fine spell – great to see a green tinge peeking through, and although we have to bring our lawnmowers back out of retirement at home, our course remains in supreme playing condition!

Grumpies played a bisque par round last week; 1stGriff Page +10, 2nd Bill Gordon, Ted peacock and Andrew Lawlor on +9, 5thElaine Howe on +8. Twos were : Rick Hargreaves (2) , Greg Dalton, Malcolm Bridge and John Warner.

19 Nine Holers played a Nett round combined 1st round of Sue Bunt & Shootout last week, 1st Pat Wood Nett 25, 2nd: Katrina Burgess Nett 29, 3rd Billie Holmes Nett 30.  Nearest the Pins: Billie Holmes & Katrina Burgess – who also won the prize for her ‘hole in 2’.

The ladies played a medal round and Louise Smith confirmed her place at the top of the Shootout table by scoring nett 61 again. Her handicap may now start to plummet! Bindy McLeod, Honor Clark and Marie Scrimshaw were 2nd, 3rd and 4th with 68.  Nearest the pin: All Teed Up No 6 – Jenny Wilkie, Cafe Medici No 8 – Ju Allen. Neighbourhood Cafe Longest Drive: Div 1 – Jenny Wilkie, Div 2 – Julie Weber.

Thursday was a beautiful day and as usual saw plenty of folks finding time for a round of sociable golf!!  1stGriff Page, Tim Smith & Tony Taylor 44, 4thAilsa Malneek 43, 5thTora Boyne & Keith Rayner 41, 7thRichard Mills 40.  Twos: Eddy Brown (2), Chris Wilkie, Richard Mills, Andrew Lawler, Alec Dondertman & Nick Allen; nearest the pin, Craig Andrews.

No competition on Saturday, Sunday was a stableford tournament, 1stJohn Taylor, Sally Fairbrother & Sebastian Baker 41, 4thDerek Stephens & Alec Dondertman 40, 6thAlan Heath 39. Twos: Malcolm Wood & Alec Dondertman.

Men’s interclub played at the weekend, the div 5 team arrived at a rain drenched Karori course where both teams contemplated cancelling and taking a 7.5 point draw but they played (and still drew), resulting in them remaining top of the table.  Wins to Chris Ranish 5/3 Dean Scheaf 3/1 Sheldon McNemara 2up John Warner 2up and Gavin Lovejoy 1up.  Div 11 boys had a very good 9 to 6 home win against Pauatahanui.  Player of the day performances were shared between Pete Gray and Rick Thompson 4/3 with other wins to Nick Allen, Alan Heath 3/2, Tora Boyne, Steve Croft and Pete Griffiths 2/1.  They play round 6 this weekend – both at home, Div 5 v Titahi, and Div 11 v Wainui.

Special get well message to Whitney Griffiths who had a rough end to his fishing trip with a stay in hospital…..get well soon Griff, I’ll cook up a fish when you get home! Have a good week – gold golfing everyone!

MCG News 03/03/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

With the first of autumn underway the temperatures are still pleasant and as long as you’re not planning to play at 6am – (head lamps necessary), there is a good amount of golf to be enjoyed out there!

Grumpies kick us off as usual at the beginning of the week – 1stElaine Howe 48, 2nd Ted Peacock and Ali Holmes 42, 4th Mariana McDermott  41 and 5thGriff Page on 40 no twos.

Last Wednesday the 18 hole ladies competition was National Teams where the four players with the best nett scores go on to represent Martinborough in the Wellington region finals in May.  These were: Elaine Howe 64, Jenny Wilkie 65, Jo Loe 67, Louise Smith 68.  Twos: Angels Busby and Sherry Weatherstone.  Nearest the pin: Lyle Griffiths and Angela Busby. Wednesday 13thMarch is the Nancy McCormick 36 hole foursomes where 2 people play with one ball, taking alternate shots. Find yourself a partner and either put your name on the noticeboard or email Elaine Howe. If you would like to play but don’t have a partner let her know and she will endeavour to find one for you.  This will be an 8.30 start.

Thursday club enjoyed another big day with Shayne Hammond winning on 42 points, 2ndTony Taylor 41, 3rdBill Jones & Chris Ranish 40, 5thPaul McKenzie, Gary Cuttance and Keith Rayner 39. Twos: Shayne Hammond, Rob Smith, Pete Price, Nick Morison and Dean Schaef; nearest the pin Bevan Sweeney.

Saturday’s round was nett, 1stColin Whibley-Smith 64, 2ndEddy Brown & Bill Jones 65, 4thJohn Warner 69, 5thDoug Ferguson & John-Dean Smith 71.  Twos: Colin Whibley-Smith (2), and John Warner.

Sunday’s competition was Stableford and had a good turnout, 1stJulie Dondertman 46, 2ndJohn Warner 44, 3rdBill Jones & Terry Fraei 43, 5thAlec Dondertman & Tony Taylor. Twos: John Warner, Bill Jones, Julie Dondertman, Malcolm Wood, Bevan Sweeney & Tony Price.

This Saturday, men’s interclub (round 5) Div 5 plays Karori at Karori and Div 11 plays at home v Pauatahanui – good luck to all involved.  On Sunday it’s round 1 of Captain’s Trophy.

Have a good week and good golfing everyone!

MCG News 24/02/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

As we reach the end of February and the mornings get darker, the weather is finally giving us a heat respite, overnight at least!!  Play straight and putt well and your name will keep appearing in print!!

Grumpies results from last week, 1stRob McCreary and Murray Blackwell on +9, 3rdBill Jones, Ali Holmes and Terry Blacktop on +7, 6thGriff Page Brent Mortensen and Mariana McDermott on +6.  Twos were Ali Holmes and Terry Blacktop.

The 9-holers had their first official outing on their own; 16 enthusiasts played par and the scores were high, 1st: Pat Wood +6, 2nd: Billie Holmes +6 and 3rd: Debbie Coom +5.

Ladies day and there were some sizzling scores last week with Louise Smith winning on a countback from Felicity Warren, both with nett 61, 3rdSylvia Beavis 63.  Nearest the Pins were Kris Chamberlain and  Alison Tipler.  Twos: Kris Chamberlain, Jenny Wilkie and Jo Loe. On the subject of winners, the Martinborough girls did well at the Wellington Women’s 36 hole Open.  Ju Allen won Div 1 Gross with Marilyn MacKenzie in second place. Marie Scrimshaw won Div 2 nett and Karen Shaw won Div 2 Stableford.  Sandra Petersen was 2nd nett in Div 1.  As this goes to print,  the National Teams competition will have been played, another nett round, where the players with the top 4  scores go on to play in the Wellington final. On Monday 4 March they host the Silver Pennants.  Good luck ladies.

Thursday club saw 50 entrants and top of the stack was Pete Griffiths 50, 2ndAndrew Sim 49, 3rdRob McCreary 48, 4thGary James 47, 5thBill Jago, Johnny Gray and Ailsa Malneek. Twos, Doug Clark (2), Colin Whibley-Smith, Bill Jago, Robert Coy, Mariana McDermott, Johnny Gray, Ed Elworthy and Chris Cole – Nearest the pin – Eddie Brown.

In the men’s interclub (played in some pretty inclement weather!), The div 5 boys have continued on their merry way with a whopping 11-4 win away to Wainuiomata and now lead by 13 points after four rounds Big wins to Sheldon McNamara 5/3 and Gavin Lovejoy 5/4 and ably supported by John Warner 2/1 Derek Stevens 2/1 Rob Lopez 1 up and debutant Rob Coy 1 up. A solid 6 points for the division 11 team away to Trentham.  Player of the day performance from Dayle Scrimshaw  6/4 and a great 5/4 win to Pete Griffiths and was supported by debutant Rick Thompson 3/2. Steve Croft continued his excellent form with a 3/1 win. Two wins to Alan Heath/Dayle Scrimshaw 3/2 and Malcolm Bridge/Steve Croft 2/1in the 4ball. Keep it up boys!

Enjoy the last week of official summer, look after the course and good golfing everyone!

MCG News 17/02/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

Another week and another blistering assault from the sunshine!! The fairways are running like a racetrack but the greens are holding beautifully – great work Tim and team!

The Grumpies results, 1st  Mariana McDermott 42, 2ndRandall Warner and Ray Lind 41, 4thGarry Cuttance, Peter Price  and Rick Hargreaves on 40. Twos were  Peter Price and Nick Allen.

Ladies opening day was last Wednesday and saw a mix of 9 and 18 hole players take to the course for a Las Vegas Ambrose competition over 13 holes.  The dice didn’t always roll as hoped and lead to some interesting playing positions.  This week they will play an LGU nett round.  It will be the first qualifying round for Captain’s Trophy and Shootout.

Thursday club had it’s usual high turnout, 1stAlec Dondertman 46, 2ndNick Allen 42, 3rdRichard Mills, Doug Clark, Ro Griffiths, Bob Schofield, Sheldon McNamara, Bill Gordon and Robert Coy on 41. Twos: Sheldon (2), Sky Elworthy, Mariana, Andrew Lawler and John Warner, nearest the pin – Sandra Petersen.

Saturday’s competition was par and was a small but distinguished show of golfers! 1stBarry Johnson + 4, 2ndTerry Fleet +3.

Sunday rallied a few more players for medal, putting and shoot-out. 1stCathy Taylor 57, 2ndMarie Scrimshaw 59, 3rdDayle Scrimshaw 62, 4thKevin Williams 65. Putting was won by Dayle, twos: Marie Scrimshaw, Trevor Hawkins, Derek Stephens and Bill Jones.

On the horizon there’s the St John Tournament 5thApril. In the meantime there is plenty of interclub and other matches so good luck to all involved.

Make the most of the sunshine – unless you’re outside working in it; however there is rain forecast soon…phew!!  Good golfing everyone!!

MCG News 10/02/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

We’re already mid-way through February and no end in sight for this glorious spell of fine weather, and as expected we are seeing some colossal scores – even a total ‘duff’ shot seems to roll forever down the fairways!!

Grumpies results for Tuesday,  Elaine Howe 1st55, 2ndJohn Errington 48, 3rdMariana McDermott 46, and 4thBill Jones  45. Twos were Kris Chamberlain and John Errington.  A ball was donated to Nick Allan for not putting his card in, as it was useless!

The ladies are gearing up for their opening day at time of this being written, but played by point of printing, so will report all their news next week!

Thursday club had 50 players and there were some extraordinary scores……handicapper, get back in your broom-cupboard!!!  1stJohnny Gray 51, 2ndGumboot Petersen 50 (he did shoot his personal best!), 3rdRaymond Matthews 48, 4thSandra Petersen 45, 5 players on 42 and another 11 on 40 and 41!! Twos: Rick Hargreaves (2), Gumboot, Greg Dalton, Doug Clark, Colin Whibley-Smith, Johnny Gray, Nick Allen, Brian Russo, Chris Ranish, Raymond Matthews and George Kirk. Nearest the pin – Nick Allen.

Saturday had a small turn out but played medal, putting and shoot-out, 1stGary Cuttance 67, 2ndEmily Loughan 71 and 3rdShayne Hammond 73.  Sunday had a good showing and they played stableford; 1stRob Lopez 44, 2ndBill Jones 43, 3rdAlex Donderman 42, 4thMarie Scrimshaw 41.  Malcolm Wood had two twos and took home the loot for the bird’s nest…the first for the season so the eggs weren’t very rich!!

Coming soon…. the 2019 St John Wairarapa Charity Golf Tournament, for entry and tournament details for this popular charity event to be held at Martinborough Golf Club on Friday 5th April 2019 go to the website or see Sue in the office.  This is a really fun day out and always has a full field so get in early!!

Enjoy the weather and stay sun safe, good golfing everyone…..and Happy Valentines Day!!

MCG News 03/02/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

Well, the heatwave has (apparently) passed us but it’s still pretty warm out there, and some pretty hot golf scoring…finally the run of the fairway is paying dividends!

Grumpies had a good turnout despite the heat (mad dogs and Englishmen?!), 22 game players battled it out, the winner was Ro Griffiths on +7, from Mariana McDermott on +6, and the old veteran Ray Lind at 90 years young on +4. Twos went to Ro Griffiths, and Roger Smeaten.

Thursday club saw the thermometer hitting 34°c and many players were thankful their shots took them into the trees keeping them, off the straight and narrow..and oh so hot fairways!!  The winners were Mariana McDermott & Bob Schofield 46, 3rdBill Jago 45, 4thKris Chamberlain & Arthur Warren 44. Two’s: Kris Chamberlain, Sandra Petersen, Trucker Trev, Pete Price, Malcolm Wood, Dayle Scrimshaw &  Captain Andy; nearest the pin: Captain Andy….fortunately for Andy’s group, tap beer was unavailable as there were penalty jugs aplenty in his foursome!

Ladies interclub has begun with the Silvers going to Masterton and the Bronze team to Kapiti.  Amazingly, as we in Martinborough were basking in hot sunshine, the golfers over the hill were all decked out in their wet weather gear!  After the first round the Silvers are in 3rd place and the Bronzes are top of their division.  On 11thFebruary the Silvers head to Otaki and the Bronzes play at home against Masterton.  Debbie hosted 20 women for the “She Loves Golf” event.  It was good to see them having a bit of fun while learning a few rudiments of golf from Joel.  Hopefully some of them will be inspired to take up the sport.  Thanks for all of your efforts Debbie.
Wednesday 13 February is ladies opening day.  18 and 9 hole players will join together to play 13 holes of Las Vegas Ambrose where the roll of the dice decides whose tee shot will be used!

Club opening day was held on Sunday, with random drawn partnerships playing holes 1-6 ambrose, 7-12 4BBB and 13-18 foursomes. The winners were Captain Andy & Ann Hume 63, 2ndLizzy Thomson & Malcolm Henderson 56, 3rdSally Fairbrother & Bindy McLeod 55, 4thTora & Lizzy Goodall 54.

Good luck to all the guys heading out to Riversdale this weekend – make sure you pack plenty of Panadol in case of any more hole-in-1’s!!

Make the most of the good weather and good golfing everyone!

MCG News 27/01/19

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

Happy new year!! It’s hard to believe we are already through the first month of the year!!  Summer has finally set in and we are in the midst of a beautiful heatwave …sorry farmers…thumbs up vintners and sun worshippers!

The course is looking supreme and is playing better than ever. Those of us lucky enough to play in this year’s Spark Pro-Am tournament were exceptionally grateful to the hard work of an army of volunteers that had a major clean up on their hands after the gale force winds that ripped through on the Wednesday.  I understand that the chainsaws and leaf blowers were in action by sunrise!  The day was a huge success and most enjoyable, with a fine banquet of food served after prizegiving!

The previous Thursday was another big turnout – 58 golfers! 1stBill Gordon & Sheldon McNamara 43, 3rdJu Allen & Dean Schaef 42, 5thScotty the butcher 41. Twos: Joel Macklin (2), Sheldon, Richard Thompson, John Thomson and Dean Schaef, nearest the pin: Guy Walmsley.

Grumpies results 1st Bill Jago, 41 2ndTed Peacock, 40 3rdNick Allen & Mariana 39. Twos: JD Smith, Rick Hargreaves and Kris Chamberlain.

Ladies news: Ladies Opening Day is not until Wednesday 13 February.  This will be the usual combined day with the 9 holers.  There will be a not too serious game over 13 holes.  More details on this nearer the time.  “She Loves Golf” event which was postponed from November is now happening this Friday (1 Feb).  It is hoped to encourage more women to take up the sport and the event begins at 6pm. There will be coaching, a glass of wine with nibbles and a goody bag. If you know anyone who may be interested please ask them to get in touch with Debbie to register:

Men’s Interclub results – Div won 10-5 against Titahi Bay away and Div 11 won 9.5 to 5.5 against Boulcotts Farm – keep up the good work guys!

Club opening day is this Sunday (3rdFebruary), format is 6 x AMBROSE, 6 x 4BBB, 6 x FOURSOMES. Registration at 10am, random draw at 10.30. BBQ and music from the Morison’s – please RSVP to Sue in the office for catering purposes.

On a final note, congratulations to Tora who achieved one of his lifetime dreams of hitting a six at the basin earlier in the month in the cricket match between Wairarapa and Wellington…I won’t mention his morning score…quack!!

Good Golfing everyone!

MCG News 16/12/18

Martinborough Golf Report: Week ending 16thDecember 2018

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

As we move into the last week before Christmas, we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some summer weather…finally!!  There has been enough rain to keep the greenkeeper (and the farmers) happy and the course is looking better than ever.

Grumpies played last week and man of the moment Terry Blacktop won the day with 44, 2ndRick Hargreaves and Doug Fergusson 42, 4thMalcolm Bridge 41.

Thursday club had a good turn out and the winner on an incredible 53 was Jimmy McKinnel!!  Incidentally ‘Cool Change Jimmy’ has sponsored Thursday Club and other tournaments over the past year and I would like to thank him for his generous supply of vouchers. In second place Matt ‘Tub’ Thomas, Gumboot Petersen, Rob McCreary and Sheldon MacNamara 41. Twos: C.C Jimmy, Tim Loe, Sandy Bidwill, Joel Macklin, Sheldon McNamara, Guy Walmsley and Roger Simmons; nearest the pin: Roger Simmons.

Sunday began overcast but soon burnt off to reveal a superb day for the men’s shootout. On the 1stBob Tosswill got into the trees, and was always behind the ball game. 2ndJohn Errington lost out on a chip out. 3rdRick Hargreaves had a few problems up the fairway. 4thTrevor Petersen got the (gum) boot and was beaten in a chip out with 7 others. 5thDean Schaef could not get his chip rolling down bull hill. 6thAndrew Lawler had already survived 3 other chip outs, but the 4th was too much. 7thMark Lucock had an ambitious shot near the drain which did not come off. 8thBob Schofield had been playing well, but probably the night before was too much! 9thWayne Hunter probably had too much at the lunch break, and lost in a chip out. 10thMalcolm Bridge was travelling well but could not survive his 2nd chip out.  11thJohn Warner tried too hard with his chip out from the bunker and failed. 12thShane Hartnell had been playing consistently, but seemed to go to sleep on this hole. 13thDayle Scrimshaw failed in his only chip out. 14thTora Boyne got into the drain, then went zigzagging, and was always behind. 15thBill Jones the veteran, had lasted well, but was getting tired and missed out on the chip out. 16thDerek Stephens missed out in his only chip out with 2 others. 17thGuy Walmsley had managed to go further than ever before, but could not survive a chip out with the other 2. 18thThen there were 2 left, Chris Ranish and Pete Griffiths. Both had net 4, so again to another chip out, made difficult by having to chip from way above the hole in the rough. Pete first did very well, and Chris could not quite make it. So the overall winner was Pete Griffiths. Pete’s uncle Whitney was his caddy and ably assisted his win by keeping him on the straight and narrow!! Thanks go to Sandra for organising AND cooking the sausages and roast beef, Kris on the tractor and Terry for his hole by hole accounts!!

This is my last column for the year so Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all the readers – enjoy the festive season with family and friends, take care and good golfing everyone!!

Photo: Pete Griffiths the winner of the Men’s Shootout

MCG News 09/12/18

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

With less than two weeks until Christmas is upon us, and despite having to mow the lawns at home twice a week it’s good news for our greenkeeper Tim who has had the most wonderful conditions to manicure our course!  It’s looking great out there and many of us are looking forward to getting in some play during the Christmas break.

The Grumpies results last week: John Thomson on 42 from Malcolm Bridge on 41 with Rob McCreery on 39, the same evening they had their Christmas closing dinner.During the past 6 months, the best par round was by Guy Walmsley and Kris Chamberlain, the worst par round was not named but the score was -9. the best stableford was  Guy Walmsley. The winner of the order of merit was (oh no not again), Guy Walmsley with Doug Fergusson very close behind. As far as (ladies tees) jugs go, some of the Grumpies instead of buying a jug are buying a pint. 28 were recorded, and 6 of those were on 1 day, whereas the norm is around 50/70…. Terry Blacktop does a fabulous job wrangling the Grumpies; and was recognised for all his hard work he has done for the club over the (last thirty something) years by being awarded life membership at the recent AGM.  Ray Lind was also awarded life membership for his lifetime dedication to the club, congratulations gentlemen – both very well deserved!

Thursday club hosted ‘Smiddy’s Day’ last week and despite a weather bomb going off halfway through a decent number attended.  Dayle Scrimshaw won the trophy (his wife Marie won it last year!) with 43, 2ndChris Ranish 42, 3rdSheldon McNamara 40, 4thEd Elworthy 38. Twos: Whitney Griffiths, Ro Griffiths, Doug Clark, Stu Taplin, Sandra Petersen, Liam Annis, Chris Ranish, John Warner, Sheldon McNamara, Ed Elworthy & Craig Andrews.  Longest drives: Sandra Petersen, Rob Lopez & Dayle Scrimshaw. Nearest the pins: Doug Clark, Malcolm Bridge, Chris Ranish & John Warner.

The ‘Master-borough’ challenge was held on Saturday; Men’s 0-18: 1stGuy Walmsley 42, 2ndBrian Russo & Jeff Ogg 41, 4thRodney Orr 40. Men’s 18+ 1stJohn Taylor 43, 2ndBrett Gould 41, 3rdBill Jones, Gumboot Petersen and Dayle 40. Ladies 1stHonor Clark and Raewyn Sutton 37, 3rdFiona Webby and Cathy Taylor.  Longest drives: Kerry Mountcastle, Pip Smith and Dayle S. Nearest the pins: Fiona Webby, Karen Shaw, Andy Pottinger & Dean Gray.  Martinborough snuck past Masterton on the challenge….33.33 average compared with 33.74!! Thanks to sponsors Jennian Homes and the usual suspects for making it a successful event!

That almost wraps it up for this year, just a few friendly days left, enjoy the festive season – good golfing everyone!!