MCG News 15/08/17

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

BY JENNY BOYNE

The catch up rounds of Tilson Salver have gone well for the some members of the team with a great win Sunday week by Marie Scrimshaw who sealed the game with an ACE on the Par 3 15th hole at Carterton against Riversdale team member  Maxine Moss to win 5/3.  Congrats to you Marie, not an easy hole to achieve the ultimate feat in golf! Carol Parkinson also had a good day winning her match 5/4. This Sunday just gone saw the team play Carterton at Mahunga and again it was this winning duo with Carol winning her match 5/3 and Marie 1 up. The last round is next weekend at Featherston against Masterton. Good luck to you all. We have members also playing for Featherston, Riversdale BGC and Mahunga.

Riverside Cup final round is also coming up on Friday 25th at Carterton against 2nd place on the leaderboard Masterton.

The Tuesday Grumpies was won by a visitor from Te Kuiti Graham Lee on +5 as well as Rick Hargreaves also on + 5.

There were 21 starters and 13 who completed their rounds on Wednesday; the hardy or foolish boxed on to play HPMC Stableford with some improvement with the scores. Dairy farmer and well used to the puggy conditions and the odd shower Jo Loe of Oporua slid in with 37 pts, 2nd Carol Parkinson  back from Africa 34 pts, 3rd Venetia Morison 33 pts and 4th Jaclyn Kras with 32 pts. All Teed Up NTP on Number 6 went to Sandra Petersen while Bindy Mc Leod picked up the Medici Voucher for NTP on Number 8. No twos and no birds nest this week.

The Nine hole group supported the towns cafes coffers.

There were forty players who rocked up to the course on Thursday  and those present had brilliant sunshine and for some they have finally got their names in print by advising the writer of their results. Peter Hudson took out line honours with 41 stable ford points. 2nd Malcolm Bridge  who will miss this week as he be delivering the post to the RD2 boxes with 40 pts on a c/b to new comer Davis Clark. 4th Sheldon Mc Namara with 39 pts on a c/b to Andrew Lawler. The prize list went all the way down to 10th with 6th being Shayne Hammond on 38pts on a c/b to Arthur Warren on a c/b to Captaini Bill on a c/b to Rob Mc Creary. Twos to Malcolm Bridge, Craig Andrews and Chris Ranish.

Round three of The Order of Merit  on Sunday saw Ro Griffith winning the day with a solid 42 Stableford points over Captain Bill Crook on 41pts. 3rd Alistair Boyne  & Colin Wibley Smith on 40 Pts .

This Sunday is the Bottle O Lefties and Righties Tournament, format is four ball in the morning and foursomes in the afternoon. Spaces are still available contact the office@ martinboroughgolfclub.co.nz.

MCG News 01/08/17

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

BY JENNY BOYNE

Playing in the 36 Hole Strokeplay championships is all about stamina and consistency, for the Men this year the format was changed to 18 holes on Saturday and the other on Sunday, so consistency was the key if you wanted to do well.

On Saturday the players faced a rather uncomfortable  wintery southerly with driving rain and a chill factor in the negatives , this was paradise for Chris Ranish who put together a stunning round carding a Gross 76, and on a fine sunny Sunday he added an 81 to win the Senior Division (0-12) with a combined score of 157. In the Intermediates (13-17) Guy Warmsley preferred his walk on Sunday slotting birdies on number 1 and the difficult Par 3 12th to card a Gross 85 to add to his solid round on Saturday 89 to finish in top spot with Gross 174. In the Juniors (18-24) Alan Heath did not sway in the storm or sun to record a Gross 90 on both days with the scoring on all four nines the same to win his Division with a Gross 180 to retain the Trophy. Alan also took out the Overall Best Nett with a Nett 138. Congrats Alan - Whats your secret?

On Tuesday the Grumpies played a Par round with Rick Hargreaves the winner with a +2. 2nd Bill Jago all square.
The Nine hole group played Nett and Shootout. 1st Billie Holmes Nett 35, 2nd Julie Weber Nett 37 and 3rd Debbie Coom Nett 40.

NTP All Teed Up on Number 8 was won by Julie Weber and  Sandra Burgess took out the NTP Susan Stephens Leaders on Number 16.

It was all about Ju -Ju Allen on Wednesday, Ju won the days Competition ahead of Sandra Petersen and Jaclyn Kras. Ju took out the NTPs All Teed Up on Number 6 and the Medici Voucher on number 8, and with such good tee shots she also slotted two twos to win the rather full birds nest which she generously shared by shouting the gals.

Coming up on Sunday 20th August is the Trust House Bottle O Lefties Righties Tournament. Entries to the office@martinboroughgolfclub.co.nz Details on our website or phone 06 3069076.

MCG News 24/07/17

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

BY JENNY BOYNE

The school holidays are over, the forecast is for fine sunny days and so there is no excuse for not being seen on the course this week unless you are skiing. Ok the ground is a tad soft but its important that you get along to see your friends and catch up with whats going on.

Some of you clearly thrive under these conditions while some of us just hit the ball so poorly that we may find ourselves in other divisions for the Club Championships.

Local interclub has suffered the most with Host clubs forced into rescheduling  their Riverside and Tilson Salver fixtures more than once.

On Tuesday the Grumpies played on a warm sunny afternoon. Greytown residents took the spoils with  Mike Hattrick on 43 stable ford points four points clear of  Raymond Matthews on 39 pts. In the evening they were joined by their partners for the annual mid winter dinner get together which as usual was enjoyed by one and all.

The carpark was reasonably filled on Wednesday morning, the nine  hole group played a stableford round 1st Ann Renall with 18 pts, 2nd Debbie Coom on 14pts on a c/b to June Sugrue. All Teed Up NTP on number 8 went to Ann Renall while Susan Stephens Leaders Real Estate NTP on Number 16 went to June Sugrue.

There were sixteen women entered in the days comp Par MSB. Player of the day was Angela Busby with +2. 2nd Marilyn Mackenzie on Par, 3rd Jo Loe -1. Jane Terpstra’s iron play was exceptional on the Par 3’s winning the NTPs All Teed Up on 6 and  Medici Cafe Voucher on 8 and slotting the only two of the day.

On Saturday a number of players chose to support their local Rugby Clubs on the sidelines and one in the field for the semi finals of the Rugby and were delighted to see both the Martinborough Senior A’s  and  Senior Reserves and Tuhirangi Senior reserves win their respective games.

Sunday however, they were there in numbers for the 2nd round of Order of Merit. Chris Ranish may have missed the first round but made up for it winning the days Nett Comp with a Nett 67. 2nd equal Phil Eberlein and Malcolm Wood Nett 72 4th equal Andrew Lawler and Captain Bill Crook Nett 73. Only two of the day went to Alistair Boyne, his only good shot of the day.

This weekend is the Mens 36 hole stroke Play championships, with a revised format of 18 holes played over two days, perfect way to spend a weekend.

And it is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of a very dear  foundation member of the nine hole group, Joanna Wilson.  Joanna was the nine hole Captain for a number of years and her skills and passion for  flower arranging will be missed by many groups she was involved with.

MCG News 04/07/17

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

BY JENNY BOYNE

Riverside Cup team travelled to Eketahuna last Friday and with the temp gauge reading 1 C on arrival it was going to be a challenging day playing the hosts. After two postponements due to unfavourable weather earlier in the year and traditionally the course being closed at this time, the green keeper and his helpers did a magnificent job of course preparation. The greens were true and  with no wind to evaporate the dew you had to remember to follow through with your putt. The sun came out as we were approaching the 18th Tee.

Unfortunately for us the locals were used to the approaches to the greens and nailed us 5-1. Sylvia Beavis the lone light for Martinborough, though we did not leave empty handed, scooping three raffle prizes.  Special mention must go to the ladies in the kitchen for the delicious morning tea and lunch. Last round is Friday week with Eketahuna  in the box seat 5 points ahead of Masterton now in 2nd place on 14 points realistically only needing one and a half wins to secure the Victory.

On Wednesday there were several Lions and All Black Supporters playing amongst the twenty something women playing  either their Captains Trophy matches or LGU Putting and shoot out. No changes to the shootout with the best Nett being 76 going to Nicola Warren. 2nd Marie Scrimshaw Nett 78 on a c/b to Jenny Wilkie. Putting 1st to Marie Scrimshaw 32 putts. The stewards took out the days NTP’s.  All Teed Up Nearest the Pin on number 6 went to birthday gal Felicity Warren while the Medici Voucher for NTP on Number 8 went to Sue Dalton.

The nine hole group had a good turn out for their Medal and Shootout Comp. Scores were on par with the 18 hole women and no changes to their Shootout standings either.

1st Ann Renall Nett 39, 2nd Di Bunny Nett 40 3rd Leonie Wilde Nett 41. NTP on number 16 sponsored by Susan Stephen of leaders was won by Jenny Tosswill.

The Tuesday lads played a Par round with Arthur Warren on +4 2nd Bill Gordon and Ro Griffiths on +2 4th Terry Blacktop on +1.

The green keepers revenge Ambrose Tournament on Sunday saw Women teeing off the Mens tees and the Men teeing off the Womens along with a few obstacles to chip over and around – tractors, hoses and rakes. Eleven teams of four took up the  challenge with Team Sweeney winning the day Nett 59. 2nd Vance Plumridge and Co Nett 59.875 ( 1st Gross 65) Chef Ants North and the sous chefs Nett 60 4th Guy Walmsley Nett 61.875.

And it is with our sincerest condolences that we acknowledge the passing of Mr Ian Cresswell. Ian until very recently has been a member of Martinborough GC for a number of decades who served on various Committees where he always put in 100 percent toward any project he deemed worthy of his time and to the benefit of the wider community, friends of the Golf Club along with the Tennis Club and Jazz in Martinborough will miss his friendly demeanour dearly.

MCG News 20/06/17

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

BY JENNY BOYNE

The ever popular Grandpas and Grandmas Tournament was held on Sunday in conjunction with Grans in waiting and the Nga Hau Trophies for Administrators and Life members. The days Best Stableford overall was won by one of our Life members Mariana Mc Dermott with a smashing 43 Stableford points.

Grandmas Winner Cathy Taylor 39 stableford points, 2nd Sandra Petersen 37 pts, 3rd Marilyn Mackenzie 36pts, 4th Emily Loughnan.

Grandpas Winner Ro Griffith 38 pts, 2nd Captain Bill Crook 38 pts, 3rd Malcolm Wood 37pts, 4th Chris Ranish 37pts.

Womens  non Grandparent  1st Mariana Mc Dermott 43 pts 2nd Womens Captain Kris Chamberlain 36 pts.

Mens non Grandparent 1st  Colin Whibley Smith 42 pts, 2nd Greg Stone, 3rd Sheldon Mc Namara 35 pts and 4th Richard Pither 35pts.

NTP on Number 8 Colin Whibley Smith and Lyle Griffiths.

Fortunately our very wise selector sorted accomodation in Wellington on Sunday for the last round of Silver Pennants on Monday at Miramar  so the team did not have to negotiate the slow crawl through the City or delays on the interchange.

They rewarded her with a 5.5 to 3.5 result against Manor Park. Wins in the singles to Pip Kirk 4/3, Sandra Petersen 4/3, Jenny Boyne 2/1 and Jenny Wilkie 3/1. In the four ball wins to Sandra and Jenny B 4/2 and a very handy half to Jenny W and Mariana Mc Dermott. Special thanks to our President for looking after Pips son while she played.

The nine hole Interclub team played against Pauatahanui on Thursday last week at Royal Wellington. Matches were all close with Mary Herrick and Suzanne Dowling just being pipped at the post both losing 1 down,  Sandra Burgess winning her match 3 up. They have one round to go at Waikanae at the end of the month.

The Wednesday group played a Par and Putting round. Results Par 1st Ann Renall -3, 2nd Billie Holmes -4 on a c/b to Pat Wood.

Putting 1st equal Pat Wood and Gaylene Selby Neal 20 putts.

The 18 hole women played Bisque par with the star of the day Jaclyn Kras +5, 2nd Angela Busby +3, 3rd Jenny Boyne +2. All Teed Up NTP Angela Busby while the medici Voucher on Number 8 went to Sue Dalton who also secured the only two of the day.

Perfect playing golf weather was ordered for Riverside Cup last Friday and the morning tea was delicious and coffee very good. There were plenty of fejoas featuring in the raffle prizes too.

Martinborough took advantage of local knowledge to have a narrow win against neighbours Featherston 3.5 to 2.5.  Singles wins to Sandra Petersen 7/5, Jenny Boyne 4/2, Sylvia Beavis 5/4 and a half to Karen Shaw.

Tilson Salver is on this Sunday at Riversdale, good golfing and remember down the middle is where your ball should be heading.

MCG News 13/06/17

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

BY JENNY BOYNE

The Marquis Shield Juniors pulled out all the stops on Sunday to win 3-1 against their hosts Masterton. The two Shanes lead the way winning their singles matches. Veteran Shane Hartnell 5/4 and Martinborough’s latest secret weapon  third generation member from Clan Colton-  Shane Colton 4/3. Paul Mc Kenzie and Bruce Ward both  finishing up with halves.

In the Intermediates Alistair Boyne 5/4 and Craig Andrews 3/2. The Seniors did not handle the hills too well with Chris Ranish securing a half.  Success at last in the four ball for the team with Chris Ranish and Sheldon Mc Namara a half,  Alistair Boyne and Peter Hudson, Craig Andrews and Sandy Bidwill,  Paul Mc Kenzie and Bruce Ward, Shane Hartnell and Shane Colton all with solid wins. We now have 2 points on the board.

The Silver Pennant Gals travelled to Otaki to play golf and the odd spot of retail therapy with wins in the Singles to Pip Kirk 4/2, Kris Chamberlain 2/1 and Jenny Wilkie 2/1 and in the four ball  Kris and Jenny won 4/3  securing 4 points against the formidable Kapiti Combo Team.

Last Tuesday the Grumpies played the Junior course for a change, which suited the accurate iron players, and of course meant there were no jugs, much to the satisfaction of a certain few.  The Red tees have a slope rating of 89 compared to the usual Whites 113 and the handicap is also adjusted.  No worries for our Bill Jones, carding a Gross 74  ( 12 pars, 2 birdies and 4 bogeys including one on the Par 3 6th. Bill racked up 48pts to take the Vouchers from Adrian Blackett and JD Smith on 45pts and Rick Hargreaves on 43pts. This week with the the weather bomb approaching only 8 hardy souls played. Not that Bill Jones was too concerned, this time he won with a mere 39 pts from Greg Dalton and Mike Hattrick on 35.

The two winners from last weeks Nine hole group teamed up this week to win the Thurlow 4 Ball Best Ball 1st Sherryl Howie and Gaylene Selby Neal 19 Stableford points, 2nd Billie Holmes and Jenny Tucker 17pts, 3rd Ann Renall and Jan Ferguson 14 pts. Only one two this week to Ann Renall.

The 18 hole women played HPMC Stableford with Carol Parkinson just too good taking the spoils with 38 stableford points. 2nd Sylvia Beavis 35 pts and 3rd Felicity Warren 32 pts. All Teed Up NTP #6 Sylvia Beavis, and the Medici Cafe voucher NTP #8 Robyn Blackett. Twos to Robyn Blackett and Angela Busby.

Coming Up – On Friday we host Riverside Cup and are playing neighbours Featherston.

This Sunday 18th June its the Nga hau Trophy for Committee members and the Grandpas and Grandmas Tournament, those of you who do not have an affiliation with either, theres a Section for you too. Tee off at 11am. Info our our club website www.martinboroughgolfclub.co.nz

MCG News 06/06/17

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

BY JENNY BOYNE

The finals of the Nine hole Howie Cup Club Champs ( Handicap) were played last Wednesday in soft conditions.  This years winner was just too steady  over the 9 holes with Sherryl Howie taking the family trophy from Billie Holmes 2 up. In the Plate it could have gone either way with Gaylene Selby- Neal who sealed the match winning 1 up from Pat Wood.

The 18 hole women played a Bisque par round, where you get to choose when to use the shots. It was great to see 32 players on the course with the winner of the day loving the challenge and using her handicap to maximum  advantage -1st Alison Tipler +7 2nd Jenny Wilkie +5 3rd Adele Cairns +3 on a c/b to 4th Pam Messervy +3. All Teed Up NTP on number 6 was Susan Stephens, while the Medici Voucher for NTP on Number 8 going to Pam Messervy

The only person to get a two was birthday girl Pam Messervy. Congratulations for your birthday and for picking up the birds nest.

Open days  are an opportunity to play on other courses and meet people without the added cost of green fees. A lot of thought and preparation goes in to hosting and presenting the Course at its best and there is  the added bonus of picking up a prize if you play well and so it was disappointing that the organisers were forced to make a decision to postpone our Womens Open day last Friday due to insufficient entries. We are the third Club in the region that has postponed their Open day this year and thats a concern. It seems that maybe interest is waning or no one wants to play by themselves against the field these days. No, age is not a factor.

On the other end of the spectrum -just mention an Ambrose Tournament and if you don’t get your entry in pronto, you may find yourselves on a wait list. On Monday the Martinborough Kindergarten held their annual Fundraiser, the course was packed with 34 teams of four playing the  Ambrose format, Winners on the day were Craig and Rachel Colton and Honor and Doug Clark.

MCG News 30/05/17

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

BY JENNY BOYNE

Playing at Royal Wellington the Women’s Silver Pennant team on Monday caused one of the bigger upsets of the Competition with the second to last Martinborough thrashing third placed Shandon 6.5 to 2.5. Wins in the foursomes to the pairings of Pip Kirk and Kris Chamberlain 6/4, Sandra Petersen and Jenny Boyne 2/1, and the selector was over the moon to buy the coffees for the gals this week, no losses in the singles with wins to Pip Kirk 7/6, Marilyn Mackenzie 4/3 and Sandra Petersen 2/1 with very handy halves to Kris Chamberlain, Jenny Wilkie and Jenny Boyne. We are still on the first rung on the ladder, but only 1.5 points behind neighbours Masterton with two rounds to go. While the Silverware is out of reach, the team is improving.

Thirty-five members made themselves available for the NAGA shield, Presidents v Captains Team Stableford Competition, and while there were no major sponsors, grandstands or cameras on course the tension and camaraderie awaiting the results one may have thought they were playing the Ryder Cup. A deadlock at 32.0 stableford points apiece it was down to a chip off between President Sherry Weatherstone and Captain Bill Crook on the 18th using a 2 iron found on the course. Sherry deadly with the putter off green had no trouble with the club just skimming the pin left her ball within 2 feet to secure the victory for the President. Bill was last seen booking lessons with Joel.

The Tuesday grumpies had a good number playing a Stableford round with Bill Gordon and Bob Barker on 37pts , 3rd Malcolm Bridge on 36.

There were 26 women on the course last Wednesday who too played a stableford round. Winners on the day were Jo Loe on 37 points, 2nd Kris Chamberlain 35 points and 3rd Sandra Petersen with 34 points. All Teed Up Nearest the pin went to Kris Chamberlain on number 6 and Marilyn McKenzie won the Medici Voucher for her NP on number 8. For the second week in a row there were no 2’s so this week if you get a two you will definitely be in the money!

MCG News 23/05/17

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

BY JENNY BOYNE

Congratulations to our Mens inter club team who won Division 7 Linnell Cup last Saturday needing only two wins from their 7-8 result against Judgeford away. Its been 23 years since we last had a team playing in any Wellington Interclub Competition and this year Captain Bill Crook was thrilled to have twenty players who made themselves available for the Comp. With a core of eight regulars special mention must go to Sheldon Mc Namara having straight A’s from wins in all ten singles matches.

The last round was away to Judgeford with the lads experiencing wind, rain and hills to climb for the first 7 holes. Wins in the four ball to Tom Hindmarsh and Mark Lucock 3/1 Sheldon Mc Namara and Chris Ranish 3/2, Colin Whibley Smith and Bill Crook Square and Andrew Lawler and Randal Warner also all square. In the singles Tom H 3/2, Sheldon 1 Up, Chris R 6/4, and Colin W S 4/3.

Congrats to neighbours Featherston and Mahunga  for winning their Divisions too.

The Riverside  Women played  against Riversdale at Masterton last Friday with wins to Sandra Petersen 2/1 Jenny Boyne by default, Pam Messervy 4/3, Sylvia Beavis all square and Jaclyn Kras 2up. The gals will be in Eketahuna tomorrow for their postponement round against the Hosts.

Tilson Salver  at Carterton on Sunday was also postponed, thankfully as it was bitterly cold.

Tuesday grumpies had a good turn out for what was one of the sunniest days of the week. 1st Paul Riddiford on 41stableford points from Murray Blackwell and Alan Yates 39 and Bob Tosswill 36.

The Womens and nine hole weekly Competition was flagged the next day (Wednesday) with the local  Cafes doing a good trade, some hardy souls did return to the Club to play a few holes.

This Sunday its the Presidents v Captains Team stable ford Comp, be at the Club at 10.45am for team selection. Tee off is at 11.15am and if you’re keen to see some awesome footage of where a couple of members spend their time when not playing Golf then tune into Country Calendar at 7.00 pm on TV One.

Round the Fairway #6 21st May 2017

Div 7 Linnell Cup Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELLINGTON INTERCLUB CHAMPIONS – 

FROM LEFT: Alistair Boyne, Chris Ranish, Colin Whibley Smith, Captain Bill Crook, Sheldon Mc Namara (sunnies on head) Derek Stephens, Tom Hindmarsh, Andrew Lawler Randal Warner and Mark Lucock.

Congratulations to our Mens inter club team who won Division 7 Linnell Cup yesterday needing only two wins from their  7-8 result against Judgeford away. Its been 23 years since we last had a team playing in any Wellington Interclub Competition and this year Captain Bill was thrilled to have twenty players who made themselves available for the Comp. With a core of eight regulars special mention must go to Sheldon Mc Namara having straight A’s from wins in all ten singles matches.
The last round was away to Judgeford with the lads experiencing wind, rain and hills to climb for the first 7 holes. Wins in the four ball to Tom Hindmarsh and Mark Lucock 3/1, Sheldon Mc Namara and Chris Ranish 3/2, Colin Whibley Smith and Bill Crook Square, and Andrew Lawler and Randal Warner also all square. In the singles Tom H 3/2, Sheldon 1 Up, Chris R 6/4, and Colin W S 4/3.
The Marquis Shield team are not doing too well as a team however the Seniors are sharing the top of the scoreboard in the Workman Cup.

Womens Interclub.
The Silver Pennant team have picked up their game and are now off the bottom of the table with three rounds to go. The Bronze gals have finished their season, the Riverside Cup team are in the mix, while the Tilson team have had yet another postponement due to inclement weather, not that any farming associated players are too distraught about this.

Nine Hole
The Nine holers are finding their feet and experiencing new courses and are only a point behind neighbours Masterton.

Competitions
The Order of Merit has started, if you missed the first round its not too late to enter the fray with the next round on Sunday 23rd July, mark that down NOW !

NAGA SHIELD- Captains V Presidents Team Stableford Comp- Sunday 28th May. Free Entry and please be at the Club by 10.45am for a Tee off @ 11.15am.

Tournaments
Trust House E10 Womens Open Day- Friday 2nd June 2017.  Sherry Weatherstone Trophy Best Nett.
Martinborough Kindergarten Fundraiser Ambrose on Monday 5th June.
Ngahau Trophy and Grandmas and Grandpas Tournament Sunday 18th June.
Please see noticeboard for details.

NEW MEMBERS
A very warm  welcome to all our new members and look forward to seeing you on the course. We do have coaching available from Joel Macklin from All Teed Up to improve you game.

An update of the COURSE PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

DIESEL FUEL TANK
Earlier this year we replaced our old 400Ltr Diesel Tank with a larger 950Ltr tank. This came about because our fuel supplier had for sometime shown reluctance with supply to us, and the existing  tripod type mount structure been no longer accepted in the regulations. We therefore took the opportunity to purchase a new larger tank with the regulation 4 post mounting structure, which also meant we were able increase our normal delivery spacing from every 2 weeks, to monthly. As for the old tank; the intention is for this to be completely flushed and repositioned adjacent to the garden area to the left of the 11th green. Periodically this will be manually filled with water and used to irrigate this garden area.

WOODCHIPPER
Our course is a heavily tree populated property generating large amounts of waste from annual pruning and wind damage. In the past we have simply gathered and burnt this waste. This process has irritated some of our neighbours and members alike. We therefore went ahead and purchased the largest chip adjustable wood chipper suitable for purpose, so that we can reuse this waste. The intention is to now use larger chipped material under trees with exposed roots in high wind prone areas, and smaller sized chips in areas where roots and weed control is a factor. NB. There will be no free relief if your ball ends up amongst these chips. Please be aware when playing that there may be roots under your ball.

JACOBSEN R311T ROUGH MOWER
We are very fortunate to have a good relationship with the members and administration of the Royal Wellington Golf Club. Earlier this year we became aware of RWGC’s intention to upgrade some of their equipment in preparation for the Asian Pacific Amateur Championship being held on their course in October. Consequent to this, we were offered one of their hardly used (in our opinion) Jacobsen Rough Mowers at less than a tenth of the current new price ($85k). This is a fantastic acquisition for us to take the pressure of our current aging gang mowers, whilst also freeing up a tractor for other purposes.

BILLY GOAT DEBRIS LOADER
We are very please to advise that a grant applied for from Eastern & Central Community Trust was accepted enabling us to go ahead with the purchase of a much needed Billy Goat Debris Loader.

For those who don’t have iron disease, a Debris Loader is a large capacity garden vacuum cleaner and mulcher, with its own 4 stroke motor power source.
In the future the intention is to use this for gathering the large amount of Oak leaves and acorns that fall each season, then spreading this waste in the forest areas (i.e. RHS 2nd fairway, LHS 11th Fairway etc) to help with weed control. The past practise was to manually gather and burn this waste. Hopefully we have now created a win win situation for our neighbours, members, and the environment. We are also hopeful this machine will assist with core collecting during greens and tees renovation work.

OTHER
We have added and replaced a couple of additional items. We now have a second utility vehicle for staff to use around the course. You may also have seen this vehicle during our larger tournaments ferrying food and drink for players. Also our aging Stihl weed eater and Stihl Blower needed to be replaced earlier this year when repair costs became unviable.

CAPTAINS COMMENT
Purchase of the above equipment has been made possible by careful budget management, raffling of the Club Captain and Presidents car parks, fundraising at the Easter Mowdown Tournament, contributions from the Ladies Committee, and wheel spin raffles when possible.

Your committee is extremely grateful and thanks all those who have contributed their time and money, to make these extra purchases possible.

But this is only the beginning…………..

As well as the ongoing work with our greens and tees, our fairways and irrigation system are at least two areas that will require a fair amount of attention in the coming year or two.
I believe that is very important that we continue to make steady carefully considered investments and improvements across the board to enable us to prepare for the future demands that will be place upon our Club. I think you will all agree that Martinborough is now truly a hotspot for weekend visitors and holidaymakers all looking for great memorable experiences, which we can be part of and hopefully at the forefront of the activities.

As always the Committee will keep you informed and involved with any major decision making,

WEEKLY RESULTS
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