Weekly Report: Handicaps continue to tumble

The opening round of the Marquis Sheild yielded mixed results for our men from Martinborough. Bill Jones says he was happy with his teams performance against Eketahuna, and a couple of you were unfortunate not to increase the margin of 6 wins. Well done to the newest member of the team Bruce Sullivan, all that encouragment from her at the helm certainly paid off with your win on Sunday representing your Club. This Sunday our men travel up to Eketahuna for Round 2 against Mahunga, Bill will be subing in for Lance Phelps who has been chosen to play for Wairarapa this coming weekend.
We wish all the Shield players the very best for the season.

The weekend golf was Stableford competition, the men just seem to keep those plus 40 scores coming. Saturdays results from a reasonable field was lead in by Ian Henderson on 44 points- 1st, Peter Bain on 41 2nd, followed by Bill Jones and Les Cherry both on 40. Twos, and there were a few to Peter Bain, Bill Jones, Rod Mac Donald, George Kirk and Roger Simpson.Sundays competition was without the regular competitive core. The focused majority were off representing our Club at Masterton with their Manager and the others who exchanged metal for willow – trying their skills at County cricket at the Hartnell Cricket Ground, really ought to stick to Golf!! The results no less saw Garry Paterson 1st on 40 points, with Ian Henderson 2nd on 39 points. No twos on Sunday, pin placement the winner.

A great turn out on Wednesday 22nd February saw a strong number competiting for LGU -1st Qualifying round Captains Trophy – Shootout. Welcome to our new members, we trust you enjoyed yourselves with Felicity and June.They will no doubt be just as keen for you to take up Bridge later in the season, when the weather is not so kind. Some sensational scoring from the bronzes, congratulations to our ladies secretary Sharon Jepson with a sterling nett 61. The results – Silver: 1st Jenny Boyne 86-16-nett 70, 2nd Heather Draper 93-18-nett 75, 3rd Sherry Weatherstone 85-8-nett 77. Bronze: 1st Sharon Jepson 94-33-nett 61, 2nd Jill Colton 87-24 nett 63, 3rd Vicki Harris 92-27-nett 65,and Jennie Smith 95-30-nett 65. Twos : Sharon Jepson on the 12th and Shirley Rattray. Pukemanu nearest to Pin: Jenny Boyne.

Congratulations also to our Ladies Club Captain Kris Chamberlain, who scored a 76 at Masterton last week. We are very proud of our single figure handicappers Kris and Sherry, who head the number of Silvers – a healthy 20, at the Club. The first round of Riverside Cup commences on Friday at Featherston, good luck and play well ladies.

The nine holers too had their share of great scoring, 1st by a country mile was Sherryl Howie on 25 stableford points, a great round well played, 2nd Maureen Thurlow on 19 with Sandra Burgess and Rachel Colton on 18 points. Nearest to Pin on No.8 going to Sherryl Howie and on No.16 to Maureen Thurlow.

On the 23rd, the weather went through most of its possible changes, and as a consequence, so did the results from the suprisingly large turn -out. But being a stoic group, only one player chose not to finish. The average stableford was a good indicator of the conditions, 31 points.Patrick Pedlow, our Irish Australian, continues his good form, not only being nearest to the pin, but also converting it into a two. The only other player to get a two was Mike Topp.Half a dozen players weren’t fazed by the wet and cold, with the ever modest Ivan Taplin scoring a magnificent 43 points. He was closely followed by Ray Lind, playing very consistently at the moment on 42 points. Next, on 41 were two very welcome visitors from outer Featherston, Marty Saunders and Neil Lloyd. The next best, on 39 were Patrick Pedlow (again!) and a new initiate into the Marquis Shield, Bruce Sullivan. However, four of the nicer guys who play reqularly on a Thursday were having a little trouble handling the inclement weather so the ‘Four’ decided, it seemed, to play a tournament of their own devising. Rowan, Craig, Bruce (the one who holds an honourable position in the Club) and Mike decided that an average score of 30 points each wasn’t enough, and tried to find the player who could lose the most balls. As a result, among them they managed to lose six! There should have been a prize – A side of lost lamb perhaps!

Warning: This Thursday, a hundred players will be our guests on the course from 10am, so a little patience will be called for.

Weekly Report: Sizzling scores from Swain and Edwards

The fields on the weekend may have been a little thin due to several regulars swapping their clubs and cards to catching fish or those who couldn’t find their sealegs driving the tractors at the Ngawi Big Three fishing competition.
However that did not mean, there was a lack of competition, indeed Saturdays Medal round saw a close result with Les Cherry on a 69 nett followed by Terry Blacktop also on 69 nett and Lance Phelps coming in on 70.
Twos to Peter Bain and the putting competition was won by Terry Blacktop with 27 putts.

Sundays Medal round was easily nailed by Russell Swain with a nett 60. A nine point margin separated the rest of the field, coming in on a nett 69 was Alex Tulloch and Lance Phelps. Well done Russell you last played like this way back in September 2001.
Twos Lance Phelps (2) and Bob Goodley.
Putting going to Bob Goodley also on 27 putts.

Wednesday ladies day hosted the inaugural 9 holers shootout for our Club. This was won by Rachel Colton from a chip out with Carol Parkinson. Both chips were pretty impressive from the tricky placement by the referee, from the edge of the 12th fairway over the mound with the flag at the front of the green. Third placegetter was Di Bunny.
A good number of the 18 holers enjoyed a great start to the competition. Par MSB easily won by Margaret Edwards having a cracking round of 87 coming in with a +7. Sharon Jepson, Jill Colton and Heather Draper on +4, Jane Cooke +3 and Jennie Smith +1.
Pukemanu Nearest the Pin going to Jill Baker. No twos, the pin placement eluding everyone.

The 16th was a particularly hot February day for the Thursday Club’s first tournament of the year, but the great scores (well, for some!) obviously was played in ideal conditions.
Everybody, anyway got a prize for their pains, thanks to some additional sponsorship from Cotter and Stevens and our always helpful barman Graham Kerr. Thanks were expressed for the sterling work done by our caterer, Meg Webber, who can turn out a cream laden carrot cake quite unlike anyone else, including Jamie Oliver!
Nearest the pin for those on the 1-20 handicap was won by Pete Smith, who didn’t want anyone to know that he was unable to convert it into a two. Inexplicatably, no one in the 21+ group made it onto the elongated green. Must have had the same placement as the ladies the day before!
The longest drive for the 1-16 handicappers was easily won by Matt Thomas, who also managed to drive his tee shot straight to the green on the 10th. The 17+ winner was Tom Bunny.
There were only 6 twos Roger Simpson, Ray Lind, Russell Pearless, Ro Griffiths and Mike Evison (who, not to be outdone, got two).
The stableford competition had some great scores, although the heat got to more than a few.
Our visitor from Ireland, via Australia, was the charming Patrick Pedlow on 43 points, followed by our greenkeeper Darren and Pete Smith on 42,with Ro Griffiths and Roger Simpson a point behind.
Four players scored 40 points: Ben Masters, Brian Moisley (scoring 24 on the second 9!) David Thurlow and Terry Blacktop. The rest of the field filed behind, point by point till we got to some of the more anonymous scores.
Great raffles from Plants ‘R’ Us Greytown and Scotty’s Butchery.
Everyone seemed to have a fine time, and as we said no one went home empty handed.

Monday saw the Bronze pennants off to a flying start. Two wins and two halves against Otaki at Ohariu, an extremely friendly club, with loads of helpers, a hilly course with small greens, made for a memorable day. They have set the standard in Club hospitality for the 2006 season.

We have a new web site thanks to our Member Sam Cooke, it’s www.martinboroughgolfclub.co.nz for those of you who can operate a computer, it’s great and as we have a total of 397 members made up of 230 men, 148 ladies and a very creditable16 junior men, I’m sure that some of you will find it useful to check on upcoming events.

Martinborough is hosting the Business Womens Tournament on the 18th March. Please get your entries to the club asap. This is a very popular tournament and a lot of fun.