Weekly Report: ROBIN DRAPER RETURNS IN STUNNING FORM

They say that a rest is as good as a holiday and indeed sometimes a break from your favourite sport is rewarded by a return in better form. This weeks Wednesday Ladies LGU- Putting- Shootout Competition saw Robin Draper return after a break in stunning form, winning in style not only the LGU but making the double and collecting from the putting competition as well. Overall and in the Bronze Division 1st Robin Draper 108-34-74, 2nd equal Robyn Blackett 98-22-76,Trish Donald 100-24-76 and Julie Kidd 105-29-76. Sometimes when we have a great round, we tend to think that the ball we used is blessed and continue to use the same one till it fades or we lose it out of bounds, while others just like to use them once and then discard them to the practise bag. Our ladies Captain Kris Chamberlain, is obviously a starter in the latter catergory as she too had a big collect on Wednesday winning one in every comp. Silver Division 1st Kris Chamberlain 82-7-77, 2nd place to Bindy McLeod 90-14-76 and 3rd Sherry Weatherstone. Twos: Laraine Nix, Heather Draper, Elizabeth Nicholls, Kris Chamberlain. Putting:1st Robin Draper – 27 putts on countback from Felicity Warren 3rd Kris Chamberlain 29 putts on c/b from Laraine Nix. Nearest the Pin no 18 All Teed Up and Nearest the Pin on No. 8 Pukemanu Voucher – both won by Chambo Chamberlain.

Interclub
The final round of the Riverside Cup was played last Friday at Eketahuna. Felicity Warren caused the only upset against Riversdale, who had cause to celebrate the days win securing 2nd place equal with hosts Eketahuna. Congratulations Carterton winners of 2006 Riverside Cup and a warm thank you to Eke for hosting the last round of the season.

Weekend
Saturdays Par round was played in rather blustery conditions, well gale force winds,so it was no suprise that the scores were quite tight. 1st Bill Crook +2, 2nd Lyall Callaghan +1 3rd equal Matt Thomas and Ian Henderson All square. Twos John Taylor and Fred Murton. On Sunday, the very popular Holden Scramble at Masterton had a field sprinkled with Martinboroughs finest golfers, the best having to be contented with 5th place were the Tradesman – the Plumber, the Painter and the Concrete Placer (Nigel Malneek, Nigel Mc Cartney, and Tony Fleet), also in the prizes were the Kahutara Card Sharks – Doug Clark, Stuart Taplin and Matt Thomas. On the home course it was the greenkeepers place in the sun to take out the days Par competition, with +4 and a five way split for 2nd to Ian Henderson, Garry Patterson, Alec Tulloch, Peter Bain and Bill Jones All +2. There were again only two who managed a two- Peter Bain and Fred Murton who took the double for the weekend.

Tuesday Grumpies
A great day at the office for Bill Jones and Ian Creswell who like Tiger and Vijay returned rounds of 76-12-64 and 96-30-66 respectively. The Harry Kershaw Foursomes were also won by a couple of grumpies, Bill Jones and Ray Lind had a great final against Russell Swain and Bob Goodley on Saturday in that wind! And a big Happy 70th Birthday to Ian our handicapper.

Thursday Club
The Thursday Club returned to its usual sumptuous weather, and a large contingent of players took advantage of it. Nonetheless, some of the players are struggling to cope with a course that still harbours a little winter resentment. It should be noted, though, that many of the players, with the exception of those that were crouched over their euchre hands, remarked on how stunning the course is looking, particularly in the late afternoon. The results varied, from the great to the gor blimey. Tim Brandon grabbed the Nearest the Pin but couldn’t covert it into a two, leaving that to Graham Howie, Bruce Hancox and David Kershaw. The stableford competition was won by a young player with a rapidly descending handicap, Carl Peterson. His bubbly personality and constant jabber so distracted Trevor, he lost a match to Doug Clark, the final score remaining on the course. Doug, on the other hand, kept his concentration to come in second with Graham Jacobson on 41 points. Stuart Taplin followed closely on 40. Then there was something of a drop away. Tim Brandon was fifth with 38 points, and after him four players, BobTosswill, David Thurlow, Bob Goodley and Bill Jones on 37 points.

Nine holers
Spring arrived a couple of days early for the ladies and this week twenty two of them dusted their clubs or retrieved them from high ground for this weeks Par competition. 1st Mary Herrick, 2nd Julie Riddell who managed to find a way to get those Clubs across the river and onto the Course,3rd Denise Lazelle. Closest to pin All Teed Up: no 8. despite checking out the drains on other holes -Carol Parkinson. Closest to pin Property Brokers: no 16 Janet Mole.

Dates for the Diary
Sunday 24 th September- WBS Lamb and Chardonnay Open Ambrose Tournament
7-8th October- Mens 54 hole Tournament
These are great tournaments so get your entries in now either by phone on 06 306 9076 or look up the web site to enter on www.martinboroughgolfclub.co.nz

Weekly Report: MARTINBOROUGH TO CELEBRATE CENTENARY – EASTER 2008

The Martinborough Golf Club will be formally celebrating its Centenary during Easter weekend 2008. On Monday this week twenty members attended a meeting to set a date and appoint a Convener and interim secretary. There were no shortages in the number of interested persons for the steering Committee to assist with organising the Centennial celebrations. Stuart Mc Leod accepted the position of Convener and Jane Cooke the interim Secretary. There are loads of past, present members and friends of Martinborough golf in the Wairarapa and we would love you all to make a note in your calendars to attend this special celebration with us.

This weekend is the annual Lefties and Righties 36 Hole tournament and entries are filling fast. There is time however to get your pairing together and entries will be accepted up until this Friday at 10am when the draw will be made. So call the office with your name and your partners on 06 306 9076.

Weekend
The sun shone and the members were out enjoying the afternoon in the fresh air, although for most, it was the course who was the winner. The greens may be soft under foot, but that little white ball took no time at all to run past the hole or pull up lame. On Saturday there was plenty of competitive spirit and the glory was there for the taking. It was Bruce Ward with +2 who pipped the post by a length to a very boxed grouping of Bill Crook, Lance Phelps, Peter Bain and Darren O’Dwyer all +1 sharing 2nd place. Sunday ‘s Competition had a new set of winners on the podium with 1st equal to Craig Colton and Lyall Callaghan +3 3rd equal Bill Jones and Shane Hartnell +2. Twos Only One all weekend and the sole winner of the Nest going to Lyall Callaghan

Wednesday ladies
The dedicated members of the Wednesday ladies arrived in good spirits despite the early morning dose of precipitation. The course was rather damp with surface puddles in all of those places where your ball just wants to play. It was the Doctors wife who was the star of the day in the weeks LGU Shootout and Putting Competition. 1st Jane Terpstra 96-21-75 who also won the putting by a country mile with 26 putts, including not one but two chip ins. 2nd Nurse Adele Cairns 94-17-77 and winner of the All Teed Up Nearest the Pin on 18. Great iron play! 3rd Globe trotter Jill Colton on a count back to Jo Brown who also took out the Pukemanu Nearest the Pin Voucher for her morning at the office.

Thursday Club
After a fortnight’s break – well, a few intrepid souls ventured out Thursday week ago! – The 10th dawned fine and almost warm, tempting over thirty players on to the course. A pity that the lack of golfing practice showed, for the average stableford score was a lowly 32 points, and no player reached 40. With the Kirkcaldie and Staines Look-alike Tournament only a fortnight off, some practice will obviously be needed. Peter Harris won the Pukemanu Nearest the Pin and, since he almost scored a hole in one, his first shot finishing six inches beyond the pin, getting a two was a simple matter. David Marsh also nabbed a two, but Doug Clark went one better scoring two twos. The competition had a surprised Peter Hudson winning with 39 points, followed two shots back by Matt Thomas and Trevor Hawkins, none of them showing too much of the wear and tear of their weekend away. Dale Harwood and Lance Phelps got into the prize list with an unremarkable 36 points, and three players, Roger Parkinson, Neil Smith and Peter Harris snuck in with 35. Robert Smith was unable to finish, his distraught wife finding herself locked out of the house because of an ill-fitting key, the gallant Robert forced to go home to see what he could do about it. The resulting success or otherwise of his efforts will be known next week.

A reminder to the Men to please put your names down for the Club Champs on the board. The first round is scheduled to be played Sunday 27th August.

June Committee meeting report:

The Club Committee met on 19 June and discussed the following:

  • Trees: Submissions for plantings received. Sub Committee will review and report back.
  • Erection of the fence behind #3 green has commenced and should be completed within a week, weather permitting.
  • Clubhouse: Quotes for painting and carpeting called for and received. Assessment and acceptance is underway. Also plans for new countertops/services areas for the bar and servery.
  • Sherry Weatherstone was appointed Vice Captain for the balance of this year, and be acting Captain whilst George is on his extended holiday.
  • Centennial sub-committee: Meeting scheduled for 14th August at 5.30 pm. Advertising will be done for interested persons.
  • 4 new members during May, 3 resignations.

Weekly Report: Clark And Drapers Afternoon Delight

The final of the Martin Fourball like the quarterfinals of the World Cup soccer, went into extra time. Neil Smith and Pete Hudson were worthy opponents not allowing the other side to have more than a one point advantage and Neil showed just how composed he is under pressure, sinking a six footer on the eighteenth to square the match. Doug Clark and Shaun Draper have always played the nineteenth indoors very well, only this time they had to walk the outdoor 19th with Douglas uncomfortable at the prospect and Shaun determined not to carry on walking toward home, secured the win with a birdie. Congratulations to you both.

Interclub
After such a great weekend of golfing weather, we arrived in Otaki to rain for Round 8 of Pennants. Mariana Mc Dermott was too strong for her opponent in the Silvers with the writer pleased with her half against Hutt. In the Bronzes Gaye Didsbury had a win and a half to Susie Matthews against Kapiti. Thanks to all the ladies who represented our Club, particularly in the Bronzes having to give 9 or more shots to is no easy task.

Wednesday ladies
The ladies from Pirinoa dominated this week