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.