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.

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.

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

Weekly Report: Sizzling Scores on Sunday

If the cold snap this past week continues, one could almost believe that we are heading for the ice age and not global warming. A number of Wairarapa courses including ours were forced to close at least one day. The ladies took advantage of the one fine day mid week, with the course on Sunday sprinkled with green fee players, local members – some returning sizzling scores and visitors from Mahunga and Eketahuna enjoying the challenging pin placements and our southern hospitality.

Saturday was the first day of the 36-hole Stroke-Medal-Putting-Shootout competition that is played over consecutive weekends. (1st 2 cards over both weekend count). Lyall Callaghan took out the first day honours with a nett 70, one shot back to Lance Phelps on 71, who was the sole player to score a two. Putting went to the man who mows the greens, and correctly read them – Darren O Dwyer with 27 putts.


May Committee meeting report:

The Club Committee met on 22 May and discussed the following:

  • Trees: Report on the successful tree removal. Submissions for are being asked for and a Sub Committee formed to review submissions received, report back and proceed.
  • Signage

Weekly Report: Members Mid Winter Tournament a Blast

Golf is essentially a Winter Sport, but playing in the rain is not enjoyable, and for the pessimists who pulled the pin on Saturday morning when a squall came thru, you were the losers. The mid winter Ambrose Tournament was played in fine conditions, including the odd bit of sunshine with all players back in the clubhouse before it did set in during prize giving at 5pm.

There was the usual banter, including a bit of opposition to the two-point handicap advantage to teams who fielded a nine holer, but the Famous Five trumped this, when the rest of the field was playing in teams of four. Great prizes including some very good local wines were there for the taking.

The famous five were the out right winners with a nett 51, with several birdies and the odd eagle or two, this team did have Ace Phelps, who like Phil Mickelson didn

Weekly Report: Cooke’s cook up a storm

The engravers this week only need to be able to spell Cooke, as Mrs Sam (Jane), had a superb round on Wednesday at the Ladies Open day to take the Sherry Weatherstone Cup, with a nett 69. As community orientated people, they were both eligible to compete in the Ngahau Trophy on Sunday. Guy and June Hume donated this trophy for competition between committee, staff and life members. In the men