A particularly nasty Southerly did little to deter our Southern men from their weekend sport. With a reasonably good field for Saturdays’ Par Competition, 1st place went to our Club Captain George Kirk who, unflustered by the atrocious weather, managed a respectable +4. Hot on his heels was Ash Reed also on +4, 3rd Patrick Pedlow +2. Twos were slotted between the showers by George Kirk, Garry Paterson and Patrick Pedlow.
Sundays Par competition saw four players coming in all square; Ian Henderson, Garry Paterson, Roger Simpson and Jacky Nathu.
Peter Hudson and Heather Draper braved the cold and blustery conditions on Saturday to represent our Club at Paraparaumu for the Murray Halberg Day. Peter came in with a good score for a prize. Top score in the ladies section was a mere 31 stableford points, indicative of weather conditions with several players pulling the pin. Thanks Heather, obviously, a southern belle from hardy stock, for completing your round and getting soaked in the process. We very much appreciate both of you for flying the flag.
Monday saw the first round of the Lansdowne Trophy played post southerly, against Shandon at Te Marua. Congratulations to our representatives Kris Chamberlain and Sherry Weatherstone for their win in the foursomes in the morning, and to Sherry for your win in the afternoon, and commiserations to Kris, losing on the 18th.
A fine turn out for the 36 hole Nancy Mac Cormack foursomes on 1st March.
The crisp 8.30 am start proved favourable to the winners, early birds Felicity Warren and Trish Donald. They played two very solid rounds returning a total 141 nett, including going wayward on a couple of holes in the afternoon section.
Our birthday girl Adele Cairns with her steady partner Gaye Didsbury were the bridesmaids on count back.
There was some very good chipping in for birdies and saving par by Jane Cooke and Mariana Mc Dermott, with tree hugging and nature walks provided by others.
Featherston Golf Club was the venue for last week’s 9-hole competition, those extra fairways come in handy when trying to negotiate the short cut to the green.
The team traveled north to Eketahuna for round 2. Wins to Manager Bill Jones, Captain Kirk, and Lyle Callaghan in the seniors, to Bob Goodley the lone star intermediate, Neil Smith and Russell Swain playing well for the Juniors, with a half from Bruce.
Big Thursday- The Thursday Club on 2nd March shared the course with 90 players hosted by Te Kairanga Wines. Nice people too, many congratulating green keeper Darren on the great state of the course.
But there was a whisper that, next time, they might have a lot more fun on a Wednesday. YEAH RIGHT! Shame on that person(s) for verbalizing that frivolous thought.
Somehow, that doesn’t explain the relatively low scores. With a field of thirty-six players doing their best, only 7 bettered 36 stableford points. What was even odder, despite the skewed scoring, twos were obtained by seven players; Graham Jacobson, Trevor Hawkins, Lyle Callaghan (welcome back Lyle!), Garth Edwards, Patrick Pedlow, Neil Smith and Rod Mac Donald, Rod also winning Nearest the Pin.
Ro Griffiths didn’t figure in the prize money, but did get an eagle on the devilish No 1 shot hole, the par 4 fifth- Bull Hill. As far as he was concerned, this was prize enough. Great Play!
Those who came in with reasonable scores were, first, Brian Tucker with a creditable 41 stableford points, followed, not too closely, by Neil Smith, Garth Edwards and Ivan Clarke. Rob Smith and Ross Sugrue trailed with 38 points. The rest prefer to remain in a shroud of anonymity.
Note; The Property Brokers tournament on March 31st, merits the support of us all, since its aim is to raise funds for the new Martinborough Medical Centre, a most laudable cause. Please make a note in your diary and Be There!.
The Shootout Competition is now open for both Men and Ladies, so please pay your one off entry of $10.00 for this competition, with dates of qualifying in the programme.