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
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.
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.