The course was closed on Saturday for the 36 hole Wellington Business Women’s Tournament, which Martinborough has played host to now for a number of years. This fixture on the Womens Golf calendar has been going since 1960 and is open to all women who are in paid employment or in business in the region.
It was pleasing to see a total of seventy five players from 19 clubs represented, a handful from some of our local clubs with the bulk of the field making the trip over the Hill. Thanks to Darren the greenkeeper and his helpers for the immaculate course presentation and the manageable pin placements, although I think some of the greens drying out in the mid day sun, created a bit of havoc with the players in their afternoon round. A big thank you is extended to the ladies committee and members, who were spotters, this task was much appreciated by the competitors.
Unfortunately, none of the local names were called up as prize winners but one or two did manage to score twos. The prizes were a credit to the organising club, baskets of local produce -. Wine, Olive oil, preserves, chocs and pickles. Consolation prizes – the bucket produce raffles were a huge success.The winner of the Miss Young Trophy for 2006 was Pesi Sina from Trentham Golf Club with a gross score of 152. .On offer for the winner of the best overall nett was a very generous prize – a night for two at Brackenridge Country Retreat. This was won by Mary Yarrall with a nett 136 for the two rounds. Some great golf played.
Weekend Men’s Competition Golf
Sunday golf was business as usual and a great day for the Club’s burglars. Sunday Chicago stableford saw Bruce Johnston rock home with 48 points. Bruce , welcome to the club and great to see you scoring so well, just watch Ian, he’s the handicapper, remember to smile when you see him. 2nd home was Bob Smith also on 48 points followed by Ivan Clarke on 46 points. All that chipping and putting practise at Ngawi, must have paid off for you Ivan.Two’s to Bob Smith, Matt Thomas and Ash Reed.
Great to see so many women on the course on Wednesday. A total 29 to contest the Par MSB. The winner Sharon Jephson, who continues her good form with +9, Jo Brown on +8, 3rd to Adele Cairns on +6, helped out by the new driver she was seen returning to the pro shop in Masterton on Wednesday afternoon. Pukemanu nearest the Pin going to Laraine Nix. The only two of the day going to Adele Cairns. The 9 holers were playing in the Sue Bunt Comp. There was one woman who lead from start to finish in the field. The best nett going to Jo Wilson, followed by Ann Parkinson and Rachel Colton. Coming home with the putts, and not just driving for show was again Jo Wilson, 2nd Denise Lazelle and in 3rd place Helen Kirk.Nearest the Pin on 8 was Jenny Tucker, and on 16 Helen Kirk.
At all levels, things seem to be flourishing at the Martinborough Golf Club, excellent turn outs at the weekend, nine hole numbers on the increase, etc., and the same can be said about the Thursday Club, excellent numbers, mean of course, excellent prizes.
We were visited by the Captain of the Karori Golf Club who, determined not to go unnoticed, scored a great nearest the Pin, converting it to an easy two. Nice work, Guy Walmsley, and a great change, we are sure from the hilly and windy conditions back home!.A couple of other players also got a two, Derek Stephens and Ed Elworthy, a marked change from last weeks full bag.The competition, the usual stableford, saw some reasonably good scores, but the masterful one was that of Warren Colton, with 49 points. He can rest assured that his handicap won’t stay the same.Bruce Johns played a presidential game, following Warren with 42 points. The ever consistent Ed Elworthy was close behind on 41 points, and he was trailed by David Donohue and Ro Griffiths on 40. The generous prize list rewarded the 39 points of Derek Stephens, David Thurlow, Roger Parkinson and Graham Howie.
Dates for the Diary
The end of the Month is looming, 31st March is a Friday, so remember to organise yourself and your playing buddies to be at the Martinborough Course for the Property Brokers sponsored tournament to raise funds for the local medical centre. The only players excused are the ladies playing in the Riverside Cup. The rest of you, please do try to get along there and pre register with the Team at Property Brokers in Martinborough on 306 8484.