The Lady Stout Cup, the interclub friendly against Heretaunga was competed for last Friday 21st at Royal Wellington. It was fitting that this was held on the Queen’s actual birthday. The course was in magnificent condition, a fine display of autumn leaves, very thick rough and lightning greens with slippery slopes. The hosts were friendly, the lunch delightful, unfortunately the golf for some a nightmare, coming in second was not such a surprise. Our star player with the most stableford points and making us proud with 34 was Bindy Mc Leod. Most of team wore their uniform and for those who didn
The Club Committee met on 27th March and discussed the following:
- Centennial in 2008: work needs to start early with members involvement.
- Front Entrance: Ideas to be discussed in forthcoming meetings (possible centenary project).
- Trees: following a visit by Peter Cameron a summary of his discussions/recommendations to be made available to members and a further visit from Peter to be arranged where interested Members will be welcome to hear his advice. Following that a ‘Tree’ plan to be formulated.
- Hole in One: there has been some confusion as to the reward made for ‘Hole in Ones’ so a true wording will be presented at next meeting so as to define the policy.
- A request has been made for a sign from the 12th to Women’s 13th Tee to avoid confusion. Also signage at No. 1 Tee needs attention.
- New gas hot water system completed plus upgrades to various other plumbing.
- 8 new members during February, 11 resignations.
Like bees to the honey pot, this holiday weekend saw a hive of activity at the course. Members and green fee players alike enjoying our warm southern hospitality thanks to Sue in the office, the committee and of course Darren the green keeper and his helpers for the impeccable greens, going by the amount of twos. (Fourteen on Sunday, eight on Thursday)
Our Match Committee Convenor Sherry was delighted with the mighty fine turn out for Easter Sundays Chicken and Egg Tournament. It was great that so many of you came along and brought your guests to enjoy in this fun day. If you thought you
Martinborough, as hosts this year of the Rew and Mc Cracken Cup fixture last Friday took full advantage of local knowledge to take the silverware. The team captained by Jenny Wilkie, included Bindy Mc Leod, the writer, Jane Cooke, Heather Draper and Diana Donald. Undeterred by the erratic weather conditions, they returned to the clubhouse with a very creditable combined nett score of 461. Three shots back were Riversdale on 464, closely followed by last years winners, Masterton 467. Carterton finished with 477, Mahunga 483 and Featherston 497.
Saturdays Par round was in stark contrast to Sundays results. Peter Bain arrived home all square, while Brian Sklenars, Peter Hudson and Kris Chamberlain came in
This past week has been a very busy one at the office, oops, the golf course for some of our members. Some worked very hard playing in the usual weekly competition (practice), representing our club in interclub fixtures (the main game) and participating in the Property Brokers Charity Tournament ( community service). The outcome should see some movement to the handicaps.
The Marquis Shield boys had a very good win against Carterton, who we have not beaten in a number of years, 7
The Club Committee met on 27th February and discussed the following:
- Modifications to the 1st tee (not progressing) and the 8th and 11th greens (will progress). Trees on the 4th still under discussion
- New Tee markers agreed upon, practice nets to be built and new rakes approved. Plus examination of water issues in bunkers.
- Club house improvements, including the men
The end of day light saving seems to have brought on some long awaited rain, and the course is relishing in the extra moisture being provided. So long worm burners and ground grubbers, its time to settle down to some fine golf over the next few months.
On Thursday Meg the Caterer, and George the Instigator (and reporter) arrived to share a cup of tea with Sue the Manager, and then intended to go home. But they didn
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.
A busy week for the womens committee at Martinborough, who are hosting the Business Women’s 36 hole Tournament this Saturday. With a full field the course is in fantastic shape for this very popular event on the Womens Golf Calendar.
The mens competition on the weekend certainly burned it up with some very tidy nett scores. On Saturday Brian Sklenars arrived home in first place with a nett 66, with a three way photo for second going to Bill Crook, Trevor Hawkins and George Kirk, who continues his good form, all with nett 67. Handy two’s going to Matt Ryland, Adrian Blackett and Patrick Pedlow, who was out practising on Wednesday with the ladies. Putting well for 27 putts were Adrian Blackett and Phil Eberlein.
Sundays competition was a walk in the park for Rob Smith on nett 64, a few shots behind on 2nd place going to Terry Blacktop with a nett 70. Twos – Only one person Lyall Callaghan on number 7, Martins par 4, with the oaks and the drain. Great play of the week! The putting comp went to Rob Smith with 27 putts.
Ladies day on Wednesday 8th was the full Monty, the Silvers playing in the Coronation Medal round was won by Bindy Mc Leod who after using the putter as a hockey stick on number 1 green, settled down to return a card of 82-14-68,.2nd place to Jane Cooke 89-17-72 and 3rd to Sherry Weatherstone 82-8-74.
Both the Silvers and Bronzes played for the Aoteroa Cup, with Robyn Blackett having a sensational round, including a chip in for two on number 12. The tee shot going short to the right, Robyn was left to contend with a couple of trees and a mound to the flag at the far side of the green. The 40 metre distance, easy as for the #2 Play of the week. It was noted that her playing partners, were busying themselves in the sandpit and climbing fences at this time. 1st Robyn with 90-25-65, 2nd to Bindy McLeod 82-14-68 and third to Gaye Didsbury 93-23-70. The Veterans Trophy round was hotly contested, yes we like all the other Wairarapa Clubs have a few, was won by Shirley Rattray 93-22-76, 2nd to Rose Sparks 112-35-77 and 3rd going to Annette Smallwood 111-33-78. The Pukemanu nearest the Pin going to Diana Donald. Two’s to Robyn Blackett, Bindy Mc Leod and Shirley Rattray.
The Thursday Club, brave souls,despite some early heavy rain, turned out in force for a good afternoon’s play. It is good to see such a variety of players on the course, from the single handicappers to the almost got ones! This means of course, a certain amount of patience is called for, but the Thursday Club is noted for accepting all comers to its ranks.
These day we seem to be getting a plethora of twos, this week there were a record eight- Lance Phelps, Bill Jones, Bruce Sullivan, Ray Lind, Craig Colton, Trevor Hawkins, Jacky Nathu and Derek Stephens. David Kershaw was nearest the pin but, perhaps overawed by playing with a Russian prince, missed his two. The stableford was won by Terry Blacktop and Lachie McLeod with a creditable 41 points. They were closely pursued by David Kershaw on 40, with three players following on 39 points: Garth Edwards, Roger Parkinson and Trevor Hawkins.
Some members of the Pennants team travelled over the weekend to Paraparaumu for their matches against the home club on Monday. It should be noted that the opposition had just spent their weekend at the Club playing a 5 round mixed 9 hole competition, and therefore aufait with the quirkes of the course, namely the speed of the greens when approaching! Well that is my excuse anyway.
The winners for Martinborough were Heather Draper in the Silvers, saving us from a down trou, with a very good win and Gaye Didsbury who continues her good form and Felicity Warren for the Bronzes, the latter two driving over that am. The REST, sharpen your pencils so that you can mark your cards with plenty of + ‘s in the next round.
An important reminder to all golfers! The end of the month sees the Open Tournament to raise funds for the new Medical centre. If $25.00 at first seems a bit much, remember that your $25.00 means another plank in that building, a cause we all urge you to support. The club notes the passing of Mac Carter, a stalwart whose cheerful smile and ready wit charmed us all. We extend our sympathy to Pexie and her family.
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.