Weekly Report: Business women’s tournament a success.

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.

Ladies Wednesday
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.

Thursday Club.
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.

Weekly Report: A walk in the park for Smith.

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.

Weekly Report: Captain kirk with enterprising round!

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.

Marquis Shield

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.

Weekly Report: Handicaps continue to tumble

The opening round of the Marquis Sheild yielded mixed results for our men from Martinborough. Bill Jones says he was happy with his teams performance against Eketahuna, and a couple of you were unfortunate not to increase the margin of 6 wins. Well done to the newest member of the team Bruce Sullivan, all that encouragment from her at the helm certainly paid off with your win on Sunday representing your Club. This Sunday our men travel up to Eketahuna for Round 2 against Mahunga, Bill will be subing in for Lance Phelps who has been chosen to play for Wairarapa this coming weekend.
We wish all the Shield players the very best for the season.

The weekend golf was Stableford competition, the men just seem to keep those plus 40 scores coming. Saturdays results from a reasonable field was lead in by Ian Henderson on 44 points- 1st, Peter Bain on 41 2nd, followed by Bill Jones and Les Cherry both on 40. Twos, and there were a few to Peter Bain, Bill Jones, Rod Mac Donald, George Kirk and Roger Simpson.Sundays competition was without the regular competitive core. The focused majority were off representing our Club at Masterton with their Manager and the others who exchanged metal for willow – trying their skills at County cricket at the Hartnell Cricket Ground, really ought to stick to Golf!! The results no less saw Garry Paterson 1st on 40 points, with Ian Henderson 2nd on 39 points. No twos on Sunday, pin placement the winner.

A great turn out on Wednesday 22nd February saw a strong number competiting for LGU -1st Qualifying round Captains Trophy – Shootout. Welcome to our new members, we trust you enjoyed yourselves with Felicity and June.They will no doubt be just as keen for you to take up Bridge later in the season, when the weather is not so kind. Some sensational scoring from the bronzes, congratulations to our ladies secretary Sharon Jepson with a sterling nett 61. The results – Silver: 1st Jenny Boyne 86-16-nett 70, 2nd Heather Draper 93-18-nett 75, 3rd Sherry Weatherstone 85-8-nett 77. Bronze: 1st Sharon Jepson 94-33-nett 61, 2nd Jill Colton 87-24 nett 63, 3rd Vicki Harris 92-27-nett 65,and Jennie Smith 95-30-nett 65. Twos : Sharon Jepson on the 12th and Shirley Rattray. Pukemanu nearest to Pin: Jenny Boyne.

Congratulations also to our Ladies Club Captain Kris Chamberlain, who scored a 76 at Masterton last week. We are very proud of our single figure handicappers Kris and Sherry, who head the number of Silvers – a healthy 20, at the Club. The first round of Riverside Cup commences on Friday at Featherston, good luck and play well ladies.

The nine holers too had their share of great scoring, 1st by a country mile was Sherryl Howie on 25 stableford points, a great round well played, 2nd Maureen Thurlow on 19 with Sandra Burgess and Rachel Colton on 18 points. Nearest to Pin on No.8 going to Sherryl Howie and on No.16 to Maureen Thurlow.

On the 23rd, the weather went through most of its possible changes, and as a consequence, so did the results from the suprisingly large turn -out. But being a stoic group, only one player chose not to finish. The average stableford was a good indicator of the conditions, 31 points.Patrick Pedlow, our Irish Australian, continues his good form, not only being nearest to the pin, but also converting it into a two. The only other player to get a two was Mike Topp.Half a dozen players weren’t fazed by the wet and cold, with the ever modest Ivan Taplin scoring a magnificent 43 points. He was closely followed by Ray Lind, playing very consistently at the moment on 42 points. Next, on 41 were two very welcome visitors from outer Featherston, Marty Saunders and Neil Lloyd. The next best, on 39 were Patrick Pedlow (again!) and a new initiate into the Marquis Shield, Bruce Sullivan. However, four of the nicer guys who play reqularly on a Thursday were having a little trouble handling the inclement weather so the ‘Four’ decided, it seemed, to play a tournament of their own devising. Rowan, Craig, Bruce (the one who holds an honourable position in the Club) and Mike decided that an average score of 30 points each wasn’t enough, and tried to find the player who could lose the most balls. As a result, among them they managed to lose six! There should have been a prize – A side of lost lamb perhaps!

Warning: This Thursday, a hundred players will be our guests on the course from 10am, so a little patience will be called for.

Weekly Report: Sizzling scores from Swain and Edwards

The fields on the weekend may have been a little thin due to several regulars swapping their clubs and cards to catching fish or those who couldn’t find their sealegs driving the tractors at the Ngawi Big Three fishing competition.
However that did not mean, there was a lack of competition, indeed Saturdays Medal round saw a close result with Les Cherry on a 69 nett followed by Terry Blacktop also on 69 nett and Lance Phelps coming in on 70.
Twos to Peter Bain and the putting competition was won by Terry Blacktop with 27 putts.

Sundays Medal round was easily nailed by Russell Swain with a nett 60. A nine point margin separated the rest of the field, coming in on a nett 69 was Alex Tulloch and Lance Phelps. Well done Russell you last played like this way back in September 2001.
Twos Lance Phelps (2) and Bob Goodley.
Putting going to Bob Goodley also on 27 putts.

Wednesday ladies day hosted the inaugural 9 holers shootout for our Club. This was won by Rachel Colton from a chip out with Carol Parkinson. Both chips were pretty impressive from the tricky placement by the referee, from the edge of the 12th fairway over the mound with the flag at the front of the green. Third placegetter was Di Bunny.
A good number of the 18 holers enjoyed a great start to the competition. Par MSB easily won by Margaret Edwards having a cracking round of 87 coming in with a +7. Sharon Jepson, Jill Colton and Heather Draper on +4, Jane Cooke +3 and Jennie Smith +1.
Pukemanu Nearest the Pin going to Jill Baker. No twos, the pin placement eluding everyone.

The 16th was a particularly hot February day for the Thursday Club’s first tournament of the year, but the great scores (well, for some!) obviously was played in ideal conditions.
Everybody, anyway got a prize for their pains, thanks to some additional sponsorship from Cotter and Stevens and our always helpful barman Graham Kerr. Thanks were expressed for the sterling work done by our caterer, Meg Webber, who can turn out a cream laden carrot cake quite unlike anyone else, including Jamie Oliver!
Nearest the pin for those on the 1-20 handicap was won by Pete Smith, who didn’t want anyone to know that he was unable to convert it into a two. Inexplicatably, no one in the 21+ group made it onto the elongated green. Must have had the same placement as the ladies the day before!
The longest drive for the 1-16 handicappers was easily won by Matt Thomas, who also managed to drive his tee shot straight to the green on the 10th. The 17+ winner was Tom Bunny.
There were only 6 twos Roger Simpson, Ray Lind, Russell Pearless, Ro Griffiths and Mike Evison (who, not to be outdone, got two).
The stableford competition had some great scores, although the heat got to more than a few.
Our visitor from Ireland, via Australia, was the charming Patrick Pedlow on 43 points, followed by our greenkeeper Darren and Pete Smith on 42,with Ro Griffiths and Roger Simpson a point behind.
Four players scored 40 points: Ben Masters, Brian Moisley (scoring 24 on the second 9!) David Thurlow and Terry Blacktop. The rest of the field filed behind, point by point till we got to some of the more anonymous scores.
Great raffles from Plants ‘R’ Us Greytown and Scotty’s Butchery.
Everyone seemed to have a fine time, and as we said no one went home empty handed.

Monday saw the Bronze pennants off to a flying start. Two wins and two halves against Otaki at Ohariu, an extremely friendly club, with loads of helpers, a hilly course with small greens, made for a memorable day. They have set the standard in Club hospitality for the 2006 season.

We have a new web site thanks to our Member Sam Cooke, it’s www.martinboroughgolfclub.co.nz for those of you who can operate a computer, it’s great and as we have a total of 397 members made up of 230 men, 148 ladies and a very creditable16 junior men, I’m sure that some of you will find it useful to check on upcoming events.

Martinborough is hosting the Business Womens Tournament on the 18th March. Please get your entries to the club asap. This is a very popular tournament and a lot of fun.