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MGC News 14/03/17

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 in Club News

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

BY JENNY BOYNE

The Greens Convenor and the greens staff are very happy with the progress of the coring of the greens last week and with all the deluge the rest of the country was getting, here in Marty it was of the gentle nature and has worked a treat with the recovery process. With the greens out of action individuals ventured off elsewhere for their weekly fix while the inter club teams found themselves bonding with Carterton later in the week.

The first round of Riverside Cup was played at Featherston on Friday against Carterton. Sylvia Beavis and Jaclyn Kras completed their rounds all square while rookie Alison Tipler had a cracking win on her first foray with matchplay winning 5/4.

Saturday was the Mens turn to play Carterton at Carterton in the Linnell Cup. Wins in the four ball to Chris Ranish and Mark Lucock 4/2, Dean Scheaf and Malcolm Bridge 2Up  and a very handy half to Sheldon Mc Namara and Malcolm Wood. In the singles Chris Ranish 4/2, Sheldon Mc Namara, Dean Scheaf and Malcolm Bridge 2/1. Malcolm Wood and Mark Lucock 1Up. Overall a very happy selector for his teams win of 8.5 to 6.5.

The Lansdowne Trophy team Cartinborough  caused an upset at Manor Park against Paraparaumu. These Matches are played  off the stick with a win in the morning in the foursomes from Sereana Phillipps and Katie Smart 7/6. The after round of singles saw healthy wins from Katie Smart 7/6, Sereana Phillipps 5/4, Vicki Bain 6/5 and Kris Chamberlain all square. The team are now sitting in the middle of the table.

The nine hole group ventured to Featherston last Wednesday while our greens were being worked on. Putting Competition was won by Sherryl Howie with 14 Putts on a c/b to June Sugrue. 3rd Jenny Tucker 16 Putts.

This weekend is the Wellington Womens 36 hole strokeplay tournament at Martinborough, its not too late to enter, please get yourselves entered online www.wgi.co.nz

MGC News 07/03/17

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in Club News

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

BY JENNY BOYNE

The saying it will happen, eventually does, meanwhile we wait in anticipation we ask ourselves when or how long it will take and after a number of years one asks the question, will it ever. Well on Tuesday last week our Vice President Rick Hargreaves had his PB, a 79 off the stick to complete his Par round +7. Bill Jago was close behind with +6. Alan Yeats +5 on a c/b to Mark Trafford.

Interclub on Monday the Silver Pennant team played at Shandon against Royal Wellington Gold, a number of matches could have gone either way, unfortunately it went theirs with us finishing with a win to Bindy McLeod 2 Up and Jenny Wilkie all square.

The Bronze team had a number of rookies in their team and they received the baptism of bunkers playing at Miramar against Kapiti. Leading by example a good win from the Captain Sylvia Beavis 3/1, loving the irrigated fairways and undulating greens Jaclyn Kras 3/2 and a very good half to the match play maestro Felicity Warren.

The Wednesday women played LGU, 2nd round Captains Qualifying and Shootout, with some very good scored posted. 1st  Angela Busby Nett 67, 2nd Karen Shaw Nett 68, 3rd Mary Desbonnets Nett 69 on a c/b to Jaclyn Kras.  Twos Jill Baker and Mary Desbonnets.  All Teed Up Nearest the Pin on number 6 was won by Pamela Messervy with Mary Desbonnets picking up the Medici Voucher for coffee and cake Voucher for NP on Number 8.

The Nine hole group had a good crew long this week for their Stableford Competition.  A number of them will see their handicaps tumble after this round.1st Lizzie Goodall 27 stableford points. 2nd Gaylene Selby Neal 23 pts. 3rd Jan Fergusson 21pts on a c/b to Pat Wood on a c/b to Billie Holmes. All Teed up Nearest the Pin on number 8  went to Ann Renall.

And just when the greens are looking their best, they are being cored this week to keep them in mint condition over the Winter months. The 9 holers are off to Featherston for a putting round and the 18 hole women are heading to Carterton to get in some practise for their Open day next week.

Wellington Womens 36 Hole Open (formerly Business Womens and Students Tournament) is being played at Martinborough on Saturday 18th March – for those wishing to enter please go to Wellington golfs website .www.wgi.co.nz

MGC News 28/02/17

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 in Club News

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

By Jenny Boyne

On Sunday the Club hosted 20 pairs for the Wairarapa Open 36 hole Mixed Foursomes and the member only 18 hole AB Martin Cup. It was interesting that 10 couples played together, and there were two father daughter combos.

The winners of the Wairarapa 36 hole Open Mixed Foursomes Challenge Cup presented by A Casselberry Esquire was Boulcott Heritage Farms  Malcolm Gullery and Alanah Braybrook. Carding a 2 under in their first round it proved pivotal as they stuttered mid afternoon to finish their day with a healthy lead into the Clubhouse with Gross 151. 2nd Andrew Lawler and Kris Chamberlain Gross 169 on a c/b to Bob Goodley and Sherry Weatherstone.

Ro and Lyle Griffith played well in the afternoon to scoop 1st in the Nett  with Nett 139  just ahead of neighbour duo Derek Stephens and Carol Parkinson Nett 140. 3rd Nigel and Ailsa Malneek Nett 141 on a c/b to Dayle and Marie Scrimshaw.

Keen to retain the AB Martin Cup Alistair and Jenny Boyne were delighted to finish with a Nett 65 with one of the pairs making several recovery shots. 2nd Nick and Ju Allen both putting very well Nett 71.5. Best morning round eligible for the AB Martin Cup was Derek Stephens and Carol Parkinson with a Nett 67.5 to place them 2nd overall.
Nearest the Pins on Number 8 Colin Wibley Smith, Mariana Mc Dermott and Jenny Boyne.

The Mens Inter club team have now had four home games and were keen to take full advantage of local knowledge against Trentham and the lads did very well adding 13.5 points to their tally. Wins in the Singles to Sheldon Mc Namara 8/7, Malcolm Wood 8/6, Andrew Lawler 7/5, Andy Morison 7/5, Chris Ranish 6/4, Matt Thomas 4/2, Bill Crook 2/1, Alistair Boyne 2 UP and a half to Gavin Lovejoy.  Full five points in the four ball, sterling work from  Sheldon Mc Namara and Malcolm Wood 8/7, Matt Thomas and Chris Ranish 7/6, Andrew Lawler and Gavin Lovejoy 7/5, Bill Crook and Andrew Morison 4/3, Derek Stephens and Alistair Boyne 3/2.

On Monday  hosting and playing, the Womens Silver Pennant team had a very reasonable start to the season going down 4/5 to Otaki with a win in the four ball to Kris Chamberlain and Sherry Weatherstone 4/3 and in the singles Kris had a stunning round against Fiona Mc Bride  the putter on fire winning 6/4, Partner  Sherry Weatherstone 1 up against Kay Wall. Marie Scrimshaw 2/1 against Robyn Gardner.

Bronze gals travelled to Manor Park to play Miramar and unfortunately did not do too well.

The Nine hole group played a par round is very hot conditions on Wednesday. 1st Jenny Tosswill +6, 2nd Gaylene Selby Neal +3, 3rd Leonie Wilde +2 on a c/b to Ali Russell.
Nearest the Pin on Number 8 one to Hiatt Cox, while Billie Holmes picked up NP on Number 16.

The Wednesday women also played a Par Round 1st Karen Shaw +4 on a c/b to Alison Tipler +4. 3rd Marilyn McKenzie +3
Twos:  Sandra Petersen and  Sherry Weatherstone
All Teed Up Nearest the Pin was won by Netia Morison and the Medici Cafe voucher for NP on Number 8 went to Lyle Griffiths.

The Tuesday Grumpies had a good tun out this week with Randall Warner winning the days Stableford Comp with 43 points. 2nd  Ali Holmes on 40pts, 3rd  Doug Fergusson with 39 pts on a c/b to  Bill Jago.

MGC News 20/02/17

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 in Club News

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF CLUB

By Jenny Boyne

The Rain in Martinborough on Friday was steady and no one was complaining, the greens were treated to an exceptional soaking making the lob wedge the must have for the 3rd round of Mens Interclub Linnell Cup playing at home against Carterton on Saturday. Overall 10/5 win. Great results in the Singles from Sheldon Mc Namara 6/4, Gavin Lovejoy 5/4, Tom Hindmarsh 5/3, Alistair Boyne 3/2, Matt Thomas 2/1, Derek Stephens 2 Up and Colin Wibley Smith 1 Up. The four ball pairing complimented each other with Tom Hindmarsh and Matt Thomas winning 5/4 Sheldon Mc Namara and Colin Whibley-Smith 5/4, Derek Stephens and Alistair Boyne 6/4.

No one wanted to be at the seaside on Sunday, though six souls ventured to Castlepoint to be drenched in torrential rain for the first round of Tilson Salver. The golf – well the hardy Marie Scrimshaw and Carol Parkinson played on and unfortunately were beaten, while the remaining four opted at the turn to halve their matches against Featherston.

Parking space was at a premium on Wednesday with almost 70 women playing. The 18 hole stewards were frantic sorting their 43 players into their draw, while the sammie makers were buttering up a storm to nourish the bumper turn out .

Great day for playing with some sensational scoring, leading the packed Club house in 1st place was Sylvia Beavis on 47 points. Watching her handicap tumble 2nd Lyle Griffiths 45 points on a c/b to gal of the moment Alison Tipler 45 points. 4th Jaclyn Kras 43 points.

Twos to Natalie Donaldson and Ju Allen. All Teed Up Nearest the Pin on number 6 went to Ju Allen, while Honor Clark picked up the Medici Voucher for her efforts on number 8. Best Gross score of the day went to Kris Chamberlain 78 including bogeys on the 17th and 18th!

The Nine hole group played Best Nett and Shootout this week with Louise Lyster having a great round to lead the 2017 table with Nett 29. 2nd Denise Davies Nett 30 on a c/b to Jacquee Reid. 4th Billie Holmes Nett 32. All Teed Up Nearest the Pin went to Ann Renall.

There were not too many grumpy men playing on Tuesday as most of them played very well. Ist equal on 45 stableford points were JD Smith, Ali Holmes and Bill Jones, 4th equal Andrew McKenzie and Ro Griffiths on 41pts and 6th equal Andrew Simm and Tom Bunny on 40pts.

The Town and Country discussion group aka Thursday Club lads have returned to the fold, and they say you are only as good as your last round, well what a week for John Dean Smith completing his round on Thursday with a Gross 80,  with 11 pars, the only blemish a double bogey on Bull Hill to rack up a spectacular half century, yes 50 stableford pts. 2nd Mr Ed Elworthy pleased with his 45 pts. A jostle for 3rd place with Peter Husdon 44 pts on a c/b to Trevor Petersen on a c/b to Frank Colton. 6th Roger Parkinson 43 pts on a c/b to Bill Jones. Nearest the Pin was won by Craig Colton, with twos from Nick Allen (16), Ed Elworthy and Tom Bunny both got theirs on number 6.

Sundays Comp for the 1st round of the Mens Shoot Out, Medal and Putting had a solid start with 20 playing. Postie Derek is secure for now with a Nett 65, Gavin Lovejoy put in a another tidy round with Nett 68. 3rd Andrew lawyer Nett 69 on a c/b to Malcolm Wood. 5th Shaun Draper Nett 70 on a c/b to Martin Napier. Putting 1st Martin Napier and Bill Crook 27 putts. 3rd Derek Stephens and Gavin Lovejoy 28 Putts.

MGC News 13/02/17

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Club News

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF REPORT

By Jenny Boyne

It was time to dust off the Clubs for the first week of the Competition year starting on Wednesday with the women, a solid turnout of 33 players for the 1st round of the Captains Qualifier, LGU and Shootout. The Winners played well and the tail enders played well, below par. We also welcomed a number of women who have rejoined the Club this year.

Leading the Shoot out scores for 2017 was Alison Tipler Nett 66, 2nd Jane Terpstra Nett 69 on a c/b to Georgie Wadey on a c/b to Lyle Griffiths on a c/b to Sylvia Beavis. All Teed Up Nearest the Pin on Number 6 was won by Angela Busby while Venetia Morison picked up the Medici Cafe voucher for Number 8.

It was the 16th hole which produced the twos from Jane Terpstra and Venetia Morison.

The Nine hole golf Putting Comp was won by Jenny Tosswill  and Suzanne Dowling with 17 putts. 3rd Jenny Tucker and  Billie Holmes with 18 putts.

Saturdays Bisque par saw a repeat of Wednesdays result sheet, some cracking scores and some rather poor performances.

1st Angela Busby using her handicap to full advantage had a cracking round +11, 2nd Doug Ferguson delighted with his performance +7 on a c/b to Chris Ranish +7, 4th Patrick Pedlow +5 on a c/b to Sandra Petersen +5

Two’s to Patrick Pedlow, with Sheldon McNamara slotting two, he also took home the birds nest.

Martinborough is hosting the Wairarapa Open 36 hole Mixed foursomes on Sunday 26th February and also for Members only is the AB Martin Cup for Mixed foursomes over 18 holes. To enter please see our website www.martinboroughgolfclub.co.nz or ph Sue in the Office on 06 3069076. A light lunch is included in the entry fee.

MGC News 06/02/17

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Club News

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF CLUB

By Jenny Boyne

A stunning Martinborough summer day of old was matched by a fantastic turn out of 86 in the field for our Main Opening Day tournament on Sunday . The members thankful of the magnificent trees that line the course which provided respite from the searing heat.

The Golf was fun, however the highlight of the day was undoubtedly having Stephen Walsh entertain after dinner for the best part of three hours.  The young Irishman is pretty tidy with the guitar and had the Clubhouse rocking, the likes of which has not be seen for many years. Stephen is also a very talented golfer, ranked number 4 in the Wellington Region. Thanks for a very memorable evening.

Random draw for team Ambrose was won by Ro Griffith, Jenny Tosswill, Paul Harris and Bruce Ward Nett 55.625 , 2nd Liam Annis, Shane Hartnell, Lyle Griffiths and Rick Thompson with Nett 55.75, 3rd Captain Bill Crook, Muso Stephen Walsh (RW),Venetia Morison and Robbie Pierse (RW) 55.875, on a c/b to 4th Malcolm Wood, Terry Fraei, Tom Bunny and Di Bunny, 5th Ian Stewart, Ray Matthews, Rosie Collins and Jo Loe Nett 56.375

The carpark raffle to raise funds for works around the course was drawn, congrats to Raymond and Susie Mathews winning the Club Captains carpark & Mike Hatrick the Presidents.

The Combined Open day for 9 and 18 hole Women was held on Wednesday with 54 players taking part. The front nine was won by Ju Allen, Marion Mc Kenzie and Kris Chamberlain with Nett 34. Big hitters Sylvia Beavis, Carol Parkinson, Rachael Colton and Jenny Boyne won the back nine with a Gross 35, securing birdies on the last two holes. Nearest the Pin in two was won by Team Honor, and Team Shaw.

Heavy rain on Thursday caused havoc at Te Marua Golf Club and so inter club was transferred to home and a more amicable tee time of 9.30am ensured those that wanted to go to the fair could and did. Another outstanding result for the mens Linnell Cup team winning 13/2. Impressive clean sweep of the four ball and solid wins to Captain Bill 7/6, Matt Thomas and Alistair Boyne 6/4, Andrew Lawler 5/3, Gavin Lovejoy 4/3, Malcolm Wood 4/2, Colin Wibley Smith 3/2 and  Sheldon Mc Namara 2/1.

The  Womens Lansdowne Team (Cartinborough) had their first game on Saturday at Paraparaumu against Shandon.  Well done to Pip Kirk and Katie Smart for their foursomes win in the morning and to Sereana Phillipps and Kris Chamberlain for their  singles wins in the afternoon.  A pleasing start against a very strong and young team.

MGC News 31/01/17

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 in Club News

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF CLUB

By Jenny Boyne

Our Club Captain Bill was a very happy man after his team (Photo) won 12-3 against Otaki in the first Inter club round of the Linnell Cup, playing at home the lads did very well. Notable wins from Captain Crook 8/7, Sheldon Mc Namara 7/6, Derek Stephens 6/4, Tom Hindmarsh and Alistair Boyne  both 4/3, Chris Ranish 4/2, Malcolm Wood 2/1 and Dean Schaef all square . In the foursomes Tom and Sheldon won 6/4, Derek and Alistair 6/4 and Gavin Lovejoy and Bill 5/4, Malcolm and Dean 1 Up and Chris and Matt Thomas all square . This weekend they have an early tee time of 8am at Te Marua.
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SPARK Pro-Am Results
It was close but Rookie Justin Morris wasn’t too fazed with not breaking or equalling the course record held by Lance Phelps after securing his first win as a Professional at the

the 2017 Invitational Spark Pro Am at Martinborough last week.

The field of 43 PGA professionals were highly complimentary of the course and the progress in upgrading our greens though a number did stumbled with our Par 3’s with very few managing to birdie them.

Morris, teeing off first thing took full advantage of the calm conditions scoring 10 birdies, paring the 4 Par 3’s, the only blip came on his last hole when he bogeyed the 18th. to record his Gross 63. This score was three shots clear of the three way tie in second place to Wesley Jeon who eagled Numbers 1 and 2, though bogeyed the par 3’s 12 and 16.

Harry Bateman was relaxed and soaking up the atmosphere from the get go. Birding numbers 1-6,   helped to cushion the  bogeys on number 15 and 16 before he regained his composure and birdied 17 finishing with a fine Par on 18. Trevor Marshall returned a solid performance of  5 birdies and 11 pars, an eagle  on number 1 and a sole bogey on the 7th to join this group.

The Teams Section was won by The Girls – Alison Sim, Emily Loughnan and  Mariana McDermott  who each won a round of golf at Cape Kidnappers plus a room each at Wine Country Lodge Havelock North for their efforts amassing 99 stable ford points on a c/b to 2nd place getters, Paul Harris, Sheldon McNamara and  Neil Catherall  who will be showing off their new Spark smart Phones on a c/b to the Spark 2 team who will no doubt enjoy their 5 Course meal for 6 people by Masterchef Ant North. 4th  Team Petersen, Trevor Petersen, Sandra Petersen, Marie Scrimshaw (96)  will be planning a weekend away winning 2 nights accommodation at McLeods bach for 3 couples plus 3 rounds of golf at Taupo Centennial or Tahara Course. 5th David Kershaw, Lachie McLeod, and Ray Matthews (95) won a round of golf at Royal Wellington plus $100 bar/food voucher – remember to pack your tie and sports coat on a c/b to 6th place getters Smokin Aces Girls – Brenda Blatchford, Sereana Phillipps and Roselee Thurston (95) who will have a choose where and when they take their 15 minute flight  with Amalgamated Helicopters. 7th  Greg Dalton, Jaclyn Kras and  Bill Gordon (94 on c/b)will have to consult their diaries and significant others to enjoy their Lunch at Wharekauhau. 8th Matt Thomas, Stu Taplin and  Doug Clark (94 on c/b) will have a few extra credits for being late home collecting a  3 -pack  of premium Wines from Palliser Estate, Nga Waka and Craggy Range for their days work. 9th  Bob Goodley, Sherry Weatherstone and  Cathy Taylor (93) each picked up  a $100.00 voucher from All Teed Up. 10th  Guy Walmsley, John Errington, Mike Hattrick (92 on c/b)were very happy winning Meal Vouchers for 3 couples at Luna Estate, with Nick Allen, Ju Allen and  Richard Warren (92 on c/b) looking forward to their massage by Antoni Smolnicki and afterwards enjoying  a Margrain wine tour.


Martinborough Hotel sponsored Yellow Ball Challenge, where you have to keep the yellow ball in play was won by Karen Stephens, Bill Jones and  Liam Annis, 

The Nearest the pins went to Sheldon McNamara ( 6) Marilyn Mackenzie (8), Ian Stewart (12 and 16)

MGC News 24/01/17

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 in Club News

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF CLUB

By Jenny Boyne

The organisers were delighted with the field of 41 pairs competing in the  annual Wellington Anniversary Monday Tournament split sixes.  ( 6 x 2 person Ambrose, 6 x 4BBB and 6 x foursomes) There was a lot of team talk going on and most of this went out the window as soon as play commenced.

The Course is looking fresh with the recent rain and the greens are running true and so the Spark Pro Am on Thursday should see some great golf and scores posted by the 50 odd professionals on the Pro am touring circuit.

It was the Go Girl power duo of Pip Kirk and Debbie Donaldson who were winners of the Tournament having fun slotting great putts with 52 Stableford Points, 2nd Alistair and Jenny Boyne amassing 23 points in the Ambrose section 51pts, 3rd Alan Heath and Tom Hindmarsh enjoying pitching for tap in putts 50 pts on a c/b to Dayle Scrimshaw and Birthday boy Terry Blacktop with a great chip in on number 4 for birdie. 5th Sheldon McNamara and Colin Wibley Smith 49pts on a c/b to Nigel and Ailsa Malneek on a c/b Pam Messervy and Marilyn Mackenzie on a c/b to Malcolm Bridge and Allan Eagle on a c/b to James and Ed Elworthy on a c/b to Rick Hargreaves and Bill Jones.

Derek Stephens was just one bounce short of a hole in one on the 6th, with Nearest the Pins on number 8 going to his wife Karen Stephens and Tom Hindmarsh, and Paddy Mc Carthy and Lyle Griffiths took out the NPs on the 12th green.

We are delighted that  after a long sabbatical that Martinborough has enough interest and commitment from players to enter a Mens Intercub team in the Wellington Comp. We have been slotted into Division 7 Linnell Cup and our first game is at home against Otaki this coming Saturday.

The Women have also rejoined the Tilson Salver Draw for weekend players in the Wairarapa Interclub Competition taking our inter club commitments to 2 teams for Mens (Linnell and Marquis Shield)  5 Womens ( Combined Lansdowne, Silver and Bronze Pennants, Riverside and Tilson Salver) and  one team for 9 hole Interclub.

ROUND THE FAIRWAY # 1 7th January 2017

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 in Club News

Happy New Year !

As we welcome in 2017 it seems and feels more like Spring than Summer  with the Course looking in great shape for the Spark Pro Am in less than three weeks. And while the town is buzzing with visitors on any day, we as Members are fortunate that we are able to rock up to the Club pretty much anytime  to play a round or just a few holes without having to book a Tee time. Thinking out aloud -Long may this continue, though what better time of the year to encourage friends and family along to introduce them to the game.

RAFFLES
Forget the chook and the chops, the Captain and the President have donated their Carparks as a raffle prize for you to purchase tickets for. Tickets are on sale now for $20.00 each and limited to 100.
The Draw is to be held on Opening day, Sunday 5th February with the proceeds going to our course improvement programme.

There will be 2 draws, one for the Club Captains and one for the Presidents carparks.
The winners will have priority access to these carparks from Opening to Closing day this year. They will have a plaque with their  name on it. They can also nominate a 2nd number plate for their park also, this must be registered with the office. Tickets can be pre-purchased  if you are unable to attend Opening day by contacting  Sue in the office. 06 3069 076

WORKING BEE
A call from the greens Convenor Andrew Lawler, he would very much appreciate if any of you have some spare time to assist with some physical work on the course in preparation of  the Pro Am in the next week or so.
Brush cutters/weed eaters are the first call of the day.  Many trees need a trim around the bases. Richard will have fuel mix for you.

The Plan is that works  on one nine will commence from Tuesday 10 January and the second  nine  from Monday 16 January

For those who can’t come armed with a brush cutter there are plenty of other jobs to be done around the course and club house.

If you are able and available please respond to Andrew  at plainandrewlawler@gmail.com

CARTS
The 2 new lease EZGO carts  have arrived and are available for hire.
The other 3 carts (2 red and 1 white) recently purchased will be going up for sale, so if anyone is interested in purchasing one or all three for a fair price they should make it known to the Office, before they are advertised openly. Unfortunately there is not enough shed space to leave private  carts at the Club on a permanent basis.

THE PROGRAMME
The programme is now loaded on our website www.martinboroughgolfclub.co.nz and has been sent to your inbox.
Hard copies are available for those of you who have shunned cyberspace.

MGC News 12/12/16

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Club News

Martinborough Golf Club

By Honor Clark

The Grumpies played a Stableford competition last Tuesday which was won by Bill Gordon on 41 points from Doug Ferguson on 39 and Graham MacFarlane, Mike Hatrick, John Slater and Paul Shepherd all on 38.

Thursday Club last week hosted the Smithy Tournament in honour of past Club President Neil Smith. Fittingly the tournament was won this year by Neil’s son Rob Smith with a fantastic score of 47 Stableford points. A great day was had by all with great company and wonderful prizes.

The 9 Holers had a mini tournament on Friday night as the final swan song of Mary Herrick and Sherryl Howie as outgoing 9 Hole Club Captains.  The golf was set up with 6 Par 3’s, hitting from certain fairways onto different greens. The big news, apart from it being a great evening with fun prizes, June Sugrue got a hole in 1, from the 7th fairway to the 13th green.  She now says she can lay claim to a hole in 1 on a Graham Howie Designed Par 3 Golf Course! Well done June, not too bad for the 9 Hole Matriarch.

On Saturday the Club held its Members Only Christmas Cheer Ambrose Tournament. The winning team was Liam Annis, Richard Pither, Elizabeth Stone, and Georgie Wadey with Nett 56, 2 Irene Lovejoy, Jaclyn Kras, Malcolm Bridge and Martin Napier 56.875, 3 Malcolm Wood, Kris Chamberlain, Peter Hudson and Lyle Griffiths, 4 Stu Taplin, Dean Schaef, Terry Blacktop and Gretel Dick, 5 Jenny Boyne, Wayne Hunter, Gavin Lovejoy and Tim Loe, 6 Marilyn McKenzie, Dayle Scrimshaw, Terry Fraei and Doug Clark. The tournament was followed by the Club prize giving. Of note were winners of the Hume Trophy for Club Sportsmanship: Carol Parkinson; and the Didsbury Tray for Services: Gordon Dinnison.

Sunday saw the final of the Men’s Shoot Out. The day, and the Stacey Hartnell Memorial Trophy, was won Colin Whibley-Smith. Runner-up was Graeme McIsaac.

As this is the last golf report for the year, I’d like to wish all Martinborough Golf Club members a very Merry Christmas and happy golfing in 2017.