Round the Fairway #6 21st May 2017

Posted on May 21, 2017 in Club News

Div 7 Linnell Cup Team









FROM LEFT: Alistair Boyne, Chris Ranish, Colin Whibley Smith, Captain Bill Crook, Sheldon Mc Namara (sunnies on head) Derek Stephens, Tom Hindmarsh, Andrew Lawler Randal Warner and Mark Lucock.

Congratulations to our Mens inter club team who won Division 7 Linnell Cup yesterday needing only two wins from their  7-8 result against Judgeford away. Its been 23 years since we last had a team playing in any Wellington Interclub Competition and this year Captain Bill was thrilled to have twenty players who made themselves available for the Comp. With a core of eight regulars special mention must go to Sheldon Mc Namara having straight A’s from wins in all ten singles matches.
The last round was away to Judgeford with the lads experiencing wind, rain and hills to climb for the first 7 holes. Wins in the four ball to Tom Hindmarsh and Mark Lucock 3/1, Sheldon Mc Namara and Chris Ranish 3/2, Colin Whibley Smith and Bill Crook Square, and Andrew Lawler and Randal Warner also all square. In the singles Tom H 3/2, Sheldon 1 Up, Chris R 6/4, and Colin W S 4/3.
The Marquis Shield team are not doing too well as a team however the Seniors are sharing the top of the scoreboard in the Workman Cup.

Womens Interclub.
The Silver Pennant team have picked up their game and are now off the bottom of the table with three rounds to go. The Bronze gals have finished their season, the Riverside Cup team are in the mix, while the Tilson team have had yet another postponement due to inclement weather, not that any farming associated players are too distraught about this.

Nine Hole
The Nine holers are finding their feet and experiencing new courses and are only a point behind neighbours Masterton.

The Order of Merit has started, if you missed the first round its not too late to enter the fray with the next round on Sunday 23rd July, mark that down NOW !

NAGA SHIELD- Captains V Presidents Team Stableford Comp- Sunday 28th May. Free Entry and please be at the Club by 10.45am for a Tee off @ 11.15am.

Trust House E10 Womens Open Day- Friday 2nd June 2017.  Sherry Weatherstone Trophy Best Nett.
Martinborough Kindergarten Fundraiser Ambrose on Monday 5th June.
Ngahau Trophy and Grandmas and Grandpas Tournament Sunday 18th June.
Please see noticeboard for details.

A very warm  welcome to all our new members and look forward to seeing you on the course. We do have coaching available from Joel Macklin from All Teed Up to improve you game.


Earlier this year we replaced our old 400Ltr Diesel Tank with a larger 950Ltr tank. This came about because our fuel supplier had for sometime shown reluctance with supply to us, and the existing  tripod type mount structure been no longer accepted in the regulations. We therefore took the opportunity to purchase a new larger tank with the regulation 4 post mounting structure, which also meant we were able increase our normal delivery spacing from every 2 weeks, to monthly. As for the old tank; the intention is for this to be completely flushed and repositioned adjacent to the garden area to the left of the 11th green. Periodically this will be manually filled with water and used to irrigate this garden area.

Our course is a heavily tree populated property generating large amounts of waste from annual pruning and wind damage. In the past we have simply gathered and burnt this waste. This process has irritated some of our neighbours and members alike. We therefore went ahead and purchased the largest chip adjustable wood chipper suitable for purpose, so that we can reuse this waste. The intention is to now use larger chipped material under trees with exposed roots in high wind prone areas, and smaller sized chips in areas where roots and weed control is a factor. NB. There will be no free relief if your ball ends up amongst these chips. Please be aware when playing that there may be roots under your ball.

We are very fortunate to have a good relationship with the members and administration of the Royal Wellington Golf Club. Earlier this year we became aware of RWGC’s intention to upgrade some of their equipment in preparation for the Asian Pacific Amateur Championship being held on their course in October. Consequent to this, we were offered one of their hardly used (in our opinion) Jacobsen Rough Mowers at less than a tenth of the current new price ($85k). This is a fantastic acquisition for us to take the pressure of our current aging gang mowers, whilst also freeing up a tractor for other purposes.

We are very please to advise that a grant applied for from Eastern & Central Community Trust was accepted enabling us to go ahead with the purchase of a much needed Billy Goat Debris Loader.

For those who don’t have iron disease, a Debris Loader is a large capacity garden vacuum cleaner and mulcher, with its own 4 stroke motor power source.
In the future the intention is to use this for gathering the large amount of Oak leaves and acorns that fall each season, then spreading this waste in the forest areas (i.e. RHS 2nd fairway, LHS 11th Fairway etc) to help with weed control. The past practise was to manually gather and burn this waste. Hopefully we have now created a win win situation for our neighbours, members, and the environment. We are also hopeful this machine will assist with core collecting during greens and tees renovation work.

We have added and replaced a couple of additional items. We now have a second utility vehicle for staff to use around the course. You may also have seen this vehicle during our larger tournaments ferrying food and drink for players. Also our aging Stihl weed eater and Stihl Blower needed to be replaced earlier this year when repair costs became unviable.

Purchase of the above equipment has been made possible by careful budget management, raffling of the Club Captain and Presidents car parks, fundraising at the Easter Mowdown Tournament, contributions from the Ladies Committee, and wheel spin raffles when possible.

Your committee is extremely grateful and thanks all those who have contributed their time and money, to make these extra purchases possible.

But this is only the beginning…………..

As well as the ongoing work with our greens and tees, our fairways and irrigation system are at least two areas that will require a fair amount of attention in the coming year or two.
I believe that is very important that we continue to make steady carefully considered investments and improvements across the board to enable us to prepare for the future demands that will be place upon our Club. I think you will all agree that Martinborough is now truly a hotspot for weekend visitors and holidaymakers all looking for great memorable experiences, which we can be part of and hopefully at the forefront of the activities.

As always the Committee will keep you informed and involved with any major decision making,

If you don’t subscribe to the local newspaper  – Wairarapa Times Age on Thursdays, please go onto the Website and check out the blog.

MCG News 16/05/17

Posted on May 17, 2017 in Club News



On Monday morning the Bronze pennant gals negotiated the morning rush hour traffic to play their last round at Karori against Paraparaumu. The late tee time of 10am and the hills suited half of the team with wins to Lyle Griffiths 4/2, Jo Loe 3/2 and Jaclyn Kras 1up.

The Silvers played at Manor Park Golf Sanctuary against Miramar. The course runs along the Hutt River and it is long and narrow and the rough was rough. MP is somewhat unique in that it holds an internationally recognised environmental certification from Audubon International, based in New York and is part of its’ Co-operative Sanctuary Programme for Golf Courses. The club fosters habitat and cares for a wide variety of native birds residing on the golf course and its immediate environs. The ducks love it too despite all the road works going on at the Hayward’s interchange. Wins in the four ball to Kris Chamberlain and Sherry Weatherstone 2/1, Sandra Petersen and Jenny Boyne 5/4. Singes Kris Chamberlain 5/4, Sandra Petersen 4/2, Jenny Boyne 1 Up and Mariana Mc Dermott all square. We are now off the bottom of the table and with three rounds left there’s plenty of opportunity to climb a few more rungs on the ladder.

The Lansdowne team played at Carterton against top of the table Boulcott Heritage Farm and unfortunately did not win enough matches to make the playoffs. However they did have a win in the foursomes with Vicki Bain and Kris Chamberlain 1 up and in the singles Noora Rota had the only win 2/1.

The Marquis Shield will not be making its way into our trophy cabinet this year, playing at Carterton against neighbours Featherston, the Juniors were once again pipped when it counted. Wins in the senior singles matches to Chris Ranish and Bill Crook with a handy half from Derek Stephens, and in the Intermediates, wins to Alistair Boyne and Peter Hudson. In the four ball a solitary win to the latter pairing of Boyne and Hudson.

Tuesday grumpies enjoyed a warm sunny day playing a stableford round, 1st John Dean Smith and Bill Crook on 37 points, 3rd Adrian Blackett on 36, 4th Doug Fergusson and Bill Gordon on 35.

Last Wednesday the carpark was very busy and the 18 hole women’s had 30 players competing in a Par round.  Keen to keep hold of the Mrs WG Martin sugar bowl was Jenny Boyne, coming in on +3, 2nd Rachael Colton +1 and 3rd Jenny Wilkie and Alison Tipler square.  All Teed Up Nearest the Pin on number 6 went to Karen Shaw on and Medici Voucher was picked up by Sue Dalton with her tee shot on number 8. There were no twos so there will be plenty in the kitty this week!

Coming up on Friday 2nd June Trust House E 10 Women’s Open Day. Would love to see you.

Entries to or phone 06 3069076. Weather is going to be great too!


MCG News 09/05/17

Posted on May 10, 2017 in Club News



What an eventful week our members have had. Congratulations to Kris Chamberlain winning the Wairarapa Women’s Open 18 hole Tournament at Masterton last Friday, it seems our players do rather well on other courses.

The Lansdowne Trophy team, a composite inter club team made up of the best Players in the Wairarapa who are keen and have the stamina to play 36 holes of matchplay off the stick against the cream of Wellington Women’s Golf, had a great win last Saturday against Royal Wellington at Heretaunga winning 5/4.

Royal Wellington is now a 27 hole course and Saturday is their traditional Club day, so any inter club played on this day is relegated to the the old back 9, which has been renamed The Terraces, therefore its a good idea to carry a note pad for the first nine so that you can refer to it for the next 27 holes. Wins in the foursomes to Pip Kirk and Kris Chamberlain 1 up and Sereana Phillipps and Vicki Bain also 1up and a handy half to Wendy Rhodes and Sandra Petersen. In the singles Kris Chamberlain 1up and Sandra Petersen 3/2 and a half to Serena Phillipps. The team is now placed 4th with the penultimate round on this Saturday at Carterton against top of the table leaders Boulcott Heritage Farm. Good luck this weekend, would love to see the team securing a spot in the top four playoffs.

The Mens Linnell Cup team had a solid win this week 10/5 against Trentham at Trentham on Saturday. This is the course where you need to go straight otherwise the granddaddy pines will fling your ball in any direction.

Wins in the four ball to Sheldon Mc Namara and Andrew Lawler 3/2, Dean Scheaf and Bill Crook 1 Up, Randal Warner and Andy Morison 5/4, Malcolm Bridge and Doug Ferguson 2/1. In the singles Sheldon Mc Namara 7/5, Bill Crook 5/3, Randal Warner 3/1, Andy Morison 6/5, Alistair Boyne and Doug Ferguson both 1 UP.

The Tuesday grumpies produced better scores this week, though a few of them are having trouble with their drives which has helped the bar takings. 1st Adrian Blackett on 39 stableford points, 2nd JD Smith on 38pts and 3rd Alan Eagle on 37pts.

Wednesday Women were unable to fire up for their HPMC Stableford round. 1st Karen Shaw 35pts on a c/b to Sylvia Beavis 35pts 3rd Alison Tipler 33pts on a c/b to Nicola Warren.

On Sunday Nineteen players signed up to the 2017 Order of Merit Competition, with one player quite distraught upon opening the emails immediately realising he had missed the first round. Well you did manage to play both interclub and senior 3rds rugby on Saturday that equals stay home Sunday. 1st Captain Bill and Malcolm Wood Nett 69, 3rd Wayne Hunter Nett 70, 4th Derek Stephens,Terry Fraei and Richard Pither Nett 72.

Coming up on Monday 5th June its the Martinborough Kindergarten Fundraiser Ambrose Tournament. Confirmation of registration @ 10am Tee off @ 11am. Make up a team of 4 or we will slot you into a team, Cost per team $100.00 includes golf, food and fun activities. Auction to follow. Contact Megan Gibson 06 3068 085 or

MCG News 02/05/17

Posted on May 4, 2017 in Club News



The Silver Pennant team had their best result this year winning 6/3 against Royal Wellington Green at Boulcott Heritage Farm on Monday. The southerly winds were biting cold for the first couple of hours and then the sun popped out in time for lunch. The course has now completed its reconfiguration with the construction of the new Clubhouse due to commence very soon.

Some of us ran into a tad of trouble and were reprimanded on our slower pace from the group behind, however the greens were very tricky to read, though the on course Marshals were most helpful as some Tee to greens had altered lay outs.

Wins in the four ball to Pip Kirk and Sherry Weatherstone 1up, and Jenny Boyne and Mariana Mc Dermott 2up. In the singles Pip Kirk 2/1, Sherry Weatherstone 2up, Marilyn Mackenzie 1up and Jenny Boyne 3/1. We are now clipping at Manor Parks heels to move up the ladder.

The Bronze gals travelled to NZs finest links course Paraparaumu and came away with a half to Felicity Warren against RW Green.

In the Lansdowne Trophy our gals also played at Boulcott HF against Manor Park. A half in the foursomes to Vicki Bain and Sereana Phillipps and a half in the singles to Sereana and a win to Noora Rota 1 Up.

The Marquis Shield team played Eketahuna at Featherston on Sunday wins in the singles to Sheldon Mc Namara and a half to Chris Ranish in the Seniors, Bill Crook and Malcolm Bridge in the Intermediates and straight losses to all the juniors. In the Fourball, wins in the Intermediates from Nick Morrison and Ro Griffith and Bill Crook and Malcolm Bridge. Due to the unique points system used we lost overall to Eketahuna 4-0.

Martinborough hosted the Wairarapa Open 18 hole Womens 4 Ball Best Ball last Friday with 24 pairs in the field. Gross:1st Sereana Phillipps/Roselee Thurston ( Mstn) Gross 75 .2nd Sherry Weatherstone( MBA) /Linda Cameron( Mstn) Gross 78. 3rd Sandra Petersen/Mariana McDermott ( MBA)Gross 80  4th Kris Chamberlain( MBA) /Shirley Hay (Manor Park/ Wainui) 5th Pamela Messervy/Marilyn MacKenzie( MBA)Gross 84

Nett:1st Bev Simmons/MaryAnn Gray Nett 58 2nd Julie Murray /Raewyn Sutton 3rd Sue Green/Leta Hunter 4th Jane Williams /Sue Ross Nett 66 on a c/b to 5th Liz Stone/Karen Stephens.

NTP:  #6 Sereana Phillipps, #8 Marilyn Strang, #12 Shirley Hay #16 Marilyn MacKenzie
Longest Drives:  0-18.4 Sandra Petersen, 18.5 + Angela Busby
2’s:  Sue Dalton, Marilyn MacKenzie, Sereana Phillipps

The Tuesday grumpies played a Par round with Greg Dalton and Bill Jones on +1, from Mike Hatrick all square. Scores overall were not very good, and there were 5 jugs shared from those not making the Ladies tee.

Last Wednesday the 18 hole women played in the National Competitions for Coronation Medal/Aotearoa Cup/Vets Cup:  The scores this week will probably not make the cut nationally however for the first time in a long while one player won both the Coronation Medal & Aotearoa Cup, Congrats to Adele Cairns while the Vets Cup went to Robyn Blackett.  All Teed Up NTP #6 went to Felicity Warren, and Medici Cafe voucher for NTP on #8 went to Jenny Wilkie.   Felicity Warren and Jaclyn Kras were the only ones to get a two.

MCG News 25/04/17

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Club News



The course is looking an absolute splendour at the moment with the Autumn leaves and emerald greens providing a stunning backdrop for the locals and visitors who have been on the course this past week.

It was though, down to the business end of the Men’s Interclub Competition Linnell Cup at home against Judgeford on Saturday and with the timely return of Captain Bill, he and his team mates crushed their nearest competitors winning 13/2. Wins in the four ball to Sheldon Mc Namara and Chris Ranish 5/4, Malcolm Wood and Mark Lucock 3/1, George Kirk and Bill Crook 1 UP and Derek Stephens and Randal Warner 4/3.
In the singles Sheldon lead the team into the Club house winning 8/7,Chris R 1 Up, Malcolm W 4/2, Mark L 5/3, Colin Whibley Smith 3/2, George K 1Up Captain Bill 3/2 Postie Derek 3/1 and a solid win to the rookie; Randal Warner 6/4.  Very well played lads.
The team has a buffer of 9.5 points clear of Judgeford and 20 ahead of 3rd place Otaki perched on the Top of the Leaderboard with two rounds remaining, away to Judgeford and away to Trentham.

On Friday the club hosted the annual St Johns Charity Tournament – there were 27 teams playing and over $8000 was raised for this great organisation. Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors and players for supporting the day.

Tuesday Grumpies had a bumper turnout and the lads played to their handicap on the most part. 1st Terry Blacktop 38 stable ford points, 2nd Tom Bunny 37 pts and 3rd Paul Riddiford 36 pts.

The sun shone all day on Wednesday for  the 3rd round of qualifying of Women’s Captains Trophy and Shoot Out and also the 36 hole Strokeplay Championship.  Thanks to the Nine-hole group for letting the 14 players through, it was very much appreciated.

The winners in the Captains Trophy/Shoot Out: 1st Marion McKenzie, 2nd Kris Chamberlain, 3rd Karen Shaw.  All Teed Up NTP on 6 was Carol Parkinson and the Medici Cafe voucher on Number 8 went to Angela Busby. No twos and the birds nest is filling.

Winners of 36 Hole Strokeplay Championship were:  Best Gross Kris Chamberlain, 2nd Gross Sandra Petersen, Best Nett Mariana McDermott, 2nd Nett Jenny Boyne.

On Sunday we hosted Tilson Salver due to Featherstons course being a tad wet under foot.

MCG News 18/04/17

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 in Club News



The Easter Monday Mow down Ambrose tournament was a great success and well supported by the members and friends of Martinborough golf. The course has held up well with the recent rains and for the first time in simply a very long while, no one has had to lose sleep over the water allocation consent.

Seventeen teams enjoyed their day, though we understand that one ex pat Englishman lost not only one but two club heads off two shafts on two consecutive holes. And it didn’t come about by bad temper!

Interestingly the top two spots went to the teams who started on the Par 3 Number 16.  Enjoying each other company and some Sergio spell bounding approach shots saw 1st place awarded to The Masters  Greg and Liz Stone, Rick Hargreaves and Garry Cuttance Nett 53.5,  2nd  George, Russell and  Pip Krik and Andrew Smith Nett 57.75,  3rd Chris Ranish, Liam Annis, Marilyn Mackenzie and Christine Warner Nett 57.875,  4th Bill crook, Phil Ebelein, Malcolm Wood and Terry Fraei Nett 59.25,  5th Kris Chamberlain, Andrew Lawler, Jeff Bibby and Richard Whisker Nett 59.60,  6th Martin Napier, Debbie Donaldson, Bob and Mike Tosswill  Nett 61,  7th Mariana Mc Dermott, Rosie Collins, Mike Rust and Tim Richards Nett 61.375 on a c/b to Dean Schaef, Sheldon Mc Namara, Colin Whibley Smith and Malcolm Bridge.

The wet autumn has also caused a few hiccups with our local  Womens Interclub  fixtures – Tilson Salver and Riverside Cup being postponed by the usual summer safe courses. New dates will be advised by WGI.

Martinborough is hosting the Wairarapa Womens Open 18 hole 4 BBB on Friday 28th April. Entries to Kris Chamberlain we look forward to  seeing you there.

MCG News 11/04/17

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in Club News



The course was closed for most of last week and so there are quite a few events that have been rescheduled.

The sun did though finally popped its rays out on Sunday and discarding their wet weather gear came those who were hopeful of securing a handy Shoot out score. It was not to be for most with the winners of the day Derek Stephens and Alistair Boyne diplomatically tied on the edge with a Nett 69.

On Monday the Silver Pennants team played at Waikanae against Boulcott Heritage Farm. The gals did not enjoy the lakes and swamp thus the ledger result was in favour of the opposition with Sandra Petersen saving our bacon with a very good half.

The Bronze team also went over the Haywards to Kapiti to play Manor Park with a couple of solid performances from Lyle Griffiths and Jaclyn Kras both 2 UP and a great half to the Captain Jo Loe.

The nine hole inter club team played at Manor Park against Waikanae with Loiuse Lyster having a great match winning 4/3.

The Bisque par results from the Tuesday grumpies last comp was won by Bill Gordon on +10 2nd Adrian Blackett on +6. 3rd equal Alan Yates, Mark Trafford and Terry Blacktop on +5.

The Mens Captains Trophy matches on the bottom half of the draw are now down to the business end with Colin Whibley Smith and Terry Fraei securing their spot in the semi finals.

Coming up
Monday 17th April we have having a fund raising Ambrose tournament to raise funds for a rough mower – teams of 4, $80/team. Entries to the office please.

Friday 21st is the date for the rescheduled St John’s Tournament – please let Terry Blacktop know if you wish to play – email

Monday 24th there is a fund raiser for Martinborough Kindergarten – entries to Megan Gibson 06 306 8085 or email

MGC News 28/03/17

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 in Club News



On Monday the  Womens Bronze Pennant team played Karori at Royal Wellington where Felicity Warren crucified her opponent with the biggest win you can have playing singles Matchplay , the score 10/8.  It really doesn’t get any better than that, though knowing her she was probably disappointed that she didn’t get to play the whole course. Other wins Angela Busby 5/4 and Sylvia Beavis 2/1.

The Silvers struggled at Masterton against the hosts, fortunately Venetia Morison had a fantastic win 5/4 to save the team exposing themselves.

The Mens inter club team suffered their first loss against Otaki at Otaki on the Saturday going down 5.5 / 9.5. Wins in the singles to Chris Ranish 2 Up, Malcolm Bridge 2/1, Sheldon Mc Namara and Colin Whibley Smith both 1 up.  In the four ball Chris Ranish and Sheldon Mc Namara 2/1 and Gavin Lovejoy and Malcolm Bridge all square.

The Tuesday grumpies were on fire with Rob McCreary cruising into the Club house with 48 stable ford points, 2nd Alan Eagle with 44 pts and 3rd Mike Hattrick and Ray Lind on 42.

The Nine hole group played their Sue Bunt National Competition last Wednesday. There is unprecedented pressure on this group to produce a hat trick for the Club, Leonie Wilde the National Champ in 2015, Jaquee Reid in 2016 so we are all hoping that Sandra Burgess’s Nett 29 be enough for Martinborough to be the Regional/ National Champ for 2017. Good luck. 2nd Jenny Tosswill Nett 31 3rd Sherryl Howie Nett 33 4th equal Pat Wood and Philip Reid Nett 34.

The Wednesday women played another National Competition -the Nancy Mac Cormack 36 hole foursomes. Nine pairs competing and after the first 18 holes it was still any pair in contention. Youth prevailed with Kerry Campbell and Karen Shaw taking out the title for 2017, Congratulations.

Sundays stableford round was won by Derek Stephens with 43 Stableford points. 2nd Patrick Pedlow on 40 pts and 3rd equal was Dean Schaef and Terry Fraei on 39 pts.

MGC News 14/03/17

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 in Club News



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

MGC News 07/03/17

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in Club News



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