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Possenniskie leads Wellington at nationals


Congratulations to Anna Possenniskie, who has been selected in the Wellington team to compete in the Women’s National Interprovincial Championships. She is also the captain.

The championship is being held at the Waiuku golf course during April 4-7. Good luck to Anna and the team.

The men’s interclub teams have been going well, with Division 2 sitting on top of the table with 47.5 points. Division 10 are 3rd on the table, but with a couple of home games to come, the team is determined to make up lost ground.

For the ladies, Lansdowne Trophy, the team had a healthy 6-3 win over Royal Wellington. The final round is at Manor Park vs Shandon. The team is only 2.5 points behind the team in 1st position. Riverside Cup proved another very close tussle against Riversdale; 5 of the games were decided on the 18th! In the end it was a 5-4 win.

Winners from last week: A sizzling net 60 from Felicity Warren and almost as good 63 for second by Honor Clark. Grumpies was won by Marilyn McKenzie with 46 points – can’t be grumpy with a score like that! The weekend stableford competition was taken out by Dayle Scrimshaw with 43 points, impressive results on recently cored greens.

This Sunday is the Dick Bennett Memorial four-ball best ball stableford. Two-person mixed, men’s and ladies’ sections, $40 per team, 10am registration. Entries to [email protected].

The construction of the new clubhouse is progressing well as are fundraising efforts. On Friday, April 19, an ambrose competition [teams of four] with some spectacular prizes – more information from the club if you wish to enter, and watch out for some quiz nights coming up over winter.


There was a good turnout at Twilight on Wednesday of last week.

Nigel Bailey and Andy Gibson managed 26 points to avoid the dishes and win the top prize. Nearest the Pin was won by Nick MacDonald on hole 15.

Admirals Challenge – Longest Putt on hole 7. Our President, Mark Johnston, was the champion here.

There was a good crowd of 9-holers on Saturday playing a South African stableford competition. Bev Todd and Wayne Buck won with 42 points. The longest putt went to Jennifer Armstrong.

A good turnout of 18-hole club members turned up to play on Saturday. Vicki Bain won the ladies competition with -1.

The men played in round 1 of the Hill and Hughes Trophy. Craige Burt must have had a lot of weetbix for breakfast because he came in with a whopping 45 Stableford points. Trailing behind was Craig Wilson with 40 and next across the finish line were Nic Craig and Allan Fayen with 39 stableford points each.

Craig Wilson had a good day also, managing to register 2 x twos. Graham Hutchby, Lance Sayer, Mark Bebbington and our visitor Mark Armstrong all had one each.

Don’t forget the course is closed the entire day tomorrow, March 21. Carterton Golf Club is hosting the Hospice Charity Day. Entries for this event have now closed.


17 players on a sunny but cool day for a par round at the weekend. 1st Karen Barbour; 2nd Robert O Neale; 3rd Maurice Filer; 4th John Barbour.



Monday, March 18: Monday Vets – Par. 1st Jill Slight 3, 2nd Phil Brown 1, 3rd Laurie Williams 1, 4th Jan Thompson 1.

Saturday, March 16: ‘BW O’Brien Ltd’ Saturday Club Day – Stableford. 1st Ray Verhaart 40, 2nd Carl Christensen 37, 3rd Ash Peterson 37, 4th Peter Cottier 37.

Thursday, March 14: ‘Brad Chittick Ray White Leaders’ Thursday Competition – Stableford. 1st Geoff Masters 42, 2nd Brian Grant 42, 3rd Murray Macklin 41, 4th Geoff McKay 40, 5th Jeff Ogg 39.

Wednesday, March 13: 9-Hole Ladies – Stableford: 1st Pat Dawson 22, 2nd Sally Lowes 21, 3rd Alex Tomlinson 21. PGG Wrightson longest drive Debbie Coom.

Eagles Halberg Field Day: Wairarapa Clubs recently participated in the Eagles Halberg Field Day held at Paraparaumu Golf Club on Sunday, March 10. Lynne Sutherland [Eketahuna] won the “Winners Trophy” with 41 stablefords and Jan Williams [Masterton] was 2nd with 35. Keeping it in the family, Jim Sutherland [Eketahuna] won the “Eagles & Visitors” section with 41 stablefords, Brian Campbell [Castlepoint] was 2nd with 32 points and Richard Gaskin was 3rd with 29 points. Vicki Molenaar [Riversdale] also featured on the prize list.


Monday, March 18: Rothbury Silver Pennants: 6-3 WIN vs Manor Park at Shandon GC. The team left Masterton in nice weather, but after playing 5 holes at Shandon, the westerly wind became very cold, but we had a win. Coming home with wins were Jo Philps, Carolyn Stevenson, Jo Alabaster and Cindy Giles. We had 2 wins in the 4BBB with Jo Alabaster and Cindy Giles, Jo Philps and Carolyn Stevenson.

Bronze combo pennants: 5-4 win vs Martinborough1 at Otaki GC. A positive result with 5/4 win to Masterton against Martinborough 1 at Otaki. Wins to Shona McHattie, Carol Tudhope – also 4b/b, Julie Weber, with halves to Lola Ogg and Margot Barton. The 9-hole Women’s Division: 1-3 loss vs Karori at Boulcott’s Farm GC – singles wins: Sally Lowes 1Up.

Sunday 17 March: Tilson Salver. 0-6 loss vs Castlepoint at Martinborough GC – no singles wins.

Saturday 16 March: Division 2: 11.5-3.5 win vs Trentham at Masterton – singles win Simon Dew 6/4, Gavin Harris 5/4, Geoff Masters 5/4, Dean Napier 4/3, James Crawley 4/2, Nathan Frew 3/2, Gordon Reisima 3/2. Division 6: – 2-13 loss vs Mahunga at Mahunga, singles win – Cliff Clearly 2/1.

Meanwhile, the Forsyth Barr Tuesday competition this week saw 16 women playing in the first round of a foursomes competition. The Nancy McCormick foursomes is a women’s 36-hole event held over two weeks, with pairs playing 2 rounds of 18 holes. The first round was won by Lindy Williamson and Jan Tatham with a nett 68. Jo Philps and Jenni Johnston were runners-up with nett 75.

Many clubs around New Zealand hold the competition each year. It honours Nancy McCormick, who was secretary of NZ Ladies Golf Union from 1932 to 1952. In 1953 silver salvers were purchased to commemorate her long years of service and so began the Home Links foursomes competition. It’s an annual event with district and national winners.


The club competition on Saturday was a medal round, and first in Group 1 was Anita Karaitiana with nett 67, followed by Ivan Karaitiana with nett 69, and Michelle Coley was third on countback with nett 70. In Group 2, Ondre Kauri was first with an awesome round of nett 63. There was daylight back to the rest of the field, with Layton Kawana second with nett 74, and that was on countback from Malcolm Benseman, who was also on nett 74. Holes in two were scored by John Dodd, and nearest the pins went to Ivan Karaitiana, Rodney Flood, Layton Kawana, John Dodd and Anita Karaitiana.

Sunday was also a medal round, and first in Group 1 was Jeremy Harp with nett 66, with Terry Adamson second with nett 69 and that ws on countback from Jason Paku. Paul Haxton was fourth with nett 71. In Group 2, Denis Hutchby was first with nett 67, and that was on countback from Tracey Sutherland who also had nett 67. Mark Logan was third with nett 69 and that was on countback from Daniel Haxton fourth with 69 also. Holes in two were scored by Jeremy Harp, Ivan Karaitiana and Jason Paku.

This weekend the club competition is medal on Saturday and stableford on Sunday. Don’t forget to get your entries in for the Black Hawk Build Group Mahunga Easter Tournament. You need to be quick because the field is nearly full, and there are only a few tee times left.

Roger Parker
Roger Parker
Roger Parker is the Times-Age news director. In the Venn-diagram of his two great loves, news and sport, sports news is the sweet spot.

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