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Stablefords, club competitions


The was a good turnout of members as we hosted Manor Park last week.

The competition was a stableford round, and the winner on the day was David Sadler from Carterton with 41 stablefords. Val Edwards and Brian McKeown next with 40 followed by Dale Fayen with 39.

Our 9 holers had two good days for their golf last week. Wednesday’s winner was Susanne Fuller on a count back from Alma Ven Der Tol both coming in with 22 stableford points played over the F9. On Saturday, Bernice Parker won with 21 stablefords, followed by David Ross with 19 and Phil Gibbens and Maureen Coulson both with 18 points. Both NTP and the Longest Putt were won by Jennifer Armstrong and Maureen came in with a great two on Hole 9.

Colin Larsen was the best on the day, winning our Wednesday twilight competition with 28 points over the 11 holes. Next was Jason Paku, and in 3rd place was Simon Chipp and Les Cherry with 26. Malcolm Steele won the putting comp with only 17 putts, and Craig Wilson won the Admiral’s challenge on Hole 10.

On Saturday afternoon club day numbers were low as our interclub teams played in the morning. Mike Newport won the 2nd round of the Hills and Hughes Cup on a countback from Matthew Williams and Nic Craig all with 38 stablefords.

The Hills and Hughes Cup was a best of 2 rounds stableford competition. Craige Burt was the champion, totalling 82 over the two rounds, well clear of Nic Craig in 2nd place.

The Ladies stableford competition was won by Jane Brooking. Keenan Forestry best gross of the day was Mark Armstrong with a Gross score of 78.

The Men’s shootout competition is well underway with Nic Craig leading at this stage with the best 3 round score so far of 205, followed by Wal McKnight with 209. Remember, only 19 men can qualify for the end-of-the-year shootout competition so get those low-scoring rounds in now whilst there is still plenty of summer run.

The highlight of the club’s week was our Wairarapa Hospice Tournament, played last Friday. The weather couldn’t have been better for the 140 players that took part.

There were some great team names. None better than The Tradgics, who weren’t at all tragic as they came in winners on the day. Ox Little came in next, followed by The Grumpies and 3 Bent Sticks.

Sadly, team Fore-Give-Us came in at the bottom of the field.

At the time of writing, I am not sure of the money amount raised for Hospice Wairarapa, but going by the fierce bidding at the auction it would have been a fair amount.

Thank you to all of you who entered.


The news keeps getting better for the interclub teams. Jenny Wilkie scored a hole-in-one at Te Marua during the ladies 18 hole interclub on Monday. The men’s teams both played with Division 2, sadly losing to Masterton but retain their top spot. Division 10 won at home against Trentham, which saw them jump up to second spot on the ladder.

On Sunday, the club held the Dick Bennett Memorial tournament, an amazing turnout of 28 teams. Prizes were awarded in divisions, the ladies went to Lizzy Thomson & Deidre Thomsen with 59 stableford points [wow], the mixed went to Sandra and Trevor Petersen with 48 points and the mens went to Bob Schofield & Glenn Harper on 49.

The ladies played a HPMC Stableford and those impressive results just keep rolling in, thanks to concrete fairways, and handicaps continue to fall. Bindy McLeod won with a brilliant 47 stableford points.

The Grumpies played a par round with Brian Russo taking the money with +3. Thursday club was won by Greg Dalton with 42 points.

On Friday, 5th April the club is hosting the Featherston Amateur Wrestling Club Ambrose fundraiser. A 4 person ambrose, $200 per team. Tee off at 11am. Register at [email protected].

The first lot of frames have been installed at the new clubhouse, and it’s great to be able to get a sense of the shape and size of the building. Thanks to the team at Holmes Construction and our diligent project manager [John Thomson] the target date of late November is still looking achievable. Everything crossed that the weather doesn’t disrupt things too much.



Tuesday 26 March: ‘Forsyth Barr’ Tuesday Competition. The Forsyth Barr Women’s competition this week was the second round of the Nancy McCormick foursomes. This is a national competition played over two weeks and the winners were Jo Philps and Jenni Johnston with a nett 75 on both days.
Monday 25 March: Monday Vets – Ambrose. 1st Harry Quinn, Terry Harrison, Ross Dymond, Philip Brown 27.25, 2nd Jan Thompson, Peter Brunton, Ash Peterson, Jamie Brunton 28.37.
Saturday 23 March: ‘BW O’Brien Ltd’ Saturday Club Day – Par. 1st Kevin Mackay +5, 2nd Ewen MacDonald +4, 3rd Reece Hannam +2.
Thursday 21 March: ‘Brad Chittick Ray White Leaders’ Thursday Competition – Stableford. 1st Brian Grant 38, 2nd Benny Marriott 37, 3rd Sam Forrester 37, 4th Brian James 37, 5th Joel Macklin 36, 6th Gavin Harris 36.
Wednesday 20 March: 9-Hole Ladies – Putting: 1st Gill Neal 15, 2nd Venetta Justice 15, 3rd Trish Newcombe 16, 4th Margaret Irwin 16. PGG Wrightson longest drive Jan Thompson.


Monday 25 March: Rothbury Silver Pennants: 7–2 WIN vs Royal Wellington Gold at Miramar GC. What a beautiful day at Miramar with a very exciting rough green. Masterton came away with 7 points. We won all the 4BBB [3 points] followed by 4 single match wins. Masterton is now second on the leaderboard. 4BBB: Sereana Phillipps & Brenda Blatchford 1up, Carolyn Stevenson & Jo Philps 2up, Jo Alabaster & Cindy Giles 2up; singles wins: Carolyn Stevenson 4/2, Cindy Giles 2/1, Jo Philps 2up, Brenda Blatchford 1up [Sereana Phillips – Rothbury Silver Pennants team captain]. Bronze Combo Pennants: 7–2 WIN vs Judgeford at Te Marua GC. Bronze Combo team put in a strong performance with a 7/2 win at Te Marua on 25th March against Judgeford. Singles wins to Jenni Johnson, Lindy Williamson, Julie Weber and Carol Tudhope, Lola Ogg halves, and with Marilyn Beetham’s contribution a clean sweep for 3 points in the 4B/B [Lola Ogg – Bronze Combo Pennants team captain]. 9 Hole Women’s Division: 3.5–0.5 WIN vs Titahi at Shandon GC – singles wins: Sally Lowes 2/1, Di Herbert 2up, Pip Fairbrother 1up.
Saturday 23 March: Men’s Premier team: 2.5–7.5 LOSS vs Judgeford at Shandon – singles wins Dean Gray 3/2, James Crawley 2Up; Division 2: 9–6 WIN vs Martinborough at Masterton – singles wins Simon Dew 7/6, Geoff Masters 5/4, Elliot Pike 4/3, Luke Lange 3/2, Gavin Harris 2up, Cliff Cleary 2up; Division 6: 4–11 LOSS vs Paraparaumu at Paraparaumu – singles wins Colin Whibley-Smith 7/6, Brian James 3/2; Division 9: 5–10 LOSS vs Waikanae at Waikanae – singles wins Thomas Kainuku 6/5, Carl Christensen 5/4, Hira Renata 4/2, Carl Backhouse 3/2.
Friday 22 March: Riverside Cup. 2.5–3.5 LOSS vs Pahiatua at Eketahuna GC – singles wins Jeanette McNae 3/2, Julie Weber 2up.


The club competition on Saturday was a par round, and first was Michelle Coley on 4 up, and that was on countback from Ondre Kauri also on 4 up. Nicholas Harding was third on 2 up with Cheycoda Cocks fourth on 1 up. Cheycoda also scored a hole-in-two on the 10th. Nearest the pins went to Nicholas Harding, Malcolm Benseman, Anita Karaitiana and Wyne Williams.

Sunday’s club competition is also a par round and in group 1, Mark Logan was first on 4 up and that was on countback from Allan Biel, also 4 up. Darryl Coley was third on 3 up with Paul Haxton on 2 up. In group 2 there is one not-very-happy camper who has had their handicap slashed for Easter. Tracey Sutherland was clearly the round of the day on an incredible 9 up. Well done, Tracey and all the best for the Easter tournament on your new handicap. Peter Hawkins was second on 4 up with Denis Hutchby third on 1 up, and that was on countback from James Jackson fourth and Maurice O’Reilly. There were 8 twos on Sunday with Bobby Kahui, Steve Blundsen, John Dodd, Tracey Sutherland, Darryl Coley, Anita Karaitiana, Paul Haxton and Mark Logan all scoring holes in two. Hole 17 was the easiest, with four of the holes in two being scored on that hole.

On Tuesday, the Vets played a stableford round, and for the Ladies, Nan McNae was first with 42 points, and Maria Lauvi was second with 37 points. In the Men’s group Eddie Tuuta was an easy winner with 46 points, with Chic Reiri second with 39 points.

This weekend is the Black Hawk Build Group Mahunga Easter Tournament. The field is basically full, but, there are 8 slots left at 12.20pm and 12.30pm. A great field will be assembled with gross & net with over $11,000 of prizes. So be quick. For those that have already entered, don’t forget entry includes a practice round on Friday and watch our Facebook page for the full draw.

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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