Club & Tournament Results


Summer Cup (Men): Peter Jacobson

Summer Cup (Ladies): Christina Jilesen

Opening Day Laura & Merv Coker Salver: Ann Percy & Shaam Bhullar

Mountain Handicap: David Grierson, runner-up Kevin Shannon

Tarrangower Shield: Robert Drinkwater & Lain Bacon, runners-up Bob Frew & Richard Rennie, consolation Erik Lei & Keith McKenzie

President’s Trophy: Peter Jacobson, runner-up Paul Dowie

Captain’s Trophy: Noel Lawson, runner-up Wayne Byelich, consolation Bob Frew

Kamaru Rosebowl: Kevin Diamond & Joanne Begg

Parent & Child: Paulo Bhullar & Nihal Bhullar

Mixed Pairs: Noel Lawson & Barbara Taylor

Wally Jones Memorial Trophy – Club Strokeplay Championship:

            Senior:                       Laal Bhullar, runner-up Jason Simpson

            Senior B:                   John Filleul, runner-up Noel Lawson

            Intermediate:         Kerry Trillo, runner-up Pay Keys

            Junior                        Wally Anglesey, runner-up Ray Cotter

Club Matchplay Championship:

            Senior:                       Jason Simpson, runner-up Laal Bhullar

            Senior B:                   Noel Lawson, runner-up Lain Bacon

            Intermediate:          Kevin Bennett, runner-up Shaam Bhullar

            Junior:                       Bob Frew, runner-up Santokh Bhullar              

Shootout: Erik Lei


Lain Bacon (L) one half of the winning duo of the Tarrangower Shield receives his prize from President Murray Robertson. (Absent Bobby Drinkwater.)

Laal Bhullar (L) is the Senior Strokeplay Champion. President Murray Rovetson does the honours.










Jason Simpson (L) is the Senior Matchplay Champion.


Wally Anglesey (L) is the 2018 Junior Strokeplay Champion.

















Ladies – Wednesday 14th November – Closing Day for Ladies Golf was an entertaining day with many and varied activities. It started at nine o’clock with the Ladies AGM with approximately fifty ladies attending. Club Captain Roseanne Parkes read her annual report which not only ably covered the activities of the year but also included the results of the recent survey seeking the opinion of members on current competitions. This has been passed on to the incoming committee for their consideration for next year. Roseanne had also undertaken another project based on the age grouping and number of regular players which pointed up the need to consider changes to the competition programme. This years’ average turnout to Wednesday eighteen hole competitions was a healthy 31 ladies, but in the past when the competitions were set it was more like 60.

After a cuppa it was out onto the course to play nine holes in teams of four noting their three best stablefords. The winners were Jill Burton’s team of Sara Porritt, Annette Tylee, Marion Johnston and Glenda Street’s team of Marie Cadogan, Jennie Allan, Margaret Nelson.

Prize-giving was the final activity of the day with a beautiful array of silverware to be presented by Jane Brown, life member. Most of the recipients have been mentioned during the year so I will just pick out a couple. Ladies Golf Union winners were Silver Division Liz Hodgson, Bronze 1 Division Harriet Byelich, and Bronze 2 Division was Karen Kingan. The beautiful roses in the Coronation Rosebowl make it the most attractive trophy and that was won by Carol Plowman. Linda Willis won the trophy donated by Jane Brown for the most improved Tuesday player. Jane will again be tutoring golf starting in March next year so, no matter what age you are, if you think you would like to take up golf, this is the place to start. Jane makes it all light hearted and her pupils have even gone on to win the Shootout.

The 2018 Ladies Prize Winners

Carol Plowman received the Coronation Rosebowl from Life Member Jane Brown (R)


Ladies – Wednesday 7th November – With all the competitions being completed for the year today was a fun day and the Irish Foursomes, which was cancelled by wet weather early in the year, was taken out and dusted off. It turned out that Irish Foursomes was a team of only three people playing the best ball and taking turns to be the one to drive from the tee. Eleven teams all handed in stableford scores over fifty but the winning team was Jane Brown, Carol Carmichael and Margaret Nelson, (56). Second and third, on a count-back, were the teams of Elaine Couper, Chris Edkins and Glenda Wright – in a green tutu, and Sue Ferguson, Marie Cadogan and Marion Johnston (55). As the clubhouse was unavailable golf started and finished at the gazebo near the twelfth tee and the weather stayed fine for everyone to enjoy a picnic there and on the grass. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Friday 2nd November – The nineteen players who had qualified for the Shootout assembled at 8 o’clock for an early start to what is always a long day as slowly, hole by hole, one player drops out until there are only two players on the eighteenth hole. It takes quite some time for nineteen players to play together on one hole and it is well after mid-day before the numbers have dropped sufficiently to allow the speed of the game to become normal. So you can imagine the first hole with players, caddies and officials dotted all over like flies on a bun. Those qualifying for the event had entered at least 10 competitions during the year and had at least one round with a nett score low enough to put them in the running.

All the competitors but one had played in this competition before, but that one person proved that Cinderella could go to the ball and win the trophy. On a beautiful sunny day it was anything but a repeat of previous years with several previous winners and favourites leaving the field early. When several players have the same nett score on a hole there is a ‘chip off’ onto the green – sometimes nine players were involved in the ‘chip off’ which showed how close the competition was. The two remaining golfers at the eighteenth hole were Sue Ferguson and Linda Smith. Linda’s chip onto the green took her very near the pin while Sue’s luck wasn’t in and she had to putt first. Despite the pressure of her very first time in the Shootout, Linda’s nerve held and she sank her one putt to win the competition. Later in the club house Anne Topham of Peak Accountants presented the trophy to Linda and spoke about the club link with the firm under Jeremy Stubbs. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 31st October – The LGU competition was won by Karen Kingan on a 67 nett. Other players to win golf balls were Pauline Mason, Evelyn Heale, Sue Rennie (69), Ann Hay, Marie Cadogan (70), Sue Ferguson (71), Wallis Jones (72), Sue Virtue, Chris Edkins, Jane Brown, and Linda Smith (73). Three players had a two on the fourth hole; Karen Kingan, Wallis Jones and Evelyn Heale. (By Marion Johnston)  


Ladies – Wednesday 24th October – It was the third and final round of the Bogey Cup competition and the last day to qualify for the Shootout. Elaine Couper had a two on the fourth hole which helped her finish seven up altogether but she was pipped at the post by the day’s winner Barbara Taylor who finished eight up putting her at the top of the Shootout board. Other winners were; on five up, Evelyn Heale, Linda Smith and Wallis Jones; on four up Sue Ferguson, Glenda Street and Susan Virtue; on three up, Roseanne Parkes, Paulo Bhullar and Karen Kingan; and on two up Anne Hawkins and Annette Tylee.

The nine hole players completed their five round Bogey competition with Robyn Faire the overall winner.

The ladies Shootout is on Friday 2nd November taking most of the day so come along and watch and cheer on the players. (By Marion Johnston)


Mixed – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October – Bowyer Motors Mobil Main Trunk Scramble – Well its all over and what a great golfing weekend it was. One hundred and four players took part from all over New Zealand. This was made up of 24 ladies and 80 men. The weather was magnificent and some great golf was on display. There were two rounds on the Saturday, with Foursomes in the morning and Four Ball Best Ball competition in the afternoon. A great lunch was provided and sitting out on the deck having lunch while watching  golfers come and go was a little slice of heaven. Sunday saw the final round in the Ambrose format, where both team members tee off, select the best ball and then both hit again etc until the ball is in the hole. Some amazing scores over the three rounds resulted with the best of the men being 27 under the card. They were  local farmer Joe Heale and ex Owhango local Ivan Douglas who now hails from the Tauranga area. Someone called out “How do you sleep at night” when they received their prize. I’m sure the answer would have been “Very well, thank you”. Runners up were locals Mike Gavin and Barry Smith, with third place going to local man Kevin Shannon and Peter Wells from Te Puke. In the ladies competition two ladies from Walton in the Waikato took out first place with 22 under the card, namely Leeanne Pitcon and Heather Sharp with runners-up being the local pairing of Paulo Bhullar with granddaughter Jindh coming in with a very creditable 21 under. Third in the ladies section were locals Linda Smith and Sue Virtue. Prizegiving followed on Sunday afternoon with many golfers from outside Taumarunui heaping praise on our course and Club. One player saying it’s by far the best course in the Waikato and probably in the top ten country courses in the North Island. The course was presented in magnificent condition, again thanks to greenkeeper Mike Faire and his team of helpers led by Club President Murray. Many hours of blood sweat and tears went in behind the scenes both prior and during the tournament. A big thanks to all those people who helped make it all possible. This event is probably a close second after Queens Birthday on our calender in terms of numbers. A big thanks must also go to our main sponsors Bowyer Motors (Pam and Gary Grimes). The Air New Zealand flight raffle to Australia was won by local Jill Burton. Thanks once again to Air New Zealand. Everyone is  already looking ahead to next years event. (by Terry Kay)


Ivan Douglas (L), Joe Heale (R) were presented with their winnings by Jo Begg for their 27.5 under par effort.

Mike Gavan, runner-up played with Barry Smith who was missing in action were close behind the winners on 26.









Third placegetters on 24.5 were local player Kevin Shannon and Peter Wells of Te Puke.


Leeanne Pitcon (L) and Heather Sharp from Walton were top womens scorers with 22 under.









Third in the women were locals Linda Smith (L) and Sue Virtue with 18.5.


Jindh (L) and Paulo Bhullar ran a close second to the winners on 21 and were uniquely a grandmother/granddaughter team.




















Ladies – Wednesday 17th October – It was another early start to allow for the thirty-six holes of the Araroa Cup. These players were followed by the eighteen holers also playing stableford. The thirty-six hole winners were Glenda Street (80), Evelyn Heale, Karen Kingan, Marie Cadogan (79), Sue Ferguson (78), and Roseanne Parkes (77). The eighteen hole winners were JoanneBegg, Annie Carmichael (41), Judith Hastie, Jane Brown (40), Jennie Tibby (39). Marion Johnston had a two on the seventh hole which she thinks is the first in a very long golfing history. Next year it becomes legal to putt when the flag is still in the hole but that isn’t coming soon enough for the player who hit her best ever long putt before anyone else could get there and take the flag out.  Not fair Marg.

The nine holers completed their Match-play Competition which was won by Jeanne Gomas over Anne Hodges.

Cara O’Donnell won the Tuesday haggle. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 10th October – The main event for Wednesday 10 October was the seventh round of the LGU competition and also the fourth round of the McElroy Cup. Joanne Begg was the only player to score a two which she did on the fourth hole helping her to becomethe runaway winner of the day’s competition with a nett 65. Other winners were Anne-Maree Harland (69), Liz Hodgson, Marie Cadogan (70), Wallis Jones, Sue Virtue (71), Jenny Tibby, Anne Hawkins, Judith Hastie (72), Jennie Braithwaite, Chris Jilesen (73).

What gift do you give a mum or grandma who enjoys a game of golf, why a novelty club cover of course.  In fact some players even treat themselves to one that tickles their fancy.  I promised the owners that they wouldn’t appear in the photograph but here are Harriet Byelich, Christine Jilesen, Marie Cadogan, and Barbara Taylor displaying the pig, tortoise, wombat, cockerel, panda etc club covers not necessarily owned by them. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 3rd October – The competitions today were the fifth round of the Stableford Trophy and the fourth round of Putting. The haggle for the day was Putting and the winners were Joanne Begg (30), Lynne Bacon, Carol Plowman (31), Paulo Bhullar (32), Jennifer Allen and Chris Jilesen (33). Congratulations to Barbara Taylor for her two on the fourth hole and to Barbara Corney who had a two on the seventeenth. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 26th September – Several competitions were happening this week. Starting with tee off at 8.30am was the 36 hole final of the Club Championships played ‘off the stick’. In the Silver Division the winner, on the 36th hole, was Wallis Jones; runner-up Liz Hodgson. The Bronze 1 winner, on the 30th hole (12th), was Sue Ferguson; runner-up Pauline Mills, and the Bronze 2 winner, on the 33rd hole (15th), was Marion Johnston; runner-up Lynne Bacon. Winner of the Veterans Championship final played over 18 holes was Ann Percy who won on the 18th hole; runner-up Barb Taylor. The 18 hole Tarrangower Trophy for handicaps 41 and over was won by Jennie Allen; runner up Glenda Wright.

The day’s other competition was the third round and final round of the Stableford Competition. This round’s winners were Evelyn Heale (43), Sally Sherson, Glenda Street (40), Judy Hastie (37), Carol Plowman (36), Sue Virtue (35), Joanne Begg, Marie Cadogan (34).  The overall winner with the best round in this three round tournament was Evelyn Heale on a count back from Margaret Steedman and Paulo Bhullar. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 19th & Friday 21st September – Wednesday was the second round of the stableford competition which continues while some players complete the Club Championships Matchplay. It was a “day out of the box” and the day’s winners were: Glenda Street (42), Ann Percy (41), Joanne Begg, Marie Cadogan (40), Anne Hawkins (39), Paulo Bhullar (38), Julie Owen, Sue Virtue, Sarah Leilua, Barbara Taylor (37), Evelyn Heale (36).

The ‘Fred & Ferg’ 27 Hole Women’s Foursomes Tournament took place on Friday with 36 entrants and good golfing weather. This tournament is sponsored by Fred Bacon Electrical and Ferguson Lawn Mowing who split the field between them into those who started on the front half of the course or those on the back. The front half winners were: Sue Ferguson and Cara O’Donnell (55), Ann Percy and Carol Carmichael (54), Sarah Leilua and Sue Rennie (52), Joanne Begg and Glenda Street (52). The winners from those who started on the ninth hole were: Pauline Mills and Daphne Ferguson (60), Chris Edkins and Jill Burton (59), Evelyn Heale and Margaret Steedman (56), Glenys Wheeler and Paulo Bhullar (56). The prizes were presented with cards made by Ann Percy who had depicted a lady golfer in her inimitable style wearing the Cameron tartan which Sue Ferguson really appreciated. Sue always putts without using the pin so that when she saw her companions gathered at one end of the green well away from her she thought they were just watching while she putted for the hole she could see. Fortunately it didn’t go in, as the others called attention to the fact that they were standing round the hole with the flag in it. Ah well it had been a big day for you Sue. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 12th September – Today was the first round of the Stableford Competition which is taking place in conjunction with the Club Championship Matchplay, the first round of which was played today – to give those not involved or knocked out of the championships an alternative competition based on the best of three rounds. Today’s winners were Paulo Bhullar, Margaret Steedman (43), Jennifer Allen (42), Ann Hay (41), Jill Burton, Jose Heale (39), Wallis Jones, Dianne Cameron, Glenda Street (38).

The Nine Holers had a Bogey competition day and the winner was Shirley Barton on 2 up with runner up Elaine McFetridge on 1 up.  Shirley also won the putting competition. 

The Tuesday group did not have a separate competition as some of them are involved in Championship Matchplay.

I think people play golf because it is the nearest they want to get to the adrenalin rush of dodging bullets. A golf ball striking a tree can ricochet in a life threatening manner as four startled women discovered this Wednesday when a drive from the hilltop eighteenth tee shot back past them ending up on the tee for The Drop. (By Marion Johnston)


Mixed – Bowyer Motors Mobil 69th Annual Left Handers Tournament Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September – A field of 71 keen golfers from far and wide took to the course on a glorious spring day. The weather gods weren’t quite so kind on Sunday and while some people managed to stay drier than others most of the scoring dropped in line with the barometer. There are many players who have been attending this tournament for a great number of years but one chap by the name of Alan Roebuck from Taranaki who, while sporting an arm cast and unable to play, did not wish to break his record of attendance of more than four decades. Alan travelled to the tournament to cheer on his fellow lefties. Now that is commitment.


Ted O’Reilly Shield (36 hole Nett): Wayne Hughes, Napier

George Worms Memorial (36 hole Stableford): Roger Maxwell, Urenui; Runner-up Raymond Horsfall, Mt Maunganui

Rod McLiesh Cup (Senior Men Gross): Nuddy Pilay, Whitford Park; Runner-up Ken Shea, Raglan

Graeme Bridge Cup (Intermediate Men Gross): Lawrie Fawcitt, Riverside; Runner-up Ron Vesty, Napier

Johnson Keepa Trophy (Junior Men Gross): Hylton Tabb, Napier; Runner-up Kerry Bond, Riverside

Frank Hemmingson Cup (Senior Men Nett): Kevin Shannon, Taumarunui; Runner-up Peter Jacobson, Taumarunui

Haddon Strachan Memorial Cup (Intermediate Men Nett): Brian Keane, Hauraki; Runner-up Daniel Scotson, Rangitikei

Doug Beever Memoriall Putter (Junior Men Nett): Tom York, Waiotapu Valley; Runner-up Jack Boettcher, Eketahuna

Manukorihi Cup (for winning Team): Napier – Hylton Tabb, Ron Vesty and Wayne Hughes



Lefties Tray (36 Hole Gross): Audrey Messenger, Te Marua

Bowyer Trophy (36 Hole Nett): Beryl Sutton, Urenui

Stableford Cup (36 Hole Stableford): Linda Smith, Taumarunui



Nett: Jo McCrea, Urenui

Stableford: Evelyn Mills, Urenui; Runner-up Kay Wey, Urenui


L to R – Wayne Huges (Napier), Roger Maxwell (Urenui), Nuddy Pillay (Whitford Park), Lawrie Fawcitt (Riverside), Hylton Tabb (Napier)


(L to R) Kevin Shannon (Taumarunui), Brian Keane (Hauraki), Tom York (Waiotapu Valley), Audrey Messenger (Te Marua)


Linda Smith (Taumarunui)


Ladies – Wednesday 29th August – For the thirty-six hole Eclectic Cup the players keep their score card for eighteen holes then after lunch sally forth again to try to improve their score. Because, usually, they have had some success the first time round the second eighteen holes does not take so long as they are able to pick up when it is clear they are not going to improve on the first time round. Soat eight thirty on a dull morning they started off in threatening rain and by four o’clock the last threesome had straggled back to the clubhouse all cheerful and mostly dry. The winner was Sara Porritt with a best nett of 56, closely followed by Glenda Wright on 59. For both this was the first time they had played this competition, Sara since graduating from the Tuesday group and Glenda since moving from the nine holers this year. Other winners were Barbara Taylor (62), Karen Kingan (65), and Jill Burton (66). Liz Hodgson had a two on the seventeenth and Jenny Allen a two on the fourth.

The eighteen holers followed the field and the winner of the haggle was Linda Smith with 35 stablefords. Unfortunately, because of a misunderstanding about starting times, some eighteen holers were unable to be part of the haggle. However it was a busy and successful day with the garden around the ninth tee getting some new shrubs as a couple of thirty-six holers decided to garden instead of golf after eighteen holes. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 22nd August – Players were faced with a bit of an obstacle course on the seventh hole and had several options for damage of property or loss of ball.  Work was being done to tame the landscape by a group using tractor, trailer and digger all of which were arranged temptingly across the fairway within driving range. Rumour has it that odds were being given on breaking the window of the tractor which was marooned on a hump minus its rear wheel and there was one player who was sure the car parked nearby would be the prize for a hole in one. In ladylike fashion, all succeeded in avoiding trouble.

The Fourth Round of the Stableford Trophy was won by Annie Carmichael with 38 stableford points and Sara Porrit on 36 was the winner of the fourth round of the Jane Brown Stableford Trophy for handicaps over 40.5. Other winners of the haggle on the day were Chris Edkins (37), Jenny Tibby, Evelyn Heale, Jennifer Allen (36) and Joanne Begg (33). (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 15th August – Jennifer Allen had a great day winning the haggle with a 72 nett and scoring a two on the fourth hole. It turned out to be a good day weather-wise despite several players being very hesitant to undertake eighteen holes as the gloomy clouds drizzled just before tee off. In all there was a field of thirty players and other winners on the day were: Rachel Brown (72), Evelyn Heale (74), Joanne Begg (74), Annie Carmichael (74), Daphne Ferguson (75) and Sue Ferguson (76). Congratulations to Annie Carmichael who scored a two on the seventh, a hole with a green protected by cavernous bunkers, wicked lumpy hills, and a steep run-off. Today’s competition was the fourth and final round of the Captain’s Trophy and the winner will be announced at the next club day. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 8th August – Today was the third round of the five round competition for the Stableford Trophy for handicaps under 40.5 and for those higher handicaps it was the third round of the Jane Brown Stableford Trophy. The winner of the third round of the Stableford Trophy was Anne-Maree Harland with 41 Stableford points. The winner of the third round of the Jane Brown Stableford Trophy was one of the Tuesday players, Barbara Kennedy, who also scored 41 Stableford points.

Winners of the days’ Haggle were: Harriet Byelich, Glenda Street (41), Jill Burton (40), Jennifer Allen (39), Sara Porritt, Jose Heale (37), Sarah Leilua, Jennifer Tibby (36), Sue Ferguson (35), Elaine Couper, Glenda Wright, Marie Cadogan, Dianne Cameron (34).

For a dull day that threatened rain the number of players was higher than it has been recently with 35 players in the eighteen hole field and a good number turning up for the nine hole competition.  The winners of that were Jeanne Gomas (15), and Shirley Barton (14) who just missed having a birdie on the 16th one of the longest holes. Guest eighteen holer, Sue Rennie, played with the nine holers trying herself out after a lay off.  Looks like she’s ready for the big time with a (17). (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 1st August – The outright winner of the haggle this week was Glenda Wright with a wonderful 66 net score. The other winners were Harriet Byelich (71), Evelyn Heale and Anne-Maree Harland (73), Glenys Wheeler (74), Vicki Kimberley, Karen Kingan, Dianne Cameron and Jill Burton (75). 

It was the sixth round of LGU and the winners were: Silver – Evelyn Heale 73; Bronze 1 – Harriet Byelich 71; Bronze 2 – Glenys Wheeler 74.

At last, after several weeks of none, not one but three players scored ‘twos’, all of them on the fourth hole. These accurate people were Sue Virtue, Vicki Kimberley and Marie Cadogan.

In the nine holers compeition Jeanne Gomas was the winner with net 34 and Shirley Barton  runner up with net 39.  The Tuesday golfers had two equal firsts; Daphne Ferguson and Mel Vedder. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 25th July – The Four Ball Best Ball competition, by way of a change from the usual formats, meant that after each hole the partners picked their best net score. Winners were: Karen Kingan and Marion Johnston (62), Chris Edkins and Margaret Steedman (63), Julie Owen and Jill Burton (64), Harriet Byelich and Paulo Bhullar (64), Dianne Cameron and Jane Brown (64), Sara Porritt and Margaret Nelson (66), Anne Maree Harland and Anne Hawkins (66), Sue Virtue and Ann Percy (67).

Nine hole winners were Wendy Grierson and Rosie Buckland with runners up Eileen Kay and Robyn Faire and the Tuesday winner of their day’s competition was Sue Peterson.

It’s not always a reason for rejoicing when you chip onto the green and the ball goes in the hole as happened to one player in this competition. Unfortunately the greens have two holes and only one has the flag. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 18th July – The competition today was “Bogey”. For the uninitiated that does not mean the scary something in the cupboard, or part of a railway carriage, or the nasal thing, but whether you play the hole better or worse than your handicap.

The eighteen hole winners were; Jill Burton with an impressive 6 up, Sara Porritt on 4 up, Marion Johnston, Dianne Cameron, and Harriet Byelich with 3 up; Anne-Maree Harland, Bianca Stephens, Glenys Wheeler, Linda Smith, Judith Hastie, and Daphne Ferguson all on 1 up.

The nine hole winners were Wendy Grierson and Jeanne Gomas who both finished all square.

The Tuesday Bogey competition winner was Shannon Pepper. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 11th July – This week’s competition was Stableford and the winners were: Elaine Couper (40), Sarah Leilua (39), Jill Burton and Judith Hastie (38), Lynne Bacon (37), Sue Virtue (36), Sara Porritt (34), Marie Cadogan (33), Dianne Cameron and PaulineMason (32).

Seven nine-holers took the field and the winner was Anne Hodges (18) and, on a count back, Jeanne Gomas (16).

Golf can be a dangerous sport and it is always sensible to stay behind players like me who can suddenly have a slicing fit, but even I have never done what one learner managed hitting the ball up her daughter’s skirt. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 4th July – The winner of the Jubilee Cup, which is best nett score over two rounds, was Jill Burton with a total nett of 137.  The competition of the day was best nett score and the winners were: Anne-Maree Harland, Sara Porritt (67), Jill Burton (70),GlenysWheeler (71), Barbara Corney, Harriet Byelich (72), Chris Jilesen, Chris Edkins, Vicki Kimberley, Glenda Wright , Elaine Couper (73),  Carol Carmichael, Judith Hastie (74), Sue Virtue, Glenda Street, Jenny Tibby (75).  Congratulations to Anne-Maree Harland for her two on the seventeenth hole. It was also the second round of Putting. 

The Nine Hole players winning putter was Rosie Buckland. 

The Tuesday Group nett winner was Shannon Pepper and the putting winner was Sue Paterson.

Playing a nett competition is always tough when picking up – a great option when you are having a bad hole – means you are out of the competition.  However, when one player hit her ball for the second time down the steep bank from the third onto the fifth fairway it was just too much even although it meant her nine holes of good putting were for nothing. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 27th June – Doughnuts in the carpark?! Well it was frosty and took a certain buggy driver by surprise. The competition on Wednesday 27th was “Putting” and on a frosty day which became blissfully sunny the green surface challenged by changing during the game. The winners were: Glenys Wheeler, Judy Hastie, Barbara Corney, Jane Fraser, Margaret Nelson all with 31 putts; Annie Carmichael, Ann Hay, Dianne Cameron, Pauline Mills, Anne-Maree Harland with 32 putts; Roseanne Parkes 33; and Marion Johnston, Susan Virtue, Christina Jilesen, Ann Percy, Linda Smith with 34 putts. Sometimes a disastrous shot can be really entertaining as in the case of a drive off the eighteenth tee which hit a tree trunk then headed for the third green behind the player, hitting the rubbish bin there and obligingly rolling down the path toward the fifth tee where it made itself playable.

The nine hole winners were Anne Hodges who chipped in at one hole scoring zero putts, Jeanne Gomas who had just one putt at four of the nine holes, and Rosie Buckland.  The Tuesday winner was Linda Willis, with the round shortened to nine holes because of the wet weather. (By Marion Johnson)


Ladies – Wednesday 20th June – Winners of the first round of the Bogey Cup were: Anne-Maree Harland (5 up), Jenny Braithwaite, Vicki Kimberley, Jose Heale (4 up), Jane Brown (2 up), Sarah Porritt, Jill Burton (all square), Glenda Wright (1 down),Chris Edkins,Wallis Jones, Paulo Bhullar, Harriet Byelich (2 down), Anne Hawkins (3 down).

The fourth hole saw Anne Virtue and Jane Brown finish in two strokes winning them a golf ball each, Jane making a special effort to end on a high as it was her final hole so she hit into the hole from off the green.

The nine hole winner was Wendy Grierson, runner-up Jeanne Gomas from a field of eight.

Tuesday winner was Cara O’Donnell.

On the previous Friday, Taumarunui Ladies Golf were hosts to the penultimate round of the Wills Cup, an annual interclub competition involving six clubs in our region. The fine weather held and the scoring was very close ranging from 109 to 107 total.  The Taumarunui team of (Silver) Chris Edkins and Joanne Begg, (Bronze) Anne Hawkins, Jill Burton, Karen Kingan and Pauline Mason came second on the day with Karen Kingan having a stand out win of 27 points to 9. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 13th June – Today was the final round of the 54 Hole Strokeplay Championship, so about twenty women braved the rain to complete the competition. Scores were very much affected by the endless puddles on some of the holes and little or no run on the fairway but the rain remained light drizzle, a rainbow appeared, and the sun blazed shadows across the putting green for the last three players on their final hole.

On the day the Nett play winners were: Karen Kingan and Chris Edkins (70), Marion Johnston and Sarah Porritt (72), Jenny Braithwaite, Annie Carmichael, Ann Percy and Harriet Byelich (75).

The overall champions for 54 Hole Stroke Play Competition were: Silver Division  – Chris Edkins and Bronze Division – Elaine Couper and Harriet Byelich.

The Tuesday players winner was Cara O’Donnell. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 6th June – Amazingly 40 women turned out for the eighteen hole competition and some nine holers dipped their toe in the water but decided against it. Even a few of the eighteen holers were eventually daunted by the wet weather at the start of the round but the rest played on into fine weather. 

The winners of the nett competition (which was also the Second Round of the 54 Hole Stroke Play Club Champs) were: Karen Kingan (64), Chris Jilesen (68),Harriet Byelich (69), Chris Edkins (71), Jane Brown and Wallis Jones (73), Pauline Mason and Annette Tylee (75), Jill Burton, Julie Owen, Marie Cadogan and Sara Porritt (76), Jenny Braithwaite, Linda Smith, Pauline Mills and Anne Hawkins (77).  I experienced Karen’s round first hand despairing of ever winning a point from her as she was hitting the ball so well – and so far. And Sara’s group tell me she did so well despite hitting the ball out of bounds twice – another big hitter. Anne Hawkins had a two on the fourth, and Chris Edkins a two on the seventeenth, congratulations.

Tuesday Golf winner was Shannon Pepper with runner up Cara O’Donnell, both playing under their handicaps.

As one of the wildest golfers on the course I was devastated to hear that next year the time limit for finding a ball goes down to three minutes.  At present it is five minutes but who’s counting. (By Marion Johnston)


Men’s King Country Match Play Championships – June 2nd to 4th – The 2018 Queen’s Birthday Tournament was the 72nd anniversary of this event, having run continuously since 1946. A full field of 96 teed off for the qualifying round on Saturday with visitors travelling from 40 diffent clubs ranging from the Far North to Wellington, several from the South Island plus two from Australia. One keen golfer has been coming to this tournament for 55 years without missing one. He is none other than our own President Murray Robertson, well done to that man (and he’s still in his 60s).

The course was in great condition and admired and appreciated by all. A big pat on the back for greenkeeper Mike and his band of volunteers who spent many hours getting the course to a high standard. As with any event there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to run and support a large tournament. Our thanks to the many men and women who willingly gave their time to help make this another successful event.




Saturday Cup Winners:

Rodger Bartlett Memorial Trophy (Best Gross) – Darryl Baird 73 (Manukorihi)

(L to R) Cup winners: Gilvery Mohi (Boulcott’s Farm Heritage with the Tarrangower Handicap Winner, John Schaafhausen (Wainuiomata) King Country Championship Cup Winner, Darryl Baird (Manukorihi) Rodger Bartlett Memorial Trophy for Best Gross, Ron Daley Jnr (Windross Farm) John Doogue Memorial Trophy (Best Net).

John Doogue Memorial Trophy (Best Net) – Ron Daley Jnr 61 (Windross Farm)

King Country Championship:

Winner: John Schaafhausen (Wainuiomata)

Runner Up: Paul Johns (Waikare)

Consolation: Leon Taupaki (Helensville)

Flight: Darryl Baird (Manukorihi)

Plate: Peter Wells (Te Puke)

Bowl: Jacob Renata (Wainuiomata) and Jason Simpson (Taumarunui)


Tarrangower Handicap:

Winner: Gilvery Mohi (Boulcott’s Farm Heritage)

Runner Up: Peter Jacobson (Taumarunui)

Consolation: Peter Gregory (Dannevirke)

Flight: Keith McKenzie (Taumarunui)

Plate: Blair Inglis (Wainui)

Bowl: Ron Daley Jnr (Windross Farm) and Ross Kingan (Taumarunui)


Ruapehu Handicap:

Winner: Thomas Mahoney (Winton)

Runner Up: Richard Foddy (Hastings)

Consolation: Mike Woods (Royal Auckland)

Flight: Paddy Bartlett (Arrowtown)

Plate: Brian Cronin (Pukekohe)

Bowl: Gary Norton (Whitford Park) and John Trim (Thames)


Ngauruhoe Handicap:

Winner: Trent Adamson (Taumarunui)

Runner Up: Rob Sharples (Taumarunui)

Consolation: David Solomann (Wattle Downs)

Flight: John Doolan (Windross Farm)

Plate: Wayne Jordan (Taumarunui)

Bowl: Alan Clark (Pukekohe) and Andrew Shippam (Paraparaumu Beach)


Tongariro Handicap:

Winner: Kepa Maki (Paparoa) 

Runner Up: Paul Dowie (Taumarunui)

Consolation: Barry Littler (Taumarunui)

Flight: Ken Detman (Taumarunui)

Plate: Todd Inglis (Australia)

Bowl: Doug Stewart (Dannevirke) and Lance Bright (Taumarunui)


Tarrangower Handicap:

Winner: Nick Findley (Waimairi Beach)

Runner Up: Erik Lei (Taumarunui)

Consolation: Leigh Woodcock (Shandon)

Flight: Gus Ravla (Huapai)

Plate: Paul Tahiwi (Wainui)

Bowl: Graeme Pengelly (Taumarunui) and Waqas Butt (Taumarunui)


Ladies – Wednesday 30th May – The promise of a beautiful sunny day drew over fifty women golfers to the course which was looking beautifully groomed in readiness for an upcoming tournament. The greenkeeper and volunteers were out on all the machines making use of the good weather.

Today marked the first round of Stroke Play Cub Champs for those entered, the results of which will take three weeks to accumulate. As it was also an LGU round the haggle was on net over the field.

Winners were Harriet Byelich (69), Jill Burton (70), Vicki Kimberley and Elaine Couper (72), Ann Percy and Glenda Wright (73), Karen Kingan, Linda Smith, Chris Edkins, Sue Ferguson, and Dianne Cameron (74), Annie Carmichael and Glenys Wheeler (75), Margaret Nelson, Marie Cadogan and Margaret Steedman (76) and, on a count back, Anne Hawkins (77).

The nine holers followed on, finishing with the comment that in general their putting didn’t do justice to the course which was perfect, and their winners were: Jeanne Gomas and Judy Fox, with Robyne Faire second.

The women golfers under the tuition of Jane Brown played the same eighteen hole Stroke Play competition on Tuesday and the winner was Barbara Kennedy who was congratulated on playing under her handicap. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 16th May – Today was the second and final round of the Nancy MacCormick Foursomes. This week’s haggle winners were: Anne-Maree Harland and Sheryl Fraser (72), Ann Hay and Harriet Byelich (77), Karen Kingan and Carol Plowman (79), Marie Cadogan and Dianne Cameron (79.5), Jane Brown and Annette Tylee (80), Sue Ferguson and Jose Heale (80.5). Scores were very much an indication of the miserable wet weather the players had to suffer. Thanks goodness it was warm. The overall winner of the Nancy MacCormick Foursomes was Anne-Maree Harland and Sheryl Fraser (148), who only just nudged out runner-up Karen Kingan and Carol Plowman (149).

It seemed to be a day for being forgetful. One player had to run back from the end of the fairway to rescue items left on the roof of her car while another, thinking she was still holding her umbrella, walked to the next hole holding the flag from the previous green. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 9th May –  Today was the first round of the Nancy MacCormick Foursomes which is a national competition comprising thirty six holes of net played over two Wednesdays. This week’s winners were:

Karen Kingan and Carol Plowman (70), Julie Owen and Carol Carmichael (72), Jane Brown and Annette Tylee (72.5), Marie Cadogan and Dianne Cameron (72.5), Ann Hay and Harriet Byelich (74), Anne Hawkins and Jenny Braithwaite (74).

The format of the day’s competition meant that the eighteen holers had a quicker round and were back in the clubhouse in time to socialise with the nine holers, an added bonus to a lovely day for golf.

The nine hole winner was Robyn Faire who finished two up, and Jeanne Gomaz was runner-up.

I mention no names but on the drop where the player drives from a tee on the hill to a temporary green on the opposite hill behind four huge concrete water tanks which we have all hit or bounced off from time to time, one player got her own back. She aced her drive and smashed the downpipe on the pump shed. It would be nice to imagine a geyser of water rushing out of the break – but no. (By Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Monday 30th April, 1st and 2nd May – The Taumarunui Women’s Golf big open tournament for the year is the new (first time last year) Triple ‘T’ Tournament which took place on Monday and Tuesday 30 April and 1 May. The highlights of the tournament were the wonderful sunny weather, hilarious evening entertainment, and delicious food.  The club received terrific feedback from the 12 out of townclubs who attended. They loved the gazebo (positioned near the 14th tee) stocked with refreshments and  nibbles where they were attended by beautifully dressed servers specially dressed in pink and and black tutus and boas. Thanks to Rosie Buckland, Wendy Grierson, Robyn Faire and Glenda Wright who delighted our visitors with their hospitality.


Division 1 – Tongariro

Best Gross: Maree Whiteman (Ngahinepouri) 163

Best Nett: Noeleen Mulligan (Piopio Aria) 144

Nett Runner-up: Lindy Underwood (Te Puke) 145


Division 2 – Tarrangower

Best Gross: Karo Preston (Walton) 193

Best Nett: Jenny Cowan (Ngahinepouri) 145

Nett Runner-up: Denise Davies (Ngahinepouri) 148


Stableford Over the Field

1st: Wallis Jones (Taumarunui) 76

Runner-up: Karen Kingan (Taumarunui) 70

3rd: Prue Jump (Wai