Club & Tournament Results

Mixed – Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th February – The Tarrangower Course at Taumarunui was the venue for the 26th Annual Men’s Vets Tournament. This was only the second year of the new three day strokeplay/nett/stableford format. The previous years were matchplay but because of declining numbers the switch was made to medal play with this year having the most golfers in over five years. Sixty four men faced the starter and 23 ladies followed. This was also the most ladies we have had since they joined in about five years ago. The women played three days of stableford. Brilliant weather was experienced over the week including the practice round on Tuesday. Some of the players have been coming to Taumarunui for 20 years. Several from the United Kingdom, being expats from Hong Kong, were in the field once again. It was good to see about ten new players this year.


54 Hole Gross:

Division 1 – Andrew Markman from Mt Maunganui (a first time player) and runner-up our own Murray Robertson

Division 2 – John Anderson (Whakatane), runner-up Rick Parker (Sherwood Park)

54 Hole Nett:

Division 1 – Kevin Southee (Manukorihi), runner-up Richard Hall (Taumarunui)

Division 2 – Ray Cotter (Taumarunui), runner-up Wally Anglesey (Taumarunui)

54 Hole Stableford:

The winner of the three day combined stableford men’s event was local David Grierson with another local Leigh Virtue runner-up.

The best gross during the week was Murray Robertson with 73 and the best net wento to Ray Cotter with 61.


The Ladies Stableford winner over the three days was first time player Jenny Chen from Whitford Park with 122 points while local Chris Jilesen was runner-up on a countback.

Eighty seven players and friends attended a magnificent evening meal on Thursday evening and Katie Walker, the local Manager of the main sponsor, Taumarunui Property Brokers, presented the prizes on Friday. All in all a very busy and enjoyable week of golf.


Katie Walker, representing the sponsor, Property Brokers, presents Division 1 54 hole Nett Winner Kevin Southee with his prize.

Jenny Chen from Whitford Park, a first time player at this tournament, is congratulated by Property Brokers representative Katie Walker for taking out the top women’s prize this week.

Andrew Markham of Mt Maunganui was the 54 hole gross winner, pictured with Katie Walker from Property Brokers















MIXED – Sunday 28th January – The annual Heaps Tournament sponsored by New World Taumarunui lived up to its reputation of heaps of fun, food and prizes. A magnificent prize table groaning with a $7000 retail value was on offer. Ninety six players from all over the country, including four returning once again from Scotland, found the going tough in the heat. The day was a real scorcher but the scoring wasn’t quite as hot as it has been these last few weeks. Of special note are the boys from Waiuku, always out to have heaps of fun and some of them have been travelling to this tournament for an incredible 25 years!


Sue Jordan is the person who puts together a magnificent prize table every year.

Cup winners for 2018 (L to R) Jason Simpson – gross, Chris Jilesen – nett, John Filleul – best men’s stableford, Imelda Woolston – best women’s stableford.













LADIES – Sunday 26th November – The Waikato Women’s Champion of Champions was hosted at home in what can only be described as a course in fantastic condition and was utterly praised by all those involved. Pam Wright from Matamata, who plays off a 5 handicap,scored a Gross 68 in her morning round to be one stroke off equalling the women’s all-time course record of 67, held by Matawai Peni since 1979.



Gross Winner – Pam Wright, Matamata 144

Gross Runner Up – Robyn Pellow, Ngaruawahia 150

Gross 2nd Runner Up – Fai Tongadethsri 150

Nett Winner – Cheryl Forster, Stewart Alexander 131

Nett Runner Up – Celeste Sattler, Piopio Aria 136

Nett 2nd Runner Up – Liz Hodgson, Taumarunui 140



Gross Winner – Helen Johansson, Riverside172

Gross Runner Up – Julie Redgate, Cambridge 173

Gross 2nd Runner Up – Raewyn MacMahon, Nahinepouri 176

Nett Winner – Pettina Northcott, Waiterimu 127

Nett Runner Up – Amanda Murray, Piopio Aria 129

Nett 2nd Runner Up – Pauline Mills, Taumarunui 138


Gross Stableford Rosebowl

Winner – Cambridge – Zeta Syme, Julie Redgate and Liz Skiffington with 149

Runner Up – Waitomo – Brooke Walkers, Wendy Thompson and Pam Johnston with 144


Bronze Runner Up Gross Stableford Individual

Winner – Sue Alcock, Piopio Aria 36

Runner Up – Margaret Johnstone, Ngahinepouri 31


LADIES – Wednesday 22nd November – For closing day we played in teams of four taking the three best stablefords for each hole. The stablefords seemed to be fantastic with the best score going to Ann Hay, her daughter Niki visiting from Australia, Sylvia Baker and Sue Rennie who scored 143 between them. Jane Brown, Rachel Brown, Annette Tylee and Rhondda Bruce almost as good with 142 and Carol Plowman, Evelyn Heale, Marion Johnston and Karen Kingan 136. This was followed by a delightful shared lunch and annual prize giving.  Ann Hay and Judith Hastie have kindly offered to run golf every Wednesday over the summer season. Assemble at 9am – tee off at 9.30am.  


LADIES – Wednesday 15th November – The last few competitions for the year have been played starting with the Shootout sponsored by Peak Chartered Accountants, on the 10th of November. Quite a few members turned out to caddy and watch the proceedings as they unfolded. Evelyn Heale was the winner with Judith Hastie runner up. On Wednesday 15th the 36 hole Araroa Cup was played for. There were some excellent results ending in a tie for the cup though the best in the haggle was Suzanne Rennie on a countback from Vicki Kimberley both with 82 stablefords. Vicki also had a two as did Liz Hodgson. There was an 18 hole competition for those who didn’t play the 36 holes and that was won by Ann Percy. Ann had an excellent 42 stablefords and, we were told, chipped in twice. Sue Virtue and Marion Johnston both had 38, Judith Hastie, Margaret Nelson and Julie Owen 37 then Jane Brown 35.

The Tuesday ladies had quite an exciting time, especially on the drop, when Sara Porritt proceeded to hit her second shot having parked her trundler on a bit of a hillside. It trundled down to the pond and splashed in disgorging all the contents into the murky water. After finally retrieving all the balls, tees and other things carried in golf bags she continued on to make a real splash with 50 stablefords…but wait…that isn’t all. When Sara returned to the Golf Club, she discovered she didn’t have her car keys so had to make another fishing trip to the pond. However, I’m sure that the 50 stablefords well and truly made up for all the other inconveniences. [Report by Marg Steedman]


LADIES – Wednesday 8th November – Today was a fun day of Irish Stableford. For the first 6 holes normal stablefords are tallied, on the following six, stablefords are doubled and for the last six holes, trebled. It was a little bit taxing on the brain with all the multiplication that was required but most enjoyable. Some of us felt rather encouraged with such a high score. Margaret Steedman, who hasn’t playedanything remotely approaching decent golf for a couple of years managed to have 81 stablefords to be the winner and was promptly labelled a burglar. Pauline Mason had 79, Sylvia Baker and Dianne Cameron 78, Evelyn Heale 77, Chris Edkins 74, Anne Hawkins, Karen Kingan and Jane Brown 71, Judith Hastie 70, Sue Ferguson and Sue Rennie 69. The nine holers  almost came out but a couple of drops of rain put them off.  Tuesday ladies had a lovely day playing on the Turangi course and even had a bet on the Melbourne Cup. Since there are three players in their group with the surname of Brown and Rachel Brown had won the golf that day, they logically went for Corey Brown. Good thinking.  [Report by Marg Steedman]


LADIES – Wednesday 1st November – Today saw the 5th and final round of McElroy Cup, 8th and final round of LGU and the last chance to qualify for the Shootout for 2017.  Forty two players including the 9 holers took to the course. There was some very good scoring with Imelda Woolston having a nett 67 to be top of the pops and make the Shootout. Imelda was followed by Wallis Jones on 68, Barbara Corney 69, Rhondda Bruce, Suzanne Rennie and Jenny Tibby 70, Chris Jilesen, Anne Hawkins and Marie Cadogan 71, Evelyn Heale and Dianne Cameron 72, Paulo Bhullar, Sarah Leilua, Ann Percy and Anne Virtue 73. For the nine hole players Eileen Kay had a great nett of 30 with Rosie Buckland 37, Glenda Wright and Wendy Grierson 38. Rachel Brown won the Tuesday competition with Daphne Ferguson close behind. Congratulations to Barb Corney who took out the Veterans Cup for match play after a good game with Judith Hastie.  [Report by Marg Steedman] 


LADIES – Wednesday 25th October – With days getting warmer and drier we had more ladies at golf today than there has been for a while. The competition was a fun one – Four Ball Best Ball. The pairing of Anne Hawkins & Karen Kingan scored really well with 60. Marie Cadogan & Jose Heale were next with 62. Jenny Tibby & Marion Johnston and Julie Owen & Liz Hodgson were 64. A large group tied on 65 in countback order were Vicki Kimberley & Annie Carmichael, Imelda Woolston & Pauline Mason, Carol Plowman & Sylvia Baker, Paulo Bhullar & Rhondda Bruce, Chris Jilesen & Jane Fraser. Marion Johnston was the only person to have a two. The winner for the Tuesday ladies was Rachel Brown.  [Report by Marg Steedman]


LADIES – Friday 13th and Wednesday 18th October – In spite of the date being Friday 13th it was the day, at last, that was good enough to play the Ferguson Lawnmowing Tournament and it managed to remain good enough for the whole day. The enjoyment was evident.  Several of the Tuesday ladies joined in and although they were initially rather fearful of coming along they decided that theWednesday people weren’t scary after all and will be only too happy to join us next year. We also had two visitors from Waitomo and would have had more but because of our old enemy the bad weather, and having to cancel the original date, they couldn’t make it as they had arranged to play elsewhere. Results were – off the front nine – Ann Percy & Rachel Brown 52, Chris Edkins & Chris Jilesen on a count back from Vicki Kimberley & Anne-Maree Harland 51.  Off the back nine – Dianne Cameron & Judith Hastie 59, Pauline Mills & Daphne Ferguson 57, Karen Kingan & Barbara Corney 53. Wednesday 18th was the last round of Bogey for the year.  There were 31 in the field plus several nine hole players and the weather was excellent. Karen Kingan has been playing well lately and continued in her winning form with 3-up on a count back from Margaret Nelson and Chris Jilesen also 3-up. Marie Cadogan, Elaine Couper, Pauline Mills, Jose Heale and Vicki Kimberley all finished 1-up while Judith Hastie and Liz Hodgson were all square.  Jane Brown, Ann Hay and Barb Taylor were 1-down. Nine hole ladies had a putting competition. Robyn Faire and Glenda Wright were 1st equal with 19 putts, Wendy Grierson had 20. Of the Tuesday players, the winner was Rachel Brown 5-up (wow) followeed by Daphne Ferguson 1-up.  [Report by Marg Steedman]


LADIES – Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th October – Because the weather reports which (with all their doom and gloom) seem to be pretty accurate these days the numbers turning up for the last two occassions have been well down. However attendance, or lack of, can’t all be blamed on the weather to be fair as there has been other adverse factors that have not been helpful. Please may thingsimprove for everyone.

On Monday 9th October the Grandmothers battled it out for the supreme player of the day and that Grandmother turned out to be Ann Percy on a countback from Paulo Bhullar with 36 stablefords apiece. Sue Ferguson was next with 34.  Unfortunately the rest of the Grannies who played dropped off the Richter scale and will probably not wish their stablefords to be mentioned publicly.

On Wednesday 11th the final putting competition for the year was held. Dianne Cameron came out the winner of the day followed by Marie Cadogan. I have no news from the Tuesday ladies who have also suffered from the weather with absolutely no one venturing out on one of their competition days.  [Report by Marg Steedman]


LADIES – Wednesday 27th September – The Match Play Club Champions have been found for 2017. Silver was won by Liz Hodgson with Anne-Maree Harland runner-up. Bronze A went to Sue Ferguson from Elaine Couper. Bronze B went the way of Karen Kingan from Suzanne Rennie. Congratulations to you all. The Vets 18 hole matchplay final is yet to be played. Those players not in the finals had a stableford haggle. Dianne Cameron was the best with 36 points then came Annie Carmichael 34, Barbara Corney, Ann Percy, Jenny Braithwaite, Vicki Kimberley and Sylvia Baker all 32 and Carol Plowman 31. Not high scoring by any means. Nine hole players were out to enjoy the lovely day. Robyn Croy enjoyed it most with 16 stablefords followed by Robyn Faire 14. Glenda Wright and Wendy Grierson both had 13. I don’t think any Tuesday ladies ventured out and with good reason. They may have had to be rescued, the puddles were very deep and the rain just kept pouring down.  [Report by Marg Steedman]


LADIES – Wednesday 20th September – By way of a change we were able to play golf on Wednesday as there was a bit of a reprieve in the weather. It was most enjoyable to feel the sun on our backs for a change – a cracker day. It’s now a matter of catch up with the competitions that were postponed. There were several Club Championship matchplay semi-finals played and for the rest of the field an 18 hole stableford round. Jose Heale had a fabulous day which has been a long time coming with 42 stableford points. Dianne Cameron had 40, Anne Hawkins 39, Anne-Maree Harland 38,  Marie Cadogan and Anne Virtue 36. Anne-Maree also had a two. The best of the Tuesday ladies on September 12th were Sara Porritt with 40 stablefords, Rachel Brown had 37. On the 19th it was the turn of Katy Bolten who had 39, Rachel Brown 36 & Jayne Brown 31. [Report from Marg Steedman]


TAUMARUNUI LEFTIES TOURNAMENT 2nd & 3rd SEPTEMBER – The first tournament in 1950 was started almost by accident by Taumarunui member Mr McLeish with 22 players (all local). Over the years it attracted more interest and the top field was 161 players in 1999 representing clubs from Kaitaia to Wellington. The tourney is believed to be probably the biggest conducted annually in Australasia and over the years has attracted in excess of 3000 players. Numbers over the years have gradually dwindled (as national numbers have also decreased) but Taumarunui continues to attract lefties from all over the North Island to this annual event in September. In 2017, despite the forecast, the weather was kind to the players in this tournament – now in its 68th year. In the week before the tournament there were 70 in the field but with many comings and goings (for various reasons) the final figure in the starting box was 61 representing 31 courses throughout the North Island. As usual the camaraderie was awesome, the course was in great shape despite many weeks of rain, the help from our right-handed members was tremendous and very much appreciated and the food was marvellous. Great to see a few new faces too.  Roll on 2018.

Main winners over the weekend were:

Ted O’Reilly Shield 36 hole nett – Ces York  (Maramarua) 135

George Worms Memorial 36 hole stableford over the field – Nuddy Pillay (Whitford Park) 78


Ces York, Maramarua, receives the Ted O’Reilly Shield from his sister Harriet Byelich, Lefties Secretary.

Nuddy Pillay (right), Whitford Park, won the George Worms Memorial Trophy for Stableford.














Senior Men: Rod McLeish Cup – Stephen Leatherland (Ngaruawahia)151; Ken Shea (Raglan) 156

Intermediate Men: Graeme Bridge Cup – Rob Deam (Napier) 175; Lawrie Fawcitt (Riverside) 177

Junior Men: Johnson Keepa Trophy – Hylton Tabb (Napier) 186; Kerry Bond (Riverside) 188          



Senior Men: Frank Hemmingson Cup – Trevor Hayes (Ohope) 141; Peter Jacobson (Taumarunui) 141

Intermediate Men: Haddon Strachan Memorial Cup – Dennis Mills (Urenui) 140;  Robin Kent (Hauraki) 143

Junior Men: Doug Beever Memorial Putter- Jack Boettcher (Eketahuna ) 141;  Edwin Sutton (Urenui) 143



36 Hole Gross: Harriet Byelich (Taumarunui) 197

36 Hole Nett: Bowyer Trophy – Beryl Sutton (Urenui) 149

36 Hole Stableford: Margaret Nelson (Taumarunui) 54


Manukorihi Cup for WINNING TEAM – Napier (222 points) Wayne Hughes, Ron Vesty, Hylton Tabb and Rob Deam



Nett Winner – Jo McCrea (Urenui) 157

Stableford Winner – Andrea Gardner (Mangawhai) 55

Stableford Runner-up – Stephen Sutton (Urenui) 25


LADIES – Wednesday 30th August -There have been a few alterations to the golfing calendar lately due to weather conditions and coring of the greens. Instead of Round 2 of Matchplay Champs and Vets Cup today we had a stableford competition. The weather looked brilliant to begin with and tempted 33 ladies outdoors. Conditions were reasonable until the last 4 or 5 holes when the rain caught up with us and there was a mass drenching. Paulo Bhullar managed to keep her composure with 41 stablefords and also Sheryl Fraser had 40. Sue Virtue, Suzanne Rennie and Marie Cadogan had 38, Glenys Wheeler, Anne-Maree Harland and Judith Hastie 37, Jose Heale, Rhondda Bruce, Wallis Jones 35, Jennifer Braithwaite and Sarah Leilua 34. No one had a two. There were six 9 hole people out and their competition was bogey. Robyn Croy played very well to be 3 up to win with Glenda Wright 1 down in second place.  The Tuesday ladies are enjoying their matchplay competition with the final round between Jose Heale and Katy Bolten to be played next Tuesday.


LADIES – Wednesday 23rd August – Thank goodness for a beautiful day by way of a change. Everyone was in a joyful mood with the sun shining brightly but some weren’t quite so joyful after a round of golf though their change in mood couldn’t be attributed to the weather. The competition was stableford and there were some excellent results. Rhondda Bruce was just so happy with her 43 stablefords. VickiKimberley, Sylvia Baker and Sally Sherson were also pretty pleased with 39 apiece. Marie Cadogan and Anne Hawkins 38, Liz Hodgson 37, Anne Virtue, Suzanne Rennie, Imelda Woolston and Annie Carmichael all finished with 35. The nine hole players were out today with Glenda Wright top and Shirley Barton second. Tuesday ladies are playing match play with two more rounds of competition to go. There have been some good matches with pretty close scoring. The final match for the Coronation Rosebowl has finished with Elaine Couper winning and Jenny Tibby runner up. (Reporter – Margaret Steedman)


LADIES – Wednesday 16th August – There has been a rather miserable attendance at Wednesday golf over the last three weeks and a lot of blame lies with the weather in fact for the third time this year golf was cancelled last week. Tuesday ladies seem to have picked a more satisfactory day. Their competition on the 8th August was won by Sara Porritt on a countback from Jayne Brown. The main competition this week was the third and final round of Championship Strokeplay. The winners overall were Liz Hodgson in Silver Division with 247 gross. In the Bronze Division, Pauline Mills, was first with 288 gross and Anne Hawkins the runner up with 291. Congratulations. Those three will be represent Taumarunui at the Champion of Champions to be played at a later date. Those not in the strokeplay had a Four Ball Best Ball day with drawn partners. Sue Ferguson & Marion Johnston with a net 64 were the best. The haggle was won by Anne Hawkins on 70 followed by Rhondda Bruce 72 and Marion Johnston third with 73. Everyone was very lucky to have a reasonable day weatherwise and get safely inside before it all started again. The rain I mean. What else. Is it any wonder that only two nine hole players turned up. They raced around and managed to get in a bit of excercise and fresh air which made them feel quite happy.

The Tuesday ladies are in the throws of match play with the first round having been played on the 15th and one or two still to go.


LADIES – Wednesday 2nd August – The second round of Club Champs Strokeplay was the main fixture today. There’s one more round next week before the Silver and Bronze winners are named. The sixth round of LGU and third round of McElroy Cup were played concurrently. Unfortunately the field was reduced to half of the previous week due mostly to the inclement start to the day. Given the rather wet fairways and puddles on the course Wallis Jones played a credible round with 69 nett and was top of the haggle. The best of the rest were Anne-Maree Harland 73, Pauline Mills and Sally Sherson 74, Rhondda Bruce and Dianne Cameron 75. Daphne Ferguson was the winner of the Tuesday Ladies.


LADIES – Wednesday 26th July – The first round of the 54 hole Strokeplay Championship was held this week. There are two more rounds before the Silver and Bronze Strokeplay champions emerge. In the haggle, Pauline Mills topped the field with an excellent nett 68. Close on her heels cameVicki Kimberley with 69 and Marion Johnston third on 71. Others to feature in the haggle were Anne-Maree Harland 72, Ann Hay, Anne Hawkins, Barb Corney and Wallis Jones all 73, Liz Hodgson 74 and Sarah Leilua 75. Wendy Grierson, Shirley Barton and Rosie Buckland were best of the 9 hole players. The Tuesday ladies went to Wairakei with Jane for a day out which included some extra coaching and a game on the 9 hole course. They had two teams and the best team is looking forward to a free toasted sandwich next Tuesday courtesy of the losers. 


LADIES – Wednesday 19th July – The competition of the day was second round of Bogey Cup. There were 38 in the field which was very pleasing. Pauline Mills had an absolutely brilliant 10-up.  The next closest was Jenny Braithwaite with 5-up followed by Jindh Bhullar and Margaret Nelson 4-up, Sue Ferguson and Sally Sherson 3-up. A host of ladies finished on 2-up: Barb Taylor, SueRennie  Karen Kingan, Anne-Maree Harland, Sue Virtue and Dianne Cameron. Evelyn Heale had a two on the 4th. The nine hole winner was Wendy Grierson with 1-down. The best on Tuesday was Jayne Brown with Daphne Ferguson the runner-up.

It was Taumarunui’s turn to host the Wills Cup Teams on Friday 14th July. Taumarunui was represented by Sally Sherson, Pauline Mills, Elaine Couper, Karen Kingan, Linda Smith and Barbara Taylor. The other South Zone clubs were Te Awamutu, Pirongia/Kawhia, Piopio Aria, Stewart Alexander and Waitomo. Taumarunui did well on the day coming in second but sadly not quite good enough over the whole competition to make the Waikato wide semi finals.


LADIES – Wednesday 12th July – It was not a nice day to begin with and as it turned out conditions were about to get a whole lot worse. The competition for the day was putting. By the time tee off arrived at 10.30am several people had already decided to pull out. The optimistic kept going but after a few holes more players pulled the plug. In the end there were seven really optimistic and determined people left and they bravely carried on for the 18 holes. They really deserved a medal but all they got was a golf ball if they played well enough. The winner was Wallis Jones with 35 putts followed by Karen Kingan and Carol Plowman 37, Marie Cadogan and Sue Rennie 38. Apparently that was quite good considering the water on the greens. The nine hole ladies didn’t bother to venture out. Very wise. The Tuesday ladies had rather a beautiful day by comparison. Once the fog finally lifted about 12.15pm the sun was there in all it’s glory. Jayne Brown was the nett winner for Tuesday and Mel Vedder won the putting.


LADIES – Wednesday 5th July – The first competition for July was the Eclectic Cup, the best 18 holes played over 36. It started in extremely thick fog at 8.30 am and took almost the entire first 18 holes to clear. For those who elected to play LGU over 18 holes only and started at a later time, things were marginally better. There was a bit of an incident when someone hit up on players on the 8th mainly because the feeling of isolation prevented the realisation that perhaps there was someone else out there in the world. Luckily there were no injuries. The winner of the Eclectic Cup was Wallis Jones with an excellent score of 63. Jane Fraser and Evelyn Heale were next with 65, Sue Rennie, Marie Cadogan and Annie Carmichael all 67. Anne-Maree Harland and Vicki Kimberley both had twos.

The 18 hole winner was Margaret Nelson with 71, Paulo Bhullar and Ann Hay were 72, Marion Johnston 74 and Sue Virtue 75.  Sylvia Baker had a two.

Jenny Braithwaite and her playing partner Suzanne Lang from Turangi won their division in a 72 hole foursome tournament held in Rotorua over 3rd to 5th July. Well done.


LADIES – Wednesday 28th June – Thirty six people turned out for the 4th round of the Stableford Trophy. Well done Carol Plowman who had a fabulous day with 43 stablefords. Evelyn Heale, Chris Edkins and Pauline Mills had 38, Sue Ferguson 37, Jenny Tibby 36, Elaine Couper 35, Paulo Bhullar, Marion Johnston and Linda Smith 34, Jane Brown and Wallis Jones 33, Ann Percy, Sue Rennie, Dianne Cameron and Karen Kingan 32. Twos seem to have been a bit thin on the ground lately but Evelyn Heale managed one on the 4th today. There were seven nine hole players out with Shirley Barton and Wendy Grierson both having 12 stablefords. You may have observed there are a number of ‘kids’ mentioned in conjunction with the the Tuesday ladies. This time, because she had the best round on the day it is the ‘Pyramid Kid’, aka Bryony Filleul. 


LADIES – Wednesday 21st June – It was everone’s favourite today, the first round of Bogey Cup. The winner today for the 18 hole players was Marg Steedman 4 up,  Sue Ferguson was next with 3 up.  Evelyn Heale, Barb Taylor and Sue Virtue finished all square followed by Vicki Kimberley, Sue Rennie, Linda Smith and Pauline Mills all 1 down. Karen Kingan, Paulo Bhullar and Wallis Jones finished 2 down. No one had a two.

The nine hole players turned up in force today after keeping a pretty low profile for a couple of weeks. With an amazing 8 up Glenda Wright thrashed the rest of her team mates with 2nd place taken out by Robyn Faire with 1 up.

The Tuesday ladies also had a nice day with Bryony Filleul finishing on 3up to be top for the day.

With all the tree felling taking place on the 15th and 16th holes over the last few weeks there have been a few hazards to contend with, the main aim today was to try and keep left on the 16th so as not to end up in all the twigs, pine needles and rubbish. Sounds fairly simple but for some unknown reason and despite all efforts, some balls refused to do what was hoped for and headed straight into the thick of it. However, everyone is really enjoying the views that have been uncovered. 


ROUND-UP – for the week ending Sunday 18th June – The last week saw magnificent winter weather for golf. There were 31 entries on Saturday for the third round of the Wally Jones Memorial Trophy. Three players tied with 69 nett. They were Nihal Bhullar, Laal Bhullar and Barry Littler. Second equal on nett 70s were Murray Robertson and Ross Kingan. Next Saturday sees the final round in this competition.

Sunday saw the third round of the mixed pairs. Unfortunately despite the sunny day only eight pairs teed off. The winning scores on the day (combined stableford) were Jenny Braithwaite and Terry Kay with 75 points. Richard Hall and Sue Virtue were second with 73 points. The final round in this competition is set down for this coming Sunday the 25th June. Sunday will also see the Kamaru Rosebowel Trophy played for. This had been postponed from March.

It is great to see the keenness of two of our younger members, brothers Nihal and Shaam Bhullar (11 and 10 years old) who every Saturday help with processing the score cards on our new machine, and then give out the golf balls for prizes. Both are very keen golfers and I would suggest that in another five years, they be will  be on single figure handicaps and winning many tournaments. There is hardly a day goes by when you don’t see them out practising on the course after school. They are coached by their father Laal, who is a low handicap golfer himself.  

The big talking point around the Golf Club at the moment is what a huge difference the tree removal work being done on the 15th and 16th fairways is making. It has opened up vistas not seen for many many years. You can now view the Lairdvale Valley, Mt Hikurangi and a small cone shaped hill, which the 13th hole was named after but disappeared when the trees grew. New trees will be planted later and I’m sure it will look magnificent especially walking down the 15th and 16th fairways. 


The small cone shaped hill on the left, with its lone cabbage and totara tree, was the inspiration in naming of the 13th hole The Cone.


LADIES – Wednesday 14th June – Today was second round of the putting compeition. Those to do well were Anne-Maree Harland with 29 and Anne Virtue 30. Elaine Couper and Glenda Street had 31. Jane Brown, Sue Ferguson and Paulo Bhullar had 32. Vicki Kimberley,Roseanne Parkes and Sylvia Baker had 33 while Barbara Corney and Harriet Byelich finished with 34. No one managed a two today and the nine hole players must have had a day off. The Tuesday ladies didn’t have such a nice time yesterday with several heavy downpours on the way round. They seemed to have little in the way of wet weather gear but because they are such an enthusiastic bunch they just kept on till they had played their allotted 18 holes. Sara Porritt was the winner there. [by Margaret Steedman]


ROUND-UP – for the week ending Sunday 11th June – Thirty one hardy players turned up on Saturday in good winter conditions for the second round of the Wally Jones Memorial trophy stroke play competition. Pat Keys, one of our increasing number of octogenarians won the day with the best nett followed closely by Laal Bhullar, Noel Lawson and Club Captain Peter Jacobson. Next Saturday will see the third round played. A reminder that next Sunday the 18th June is the third round of Mixed Pairs, re-scheduled fromearlier in the season. The course is looking magnificent at the moment, even though we are now three weeks into winter and close to the shortest day. Those who played recently will have noticed a big difference with a lot of the huge trees down the side of the 15th fairway having been removed. It is intended to remove all these trees and also those bordering the 16th fairway on Simmons Road and replace them with a variety of well established trees in the near future. [by Terry Kay]


LADIES – Friday 9th June – There were 39 in the field including visitors from Piopio Aria and Turangi for the Fred Bacon Electrical Womens 18 Hole Open Tournament. After play, the lunch – crock pots filled with a delicious selection of soups – cooked by the best and most willing soup cookers was just what was needed and warmed us all up. Celeste Sattler (Piopio Aria) was the gross winner with 79.  Pauline Mills was nett winner with 67 and the runner-up Helen Verry (Piopio Aria) on 69. The stableford winner was Linda Smith on a countback from Jane Brown with 40. Next was Elaine Couper, Amanda Murray (Piopio Aria) both 39, Barbara Taylor 38, then all on 37 in countback order came Marg Nelson, Ann Hay, Carol Plowman and Christine Jilesen. Jane Fraser had a two on the 12th, Amanda Murray had one on the 4th and incredibly Celeste Sattler had a two on the first, wow! There were three raffles and one more competition. Guess how many golf tees in a jar. That was won by the Jane Brown who spent some time adding, subtracting and multiplying to come up with her answer – it wasn’t exactly right but it was the closest. Our visitors won their share of raffles and tournament prizes and enjoyed themselves so we hope they will return again which they promised to do. A pretty successful day all round. [by Margaret Steedman]


LADIES – Wednesday 7th June – Competitions of the day were LGU, 3rd round Captains Trophy and 1st round of the McElroy Cup.  There were 36 players in the field. Dianne Cameron had a very good day with a 69 nett. Elaine Couper had 70, Barbara Taylor and Ann Percy 71, Joanne Begg, Jane Fraser, Chris Jilesen and Sarah Leilua 72, Jenny Tibby 73, Evelyn Heale, Marie Cadogan, Jane Brown, Margaret Nelson, Paulo Bhullar and Carol Plowman all on 74. There were an amazing five twos scored. The three on the 4th were achieved by Evelyn Heale, Elaine Couper and Chris Jilesen while the two on the 17th were Dianne Cameron and Sally Sherson. 

There was a good muster of Tuesday ladies on an extra gorgeous day. The ‘Hauhangaroa Kid’ in the form of C J Brown was the best on the day playing under her handicap and with a magnificent birdie on the 8th. [by Margaret Steedman]


MEN – Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th June – Contested since 1946, the popular King Country Match Play Championship Tournament was once again played over Queen’s Birthday weekend. A full field of 96 golfers from 40 different New Zealand clubs starting with Maungaturoto in the north down to Arrowtown in the south plus three players from Australia, converged on Tarrangower over the long weekend. It was great to see a number of young players entering, some for their first taste of match play, and notably the contingent from South Head who competed strongly.

Those with the earliest tee times on Saturday and Sunday were treated to a dose of Taumarunui’s famous fog but it soon gave way to brilliant days and all was forgiven. The camaraderie and hospitality in and around the 19th adds further warmth to the occasion, when old friends and new meet up for a yarn or two. [by Evelyn Heale]


The 2017 trophy recipients are:

Rodger Bartlett Memorial Trophy (best qualifying gross): Haki Heke (South Head) with 72.

John Doogue Memorial Trophy (best qualifying nett): Nick Hibbert (Piopio Aria) and Joe Heale (Taumarunui) joint winners with 67.

King Country Championship Cup (open group winner): Simon Billington (Titirangi).

East Cup (Tarrangower group winner): Spencer Sutton (South Head).

(L to R) Nick Hibbert and Joe Heale with John Doogue Memorial Trophy, Haki Heke with Rodger Bartlett Memorial Trophy, Simon Billington with King Country Championship Cup, Spencer Sutton with East Cup.













Divisional Results:


Winner – Simon Billington (Titirangi)

Runner-up – Haki Heke (South Head)

Consolation – Rob Gaastra (Piopio Aria)

Flight – Josh Allen (South Head)

Plate – Craig Batty (Helensville)

Bowl x 2 – Jacob Renata (Wainuiomata) and David Solomann (Wattle Downs)


Tarrangower Handicap

Winner – Spencer Sutton (South Head)

Runner-up – Peter Jacobson (Taumarunui)

Consolation – Joe Heale (Taumarunui)

Flight – Nick Hibbert (Piopio Aria)

Plate – Leigh Woodcock (Shandon)

Bowl x 2 – Dean Sinkinson (Kinloch) and Peter Wells (Te Puke)


Ruapehu Handicap

Winner – Paul Hick (Sherwood Park)

Runner-up – David Sills (Sherwood Park)

Consolation – John Trim (Thames)

Flight – Mike Woods (The Grange)

Plate – Steve Bonney (Wattle Downs)

Bowl x 2 – Leon Carroll (Pauatahanui) and Alex Kirkpatrick (Poverty Bay)


Ngauruhoe Handicap

Winner – Doug Stewart (Dannevirke)

Runner-up – Kepa Maki (Paparoa)

Consolation – Stuart Gray (Titirangi)

Flight – Bruce Watkinson (Stewart Alexander)

Plate – Bryan Ludlam (Taumarunui)

Bowl x 2 – Richard Foddy (Hastings) and Peter Callagher (Titirangi)


Tongariro Handicap

Winner – Rob Sharples (Taumarunui)

Runner-up – Gordon Bai (Warkworth)

Consolation – Ken Bullians (Taumarunui)

Flight – Warwick Moyle (Lake View Golf & Country Club)

Plate – John Doolan (Windross Farm)

Bowl x 2 – Chris White (Stewart Alexander) and Allen Forrest (Porangahau)


Piriaka Handicap

Winner – Rex Mossman (Stewart Alexander)

Runner-up – Paul Dowie (Taumarunui)

Consolation – Graeme Pengelly (Taumarunui)

Flight – John Perham (Wattle Downs)

Plate – Richard Calkin (Apiti)

Bowl x 2 – Blair Inglis (Wainui) and Tim Stoneham (Hauraki)


LADIES – Wednesday 31st May – Hard to know what sort of day weather wise we had in store with everything shrouded in fog from early on but then suddenly there was revealed to us a glorious day which lifted spirits and also results for the third round of the Stableford Trophy competition. It was almost like a holiday in the Mediterranean minus the sea. Once again Karen Kingan did well with 41 points. Annie Carmichael and Dianne Cameron had 40, Ann Hay 38, Wallis Jones and Jenny Braithwaite 37, Ann-Maree Harland 36, Jane Brown and Carol Plowman 35, Marg Steedman 34, Sue Rennie, Jeanne Gomas, Annette Tylee and Paulo Bhullar 33. Anne-Maree also had a two on the 7th. The nine hole players turned up to enjoy the sun and exercise and of course the golf together. The best was Glenda Wright with 15 and second was Rosie Buckland with 14. The Tuesday ladies winner was Sara Porritt.


LADIES – Wednesday 24th May – Once again Wednesdays are becoming worryingly wet hence the small number of ladies turning up – 18 for the second week running. At least seven holes were played in the rain but we chugged and splashed along. Some did remarkably well considering the conditions. It was the second and final round of the Jubilee Cup. Liz Hodgson wasn’t all that pleased with her second round but none the less managed to hang on in there to win. Well done Liz. Jane Fraser was runner-up on a countback from Karen Kingan. Good scores on the day came from Jane Fraser with 72 net, Harriett Byelich 73, Roseanne Parkes 74 and Sue Rennie 76. No nine hole players were silly enough to come out. Seven ladies turned up for Tuesday’s golf with more friendly weather being the attraction. Daphne Ferguson was the best, playing almost to her handicap. On the 22nd May Annie Carmichael, Harriett Byelich and Imelda Woolston traveled to Waitomo to play in their pre-winter tournament. Annie had a wonderful day, winning with 39 stablefords and also the only two. For her efforts she won 50 golf balls – almost enough to keep her going forever. 


LADIES – Wednesday 17th May – Oh dear, the rain’s back and as a consequence only 18 players started in the field for the first round of Jubilee Cup. The two best players, Karen Kingan and Liz Hodgson, coped with the conditions very well returning rounds of 68 nett. Bit of a jump to the next best though, Dianne Cameron and Annie Carmichael both on 74. Linda Smith and Jane Fraser 75, Sue Rennie and Evelyn Heale 76 each. Vicki Kimberley and Liz Hodgson both had a two on the 4th. There were no 9 hole players out. The Tuesday ladies actually had the best of the weather this week, in fact, almost perfect for golf. Rachel Brown had the best round for them. Katy Bolten who plays with the Tuesday ladies had a jolly good day with 40 stablefords and a two on the 4th.

On Friday 12th the people in the Wills Cup team rose very early to travel to Stewart Alexander. The weather report was bad and there were heavy showers on the way. They unpacked their gear and some had even teed off before the decision to cancel was made. Needless to say they weren’t happy golfers but cheered up a bit after a delicious lunch at a restaurant. Such a long way to go for lunch.

Back home again, Karen Kingan and Sylvia Baker played the final in the MacKnight cup which Karen won. 


LADIES – Wednesday 10th May – Forty one ladies arrived to play golf which is one of the largest contingents we’ve had this year. The competitions were Captain’s Trophy and LGU.  The haggle was on the goodness of ones putting today – some were excellent and some were unmentionably dreadful. The best of the best was Sarah Leilua with 27 putts, closely followed by Elaine Couper 28, Sylvia Baker 29, Sally Sherson and Pauline Mills 30, Liz Hodgson, Glenys Wheeler, Annette Tylee, Judith Hastie and Sue Ferguson all with 31, while Barbara Corney, Paulo Bhullar and Dianne Cameron had 32 apiece. Elaine Couper was the only person to achieve a two. For the 9 hole players Rosie Buckland had 16, Carla Isaac, Glenda Wright and Robyn Faire 18 each. The Tuesday ladies also enjoyed glorious weather the day before. Six players turned out and the best of those was Clara Jayne Brown, with Daphne Ferguson and Rachel Brown coming in a close second. The six ladies selected to play in the second round of Wills Cup at Stewart Alexander on Friday are Karen Kingan, Sally Sherson, Pauline Mills, Harriett Byelich, Carol Plowman and Linda Smith. Good luck. Hope the weather holds out.


LADIES – Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd May – There has been a fair bit of golf played over the last three days and the weather has been rather kind. The 1st and 2nd of May saw the inaugural ladies tournament – Triple T. There were players from Cambridge, Hamilton, Manaia, Maramarua, Marton, New Plymouth, Riverside, Stratford, Strathmore, Te Ngutu, Turangi, Urenui, Waihi, Waitomo, Waitangi,Walton, Waverley and of course Taumarunui. The local committee put in a great deal of effort with help from others to make sure everything was top notch. Everyone was impressed by the catering, entertainment and friendliness. Hopefully visitors will spread the word and return with extras next year. Results for Tongariro Division – Gross: 1st Carol Chard (New Plymouth), 2nd Ann Braithwaite (Te Ngutu), 3rd Liz Hodgson, 4th Valmai McEldowney (New Plymouth). Nett: 1st Sally Sherson, 2nd Caroline Koch (Manaia), 3rd Faye Ford (Manaia), 4th Dianne Sweeney (Walton). Results for Tarrangower Division – Gross: 1st Jane Fraser, 2nd Ann Percy, 3rd Prue Jump (Waitangi), 4th Peg Purdie (Waitomo).  Nett: 1st Carol Mahon (Walton), 2nd Audrey Turner (Cambridge), 3rd Sylvia Baker, 4th Mary Thomas (Walton). Stableford over the field: Wallis Jones 75, Joanne McDonald (New Plymouth) 72, Anne Hawkins and Evelyn Mills (Urenui) 70, Dianne Douglas (Waihi) 69, Linley Wallis (Cambridge) and Chris Jilesen 68. Twos: Carol Chard, Faye Ford and Caroline Koch.

Due to this tournament taking up all the space in Taumarunui Jane Brown took the Tuesday ladies to Kinloch for the day. The two best rounds of golf were played by the other Jayne Brown who won on a countback from Sara Porritt. They all enjoyed a delightful day with a superb lunch served up at ‘Jayne’s Hauhungaroa Cafe’. Where, might you ask, is that? It’s a secret.

On Wednesday 3rd May back at Taumarunui there were two competitions, LGU and 2nd round of Captains Trophy. Jenny Tibby won the haggle with a nett 72 followed by Jeanne Gomas and Sylvia Baker 73, Roseanne Parkes 74, Harriett Byelich, Ann Percy, Jenny Braithwaite, Barbara Taylor and Karen Kingan 75, Jane Brown, Liz Hodgson, Carol Plowman and Suzanne Rennie 76.


LADIES – Wednesday 26th April – Almost unbelievable, three beautiful Wednesdays in a row. Is there a possibility that weather wise there is to be a great improvement this year on that which was dished up Wednesday after Wednesday in 2016? I hope so but we’ll see. There was some great scoring today with Jindh Bhullar and Christine Jilesen both having 43 stablefords. Jane Fraser and Julie Owen had 40 apiece, with Pauline Mills, Karen Kingan, Glenda Street, Chris Edkins all on 39. Jenny Braithwaite, Jenny Tibby, Sue Ferguson 38 each, Harriet Byelich, Elaine Couper, Roseanne Parkes and Evelyn Heale 36.  Jenny Braithwaite had a two on the 4th. Tops in the 9 hole competition were Wendy Grierson 14 and Glenda Wright 12. The Tuesday ladies were treated to a trip to the Taranui Golf Course at Ohura last Tuesday which was enjoyed by all. Mel Vedder was the best there and Sara Porritt won this weeks round.


MIXED VETS – Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st April – Two couples, both regulars at the annual Taumarunui Veterans Four Ball Best Stableford Match Play Tournament came out tops after four days of intense play in brilliant sunshine this week.

In Group One, Ken Bloor and Jean Dillon (Omokoroa) took out the top spot from Keith Hickman (Castlecliff) and Marie Roberts (LakeView). The consolation winners emerged as Kevin Diamond and Wallis Jones (both Taumarunui) from Don Campbell (Cambridge) and
Reina Mellar (Horsham Downs).

In a tight match, Group Two ended in a chip out for the eventual winners Mike and Viv Joblin (Howick) over the Taumarunui pairing of Noel Lawson and Barbara Taylor. In the consolation, also from Taumarunui, Alan Brown and Pauline Mason won over Rosalie Groom (Pakuranga) and Graeme Groom (Howick).


Jean Dillon and Ken Bloor of Omokoroa, Group One winners.

Viv and Mike Joblin, Group Two winners from Howick.















LADIES GOLF – Wednesday 19th April – With some local women playing in the Mixed Vets tournament this week, Wednesday was a fun day using ISTAS scoring. The points you get (if any) for each hole are added to your handicap which worked quite well for those on a higher handicap. Karen Kingan won with 44, Sue Virtue had 43, Marg Steedman 41, Paulo Bhullar and Glenda Street 40.

The Wills Cup team chosen to play at Pio Pio on the 21st are: Division One – Chris Edkins and Sally Sherson; Division Two – Anne Hawkins, Pauline Mills, Sheryl Fraser and Karen Kingan.  Good luck ladies. 


LADIES GOLF – Wednesday 12th April – Last Wednesday 5th was cancelled because of Debbie (the storm) and it wasn’t looking too good for the 30 women in todays LGU round but the rain held off until the last couple of holes. It then poured so hard that most of us got a good drenching. Liz Hodgson came out tops with 67 nett, Roseanne Parkes, Pauline Mason and Jenny Tibby 70, Karen Kingan and Chris Jilesen 71, Jane Brown and Marie Cadogan 72, Elaine Couper and Anne Hodges 73, Pauline Mills and Sue Virtue 75. 

The nine hole players had the right idea and missed the rain completely. The two Robyns, Faire and Croy both had 67 nett with Glenda Wright 58.


LADIES GOLF – Monday 10th April – It was good to see a field of 28 taking part in the Senior Women’s Cup. Jane Brown had a good day to match the fine weather finishing with 39 stablefords to secure the cup. Glenda Street was runner-up with 36 followed by Jenny Braithwaite and Margaret Nelson both 35, Paulo Bhullar, Barb Taylor, Jenny Tibby and Sue Virtue with 33 stablefords apiece. 


LADIES GOLF – Wednesday 29th March – This year the Nancy MacCormick Memorial Foursomes was played in very warm weather over the 22nd and 29th March and the winners were Sally Sherson & Sue Virtue on 143.5 points.  In the haggle of the day Elaine Couper & Karen Kingan came out tops with 72 points followed by Sally Sherson & Sue Virtue 73, Barb Corney & Vicki Kimberley were third with 74.5. Other good scores were Sarah Leilua & Glenys Wheeler 76, Ann Hay & Chris Jilesen also 76, Barbara Taylor & Carol Plowman 79 and Rhondda Bruce & Evelyn Heale 80 on a count back. For those who played 18 holes Roseanne Parkes had an excellent 40 stablefords to come out the winner, second was Jenny Braithwaite with 31. The best for the 9 hole players was Glenda Wright with Rosie Buckland second.


HEAPS GOLF CLASSIC – Sunday 29th January –  The Heaps Golf Classic lived up to its name as usual with heaps of fun, heaps of food and heaps of quality prizes, $6000 worth in fact. Always played on the Sunday of every Auckland Anniversary weekend, the tournament attracts returning groups of players annually. This year was no exception when several players from Scotland once again made the tournament a must-do while in New Zealand, along with two from England, another from Perth, others from Waiuku, Auckland, Piopio Aria, Taranui, Kinloch and Waiotapu Valley to name some, and of course the locals. Such is the reputation of all Taumarunui’s main tournaments they attract a loyal following with some patrons at this particular tournament travelling there annually for two and a half decades. The dry spell evident elsewhere around the country is not affecting Tarrangower where summer moisture has been ample to the benefit of the course and greens which are in fantastic condition contributing to some great golf. If you’re looking for a superb one day tournament in 2018, this is the one to do.

Main trophy winners for 2017:

Best Gross – Jason Simpson (Taumarunui) 69

Best Nett – Jeff Hampson-Tindale (Waiotapu Valley) 62

Ladies Stableford – Linda Smith (Taumarunui) 43

Mens Stableford – Wayne La Roche (Piopio Aria) 42

Non-golfer – Heni Peni (Taumarunui) 39

L to R: Linda Smith and Heni Peni (both from Taumarunui), Jeff Hampson-Tindale (Waiotapu Valley), Jason Simpson (Taumarunui) and Wayne La Roche (Piopio Aria)