Club & Tournament Results

Ladies – Wednesday 4th April – Jane Brown holed in one on the fourth hole – rather appropriate for the fourth day of the fourth month. Jane has played the Taumarunui course for thirty years and this is her first ever hole in one, on any golf course, making Wednesday 4 April a memorable day.

Congratulations to our lovely Life Member, Jane Brown for her first hole-in-one!

The day’s competition was “putting” with everyone having to keep a note of their putts and the people on cards having to work harder than usual because this is one competition the computer can’t handle.

The winners were: Joanne Begg (29 putts), Liz Hodgson and Carol Plowman (30), Evelyn Heale (31), Jane Fraser and Linda Smith (32), Barbara Taylor and Rhonda Bruce (33), Pauline Mills, Glenys Wheeler, Karen Kingan, and Jane Brown (34).

Today was also the second round of LGU.  The section winners were:  Silver – Liz Hodgson (69), Bronze 1 – Jane Fraser (70), Bronze 2 – Pauline Mason (69).

The sunshine brought out a field of 50 eighteen holers and 10 nine holers.  Joining the eighteen hole group for the first time was Sarah Porritt, and we welcome back Jenny Allen. (by Marion Johnston)


Ladies – Wednesday 28th March – Fortunately nobody thought it was going to rain so a good field turned out for the Ladies Veteran Cup stableford event and, although the minute a golf club was swung the rain came, it was just enough to initiate a mushrooming of umbrellas on the course and seemed to have no effect on Marie Cadogan who with 41 stablefords was the winner on the day and took the Ladies Veteran Cup.  Other winners were: Glenda Street (39), Wallis Jones, Paulo Bhullar and Rachel Brown (38), Liz Hodgson (37), Sue Virtue (36), Sally Sherson and Elaine Couper (35), Sue Ferguson and Carol Plowman (34). Karen Kingan had a two on the fourth hole and Liz Hodgson on the seventeenth.

The nine hole winners were: Eileen Kay (19), Anne Hodges (18), Ann Hay and Shirley Barton (17).

The Tuesday girls have had their three week training and are now allowed loose on the course with the result that Mel Vedder had a two on the fourth hole to her delight which could be heard half way to Lairdvale. Jane Brown (life member) trains the Tuesday girls from 9.30am, you’ve guessed it, on Tuesdays, but also coaches on Friday 10.30am to 12 noon outside the green keeper’s shed and that is open to anyone.  (via Marion Johnston)


Men’s Roundup – Saturday 17th March – Forty players faced the starter last week in beautiful autumn weather. Players went off four tees which sped up play with everyone getting back to the Clubhouse about the same time. Some excellent scoring was the order of the day, again in part thanks to the great course and weather conditions. This was the second round of the Mountain Handicaps competition. Top scorer on the day went Tom Donovan with 44 stablefords, close behind was Laal Bhullar and Barry Littler with 43 each. It was a great day for the Bhullar family with Santokh Bhullar and his grandson Shaam both scoring 39 points. John Sheargold and Noel Lawson also had 39. Laal’s 43 points was the result of a 69 off the stick, or two shots under the course rating of 71. I can’t remember the last time a local player scored two shots under par, so well done Laal.  There were four 2s, namely Dick Rennie, Tom Donovan, John Sheargold and young Shaam Bhullar. The leaders after two rounds are David Grierson with a total of 81 points, Noel Lawson on 80, Santokh Bhullar 78, Kevin Shannon 77 and Laal Bhullar 76. (via Terry Kay)


Ladies – Wednesday 14th March – Forty seven ladies enjoyed the beautiful sunny day and despite it being the first day playing golf this year for many, there were some good scores and everyone played enough good shots to make them want to come back another day. LGU winners from the 18 hole players were: Joanne Begg and Carol Plowman (68), Evelyn Heale (69), Glenys Wheeler and Jane Fraser (70), Judy Hastie and Linda Smith (71), Liz Hodgson, Rhondda Bruce, Sue Ferguson and Margaret Nelson (73), Marion Johnston, Marie Cadogan and Barbara Corney (74) and Rachel Brown (75). Liz Hodgson had a two on the 17th and Evelyn Heale a birdie on the 14th when she chipped into the hole from off the green. The nine hole winner was Robyn Faire with runner-up Wendy Grierson. Other incidents included a chip going between the player’s legs on the second shot for the year not only landing just behind her but earning a penalty, and a player hitting her ball into the pond on the ninth saved only on the third time by a rock. The new computer card system at the club is proving it can do the Eclectic Competition for members. Previously players had to keep verified accounts of their lowest scores at each hole during the year but now the computer will do away with that. (via Marion Johnston)


Men’s Roundup – Saturday 10th March – There were 27 competitors who played in the first round of the Mountain Handicap competition this past Saturday with David Grierson (who had 44 points) taking a 3 point lead over Noel Lawson (who had 41 points) and a 4 point lead over Alan Brown and John Filleul (who both had 40 points). For those who couldn’t make it on Saturday (or perhaps if you had a poor first round) don’t worry as the Tournament format allows you to miss one round and still be eligible – but make sure that you make it for the second round this coming Saturday 17th March.

Please also remember that next Saturday 17th March we are inviting any previous golfers who are no longer playing, any golfers who are new to town and any existing members who have got out of the habit of playing, to join in on our Saturday golf day for free.  If you know of someone who may fit into any of these categories please invite them along with a view to showing them a good time and encouraging them to get back into the game.  We will try to be accommodating with the groupings to enable you to play with those who you have invited along. Please assemble at the Clubhouse at 11 am for an 11:30 am start.   

Our Men’s Championship Pennants team had a 5 – 4 victory over the Morrinsville team beating them at their home course!  Well done to Ken and his team. (via Laal Bhullar)


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 matchplaybut 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.