Ladies – Wednesday 11th November

Around 40 ladies turned up for our AGM at 9.30am and then most of them stayed on to play our closing day competition over nine holes, which meant both the 9 and 18 hole players could compete together. Everyone was put into teams of three or four and went off the first or the ninth, and the best 3 stableford points were added together on each hole.

The winning team on the front nine were Vicki Kimberley, Eileen Kay, Wallis Jones and Jill Burton, with Liz Hodgson, Pauline Mason and Sue Rennie runners up.  On the back nine, Marie Cadogan, Harriet Byelich, Glenda Wright and Anne Hawkins prevailed, with Barbara Corney, Julie Owen, Jenny Tibby and Merle Munro the runners up.  A big thank you to Ken Detman for providing the prizes for the day’s competition.

Also, a big thank you to Santa and her helper, (aka Lynne and Karen), who could be seen travelling the course in a festive golf cart, providing sweets and refreshments as we played. They were very much appreciated.

At the conclusion of the round, a beautiful shared lunch was enjoyed by everyone before we had our annual prize giving. Thank you to the ladies who stayed behind while we played to organise the lunch and decorate the clubhouse. It was all very lovely.

There will still be ladies golf on Wednesdays over the summer, just turn up at 9.00am for a 9.30 tee time.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing everyone back in March next year.

(Contributor – Sue Rennie)

Ladies – Wednesday 4th & Friday 6th November

A great field of 38 players turned up for the last organised 18 hole competition on Wednesday. It was to be a fun day and we were organised into teams of 3 or 4 to play Texas Stableford, which sounds like it involved gambling, and it seemed like that. For each hole, the best two stableford scores were added together and then multiplied by the third best to give a total for the hole. Sounds like a great system, but not if two players scored 0 points, as that meant your team got 0 too! The best score on the day was 172 and the worst was over 100 points less, so the gamble played off for some and not for others.

The winning team with a massive 172 points was Sue Ferguson, Dianne Cameron, Sally Sherson and Karen Kingan. Second was the team of Carol Plowman, Imelda Woolston, Judith Hastie and Roseanne Parkes on 144. Pauline Mills, Karyn Prestage, Pauline Mason and Wallis Jones were third with 134, followed by Marie Cadogan, Harriet Byelich, Glenda Street and Anne Hawkins on 132. Evelyn Heale, Paulo Bhullar, Chris Jilesen and Barbara Corney were next on 129 points.

The 9 hole ladies played a stableford competition and Wendy Grierson was the winner, followed by Glenda Wright and Robyn Faire was third.

On Friday it was the annual Shootout competition, kindly sponsored by Peak Chartered Accountants, where 19 ladies who had the best nett score during the year turned up to battle it out for the trophy and prize. Everyone tees off the first hole and the highest nett score drops out. As you can imagine, it takes quite a while for 19 golfers to play the same hole at once – nearly an hour. This carries on, with someone dropping out on each hole until, nearly eight hours later, there are only two golfers left to play the 18th!!  Even for seasoned golfers it is a stressful day and there were lots of nerves evident, especially if there was a tie on a hole and players had to have a chip off to decide who was to drop out.

At the end of the day, after a lot of great golf and a few chip-offs, Sue Rennie came out the winner, with Glenda Street the runner-up. Harriet Byelich was third and Anne-Maree Harland was fourth.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make the day so successful. It was a long day for both players and helpers.

(Contributor – Sue Rennie)

Ladies – Wednesday 28th October

A hardy group of 25 ladies turned up in the drizzly rain to play 36 holes for the Eclectic Cup and it was the last round of the LGU competition. Nearly everyone was decked out in their waterproof clothing expecting the worst, but the weather gods smiled on us and we were able to dispense with the wet weather gear after only a couple of holes and it was not needed for the rest of the day.

Everyone played their first 18 holes in the morning and then had to try and better their score on each hole in the afternoon round. If you weren’t going to do this, you could pick up your ball and not complete the hole. This made the afternoon round a lot quicker as many of us seemed to play our shots into the same unfortunate place and couldn’t score any better!

Sara Porritt was the winner of the Eclectic Cup with a wonderful 59 nett. Obviously she was able to better her earlier round!  Runner up was Wallis Jones on 63, on a count back from Ann Percy. Anne Hawkins had a 65, followed by Vicki Kimberley and Roseanne Parkes on 66 and Liz Hodgson and Karen Kingan on 67. There were no twos this week.

A small group of 9 hole ladies played a stableford competition and Judy Fox and Glenda Wright were the winners with 18 points.

 Closing day, the AGM and prize giving will end our shortened season on 11th November. 

(Contributor – Sue Rennie)

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October – Main Trunk Scramble

Memories are a little sketchy but it’s generally agreed the Main Trunk Scramble has been going for 25 years. Entries flooded in from all over New Zealand necessitating a close off two weeks early. The format of Foursomes and Two Ball Best Ball on Saturday followed by Ambrose on Sunday, each scored as plus or minus par, is a winner. Usually there are some great scores after the first round but not this time. Surprisingly only 12 of the 72 pairs were in the red after the morning Foursomes round. The pace picked up with Two Ball Best Ball in the afternoon and was humming on Sunday for the Ambrose round. The course itself was in fabulous condition and an absolute picture resplendent in rich spring colours. It is said by visitors time and time again, the Tarrangower Golf Course is an absolute gem and a real asset and we are grateful to our green keeper John Snedden and volunteers who keep it that way.

Best results for the Scramble were:


Wayne Byelich (Taumarunui) & Waqas Butt (Taumarunui) 25

Hamish Hodgson (Harewood) & Rod Hodgson (Taumarunui) 24.5

Dean Sinkinson (Kinloch) & Josh Sinkinson (Riverside) 19

Mark Byelich (Fitzroy) & Aaron Owen (Taumarunui) 17

Geoff Bruce (Ngahinepouri) & Murray Robertson (Taumarunui) 17

Barry Littler (Taumarunui) & Steve Roddis (Taumarunui) 17

Grant Alabaster (Taumarunui) & Graham Gillard (Taumarunui) 16

David Collins (Walton) & Tony Iverson (Walton) 16

Sheldon Perry (Urenui) & Edwin Sutton (Urenui) 16

Rodney Luxton (Walton) & Colin McFarlane (Walton) 15

James Shearer (Cambridge) & Macs Lindsey (Cambridge) 14

Don Highet (Walton) & Bryan Smith (Walton) 13.5

Laal Bhullar (Taumarunui) & Shaam Bhullar (Taumarunui) 12.5

Martijn Hehewerth (Akarana) & Tom Fox (Akarana) 12.5

Terry Kay (Taumarunui) & Tony Buckley (Taumarunui) 12

John Snedden (Taumarunui) & Noel Lawson (Taumarunui) 12

Peter Hermann (Urenui) & Edwyn Hollard (Urenui) 11.5



Nancy Masters (Cambridge) & Moira Keyte (Cambridge) 20

Lydia Pomeroy (Harewood) & Liz Hodgson (Taumarunui) 19.5

Roseanne Parkes (Taumarunui) & Robyn Gower (Taumarunui) 17.5

Leeanne Pitcon (Walton) & Heather Sharp (Walton) 14

Rhondda Bruce (Ngahinepouri) & Merle Munro (Taumarunui) 14

Dianne Douglas (Waihi) & Evelyn Heale (Taumarunui) 13.5

Deb Ring (Walton) & Make Davidson (Walton) 13.5

Anne-Maree Harland (Taumarunui) & Vicki Kimberley (Taumarunui) 13

Ladies – Wednesday 21st October

Once again we had another lovely day for Ladies golf. We have certainly been a lot luckier this year with the weather. Last year we had so many wet days, and it is not much fun playing in the wet.

Today saw the last round of the 54 hole Strokeplay Club Championship and 15 ladies turned up to play the last 18 holes for that competition; while another 23 played 18 holes towards the day’s haggle.

The winner of the haggle was Sue Rennie with a nett 69, followed, on a countback, by Chris Jilesen, Sue Ferguson and Jane Brown on 71.  Robyn Gower had 73, Harriet Byelich, Anne Hawkins, Wallis Jones and Evelyn Heale all had 74; Roseanne Parkes and Karen Kingan had 75, and Dianne Cameron and Sandy Hall had 76.

There were three twos this week; Dianne Cameron on the 4th and Roseanne Parkes on the 17th.  Jane Brown’s two was more spectacular as she scored it on the 6th hole, a par 4, so it was in fact an eagle, being 2 under par. An amazing feat, well done Jane.

The Strokeplay Championship winners for 2020 are:

Gross: Silver – Liz Hodgson; Bronze – Sandy Hall

Nett: Silver – Wallis Jones; Bronze – Roseanne Parkes

Congratulations also goes to Robyn Gower for winning the Coronation Rosebowl with Glenda Street the runner-up.

The 9 hole ladies had a putting competition and Robyn Faire was the winner with only 15 putts, followed by Glenda Wright on 17 and Ann Hay on 18.

(Contributor – Sue Rennie)

Ladies – Wednesday 14th October

Today saw 17 golfers tee off early to play the first 36 holes in the 54 hole strokeplay championship. At the end of the long day, Sandy Hall won the haggle with 138 nett, with Roseanne Parkes on 142. Karen Kingan was third on 147, followed by Vicki Kimberley on 148, Robyn Gower on 149, Wallis Jones on 151 and Liz Hodgson on 155.

A good field of 20 players who didn’t play in this competition played 18 holes instead and Cara O’Donnell came out on top with a nett 68. Elaine Couper was second on 72, on a count back from Ann Percy and Harriet Byelich. Sue Ferguson had 73 and Jane Brown had 74.

The 9 hole golfers played a stableford competition and Wendy Grierson was the winner on 22 points, followed by Eileen Kay and Glenda Wright on 19 each.

On Sunday 11th October, Liz Hodgson and Anne-Maree Harland travelled to Walton Golf Club to represent Taumarunui in the South Zone Mailman Salver competition and came away the winners. This is a wonderful result. Well done ladies, you must have played incredible golf! 

A reminder to people who won trophies last year; please return them as soon as possible so they can be engraved for our prize giving on Wednesday 11th November.

(Contributor – Sue Rennie)

Ladies – Wednesday 30th September

It was an early start for golf this week. The 18 ladies competing for the Araroa Cup had to play 36 holes, or two rounds, and so started at 8.30am, and the eight ladies playing only 18 holes followed soon after. After all the wind and rain earlier in the week, it was great that the weather was dry and calm. This was probably why there was such a good field for the Araroa Cup. The winner of the Araroa Cup was Harriet Byelich with 75 stableford points. Harriet has been playing some wonderful golf lately and had two great rounds, scoring 36 and 39. Wallis Jones was second on 70 points and Karyn Prestage was third with 68. Liz Hodgson had 66, Karen Kingan and Chris Edkins had 64 and Sara Porritt 63.

The winner of the 18 hole stableford competition was Julie Owen with 37 points. Jenny Tibby was second with 33, on a count back from Sue Virtue. Sue Ferguson was next with 29 points, on a count back from Carol Plowman.

The 9 hole ladies played a stableford competition and Wendy Grierson and Judy Fox both had 19 points.

(Contributor – Sue Rennie)

Ladies – Monday 21st September and Wednesday 23rd September

Last Monday we held our annual 27 hole Foursomes Stableford Tournament, kindly sponsored by Alan Ferguson Lawnmowing and Bacon Electrical. The day dawned sunny and warm and our visitors were very impressed with the course and the weather. We had eight visitors from Walton, two from Waitomo and two from Piopio Aria which gave us a field of 52. Foursomes involve players being in pairs, taking alternate shots, which makes for lots of fun. Many golfers end up in places they have rarely been before!

The winners of the pairs that started on the front nine were Linda Smith and Harriet Byelich with 57 points, closely followed by Robyn Gower and Evelyn Heale on 56. Dianne Cameron and Sue Jordan were next on 50, on a count back from Roseanne Parkes and Liz Hodgson. Lynne Bacon and Anne-Maree Harland were 5th on 49 points.

For the back nine, Chris Edkins and Jill Burton scored an amazing 60 points. Karen Kingan and Barbara Corney were next on 56, followed by two visiting pairs, Debbie Ring and Dianne Sweeney on 54 and Peg Purdie and Sarm Bojesen-Trepka on 51. Jane Brown and Paulo Bhullar had 48 points. The visitors said they would be back next year.

Wednesday saw another good field of 31 ladies playing the 6th round of LGU but the weather was not as nice, with drizzly showers hanging around for most of the round.

Robyn Gower had a great round with a net 66, followed by Glenda Street on 70 and Harriet Byelich on 71. Sue Rennie, Sue Ferguson and Vicki Kimberley all had 72. On 75 were Elaine Couper, Jane Fraser and Anne Hawkins, and Barbara Taylor and Barbara Corney both had 76 nett.

Winners of LGU for the day were: Silver – Liz Hodgson; Bronze 1 – Sandy Hall; Bronze 2 – Sue Rennie; and Bronze 3 – Robyn Gower.

A good group of nine holers competed for a Bogey competition. Wendy Grierson was the winner on 3 up. Judy Fox, Glenda Wright and Robyn Faire were 2nd equal on 1 down.

(Contributor – Sue Rennie)

Ladies – Wednesday 16th September

The sun was shining for us on Wednesday, although there was a cool breeze that kept the jackets on for the early part of the day. A very good field of 39 ladies played the third round of both the Captain’s Trophy and Putting. This involved everyone keeping a tally of the number of putts they had on each hole. This is the one time when you are not too disappointed when your ball stops before the edge of the green – your next shot is not counted as a putt, even if you use your putter!  Those who have far too many putts can be heard wishing it was stableford points they were writing down. 

Once again Anne-Maree Harland was the star of the field with only 28 putts, 4 less than the next best golfers; Barbara Taylor, Harriet Byelich, Carol Plowman, Judy Hastie and Evelyn Heale all with 32 putts.

Karen Kingan, Jane Fraser and Glenys Wheeler had 33 putts, Linda Smith, Sue Jordan and Karyn Prestage 34; Jenny Tibby and Anne Hawkins 35; and Daphne Ferguson and Chris Jilesen had 36.  Having 36 putts means about 2 putts per hole, which is pretty good. So Anne-Maree having only 28 means she had lots of holes with only 1 putt, so her putter was running very hot.

There were eight 9-holers who also had a putting competition. Eileen Kay and Rosie Buckland were the best putters. They also played a Bogey competition and Judy Fox was the winner. Like the 18-hole ladies, they are sometimes playing more than one competition each week, to try and catch up after Covid-19 interrupted the programme.

(Contributor – Sue Rennie)

Ladies – Wednesday 9th September

A cool but dry day greeted a large field of 42 golfers last Wednesday for the fifth round of the Stableford Trophy and the scoring was hotter than the weather.

Anne-Maree Harland had another great round scoring 40 points, one better than last week. Chris Edkins was second on 38, on a count back from Jose Heale. Other winners were Karyn Prestage on 36, Harriet Byelich, Glenda Street and Sue Rennie all on 35; Karen Kingan on 34, Marion Johnston, Paulo Bhullar, and Sue Ferguson on 33; and Jill Burton, Sue Virtue, Linda Smith, Ann Percy, Liz Hodgson, Cara O’Donnell and Vicki Kimberley all on 32 points. There were no twos this week.

There were seven 9 holers and Wendy Grierson, Robyn Faire and Judy Fox won their stableford competition while Glenda Wright won the putting competition.

(Contributor – Sue Rennie)

Lefties – 71st Annual Tournament Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September

Last weekend Taumarunui Golf Club held its 71st left-handers’ tournament in a kaleidoscope of weather patterns. Friday’s practice round was in glorious spring sunshine with spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu, Saturday overcast and Sunday drizzly rain. It didn’t dampen the spirits of the 75 players who attended though, representing 33 clubs from as far afield as Kaikoura to Whangarei.

Main winners were:

Ted O’Reilly Shield for 36 hole Net – Dave McCrea (Urenui) 141

George Worms Memorial for 36 hole Stableford – Tim Belcher (Feilding) 72; runner-up Kevin Shannon (Taumarunui) 68; 3rd Stephen Leatherland (Ngaruawahia) 67;  4th Roger Maxwell (Urenui) 67

Rod McLeish Cup for Senior Gross – Kahu Tataurangi (Remuera) 139;  runner-up Ken Shea (Raglan) 150

Frank Hemmingson Cup for Senior Nett – Merv Hughes (Waipawa) 143;  runner-up Trevor Hayes (Ohope) 146

Graeme Bridge Cup for Intermediate Gross – Barry Mathews (Titirangi) 174; runner-up Leigh Virtue (Horsham Downs) 176

Haddon Strachan Memorial Cup for Intermediate Nett – Daniel Scotson (Rangitikei) 145; runner-up Lawrie Fawcitt (Riverside) 147

Johnson Keepa Trophy for Junior Gross – Grant Dalton (Trentham) 187; runner-up Garry Grimes (Taumarunui) 187

Doug Beever Memorial Putter for Junior Nett – Kerry Bond (Riverside) 147;  runner-up Harold August (Pahiatua) 150

Bowyer Trophy for Left-handed Ladies Nett – Harriet Byelich 143

Right-handed supporters – Nett – Jo McCrea (Urenui) 140; Stableford – Evelyn Mills (Urenui) 70; runner-up Alby Adeane (Ngaruawahia) 65

Manukorihi Cup for winning team – Taumarunui 1 – Peter Jacobson, Garry Grimes, Harriet Byelich (204)

(Contributor – Harriet Byelich)


Pictured is Kahu Tataurangi from Remuera Club (playing off a course handicap of +4) holding the Rod McLeish Cup for the best gross rounds of 73 and 66 respectively.

Ladies – Monday 31st August and Wednesday 2nd September 2020

Monday was the annual Grandmothers’ Day stableford tournament. Twenty one grandmothers played 18 holes, with the winner being Sue Virtue on 38 points, followed by Merle Munro on 37 and Harriet Byelich on 36. Wendy Grierson won the 9 hole competition with a whopping 23 points.

Wednesday dawned a beautiful day, with very little wind and lots of sunshine; a great day for golf. The scoring was pretty good too. There were 35 ladies playing the 4th round of the Stableford Trophy or the 3rd round of the Jane Brown Stableford Trophy. The winner was Jenny Allen with an amazing 41 points. Anne-Maree Harland was 2nd with 39 and Liz Hodgson 3rd on 38, on a count back from Glenys Wheeler. Other winners were Robyn Gower 36, Elaine Couper 34 and Sue Ferguson, Vicki Kimberley, Sue Rennie, Barbara Taylor and Jill Burton all on 33 points.

There were eight 9 holers also playing stableford and the winner was Shirley Barton on 16 points, with Eileen Kay and Wendy Grierson 2nd equal on 15 points.

Three ladies scored twos; Anne-Maree Harland and Elaine Couper on the 4th hole and Glenys Wheeler on the 17th. Obviously the fast greens were no problem for them.

(Contributor – Sue Rennie)

Ladies – Wednesday 26th August 2020

There is nothing more galling when you know you can’t play golf, than to look out of the window at blue sky and sunshine, so I’m jealously grumbly about the 38 eighteen holers and 9 nine holers who got to enjoy such a great golfing day. The eighteen holers played the 5th round of the LGU and 4th round of the McElroy Cup.

Winner of the haggle with a brilliant 69 nett score was Anne-Maree Harland – quite a feat when you play off her low handicap. Congratulations also to Jenny Tibby on 70 nett and Karyn Prestage on 72. Other winners were Anne Hawkins 74, Sara Porritt, Glenys Wheeler, Evelyn Heale, Julie Owen, Sue Virtue 75, Sue Ferguson, Karen Kingan, Jenny Braithwaite 76, Chris Edkins 77, and Glenda Street and Sue Rennie 78.

The 12th hole is straight and short but only a few ladies can land on the green – veering to either side lands you in deep bunkers. One of these few is Chris Edkins who can be congratulated for a ‘two’ on this hole.

The nine holers played for the Rhonda Donald Bogey Trophy which means they were playing bogey against their own handicap and the day’s haggle winners were Wendy Grierson 2-up, with Ann Hay, Glenda Wright and Judy Fox finishing all square. The general feeling from them was that it was a lovely day with great company and a good natter.

(Contributor – Marion Johnston)

Ladies – Wednesday 19th August 2020

A small field braved the day and played the third round of the Statbleford Trophy or second round of the Jane Brown Stableford competition – depending on handicap – using scorecards which had been hurriedly photocopied as the card machine was out of order. There were no ‘twos’ today. The big winners of the haggle were Cara O’Donnell with 40 Stablefords and Liz Hodgkins with 39. Others to win golf balls were Robyn Gower (36), Glenda Street and Karen Kingan (33), Jenny Braithwaite, Wallis Jones and Jenny Tibby (32).

Today was the sort of day when wet weather gear comes in handy. My waterproof overtrousers come with slits to allow access to the pockets in the trousers beneath. I have to admit that there was more than one occassion that I laid a golf ball egg on the green as I was leaving the hole thinking that I had put my ball in my pocket but of course it had rolled down the inside of the waterproof trousers unfelt by me and sneaked out at my foot. A couple of the old stalwarts cunningly waited until the weather cleared and enjoyed a few holes in good weather but not in the competition. The nine holers were too canny to turn out and there were just the two Tuesday girls this week.

(Contributor – Marion Johnston)

Ladies – Wednesday 12th August 2020

If there really were golfing gods I wonder what they would be called – Shank, Jigger, Niblick all sound like they would be male but Gimme must be female. Anyway they were shining down on the course on Wednesday  when 36 ladies arrived to play the second round of the Captain’s Trophy and the fourth round of the LGU competition which are both nett scoring and means that people like me can’t pick up even though they are heading for record high scores. Congratulations to Julie Owen on winning the day’s haggle with a nett of 73. Other winners were Karen Kingan, Jenny Braithwaite, Karen Prestage, Cara O’Donnell, Anne-Maree Harland, Evelyn Heale, Jane Fraser, Wallis Jones, Sue Rennie, Jane Brown, Harriet Byelich, Jenny Tibby and Sue Ferguson. Congratulations also to Anne-Maree Harland who scored a two on the seventeenth.

(Contributor – Marion Johnston)

Ladies – Wednesday 5th August 2020

Another sunny day brought more than 50 eighteen and nine hole golfers to the course for the second round of the women’s stableford competition on. The highlight of the day was Chris Edkins’ ‘two’. Usually the ‘twos’ happen on the short holes but Chris achieved this on the 11th which is 284 metres from tee to flag. She is known as a big hitter but it was the second shot after one of her usual drives which riveted her companions who watched it in the distance head unerringly for the pin. Chris, who had turned away to replace her club didn’t even see the ball pop into the hole as she had decided it had bounced off line. This was quite deservedly the only ‘two’ of the day as nothing could have competed.

There were some good Stableford scores by the haggle winners who were Anne Hawkins and Jennifer Braithwaite with 38 and Liz Hodgson on 37. Other winners were Karen Prestage 36, Sara Porritt 35, Anne-Maree Harland and Jane Fraser 34, Chris Edkins, Vicki Kimberley, Jenny Tibby, Elaine Couper, Evelyn Heale, Harriet Byelich, Annie Carmichael and Imelda Weelston 33, and Julie Owen, Margaret Steadman and Wallis Jones 32.

The nine hole haggle winners were Robyn Faire and Eileen Kay.

On Tuesday the Stableford winner was Leigh Whitehead with Nikki Malcolm proving that she has got chipping into the hole from off the green down pat.

(Reporter – Marion Johnston)

Ladies – Wednesday 29th July 2020

It was great to arrive and find the place buzzing with activity. At last, a Wednesday of fine weather attracting more than 36 players, and enough sunshine to require some to have a little zizz once they got home. Today’s competition was the second round of Putting which meant every hole had to be played out – no picking up.
Players hit off from a ‘shotgun’ start which spreads the field over the course and meant that the 12th was the first hole for Sara Porritt who drove to the green within a reasonable distance from the hole and with one putt gave herself the only ‘two’ of the day. During a putting competition the groups’ phraseology changes somewhat. Instead of congratulating a player on playing an approach to the green with “well done it’s on the green”, you say “that’s clever stopping just off the green” because in the lovely trimmed area around the green it is easy to use your putter but it doesn’t count as a putt unless it’s on the green. Those who were most clever and won the haggle for the day were Susan Virtue with only 27 putts, Merle Munro 28, Chris Edkins, Anne-Maree Harland, Ann Percy, Evelyn Heale 30, Paulo Bhullar, Jane Brown 31, Jane Fraser, Wallis Jones 32, Barbara Corney, Liz Hodgson, Sara Porritt, Marie Cadogan, Harriet Byelich 33.

Sometimes it seems that one player is destined to be the one to get in the bunker or hit into the trees and the others in the group can relax and appreciate the benefits of having the golf gods pick on someone else. This happened multiple times to one in our group always followed by excellent recovery shots and despite it all her putting total made it into the winners.

Because of last Wednesdays’ inclement weather the Nine Holers’ Matchplay Competition final was played today between Wendy Grierson and Rosie Buckland with Rosie taking the win.

The competition for the Tuesday golfers was also Putting and Suzanne Carter proved to be the putter extraordinaire. Congratulations to Nicki Malcolm for a great par on the seventh hole.

(Reporter – Marion Johnston)

Ladies – Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Like me, most players decided at 9.30am that it had been raining cats and dogs and as it was still raining they were not going to golf. However there were eight ladies made of stronger stuff who set out to play the third round of the LGU competition and they tell me that by their second hole they were taking off their wet weather gear and the day stayed fine even though the course was a bit wet underfoot meaning there was no run on the ball and scores reflected the wet course. The day’s haggle winners were Anne Hawkins, Jane Fraser and Cara O’Donnell. Congratulations to Evelyn Heale who, on a day like that, had a two on the seventeenth with her drive heading straight for the hole but not quite getting there.

The Tuesday ladies had the reverse weather conditions, remaining fine for the first twelve holes then the sky opened up. All four battled on and, while their coach watched from the dry of the clubhouse, they womanfully whacked with their putters over the lake that was the eighth green sending balls like little jetskis into the hole. They were playing the third round of the McElroy cup and the day’s winner was Shannon Pepper.

(Reporter – Marion Johnston)

Ladies – Wednesday 15th July 2020

The finals of the Club Matchplay Championships for Silver and Bronze Divisions and the Club Matchplay Veterans Competition, were played today so the fact that it was a miserable wet day did not matter – the show must go on. Championship Matchplay is a match between two players when the score is ‘off the stick’, no handicap allowance is made, and the final is played over 36 holes. When you are playing on the course the weather never seems as bad as it looked but congratulations to those battling in the rain with the competitors in the Bronze Division playing a great match right up to the second last hole.

Liz Hodgson and Wallis Jones were matched in the Siver Division with Wallis coming out the winner.  Anne Hawkins and Jill Burton were the Bronze Division finalist with Anne winning on the 35th hole.

We are kinder to our veterans who only had to play matchplay over 18 holes and allowances are given for handicap. Sue Virtue and Ann Percy were the finalists and Sue came out the victor.

As on the previous Wednesday a handful of ladies followed the field but there was no competition. On Tuesday it was a much better day but only two Tuesday Girls joined Jane Brown whereas there had been a good number at the Friday practice which is open to any golfer.

Golfers are great at making up interesting words for shots, making the game a little less serious.  A drive that didn’t go where you intended but is okay might be a “son-in-law” – not what you would have chosen but could have been worse.

(Reporter – Marion Johnston)

Ladies – Wednesday 1st July 2020

Last week some visitors said, at the end of their round, that we have a “cracking” course, to which we can only heartily agree especially today when the frost was hard and the wind so chill that the course was almost literally cracking. No-one lingered on the course though a couple playing matchplay had to play a nineteenth hole to find a winner. The Club Matchplay Championship continues through elimination for two more weeks to find the winners in the Silver, Bronze and Veterans Divisions.

Those who were not in the matchplay competition had a Stableford haggle for the day and the winners were: Cara O’Donnell (41), Jane Brown (38), Anne-Maree Harland (37), Elaine Couper and Jenny Braithwaite (33), Merle Munro (32), Jenny Allen (31), and Sarah Leilua, Wendy Robinson and Dianne Cameron on thirty stableford points.

The nine holers had two winners, Wendy Grierson (16) and Robyn Faire (15).

The Tuesday Girls played stableford, with Leigh Whitehead taking the win, but new player Nikki Malcolm had the shot of the day when Jane Brown encouraged her to try hitting over the camelia bush which was between her ball on the first fairway and the eighth green she was heading for.  With admonishments to ‘keep her head down’ and a sand wedge, she not only hit clean over the bush but landed two feet from the pin on the green.

(Reporter – Marion Johnston)

Ladies – Wednesday 24th June 2020

The golf card machine let us down and stopped spitting out score cards half way through registering which meant a flurry of activity for our captain Elaine Couper who handed out the old score cards to those in need, and for the techo ladies in the office who were trying to get things going with instructions over the phone with no luck. So the competition for the 43 eighteen holers didn’t get started until eleven o’clock, and the 11 nine hole ladies had to wait even longer at the 10th while five lots of fours went by.

The competition was LGU and McElroy second rounds plus the first round of Putting, with putting as the haggle of the day. Putting seemed to bring out the best in everyone with all the winners bettering the average of two putts per hole. Congratulations to Dianne Cameron, Glenda Street and Evelyn Heale on 29 putts. Sue Virtue, Judy Hastie, Jill Burton and Merle Munro had 30 each. Jane Fraser, Jane Brown, Linda Smith and Marion Johnston on 32; Wendy Robinson and Liz Hodgson 33; Ann Percy, Chris Edkins, Elaine Couper, Karyn Prestage and Robyn Gower (on a countback from Vicki Kimberley) had 34 putts. Nine hole winners were Ann Hay and Harriet Byelich (breaking herself into golf again with the nine holers after a lay off and proving she hasn’t forgotten anything) on 15 and Jean Gomas on 16 putts.  There was one ‘two’ at – no not this time – the seventeenth.  Well done Wallis Jones!  And huge congratulations to Leigh Whitehead of the Tuesday Girls who not only completed her first eighteen holes but did so in a nett 65.

The sixteenth green, easily visible from the houses at the end of Simmons Road, and the seventeenth tee are very close to each other with just room for a cart and trollies to park between. Because the seventeeth is a short hole and the next group can’t start until those on the green are finished, those waiting can become sort of sitting ducks if players coming up the sixteenth fairway are inaccurate. And so it came to pass that a missile from above landed on a trolley and bounced past all four startled players, slightly in advance of the shouted “fore”.

(Reporter – Marion Johnston)

Ladies – Wednesday 17th June 2020

Another good turn out of 43 eighteen holers for ladies golf. There were two competitions to play for; the first round of the McElroy Cup and the Jubilee Cup. One unfortunate player discovered that the new trees on the sixteenth are razor sharp. Hitting out of the rough her follow through hit the tree which retaliated by cutting her brand new club in half. (I should have asked her for it as it might just be the right length to start a four year old on golf – got to catch them young.)

As usual there was the day’s haggle and the outright winner with a 69 nett score was Cara O’Donnell. Christina Jileson had a good round as did Sue Virtue both on 72. Karen Kingan came in with the course nett of 73. Other winners were Wallis Jones and Wendy Robinson (74), Pauline Mason, Jill Burton, Liz Hodgson and Robyn Gower (75), Marion Johnston and Jane Brown (76), Chris Edkins and Glenda Street (77), and on a countback Paulo Bhullar (78). Again the fourth hole is dishing out some twos. Roseanne Parkes has obviously got the measure of this hole as she also got a two last week, and Jenny Tibby joined her.

There were only a few nine holers and their weekly haggle winners were Shirley Barton and Linda Willis. 

The ‘Tuesday Girls’ are meeting regularly and all are doing well with some joining the Wednesday competition.  Shannon Pepper was tops this week with a nett 67.

(Reporter – Marion Johnston)

Ladies – Wednesday 10th June 2020

There was a great total turnout of fifty two players today. Forty three 18 hole members assembled for the first round of the Jubilee Cup, a nett score competition, plus nine of the nine hole ladies for their haggle. All had great hopes of the chilly fog lifting to a warm sunny day but those hopes were dashed as it continued cloudy and cool while wet underfoot. The computer produced the draw sending us off scattered over the course, mainly in fours. Once again the course and greens were in great condition with the greens running fast despite the damp. From next week members are asked to bring their disc to the office, returning to the pre-covid system, whereby the draw will be done by those on duty.

Roseanne Parkes and Sue Ferguson both holed in two on ‘The Drop’ the fourth hole with the water feature. The day’s winners in the nine hole competition were Ann Hay and Elaine McFetridge both on 43 nett, and for the eighteen holers the winners were Jill Burton 71, Karen Prestage and Sue Jordan 72, Chris Edkins 74, Karen Kingan, Sally Sherson, Glenda Street and Cara O’Donnell 75, Joanne Begg 76, Jane Fraser 77, Liz Hodgson, Vicki Kimberley, Sue Rennie, Marie Cadogan and Julie Owen 78, Anne Hawkins 79. (Reporter – Marion Johnston)

Ladies – Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Women’s golf is back! The day dawned clear and Covid free with 37 eighteen hole players and eight nine holers decending on the course for resumption of competition, which on the day was Stableford and Jane Brown Trophy first rounds. It would be fair to say that everyone was missing the practice gained from regular golf which showed in the results, although the day’s winner, Glenda Street, had a commendable 37 points. Other haggle winners were Anne-Maree Harland (35), Jenny Braithwaite and Joanne Begg (34), Judith Hastie and Jane Brown (33), Chris Jilesen, Paulo Bhullar and Jill Burton (32), Sue Rennie, Sarah Leilua and Marion Johnston (31), Elaine Couper and Jose Heale (30), Vicki Kimberley (29). Some of the usual arrangements had to be adjusted to cover health and safety which meant that the draw for the day was made by the computer which produces the score cards. I must admit to being more than a bit weary at the end but it was really rewarding to be able to play eighteen holes with everyone. Nothing untoward seems to have happened to anyone or they are not admitting it so I will tell you about finding my ball hard up against a tree on the last hole. Selecting a club nearest to a hockey stick I walked round to the back of the tree, dangled over a convenient split in the trunk and gave it a satifactory one handed smack. It’s the tricky ones that give the most pleasure.

In Jane Brown’s Tuesday golf, eight to ten beginners of varying levels have been turning out the last couple of weeks, some playing just a few holes others almost ready to join the Wednesday group.

(Reporter – Marion Johnston)