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Club Captains Report

On the weekend of Saturday 3rd November to Monday the 5th November the Manukorihi Men had their annual golf tour.

It was a great weekend away up north with a good bunch of guys which I believe all had a great time together on tour.

I would like to thank Paul Rauputu & Shane Weir for organizing the trip as it went off without a hitch all weekend.

I would also like to thank the van drivers for their efforts in getting all of us there and home safely.

Last of all I would like to thank the thirty-two players that came away on the tour for their behaviour and great attitudes to the whole tour.

All the players that were away on tour I would go with again as they represented Manukorihi Golf Club with pride and passion.

The golfers that got the toys don’t take it to heart, it is just a bit of fun.

There is some changes in the wind for next year that I think are a good idea to make it fairer for the higher handicappers.

Those three golf courses we played over the weekend all had their challenges for all of us at times.

I am looking forward to next year’s trip already even though it has taken me a couple of long days at work to get over this one. See report below.

On Saturday 10th November we have Captains Choice 2 Man Ambrose Competition.

This is a Mass Start at 9am (Men & Ladies).

Note from Match Committee:

There will be a match committee meeting at 3pm this Saturday in the clubrooms.

Agenda Items: Open Xmas Hamper / Men’s Programme 2018 / New rules training course dates by Taranaki Golf / Discuss Forman Trophy Format 2018.


Men's Tour 2018

A large contingent of Manukorihi members travelled away on the annual men's tour last weekend. 32 players arrived in Te Awamutu on the first day with high hopes of donning the coveted "green jacket" awarded to the highest combined STFD score over the weekend.

It was up to Ace S, Paul R, Ivor S, Colin U and Terry B to set the pace early all posting scores in the 40's but it was Peter Bingham in the outside lane who galloped into the first day lead with an impressive 45 STFD points. After a lovely meal and hospitality at the Hamilton Workingmen's club the boys were all tucked into bed early sipping milo and preparing mentally for the impending day's play at Windross Farm.

Well, to say day two was a challenge is an understatement. Windross Farm bared its teeth and snaffled many a lost ball and 3 putt. It certainly was a tough test of golf with strong, blustery winds, long, thick rough and deep bunkers; the average STFD score of the day was 29.3, five and a half shots worse than in Te Awamutu. Michael Loppy, David B, Ace S, Ivor S and Paul F all carding scores ranging from 34 to 37 points but the winner of the day went to Paul R with 40 points.

The final day saw some weary bodies battle another windswept course at St Andrew's in Hamilton. The boys knew their putting was going to have to be on point when we arrived to see the heavy roller on the greens prior to tee off. The greens as usual proved to be challenging with a new tour record of 148 3 putts conceded from the round. Only one player managed to escape with only 1 three putt, the median of the group was 4.

Kevin M and Bruce E were the victors of the day with 38 points followed by Robin B, Darryl B, Mike Letterman, Ken Leonard and Peter Bingham rounding out the top scores. Ken Leonard was most accurate off the tee with 14 fairways hit.

Van Power


Waitara Van 90.2

BBK Van 93.7

NP Van 92.8


Green Jacket Paul Rauputu 113

2nd STFD Kevin Mancer 107

3rd STFD Ace Se'e 106

4th STFD Paul Fairhurst 104

5th STFD Bruce Evans 101

6th STFD Richie Ransfield 99

7th STFD Mike Letterman 98

8th STFD Kerry Edgcombe 98

Best Gross Darryl Baird 237

Best Nett Peter Bingham 218

Pigs Arse Darren Rice

Snake Martin Nobbs


Vets Pennants

played at Kaitake on 5 November

Both Manukorihi teams played Westown in very windy conditions which proved more difficult on the more exposed front nine. Manukorihi Yellow played Westown White, with Geoff Peters/Austin Wood, Phil Wilson/Blue Davey and Rod Andrews (fronting on his own) all having losses. Manukorihi Black played Westown Blue with better results, Robert Middleton/Barry Burns managing a half and Richard Crowe/Jim Newlove and Brian Mullin/Trevor Hughes having wins. Balls for net sub-par rounds went to Austin, Brian and Trevor.

Well done and thank you to those who played, with special thanks to Austin, Robert, Barry, Richard and Brian for stepping in to fill the gaps.

Next game will be home at Manukorihi on 19 November.

Rod Andrews


Wednesday Club

Another great turn out with some of the lads that went away on the boys’ trip keen to show that they can play golf after some of the tough courses they played.

The best of the day was Jim Newlove with 43 points, David Butler 42, Rod Andrews and Graeme Parsons 41, Don Bowers, Ivan Rangitonga, Helmuth Adams and Bob Crow all 40 points, Geoff Peters and Austin Wood finished the day with 39, Austin and Rod had the best score of 90 in the Russian Stableford.

There were no 2s, the 2s jackpot is up to $85.00.

Raffle winners, Lee Mather, Austin, Don Bowers, Jim Newlove, Richard Crowe and Phil Wilson, Phil also picked up the wooden spoon with 31 points,


See You next week


Saturday Ladies

Again, we were rained off so the Top Dog matches for the day are to be draws as we are running out of days to get them played. The next 2 rounds will be played on the 17th & 24th.

Next Saturday we will join the men for a mass start at 9.00. This is an Ambrose competition.


Tuesday Ladies

Great day at golf today with beautiful weather and the course a real pleasure to play.

We had a mixed day with the 9 holers. Played 9 holes with Stableford and hidden partners drawn at end of game. Rhonda McFarlane and Kath drawn together with 41 points and second draw went to Dot Colville and Mary Hamlyn coming in with 39 points. Great golf ladies. Only two today was on the 7th by Rhonda McFarlane, she received a $15 voucher. Raffle was won by Kath and the two chemist vouchers went to Robyn Chamberlain and Joan Marshall. Next week is Shootout so good luck to all competitors. Don’t forget your AGM nominations, any new faces are always welcome.

Ladies Golf Trip

Thanks for everyone paying on time. We will be getting all golf gear on Tuesday 20th and packing trailer after golf prior to the AGM. If in Christine’s van and can’t make it on Tuesday she will pick it up Wednesday morning. Any problem please notify Marie. Remember to bring breakfast for each day and lunch for the first day.


Ladies Open Hamper

This event was held on Friday 2nd November on a lovely sunny day. Perfect conditions for golf. The course was also in fantastic condition, thanks to our hard working course staff and helpers.

We had a field of 63 ladies, playing in 3 sections. Division 1 winners were: Best nett -Sandra Payne with nett 68, best stableford Lesley Elliott with 40 points. Division 2 winners were: Best nett-Diane Gilberd with 66 nett, best stableford Helen Paki Paki with 41 points. Division 3 best nett went to Marie Bunker with nett 66 and best stableford went to Lynette Aebig with 41 points. Some really good scoring. There were 4 twos, Aew Kretschmar on the 3rd, Lesley Elliott on the 7th, Ngaire Claridge on the 3rd and Helen Paki Paki on the 11th. They got 3 balls each. Thanks to Golf Zone for the sponsorship of the dozen balls.

Thank you to the hard-working committee members who put in so much work to make the day a great success. Thank you also to Dot Bowers and Frances Butler who entered all the cards, this was a huge help. Also thank you to Jan for providing the lovely food we all enjoyed.


Manureing Cup

This annual challenge between Manukorihi, Urenui and Inglewood is to be played at Urenui on Friday 16th November.

We need a team of at least 6 players to represent Manukorihi. Tee off is 10.00.



Possibly the most important Lesson that I’ve ever given you all so far is this one :

The most important distance on a golf course - “ is the 6” between the ears !!!”

You all read about golf, you hear information, some of you even practice – but do you use the “old grey matter?“ Don’t allow the heart to rule the brain. Emotion v The Brain

Good Luck & Good Golfing

Professional John Garner.

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