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Club Captains Report

Hello to all.

Welcome to the Matchplay Champs.

Once again good weather and course.

So as for results this week, well done to all winners and good luck in the next round lads.

The big match of the day was again in the seniors with 'Dad and Dave' or was it David and Goliath or maybe even the Yoda and Luke Skywalker…...!

NO, it was Bruce “Dadyo” Taylor against the whipper snapper Kingston Taylor-Voyle or KTV for short, the SBW of the Manu Golf Club (the next super star) so after years of guidance and WAX ON, WAX OFF training, the young, sharper jet-eye, took the old man down ….and sorry to say but Bruce has had to hand over the FLAT STICK to the younger jet-eye warrior.

Don’t worry Bruce it happens to all of us. Even in the wild as David Attenborough says it’s time for young buck to show the old Buck who has the game. But don’t back off, as we know the future has been set (Tigers comeback at the masters) and the odd win here and there can buy the old BUCK some tricks / bragging rights against the young buck. Comments like “you lost son so ... go … mow the lawns, get dads drink, and do the dishes”. The bragging rights of the older buck winning are always, and I mean.. ALWAYS, better than the young fellas beating us even if it’s only once in a while. But on the day young Kingston was better and well done KTV… all I can say is… glad I didn’t have to play you. Keep up the good golf ….


This week is the Caterer’s choice (hidden holes) comp and this should have been a mass start but was left out, so standard haggle on the day and set your own tee times please. We would LIKE to get some mixed fours playing so if you can mix it up ladies and gentlemen, this would be good thanks.

General news:

  • Car parking …can we please use car park and NOT park in front of cart sheds and please keep the entry to the course track clear as well please. We are trying to keep the parking spot outside the sliding door by the bar side of the clubhouse for the bar manager as he is in out a lot with beers etc. JC really needs that spot most of the time so if we can stay in the car park main area that would be much appreciated.

  • Please use the path when going to the 6th / 12th tees and don’t cut across the tee blocks either-way thanks.

  • New putting green works; this has been started so should be good when done. We are going to have a new promotion on Sundays over the winter months and we are calling it FUN DAY SUNDAY at 10-dollar green fees for the day. We are after some marketing ideas to promote the club’s profile, so please if you have any ideas get them in to the committee thanks. One idea is to share the Facebook page with as many as we can so if you look on the web site and get on the Facebook page and share-away, thanks.

  • Please check out the noticeboards in clubhouse, there are some new sheets up with the TARANAKI masters etc.

  • Pennants: Finals were played at home on Sunday and the course got some high praise from Taranaki golf and other teams. Comments were made on the nice roll of the greens so well done again to the greens staff and thanks to JR for the early bird mowing of the greens, good job big fella. Maree said its nice having breakfast in the peace and quiet.


Handicaps; Inglewood snuck home over my old club Stratford for a 5/4 win, so congratulations to the boys from Inglewood and hard luck Stratford, we will meet you in the final next year…..

Thanks, and good golfing.

Your Club Captain Lofty.


Wednesday Club

Another perfect day at Manukorihi with 33 of us taking to the fairways.

Putts were to be counted with the top putter of the day going to Nathan Loppy.

Division 1 winner to an outstanding J.C. who was sporting a very flash new driver

enabling him to hit 44 points (the price of that driver has just doubled J.C.) 39 points to Nathan Loppy and Vandels. Division 2 saw Carl Beale with 40 points over Tony Bouterey on 39

Twos to Nathan and Vandels - 3 balls each

8 raffle winners with 60 tickets sold.

Next week sees the 4 day Vets tourney arriving and we will move to ANZAC day Thursday, starting 12.30. And don’t forget May 1st, Ladies have the course for a National Comp.

We will be enjoying the hospitality of New Plymouth and their Dirty Dozen. Enjoy your Golf



Saturday Ladies

Again we had pretty cool conditions for the 3rd Round of Saturday Strokeplay. The results will be known after the Tuesday Ladies play but they will need to play really well to get ahead of some of the Saturday players. The days competition was net. Joy East won the 1st division with a net 71 on a C/B and Helen Jenkins won the 2nd division with a net 70. They get a $5.00 voucher each. Andrea Fraser had a lovely two on the 7th and she gets a $10.00 voucher.

Putting points went to Joy East & Fiona Rook-3pts for 28 putts, Arohaena Wilson 2pts for 29 putts and Nicole Mancer 1pt for 30 putts.

This Saturday is Caterer’s Choice- Hidden Holes-Stableford. While this is not a mass start it is mixed men & ladies so turn up about 8.45 and you will be put into a four.

The 9 Hole competition is One Putts.

The Weekend ladies played New Plymouth at Kaitake on Sunday 14th. We had a loss 3/2 and have 6 points. We will now be struggling to catch the leaders who are on 10 points with 3 rounds to be played.


Tuesday Ladies

A very small group of ladies today. The course is looking fantastic.

Congratulations to Dot Bowers who won the 9 Hole Strokeplay and also the days $5.00 voucher. Nine Hole putting results: Frances Butler & Colleen Hoskins 3pts for 15 putts, Dot Bowers & Joan Marshall 2 pts for 18 putts.

Joan Marshall won the days raffle.

Helen Watt won the 18 hole net competition with a net 73 and she also got the drawn two so will get a$10.00 voucher.

Putting results were: Helen Jenkins 3pts-27 putts. Joy Andrews 2pts-30 putts and Jocelyn Pretty 1pt for 34 putts.

The Strokeplay was completed today. Congratulations to the winners.

Silver- Christine Ogle. Bronze 1-Andrea Fraser. Bronze 3- Kath Alvis. We have a tie in the Bronze 2 between Jocelyn Pretty and Helen Jenkins who will play off to get a result on April 30th.

No Tuesday golf next week as the Vets Tournament will be on.




PREPARATION is very important to playing your best game. It is wise to hit a few balls before starting but a good tip is to swing two irons together. Use a baseball grip & GENTLY swing 15 times back & forward. The first 5 swings think of keeping your HEAD STEADY, next 5 swings try to keep your LEFT ARM FIRM on the backswing & your RIGHT ARM FIRM on the follow through. Next 5 swings think of your legs, LEFT LEG IN on the backswing RIGHT LEG IN on the follow through. Now you are PREPARED for the day.

Good Luck & Good Golfing.

Professional John Garner.

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