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Club Captains Report

Hello to all. Hope we are enjoying our golf.

Well done to the winners last week in the Ambrose bash around. Thanks to my partner Mrs. John we had a good match and I think it’s good that we mix and match across the club members as that is what a club is about. Marie said good to see someone hit such long drives as she is used to playing with JR……sorry JR. But she did birdie the 6th all on her own and we had a good combo going. We had a good battle with the Big Butler (David) and now named Mr. WHIPPY (Richie Ransfield). If you’re not sure why Richie has got this nick name…. watch the swirling putting stroke and imagine him serving a Mr. Whippy cone…… But like a swirling cone it works, and he sunk some good putts.

Well done to the winners on the day with Joy East and Sue Nobbs (Mrs Gump, sorry Sue, that’s for Martin) taking the spoils over Colin Upson and Martin Forest Nobbs. Then there was two other blokes in 3rd. Well done David and Richie.

This week we have the Manukorihi Cup round 1 of 2, stableford format and at the same time the Purdie Cup Qualifying net format, so the haggle will go be net for the day, so good luck to all and enjoy.

Champions of champs is on this week also at Stratford and we have in the senior corner weighing in at ???? Darryl THE DART Baird. In the intermediates… weighing in at …. more than he says, John MANY CHIPPERS Rayner. And then we have juniors champ weighing at …working on it … Steven PLUMB BOB Voyle Good golfing lads and give it heaps thanks for putting Manukorihi in the competition and remember all putts run away from the mountain at Stratty.

REPEAT: For those who get up at 5 am in the morning ready for a 6.30 tee off. If you want to be in the Daily competitions (apart from mass starts) there will be a sign-in sheet up on the blackboard between the changing rooms, so you can enter your names etc thanks. As we want early birds to enter the competitions (but not all of us are such early risers on the weekend, Lofty and some others) this is a good fix and covers everybody, thanks. When the rest of us get there, we shall collect sheet and transfer names etc. to the daily sheet. Hope this works. We will trial this for a few months and see how it goes thanks.

Thanks, and good golfing.

Your Club Captain Lofty.


Wednesday Club

Waitara New World

Another great day for golf, with a good turnout of players making their way to the tee. The best of the day in division one both with 42 points were John Rayner and John Chandler, Tony Bromfield 41 and Geoff Peters 40 points.

Division two with a runaway score of 46 points Colin Upson, David Butler 43, Peter Loppy, Ted Danych and Richard Crowe all 42 points, Greg Fowler and Dave Williams finished with 40 points, The best putter of the day was John Vanders with 25 putts, Geoff Peters and Richard Anderson both had a 2 at the 3rd.

Raffle winners were Trevor Hughes, Carl Beale, Phil Daley, Tony Bromfield, Barry Burns, John Chandler, Geoff Peters, Pete Wills and John Rayner picked up 2.



Players toilet on the course.

The Manukorihi Golf Club has added a toilet located at the green keepers shed between the Men’s and the Ladies 16th tee. Many thanks to Greg Fowler and Colin Upson for their time to put it all together and their helpers as needed. Thanks to Christine Ogle for the paving stones for the outside.

AGM, 2nd December at 7pm.

The clubs AGM is not far away. There is a Nomination sheet on the notice board. If you would like to be involved in the running of the Manukorihi Golf Club please add your name to one of the positions that are available.

Pest control at Manukorihi.

The Manukorihi Golf Club is going to do more pest control on the course. We are buying some DOC approved traps for this and would like someone to look after and record what we catch. This would be something that would have to be on a weekly basis.

If you are interested, please see one of the committee or Paul Fairhurst.

50 years at Manukorihi Golf Club.

This coming Easter the Manukorihi Golf Club will have been at our current course at Wills Road for 50 years, the Club was founded in 1904. We will be looking for a subcommittee to help run the Saturday and Sunday.

We are looking at the history of the club, so if you have anything that may help us, photos, stories that will be of interest please let me know. Also, we are looking for Programme Books, we are missing a lot from 2006 to 2018.

Many Thanks.

David Butler.

Vets Pennants

Final round is at Westown on 2/12/19 (reserve day 16/12/19). Yellow play Urenui and Black plays Inglewood Red.

See you on the tee.

Rod A.


Please print off the flyer and put up at your workplace.


Taranaki Golf Information Update/Planner for 2020

The following points are designed to help clubs provide the necessary information required to help put together next year’s programme and to provide you with the paperwork required for the upcoming AGM etc. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • Club Contacts: Please forward details of your 2020 Officers of the Club and their contact details on the contact information sheet at the end of this document.

  • Pennant Entries: Entries for the Men’s and Women’s 2020 pennant competitions have been already sent out separately.

  • Taranaki Junior Development and Pee Wee Squad Nominations - 2020. Nomination forms have been sent separately and need to be returned to Murray Martin. Please note golfers selected for the TGA Academy shall be notified individually.

  • AGM Agenda Items. Clubs wishing to put forward items for the Agenda are required to do so by Friday 22nd November 2019. All items are to be received in writing and signed by the club secretary or a nominated officer of the club.

  • Club Information on the Website. Clubs are asked to check that the information on the TGA website is correct and up to date. Details of contacts, membership costs, green fees etc. Please visit

  • Re: Taranaki Golf Association - Election of Officers

As per the Taranaki Golf rules, written nominations are required for the following:


  1. Four positions available with a minimum of one member from each gender

Men’s Committee

  1. President- (Board Member)

  2. Vice-President

  3. Up to six other members

Women’s Committee

  1. President-(Board Member)

  2. Vice-President

  3. Up to 8 other members Please note nomination forms for the Women’s Committee have been sent out separately.


  • Nominations for positions to be forwarded to the TGA by Wednesday 27th November 2019. A list of Nominations will be sent to clubs within 10 days prior to the AGM.

  • If a vote is required for any of the positions these will be held at the AGM.

  • Annual General Meeting – Inglewood Golf Club – Thursday 12th December 2019 commencing at 6:30pm. (Clubs are asked to note who their appointed delegates will be for the purposes of voting at the AGM -2 per club)

Nick Northam - Executive Officer - Taranaki Golf Association


Saturday Ladies

We played the two person Ambrose last Saturday. This was fun and good to mix in with the men.

Starters Choice this Weekend. It’s a wait & see.

Good luck to our Ladies going to the Champion of Champions next week.


Coming Events.

Manukorihi Ladies Open Hamper. Friday November 15th. (Note change of date)

Ladies AGM 11am, followed by the Prize Giving & Shared finger food lunch at 12.30. Sunday November 17th.

Ladies Champion of Champions@ New Plymouth. Thursday November 21st(Alt Day Sunday 24th).

Open Xmas Hamper. Sunday November 24th.

Ladies Closing day Tuesday November 26th. Including Secret Santa.

Club Closing Day & Mini Hamper Saturday November 30th.

Club AGM. Monday 2nd December 7pm.

Tuesday Ladies

What a beautiful day for golf. Summers arrived, at last.

We played rabbits today and the winners with 91 points were Pauline and Christine. A voucher each for you.

Congratulations Christine for your Eagle on 12th. Well done.

Joy A had the only 2 on 3rd today so collects a $15 voucher.

Terre won the Chemist voucher.

Next week we are playing the Presidents Trophy and the starter is Helen W.

Don’t forget our Ladies AGM on Sunday @ 11am followed by a shared lunch @ 12.30.

Prize giving follows that @ 2pm so hope to see you all there.




The dreaded SLICE!!!

Everyone slices the ball at some stage in your golfing life, the secret is to control it. The practice area is where you learn to do this. Firstly understand WHY you slice!

1. The club face is coming across the ball; teachers call it the out-to-in swing path.

2. The fault is using too much effort from the “little body” at the start of the downswing & the head + the body gets in front of the ball.

3. Also realise that if the body is moving faster through impact than the right hand the club face will usually be open.

4. The feeling should be that your hands square up the club face going PAST “little body” not the other way around. Sit in a chair & imagine holding a club, turn to your right as though making a backswing, now swing to the left. There you have just seen the hands go over & past your body!!

5. Take the effort out of your body & get that right hand PAST A STEADY HEAD!

6. Reverse this instruction for you Lefties.

Good Luck & Good Golfing.

Professional John Garner.

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