Julie Smith with the club and ball she used to register an ace at the Allan Scott tournament. Photo: Supplied.

Ace marks golf tournament finale

A hole in one on the final day by Julie Smith, playing on her home course, provided a spectacular highlight of the Allan Scott Family Wines Women’s Golf Tournament that concluded at the Marlborough Golf Club on Wednesday.

Smith aced the par-three 121m fifth, and a hole where a car was at stake for a hole-in-one the previous year.

This was the 21st staging of the popular tournament, which attracted over 200 golfers from throughout the country to the Fairhall course.

On the final day, Wednesday, a gross competition was staged, with Fleur Reynolds from Muriwai prevailing with a score of 81 from Rarangi’s Tracy Bary who was a shot further back in the division one standings.

On Monday the players competed across three divisions in a stableford competition, with the overall winner being Dale Bain of Feilding with 48 points.

Tuesday saw a four ball/best ball stableford played, with Kirsty Hardie-Boys and Juliette Wotton from Akarana coming out on top, scoring 51 points.



March 16, stableford. Overall winner Dale Bain (Feilding) 48. Div 1: Diane Patchett (Miramar) 42; Fran Sutherland (Totaradale) 40; Lizzie Turnbull (Marlborough) 40. Div 2: Cherry Wilson (Marlborough) 48; Margaret Black (Harewood) 44; Sally Ussher (Greenacres) 43. Div 3: Di Lofthouse (Marlborough) 44; Kirsty Hardie-Boys (Akarana) 42; Jackie McGarry (Marlborough) 42.


March 17, 4BBB stableford. Kirsty Hardie-Boys and Juliette Wotton (Akarana) 51; Marie Bell and Linley Trapp (Harewood) 50; Lyn Schott (Kaikoura) and Ruth Smith (Methven) 49; Julie Nicolle and Anne Preston (Marlborough) 48; Jo Baker and Marion Elliott (Miramar) 48.

March 18, gross. Div 1: Fleur Reynolds (Muriwai) 81; Tracy Bary (Rarangi) 82; Jeanette Ross (Russley) 85. Div 2; Chris Fahey (Russley) 88; Diane Patchett (Miramar) 90; Cathy Forth (Titirangi) 91; Bronwyn Fletcher (Royal Auckland & Grange) 91. Div 3: Julie Jones (Titirangi) 93; Mary Skilton (Marlborough) 97; Rosemary Burns (Miramar) 98.

Net Medal. Div 1: Janne Moyle (Paraparaumu Beach) 69; Christine Selwyn (Miramar) 71; Mary Smith (Feilding) 73; Julie Smith (Marlborough) 73. Div.2: Pauline McLafferty (Titirangi) 68; Kath Kirk (Russley) 68; Frances Handforth (Marlborough) 69. Div 3: Rosemary Burns (Miramar) 72; Grace Clark (Greenacres) 72; Linley Trapp (Harewood) 72.

Winners of the gross trophy at the Allan Scott Family Wines Marlborough Golf Tournament: 2000 Margaret Tapp (Rarangi); 2001 Ann Rutledge (Marlborough); 2002 Chris Brodie (Charteris Bay); 2003 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2004 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2005 Mary Hoare (North Otago);  2006 Mary Hoare (North Otago); 2007 Chris Brodie (Charteris Bay); 2008 Serena Brailsford (Marlborough); 2009 Helen Hames (Waimate); 2010 Suzanne Ewing (Wanaka); 2011 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2012 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2013 Andrea Thomas (Auckland); 2014 Sue Murray (Awatere); 2015 Julie Nicole (Marlborough); 2016 Chrissie Mackie (Kaikoura); 2017 Emily Stenhouse (Marlborough); 2018 Suzette Eastwood (Omaha Beach); 2019 Chris Brodie (Charteris Bay); Fleur Reynolds (Muriwai).

There was plenty of success for this grouping at the Dewar Cup on Saturday. From left, William Robb, who won the intermediate stroke crown, James Robb, Jonty Philipson and JJ Love, who took out the Marlborough stroke title. Photo: Peter Jones.

Picton golf tournament still going strong

All four major prize winners had local connections when the Picton Golf Club staged the 81st Dewar Cup and Marlborough Stroke Championship at the club’s Koromiko base on Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8.

Taking advantage of favourable weather on both days, a full field of 64 golfers took part, some travelling from as far afield as Christchurch, Rangiora, Nelson, Kapiti and Waikanae.

Winner of the Dewar Cup, awarded for the best overall nett score in the field, was Jerome January, from the nearby Rarangi club.

The senior Marlborough stroke title was claimed by former Picton player JJ Love, now playing out of the Waikanae club. The intermediate Marlborough stroke crown went to William Robb, from the well-known Picton clan and now a member of the Templeton club, while Leigh Somerville-Smith, playing on his home course, won the junior Marlborough stroke title.

The Dewar Cup was first presented in 1935 and has been played for each year, apart from 1939-45, when it went on hold during the Second World War.

The famous Dewar Whiskey company from Scotland were the first sponsors and it is now sponsored by Dewar Whiskey in New Zealand.

A heat pump, donated by Fujitsu and Mint Air, was on offer for the first hole-in-one of the weekend, but this went unclaimed.

Three members of the original Allan Scott Family Wines Marlborough Golf tournament organising committee, from left, Jo Grigg, Ann Rutledge and Mary-Ann Jacobson, relax on a swing seat, donated to the club by a former member, the late Shirley Startup, who won it by scoring a hole-in-one during the tournament.  Photo: Peter Jones.

Popular golf tournament ready to celebrate 21st

In 1999 a group of Marlborough Golf Club members had an idea. A year later that idea became a reality and now, 21 years later, the product of their innovative thinking and drive is about to celebrate a notable milestone.

The Allan Scott Family Wines Women’s Golf Tournament, which has been staged at the Fairhall-based club since 2000, will this year cater for over 200 female golfers from throughout the country from March 16-18.

The idea of running a women’s tournament in Marlborough was sparked by a visit to Wanaka by members of the original organising committee. The Central Otago club were hosting a women-only event and the Marlborough women liked what they saw, quickly realising the potential for something similar in the top of the south.

The inaugural committee, which comprised Ann Rutledge, Wendy Batchelor, Jo Grigg, Mary-Ann Jacobson and Anne Preston, did some networking, booked a date then went looking for a sponsor. Fortunately, they attracted the interest of Marlborough wine pioneer Allan Scott and his family who pledged their support and have remained the event’s main sponsor ever since.

From small beginnings the event quickly grew, word spreading throughout the country, and abroad, of a Marlborough tournament offering top prizes and three days of fun in the sun.

Two hundred and six golfers, “from Kerikeri to Wanaka” have signed up for the 21st edition, with a waiting list in place, making it “probably one of the largest ladies-only tournaments in the country” according to Rutledge, a former tournament winner.

“People seem to love the overall feel of the tournament, which is very friendly,” suggested Grigg.

“There is a country atmosphere, but the hospitality and the fact the tournament is so well run means people have just kept coming. Some have been to every one of the tournaments and have made great friends here over the years,” added Rutledge.

The original organisers also feel the event has had a major spin-off effect on the local retail community, bringing much-needed business to town for three days, or more.

Rutledge was quick to stress the “great relationship” the event has with Allan Scott Wines. “We have worked really well as a team … it’s quite unique for a sponsor to be involved at that level for so long.”

While aspects of the event have changed dramatically over the years, including the scoring which is now fully-computerised after previously being collated in a tent in front of the clubhouse, the original advocates feel the current format is sound and the event has a “very bright future”.

“The current committee are not complacent. They realise they have to keep working to keep the [event’s] name out there … they are always looking at ways to improve the experience,” said Rutledge.

A feature of the format that has made it so attractive to visiting players over the past two decades is the fact it offers three different competitions (a stableford on the first day, a four-ball-best-ball on day two and a gross nett competition on the final day) and caters for golfers of widely contrasting abilities.

Several holes-in-one have been recorded at the various tournaments, including one to Marlborough member Diana Pye in the inaugural event. She aced the par three fifth hole but, unfortunately for her, the car which local company Blenheim Toyota had staked for those registering a hole-in-one was positioned on the 16th hole.

Rarangi player and long-time rep selector Margaret Tapp was the inaugural winner, claiming the gross on the final day in 2000, while the most recent victor was Chris Brodie from Charteris Bay who picked up her third title in 2019. Russley’s Jeanette Ross, with four, has won the most titles.

Winners of the gross trophy at the Allan Scott Marlborough Golf Tournament: 2000 Margaret Tapp (Rarangi); 2001 Ann Rutledge (Marlborough); 2002 Chris Brodie (Charteris Bay); 2003 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2004 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2005 Mary Hoare (North Otago);  2006 Mary Hoare (North Otago); 2007 Chris Brodie (Charteris Bay); 2008 Serena Brailsford (Marlborough); 2009 Helen Hames (Waimate); 2010 Suzanne Ewing (Wanaka); 2011 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2012 Jeanette Ross (Russley); 2013 Andrea Thomas (Auckland); 2014 Sue Murray (Awatere); 2015 Julie Nicole (Marlborough); 2016 Chrissie Mackie (Kaikoura); 2017 Emily Stenhouse (Marlborough); 2018 Suzette Eastwood (Omaha Beach); 2019 Chris Brodie (Charteris Bay).

The current committee members are Pru Jensen, Marion Tripe, Tessa Sutherland, Jane Anderson-Bay, Gloria Rogers, Leslie Corbett and Helen Lissaman.

The winning duos, from left, Di McCarthy, Rete Kydd, John Billingsley and Sam Rainbird. Photo: Supplied.

Low scores mark Rarangi Spectacular

Some superb, and perhaps unprecedented, scoring over two days earned John Billingsley and Sam Rainbird victory in the men’s section of the annual McKendry Honda Rarangi Summer Spectacular golf tournament.

A capacity field took part in the popular event at the immaculately-presented seaside course last weekend.

An accumulated score of 194 shots on Saturday and Sunday saw them crowned as clear winners, finishing with a clear advantage over second-placed Graeme Kerrigan and Jamie Norton on 203. Third were Bruce Curgenven and David Best, also on 203, while Brooke and Ian Hale finished fourth with 204.

The women’s section was won by the experienced duo of Rete Kydd and Di McCarthy, who scored 211. A shot back were Annie Hubert and Mariann Best, with visitors Donna Mitchell and Keriana Scott another shot adrift in third. Sue Lang and Lyn Brice, who were looking for a “three-peat” after winning the event for the past two years, finished fourth on 214 in a close tussle for the top spots.

The event comprised a four ball/best ball nett round on Saturday and a combined nett on Sunday. Play started before 7am both days.

Pippa Minhinnick from Rarangi putts during the nine-hole competition. Photo: Supplied.

Golfing juniors show their skills

The Mayfield Motorworld Junior Golf Open was staged at Rarangi on Sunday, October 27.

The event was organised by the Rarangi Junior Golf section and involved players from Marlborough and Nelson, who competed over either 18, nine of six-hole courses at the picturesque seaside links course.

Organisers were delighted with the turnout and the overall standard of play, commenting, “There was a total of 34 entries for the tournament, with some awesome golf being played during the weekend by the juniors. A huge thanks to our sponsors. This will be an annual event and we can’t wait until next year!”

Winners were: 18 hole nett – Jarrah Bensemann (Takaka); 18 hole gross – Connor Winter (Nelson); 18 hole stableford – Kaharoa Bradley (Rarangi); 9 hole nett – Harry Whyte (Marlborough); 6 hole gross – Max Edwards (Marlborough).

Back, from left, Robin White (manager/selector), Michelle Reardon (Nelson), Tracy Bary (Rarangi), Amber Boyce (Awatere), Emily Stenhouse (Marlborough), Eve Clarke (Nelson), Jean Gibson (Karamea), Kath Maloney (manager/selector). Front: Lizzie Neale (Nelson), Aroha Minhinnick (Rarangi).

Tasman women claim SI golf title

Tasman made the most of home course advantage to pull off a history-making victory in the South Island Interprovincial golf championships today.

For the first time, Tasman were crowned South Island champions, shading golfing powerhouse Canterbury by half a point during a gripping final day on the Marlborough Golf Club course at Fairhall.

The competition involved eight-person teams from Tasman, Aorangi, Otago and Canterbury doing battle on Saturday and Sunday in a match play format. Each player contested two games each on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Tasman met Otago first up on Saturday, followed by Canterbury in the afternoon, then Aorangi on Sunday morning.

After the three rounds were concluded Tasman, Canterbury and Aorangi finished with two points each. Tasman beat Otago 6-2, Aorangi 7-1 and lost 3-5 to Canterbury.

However, Tasman won on a countback of individual games, having won 16 times, compared with Canterbury’s 15.5 and Aorangi’s 10. Otago finished without a win.

In the end the result came down to two matches which were decided on the final hole.

Tasman No 3 and captain Emily Stenhouse and number four Amber Boyce were both square with their Aorangi rivals going down the 18th but produced some solid golf to pick up vital wins which ultimately made the difference.

Nelson’s Eve Clarke, Stenhouse, from the Marlborough club, and Karamea’s Jean Gibson won all three of their games.

Stenhouse was thrilled to come out on top and said neither she nor Boyce knew that the overall result hinged on their final holes against Aorangi.

“We weren’t sure that we needed to win on the 18th … we were just excited that we had won our matches, then someone told us that we had won overall, so that was pretty cool.”

Tasman broke a 33-year drought at the prestigious event, which has been running since 1986.

Stenhouse said there was no doubt home course advantage played a big part in the result.

“Just knowing the course helps and we had a few supporters down there too, club members and others from around the area.

“It’s a great team. We all get on amazingly well and we have a good team culture.”

The Tasman senior women’s team which won the SI title (in playing order): Lizzie Neale (Nelson), Eve Clarke (Nelson), Emily Stenhouse (Marlborough, captain), Amber Boyce (Awatere), Tracy Bary (Rarangi), Aroha Minhinnick (Rarangi), Jean Gibson (Karamea) and Michelle Reardon (Nelson).

After the event the Toro Interprovincial team was named to compete in Napier in the first week of December.

That team is: Lizzie Neale (Nelson), Eve Clarke (Nelson), Emily Stenhouse (Marlborough), Amber Boyce (Awatere), Tracy Bary (Rarangi). Travelling reserve: Aroha Minhinnick.

Stenhouse said their win at the weekend will allow them to travel north with renewed confidence.

“We are all feeling like we can pull off wins against whoever we come across now.”

Rarangi youngster Aroha Minhinnick is set to make her Tasman senior debut. Photo: Shuttersport.

Top golfers to chase SI title at Fairhall

The mainland’s top women golfers will tee off at the Marlborough Golf Club this weekend, with the South Island Interprovincial title at stake.

The competition involves eight-person teams from Tasman, Aorangi, Otago and Canterbury doing battle on Saturday and Sunday in a matchplay format. Each player will play two games each on Saturday and one on Sunday.

The hosts have named a well-balanced team which includes four players from Marlborough clubs, who will relish the chance to benefit from a home advantage.

Showing the way will be team captain Emily Stenhouse who, although still only 40-years-of-age, is something of a veteran of these events, this being her “ninth or tenth” trip to the SI champs.

She feels home advantage will be an asset.

“That will help us a lot, especially playing at Fairhall because it is a tricky course. You need to manage it a bit better than some others.

“We are really looking forward to it … it is quite exciting.”

Stenhouse will take the No 3 position on the Tasman roster, which is headed by the prodigiously talented 16-year-old Lizzie Neale from Nelson. Eve Clarke, also from Nelson, is at two with Awatere’s Amber Boyce playing four.

Rarangi duo Tracy Bary and 12-year-old Aroha Minhinnick, who is making her Tasman debut, will fill the five and six slots respectively, while Jean Gibson from Karamea will play seven with Nelson’s Michele Reardon at eight.

Last year Tasman finished third among five teams, scoring wins over Southland and Aorangi and losing narrowly to Otago. Canterbury, one of the nation’s golfing powerhouses, claimed top honours in 2018 and will be the team to beat again.

After the event a final Tasman women’s team will be named to compete at the forthcoming national champs in December. That team will included five players plus a reserve.

The Tasman senior women’s team to attend the SI champs: Lizzie Neale (Nelson), Eve Clarke (Nelson), Emily Stenhouse (Marlborough, captain), Amber Boyce (Awatere), Tracy Bary (Rarangi), Aroha Minhinnick (Rarangi), Jean Gibson (Karamea) and Michelle Reardon (Nelson).

Play begins at Fairhall from 8am Saturday and Sunday.

Grant Craig, from the Heagney Bros team, puts everything into this drive off the second tee. Photo: Peter Jones.

Professionals rub shoulders with amateurs at Fairhall

Thirty-one professional golfers and 93 amateurs gathered at the Marlborough Golf Club for the fifth annual Whitehaven Wines Marlborough Pro-Am tournament on Thursday.

Despite the cool, breezy conditions scores were low, especially among the professionals who were competing in their second of three NZPGA events during the week.

The winning Team was Harcourts, their three best stableford scores totalling 118. Team members were Mark Davis, David Searle, John Davis and their professional player was Doug Holloway.

Second place went to the ladies team sponsored by McKendry Ford with a score of 117. That team comprised Tracy Bary, Bridget Quaife, Margaret Tapp and their professional was Craig Mitchell.

In third was the Robinson Construction crew, scoring 115. Their team was Nick Robinson, Mark Watson, Jason Minhinnick and their professional player was Kieran Muir.

Fourth position was taken by Southern Turf (114), with team members being Lyell Marfell, Steve Marfell, Greg Jowers and professional Lachie McDonald.

The big-hitting Expelco team was fifth, with a score of 113. Team members were Geoff Barnett, Bruce McRae, Hamish McRae and professional Daniel Pearce.

Sixth place went to Pink Fit on 112, comprising Bruce Palmer, Kerry Fyfe, Ray Meaclem and professional Fraser Wilkin.

In seventh came Four Square Spring Creek, also on 112, the team comprising Tommy Glubb, Matt Sutherland, John Clark and professional Hayden Beard.

Eighth position was taken by Whitehaven Wines, another team to amass 112 points. Team members were Julian Terry, Wendy Batchelor, Allan Shutkowski and Nelson professional Blair Riordan.

The leading professional was Kieran Muir, from Omokoroa club, who registered a 70. Second equal were Daniel Pearce and Lachie McDonald, both on 72, while Dongwoo Kang, Trevor Marshall and Fraser Wilkin were fourth equal, scoring 73. Local pro Jonti Phillipson finished with a 74 for seventh equal while Chas Craig shot 76, for 16th position.

The professionals have been busy. They began the week with a two-day pro-am in Nelson than travelled to Kaikoura to play a two-day pro-am there on Saturday and Sunday.

At the ensuing prizegiving, the Marlborough GC recognised 10 local businesses who have been Gold Sponsors of the event for all five years of its existence. They were Whitehaven Wines, Robinson Construction, Harcourts, WK Accountants & Advisors, Gill Construction, Redwood Development, Blenheim ITM, Liquorland, Pink Fit and Golf Hub Marlborough.

The event is already booked on next year’s golfing calendar, with Whitehaven Wines agreeing to be the major sponsor once more.

The Ping Putter was won after a play-off by Mike Gainsford, from Shane Weaver, while the shoot out winner was Kieran Muir, with Dominic Sainsbury runner-up.

Aroha’s ace another step on fairway to success

Some golfers battle all their lives to nail a hole-in-one – and many never succeed in reaching that elusive milestone.

However, in Rarangi golfer Aroha Minhinnick’s case it has taken her just 11 years to register her first ace, no surprise given the youngster’s impressive rate of progress since picking up a club aged just seven.

Aroha, a year-seven student at Bohally Intermediate, produced her first perfect shot during a recent championship match at her home club.

The nine-handicapper was playing a singles knockout match against fellow Rarangi Golf Club member Annie Hubert when they came to the par three 12th hole, known as Pukaka, on the seaside course. Aroha explains what happened.

“Annie had her shot and she went a bit left. Then I had my shot … it bounced once, then we heard it hit the pin.

“We weren’t sure if it was in or not … we went up there and couldn’t see it, so we looked in the hole and there it was, just sitting there. I was really shocked and excited.

“Annie was really proud of me … she was really happy.”

Aroha’s mother, Amanda, was waiting at the final hole for her daughter to finish, but heard from a player on another fairway that a youngster had landed an ace so tracked her daughter down on the course to celebrate.

Aroha typically shoots scores in the low to mid-80s around the Rarangi lay-out, with her best score so far, a 78, being registered at the Nelson Golf Club. She is keen to finally break 80 on her home course and reckons she is on track to do so.

When asked what she needs to improve if she is to lower her scores, she is forthright. “Probably my attitude, I get quite frustrated with myself … and some of the physical parts – but my swing has been pretty good lately.”

Golf is a family affair for Aroha, who lives just a short iron shot from the No 2 green at Rarangi, with Dad Jason, also a nine-handicapper, Amanda and sister Pippa.

Their close proximity to the course is an added bonus for Aroha who trains almost every day for an hour, honing different aspects of her game.

A highlight of the early stages of 2019 has been a first-up win over her father, who suggests with a wry smile that it is getting harder and harder to keep up with the young prodigy in the family.

Aroha, whose favourite player is Thai star Ariya Jutanugarn, has her eye on a place in the Tasman senior women’s team this season, hoping to earn a spot among the top of the south elite.

Her long-term goals are also firmly fixed.

“I want to play on the LPGA Tour and be like Ariya Jutanugarn. It would be great to make a living out of playing golf,” she added.