Rarangi’s Aroha Minhinnick will play No 1 for the Tasman women’s team. Photo: Peter Jones.

Rep golfers chase SI titles

Tasman’s golfing elite are in for a busy time over the next few months.

The Tasman men play their South Island Interprovincial tournament at the St Clair Golf Course in Dunedin on October 17-18.

They warmed up for this event by playing North Otago in Oamaru on October 3-4, winning the event by .5 of a point from Canterbury.

The team in playing order was: Tyrone Nelson, Corey Taylor, Craig Newman (captain) all from Nelson GC, Blair Bavin (Rarangi) and James Campion from Nelson GC.

The Tasman men’s SIIP team (in playing order) is: Kam Clarke (Nelson), Blair Bavin, Brook Hale (captain) both from Rarangi, Matt Grimes (Nelson, Nick Franzman (Greymouth), Mark Le Compte (Marlborough) and Josh Simpson (Nelson).

The Tasman women’s South Island Interprovincial team, who are defending champions, travel to Ashburton for their tournament, also on the weekend of October 17-18.

The team, in playing order, is: Aroha Minhinnick (Rarangi), Emily Stenhouse (Rarangi), Tracy Bary (Rarangi), Lee Willetts (Nelson), Natalee Reed (Greenacres), Susan Rooney (Nelson), Annie Tiller (Nelson), Sophie Van Velthoven (Marlborough).

Meanwhile, the Tasman Freyberg Masters team to compete at the 2020 Freyberg Masters Nationals being played at St Andrews Golf Club in Hamilton from the November 2-6 has been named. It comprises, in playing order: David Riordan, Tryonne Nelson, Craig Newman (captain), Corey Taylor (all from Nelson), Blair Bavin (Rarangi), Glen Drummond (Nelson).

The winning Robinson Construction crew, from left, Mark Watson, Nick Robinson, Hugh Robinson and professional Josh Geary. Photo: Peter Jones.

Course record broken during Pro-Am

The Marlborough Golf Club has a new course record holder.

Millbrook professional Ben Gallie shot a five-under-par 67 during Thursday’s Whitehaven Wines Pro-Am at the Fairhall venue, breaking the previous record of 69.

The Otago-based player, who was one of the late starters and had to battle blustery winds, was somewhat surprised by his success, especially given the limited amount of competition golf he has played in recent times.

“I’m a full time [goal] teacher at Millbrook and I haven’t actually played any competitive rounds for about five years,” he explained.

His first return to competition came on Wednesday in Nelson, at their Pro-Am where he shot a 73, a score he termed “OK”.

New course record holder Ben Gallie. Photo: Supplied.
New course record holder Ben Gallie. Photo: Supplied.

Ben was doubly surprised to win in Blenheim, given the strength of the field which was bolstered by several professionals who would be plying their trade on various tours abroad but for COVID. In total, 52 professionals turned out yesterday.

“The level of golf this year was pretty awesome so it was good to be able to beat the guys that play full-time.”

Among that list he mentioned high profile players such as Josh Geary and Michael Hendry, plus rising stars such as Kieran Muir and Dan Hillier.

“They play pretty solid golf so it was pretty good [to get the win]. I hit seven birdies and two bogeys, drove two of the par fours and birdied all of the par fives.

“I’ve got a new driver in my bag, the new Ping G425 that hasn’t come out yet, and I’ll be keeping it,” he added.

Although Ben knew what the course record was he felt someone else would go lower on the day.

“I didn’t think my score would be good enough … I assumed someone would be about seven-under, looking at the scores from Nelson, so was hoping I would get top-five, then someone said when I came in ‘you are leading by two and have got the new course record so get your speech ready’.”

Ben enjoyed the course, a layout he had never played on before.

“I didn’t have a practise round so I didn’t actually know where I was going”, he said, “so I was just using my laser and aiming and firing and it turned out quite well.”

Six professionals either equalled or beat the previous course record.

The top team on the day was the Robinson Construction combination. They played with Geary, who finished second with a 69 on the individual standings. The Robinson’s team comprised Nick and Hugh Robinson, plus Mark Watson.

Second was the Whitehaven Wines team of Hendry, Julian Terry, Wendy Batchelor and Allan Shutkowsi.

Leading teams: 

1 Robinson Construction – Nick and Hugh Robinson, Mark Watson and their pro player Josh Geary

2 Whitehaven Wines – Julian Terry, Wendy Batchelor, Allan Shutkowski and pro Michael Hendry

3 Barking Cat – Murray Swanson, Lance Nuttal, Duncan Bint and pro Kieran Muir (last year’s winning professional)

4 Harcourts – Mark Davis, David Searle, John Davis and pro Peter Fowler

5 The Pin Seekers – Pru Jensen, Marion Tripe, Lizzie Turnbull and Harry Bateman

6 McKendry Ford – Tracy Bary, Marilyn Smit, Julie Smith and Gareth Paddison

7 Teamsters – Sue Murray, Steve Marfell, Tony Jordan and Troy Ropiha

8 North and South – Mark Kininmonth, Youngho Cho, Malcolm Mackenzie and Robin Smalley

9 Kaikoura Livestock Limited – Liam Harnett, John McDonald, Geoff Pacey and Lachie McDonald

10th Pertatetts – Roger Pears, Shane Tate, Sean Hassett and Peter Giles

The Ping Putter was won by Julian Terry – the money raised from this putting competition bought a set of golf club and trundler for Junior Golf.

Leading professionals

1 Ben Gallie from Millbrook who shot 67 (broke the current course record of 69); 2 Josh Geary 69; 3 on countback 69 Michael Hendry; 4 on countback 69 Mark Hutson; 5 on countback 69 Tae Koh; 6 on countback 69 Kieran Muir.

Andrea Thomas picked up wins on both days for the senior women’s rep golfers at Rarangi. Photo: Peter Jones.

Marlborough golfers show the way at Rarangi

A combined Marlborough/Buller/Westland senior women’s golf team proved too strong for their Nelson counterparts at Rarangi over the weekend.

The top 12 players from each region split into two sections [Eastern/Western v Northern/Central zones] to vie for the prestigious Lucas Salver and May Rowling Plate.

The Lucas Salver was won by Marlborough/Buller/Westland 18-6, while the May Rowling Plate went to Marlborough/Buller Westland 13-11.

On Saturday the players braved chilly conditions at the seaside course. The Lucas Salver team, with all six players being based at Marlborough clubs, finished the first round with a handy 8-4 lead, the same advantage the May Rowling combination enjoyed at day’s end.

On day one the only combined player not to register points was No 1 Emily Stenhouse, who lost to Tasman’s rising star, 17-year-old Lizzie Neale. Aroha Minhinnick, Andrea Thomas and Zoe Batchelor claimed wins in the matchplay format, while Sue Murray and Tracy Bary halved their games.

The following day conditions were perfect for good scoring and the players obliged in the reverse singles. Stenhouse, Bary, Thomas, Murray and Batchelor all registered wins, with 13-year-old Minhinnick’s loss to 1.4 handicapper Neale in the battle of the teens being the only reversal.

The May Rowling battle was much tighter.

Despite holding a four point lead after day one a Nelson comeback on Sunday threatened to derail the home side’s progress. The visitors won the reverse singles 7-5 but fell short of victory on a morning where close matches were the order of the day.

On the first day, four Marlborough/Buller/Westland players recorded wins, courtesy of Jean Gibson, Rete Kydd, Chrissie Mackie and Jane Anderson-Bay.

Wins were harder to come by on Sunday though, with only Kydd gaining maximum points. However, crucially three matches were halved, through No 1 Marilyn Keenan, Anderson-Bay and Gaye Munnerly.

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.