Ross Breach, Michael Kemp, Alister Maxwell, Steve Schwass have combined to win the Norton Francis Golf Trophy at the Christchurch Golf Club. It is the first time that Methven has won the prestigious trophy which has been held for many years.
The Trophy (named in memory of one of the founding members of the Christchurch Club) is played for each year but because there are so many Clubs in Canterbury each Club is invited every two years.
The format of the tournament is unusual – it is a nett par four ball (birdies are worth +1, pars 0, bogies -1). Methven totaled +12 to win by just 1 point from last year’s winners Rakaia. By winning this year Methven will be invited to defend the trophy next year. Congratulations.
-Methven Golf has experienced a successful few days –
– The “Snowdin” Trophy was defended successful against Ellesmere at the Methven Golf Course led by stand in Men’s Captain, Bruce Dickson, with 42 points closely followed by Peter Harper with 41. – At the Aorangi Secondary School’s Golf in the holidays Sam Ree was rewarded for his practising by winning the two tournaments. Congratulations Sam. -Angela Mowbray and her playing partner won the Lower Waitaki 2 Day Tournament as a warm for her representing Aorangi at the South Island interprovincials where she won one of her matches. Win at Aorangi Champion of Champions Tournament at Denfield Geraldine.
Steve Schwass, Matt Duncan and Geoff Rhodes won the Best Nett team prize and was only 1 point off winning the overall gross prize Steve Schwass finished tied on 74 after 18 holes in the seniors and was forced to a playoff. In a dramatic playoff Steve’s putt on the 1st playoff hole lipped out for the win while on the 2nd the ball lipped out again but this time it cost him the match.
There were close, exciting matches in the Methven Golf Club’s Championship Finals on Saturday. Held in superb conditions over 36 holes it was Matt Duncan who prevailed over Paddy Helmore to win the Intermediate Championship with his last putt. Similarly it was Sam Clark who won on the last against a gallant Geoff Rhodes to win Junior A. In the Silver Final Angela Mowbray retained her title but was taken to the last by a fighting Robyn Maw. The new Senior Champion is Steve Schwass who overcame a gallant Craig J Middleton while Peter Harper won the ”Battle of the Peters” to take out Junior B from Peter Kemp. Ellen Kemp played consistently on the day to overcome Ruth Smith in Bronze A while Bev Isherwood’s recent good form carried over to the final to win Bronze B from Gail Limbrick. In the Senior Knockout John McGettigan beat Alister Maxwell while Mike Gray won the Junior Knockout.
Winners in the plate finals were – Senior – Dayle Lucas, Intermediate – Phil Johnson, Junior A – Eric Grimwade, Junior B – Bruce Dickson
1. Pennant Victory The Moyes Team has upset the favourite, Rakaia, to win a dramatic Pennant final at Tinwald on Sunday afternoon. Going into the final against a team of low handicappers, John McGettigan, Frank Sandys, Rod Carson, Bruce Dickson, Peter Kemp and John Robinson used their handicaps well to secure victory. John, having already won, watched Frank sink a putt on the last hole to win his match and secure a vital half in the fourball. (Frank recalls that he had exactly the same putt in 1978 to win the Tinwald Senior Championship!! Memories!!)
Then it was Rod’s turn to win while Bruce came back from 5 down after 9 to take his match to the 18th and help secure another vital half in the fourball.
Captain, Peter Kemp fought hard but it was not his day. John Robinson came down the 18th 1 down. Little did he know that he needed to win the hole to win the match for his team. While his team mates and opposition looked on he chipped on to the green. Two putts later victory was achieved after his opponent had bunkered and was unable to get down in 2.The vital point had been achieved and victory.
Thank you to all the players who filled in during the season and captain, Peter Kemp for ensuring there were 6 players each time.
2. Championships Bob Brown is the first 2020 Champion. In the 9 hole final he scored very well to defeat fellow first time finalist John Barwell on Friday. Bob was thrilled that he been able to play well in such an important match. Congratulations Bob.
In the Ladies 9 Holers Karen Currie has reached the final and will play Barbara Duffy..
In the Ladies Championship Finals Angela Mowbray will play Robyn Maw in the Silver Final, Ruth Smith will play Heather Middleton while the Bronze B finalists semi finals are this Wednesday.
In the Men’s Championships there will be four new champions after last year’s senior champion, Alister Maxwell, was defeated by Steve Schwass who had a superb 74. He will meet Craig J Middleton, who maintained his impressive form, by defeating Grant Hargreaves after an impressive 75.
In the Intermediate Championship youngster Matt Duncan had an impressive 38 on the front 9 against Neil McArthur who was unable to match his previous good form. Duncan completed an excellent round of 78. In the other semi final Paddy Helmore and Frank Sandys had a seesawing tight match which went to the 19th. Helmore won when Sandys putt sat on the edge of the hole.
Mike Gray and Sam Clark played a tight see sawing match in the Junior A semi final. Young Clark finally prevailed on 18th and will take on Geoff Rhodes who won against Jim Rooney earlier. Peter Kemp and Peter Harper will be in the battle of the “Petes” in the Junior B final.
The Championships begin this Saturday around 8.37am with the Senior Knockout between John McGettigan and Alister Maxwell. Mike Gray has won the Junior Knockout. The Putting final between Piers Rolton and Simon Wareing will be held after the senior championships on the 18th green.
The Club Captains look forward to seeing you on the course during the day and in the clubhouse afterwards.
Sara Gallagher has joined the hole in one club after 21 years of playing golf. Last Wednesday she achieved the ace on the No 6 Hole.
She says she was the only one that saw it go into the hole! Congratulations Sara. This brings to 5 the number of holes in one in 2020. With nearly four months of 2020 to go can 2020 match the 6 holes in one recorded in 1996 and 1998.
The Moyes Pennant Team has reached the final of the Mid Canterbury Pennants. The team won 12 -5 yesterday at Methven to remain unbeaten. Captain, Peter Kemp was thrilled with the result but now has the difficult task of deciding the players to play in the final at Tinwald against Rakaia, unbeaten in the other section. The Low handicap team tried valiantly against the strong Ashburton team but came up short likewise the Ladies team at Mayfield. Heather Middleton and Mike Markillie perform at Ashburton and Kaiapoi Tournaments Heather Middleton has had a dream round at the Ashburton Tournament on Monday – a superb 46 stablefords, a nett 61. Well done Heather. Mike Markillie finished second at the 9 Hole Tournament in Kaiapoi on Monday. Congratulations Mike.
Championships The first round of the championships began on Saturday with several tight matches highlighted by Piers Rolton winning on the 20th against Frikkie Greybe. Steve Schwass had the best nett score while Dayle Lucas the best gross with a 72 the same score as Steve Schwass and Alister Maxwell achieved last week. Last week there was superb scoring. To win a prize you had to have a nett 68 or better. Steven Schwass in the Senior Grade had a superb 72 and nett 66. He was matched by Alister Maxwell with a gross 72 and John Robinson with a Nett 66 winning Junior B. Jim Lattimore and paddy Helmore were close behind.
Ladies In the Ladies last week Sharon Burrell – Smith and Margaret Kelk had superb 64s while consistent Bev Isherwood had a 69. Congratulations. The previous week Gail Limbrick had a superb 68. Well done. Championship matches continue this week.
Frank Sandys achieved his first official hole in one in Saturday’s competition. Using his trusty 7 wood he completed the ace at the Par 3 No 6 hole in a match against Simon Wareing.
“There were high fives and screams of delight from my playing partners plus players on No 3 and No 7 tees,” a grinning, Frank recalled. One of his playing partners commented, “The ball is heading for the hole!!” “I could not concentrate for much of the rest of the round. I was being congratulated and high fived whenever I met others,” Sandys added. He celebrated well into the night. It is not his first hole in one but it is his first on a golf course. Years ago he scored a hole in one at a fundraising event at the then Methven High School on the back field. He won a flight and trip to Millbrook. Congratulations Frank. Unfortunately he could not cap of a great shot with a victory against Wareing.
Amazing Simon Simon Wareing with this win has now won 18 match play matches since the beginning of 2019! Along the way he has won the Intermediate Championship, the Senior Knockout and twice Duff Trophy winner with James Anderson. Congratulations Simon.
Philip Wareing Ltd is the new Premier Sponsor at the Methven Golf Club for the next three years. The Club Committee and members wish to thank the Wareing Family for the generous support and commitment to the future of the Club.
All our sponsors, large and small, are hugely appreciated by the Club especially in the current economic climate. Thanks to our previous major sponsor Methven Resort. This announcement has climaxed other positive news during the last few weeks.
The course has been busy with visitors from around New Zealand – Auckland, Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Hamilton, Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Christchurch, Jacks point, The Hills – near Arrowtown, Te Anau, Wanaka and Mid Canterbury Clubs. Feedback has been positive with many vowing to come back to bring their mates, the course is everything that we were told about, amazing scenery and beautiful greens.
Our new website has attracted plenty of interest and has resulted in three new members. This just continues the resurgence of membership since March. Remember we have special membership deals for Under 35s and Under 25s.
Competition News Dayle Lucas led the way on Saturday in the drizzle with a superb 72. It meant that he won the seniors, had the best gross, best nett along with a two and two closest to the pins – a great haul. His 72 is now the best gross for the season, eclipsing the previous best, a 73, which he scored. Congratulations Dayle.
Craig J Middleton was just 7.5cm away from a hole in one on Shorty with a great tee shot on the par 3 13th hole. It looks like a hole in one will have to be achieved for Middleton’s shot to miss out being the closest for the season.
The Penney Pennant Team did not fare so well at Mayfield on Monday being soundly defeated 13 – 4. Even the No 5 and 6 Methven players (who will remain nameless!!) managed to be beaten 5 & 3 by one player.
Remember green fees are half price for July. Enjoy your golf.