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Local Methven golfers father and son duo, Alton Fletcher and Bailey Fletcher-Young, have won the Molloy Agriculture Ltd /Philip Wareing Ltd High Country Classic by a massive 7 points. Bailey, the youngest player in the field of 50 teams, outshone all the other players, highlighted with 45 stableford points at Methven. Congratulations.
Locals, Wanda Campbell and Hiromi Ikehata finished 3rd.
The tournament was played at Terrace Downs on Saturday and Methven on Sunday in hot and sunny conditions.
Players came from 19 visiting clubs from Auckland in the north to Cromwell in the south.
Individual highlights included a hole in one by Tony Carroll at Terrace Downs par 3 16th and an eagle by AJ Kerr at Methven on the par 5 no 10th hole.
Visitors enjoyed the weekend so much that they vowed to come back in 2023.

View results here.

L to R – President, Ross Breach winners Alton Fletcher, Bailey Fletcher-Young

Success for locals at the Philip Wareing Ltd Multi-Sponsored 2 Day Golf Tournament

Local members Jane Helmore and Ros Grant won the Women’s section at the Philip Wareing Ltd 2 day Multi – sponsored Tournament over the weekend. The field of 92 teams, 184 golfers, enjoyed the superb course conditions and for most of the time the fine weather.
Helmore and Grant combined well in the four ball on Saturday while Helmore, with a superb nett 68, the best women’s round on Sunday, led the way, well supported by Grant. They clinched victory by 4 shots with a score of 205 from Greymouth’s Carolyn Williams/ Colleen Buchanan and Rakaia’s Sandra Quinn/Sally Smith.
In the Men’s section the best of the Methven Teams was major sponsor, Simon Wareing, and Richard Maw who finished 3rd, six shots back from the winners James Smith and Lance Smith from Bottle Lake. Rakaia’s Brian Quinn and Graham Doody were 2nd on 201.
Steve Schwass and Greg Overall finished 4th closely followed by Leyton Blackwell and Jeremy Johnson in 5th.
It was pleasing to have younger members playing in the tournament for the first time and performing well. Rory Maxwell and Mark Wilson led the way on Saturday with a superb four ball score of 59. Maxwell backed that up with a nett 70 on the Sunday along with two closest to the pins on Saturday. Well done.
The best visiting club was Rakaia.
There were players from 26 visiting clubs from Hawea in the south, Greymouth and Westport in the west and Pegasus to the north. The players enjoyed the tournament although they missed out on the social activities that had to be curtailed because of Level 2 restrictions.

Click here for the Sponsored Tournament Results

Ladies winners: left to right: Steve Schwass, Men’s vice Captain, Sharon Burrell-Smith Ladies Captain, winners Ros Grant, Jane Helmore

Men’s winners: James Smith, Lance Smith


“It has taken me 85 years to play Methven for the first time,” Sir Bob Charles’ quipped on arrival early Sunday morning. He was at the Methven Golf Club as a guest of the Devils Own Committee to play and promote his recently published book.
Playing off a 1 handicap on the course (Other courses I play off a 2!!) he had 2 birdies and 4 bogeys to finish with a 73, 12 better than his age. Superb weather and course conditions allowed for a great scoring day.
After completing his round he was met by Allan Smith, Methven Golf Club’s oldest active member at 92 years young. They quickly hit it off. Charles told him he had a Methven connection, an Aunty taught at the local school 100 years ago.
In an interview afterwards he was asked what he thought of the course. It is a beautiful course. The greens were consistent and he was impressed with the variety of trees, especially as most of them are evergreens, and the beautiful rhododendrons.
Before the results were announced the Club presented Charles with some Methven Golf Club labelled momentos and a copy of the 75th history booklet. He then donated a copy of his book to the Club.
The results of the 2 day Devils Own tournament were then announced. Sir Bob and his partner, Brendan Callaghan, won the team Stableford prize by lot from 3 other teams (It was done legit according to the match committee).
The Devils Own Tournament run by the Canterbury Law Society returned to Methven after a year’s absence.
Several of the 75 players have been coming since it started coming to Methven in the 1980s.
Sir Bob Charles hopes to return soon, maybe even to the 100 year celebrations in 2024.

Sir Bob Charles 85 with oldest active Club member Allan Smith 92 years young!!

Sir Bob Charles putting on no 18 green

Methven Golf finish 2nd in Norton Francis Trophy

Stuart Wilson, James Anderson, Geoff Rhodes and John McGettigan have combined to finish 2nd behind Amberley in the Norton Francis Golf Trophy at the Christchurch Golf Club. There was added pressure on them as Methven was the defending champions. For a moment they thought they had won to retain the trophy but it wasn’t to be. But it was a great day playing against at least 10 other clubs.
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. It has been played for over 100 years.
The format of the tournament is unusual – it is a nett par four ball (birdies are worth +1, pars 0, bogeys -1).
Methven totaled +8 to finish behind Amberley on +10.
Photo: The team celebrating
L to R Geoff Rhodes, Stuart Wilson, James Anderson, John McGettigan

Redpath Winners
The Redpath team’s success in the final at Fairlie, recently, is nothing new for the team. The team of 2017 also won the final. It included three of this year’s team, Michael Kemp, Dayle Lucas and Alister Maxwell. The 4th member was Craig J Middleton. Steve Schwass, the 4th member in 2021, had a weekend to remember. He won the senior championship on Saturday and then turned up at Fairlie without his golf shoes!!
Photo: L to R – Michael Kemp, Steve Schwass, Dayle Lucas, Alister Maxwell

Methven 9 Hole Tournament a success
Perfect weather and course conditions were provided for the 90 9 hole players who turned up at the Methven Tournament on Friday. The organisers were thrilled with the tournament.
There was success for some of the Methven players.
In Grade 1, Hiromi Ikehata had the best nett of 33 and the longest drive. Bryan Petrie had the best nett of 33 in the Men’s section while John Barwell had the best stableford of 20. Other prize winners were – Annette Maw 2nd Stableford by lot in Grade 2, Bridget Thompson was 4th in Grade 3 stableford and Kevin Thompson was 5th in the Men’s Stableford. Congratulations.

Golf Championships completed in superb conditions
After all the setbacks with weather and covid it was a relief to have the Club Championships Day dawn sunny with just a chilly morning breeze on Saturday October 16. With the course in superb condition to help the golfers, a small crowd gathered at No 1 tee for the early tee times to wish the protagonists’ good luck for their 36 holes. They were entertained by some great tee shots from most of the finalists, which seemed to set the tone for the day. There was some great golf played to keep the following supporters entertained. All games were still very much alive by the halfway mark with some great scrambling keeping them close. Angela Mowbray took charge after lunch, in the Ladies Silver, winning five of the first 9 holes against Sara Gallagher and sealed the match at the 31st. In Bronze B it was a close tussle all the way between Bev Isherwood and Denisse Hood with Isherwood finally winning on the 35th. Jan Lane defeated Jane Helmore earlier in the month to win the Bronze A Championships. In the Senior Men’s match, Steve Schwass took an early lead but Alister Maxwell fought back and kept it close. As the group of supporters following the game increased throughout the afternoon, the standard of golf increased with some great shots seen. Schwass held on to win at the 35th. Both James Anderson and Stuart Wilson applied the pressure, early, in the Intermediate and Junior A Finals, respectively, to build big leads at the end of 18 holes. Their opponents, Pete Wood and Tim Robinson, fought back valiantly in the afternoon with some great shots but it was in vain. The morning deficit was too much to overcome. In the Junior B final, played over 18 holes, Bruce Dickson was 2 up after 2 holes against Ian Lucas. This was to prove crucial as the match progressed. Dickson won the match at the 16th. In the Senior Knockout Frank Sandys came from behind to beat Paddy Helmore at the 33rd hole. Flights were also played, over 18 holes.

Men’s Club Champions:
Senior – Steve Schwass
Intermediate – James Anderson
Junior – Stuart Wilson Junior B – Bruce Dickson

Ladies’ Club Champions:
Silver- Angela Mowbray
Bronze A – Jan Lane
Bronze B – Bev Isherwood

Men’s Flights:
Senior – Frikke Greybie
Intermediate- Keith Middleton
Junior A – Mike Gray
Junior B – Jim Rooney

Knockout champions:
Senior- Frank Sandys
Junior – Still to be played

L to R: Steve Schwass, James Anderson, Stuart Wilson, Bruce Dickson, Angela Mowbray, Jan Lane, Bev Isherwood.

Methven enjoys a successful week at interclub competitions
1. Interclub Results
The Penny Pennant Team recorded its first win last week with a comprehensive 12 1/2 – 4 1/2 win over Grande Vue. A happy Gary Foy said the players overcame the miserable conditions to enjoy the win. Well done. Not to be outdone the Moyes team continued on its winning way, also in miserable conditions, on Sunday by winning 12-5 to remain unbeaten. Likewise the Redpath team continued on its unbeaten run with a 10-2 win at Geraldine. The Ladies Sunday Pennant Team suffered its first loss on Sunday 3 1/2 to 8 1/2 but still leads the competition by one point. Congratulations to all players for playing in the wet conditions. Keep it up.
2. John Deere Tournament at Weedons
The 14th annual John Deere Sponsored tournament was played yesterday on a wet Weedons course and Methven was amongst the prizes – claiming three of the four closest to the pin prizes. Phil Johnson won two of them and Paul Plimmer one, while Phil was the first name on the 3rd.
Along with Bruce Dickson the team enjoyed the 3 ball elimination scramble event format that was played.

Duff Trophy and Middleton Trophy winners have been found
The Duff Trophy ‘giant killers”, Barrie Begg and Chris Pannett have won the Trophy. In the final against Peter Harper and Mark Gazzard it was a close and tight affair until the 14th hole. Begg and Pannett won it to go 2 up. After halving the 15th the victory was sealed on the 16th hole. The lowest qualifiers were able to enjoy the moment and reflect on their achievement. “We had plenty of luck.”
Pete Wood and Piers Rolton combined well to win the Middleton Trophy. They defeated last year’s winners, Michael Kemp and Ben Rutter. Such was the winner’s dominance they did not concede a hole in the match. The match was won at the 14th.
In the semi finals the previous week, all four finalists had played well.
In the Duff Trophy, Barrie Begg and Chris Pannett continued their unbeaten run to come from behind to beat Frank Sandys and Eric Grimwade. They, however, had a bit of golfing luck on the par 3 17th. Pannett’s tee shot hit a tree branch on the right hand side of the fairway. The ball then deflected on to the green. This allowed Pannett to halve the hole and maintain a 1 up lead. They duly won the 18th to reach their first Duff Trophy final.
In the other semi-final was just as tight between Peter Harper, Mark Gazzard and Paddy Helmore, Geoff Rhodes. In a thriller Harper and Gazzard finally prevailed on the 19th.
In the Middleton semi-finals defending champions, Michael Kemp and Ben Rutter, combined well to defeat Steve Schwass and Jim Rooney in a close match.
In the other match Pete Wood left his best to last with the winning putt on the last hole to win with Piers Rolton. Gavin Santy and Mike Gray fought hard but their efforts were not quite enough.

Below: Winners of the Duff Trophy, Barrie Begg & Chris Pannett.
Last year’s winners Simon Wareing , James Anderson present Trophy to winners Chris Pannett, Barrie Begg

Have a Go at Golf Family Day Great Success

The Have a Go at Golf Family Day on Sunday at the Methven Golf Club was a great success. The afternoon of Snag golf/Futures and playing a few holes on the course attracted a total of 40 children and adults.
Aorangi Golf Development officer, Graham Keen set up Snag golf targets on the putting green. The children, encouraged by their adults, putted and then chipped to try to hit the centre of the target to score a one. The aim was to get them to learn to line up with the target and watch the ball while they hit the ball.
With the new knowledge they joined the adult family members and played an ambrose for a few holes on the golf course. The afternoon was completed with a BBQ and drinks at the clubhouse.
Graham Keen was very pleased with the turnout and response from the young promising golfers. The Methven Golf Club’s Junior subcommittee welcomed the Families, who came on to the Golf Course for the first time. Junior Coaching and playing a few holes is on a Sunday morning from 10am. See you there.

On Saturday 6th March a team of 20 players representing the Methven Golf Club travelled to Hororata Golf Course to contest the annual Coleridge Shield Competition against teams from Hororata, Waimakiriri and Greendale.

On a fine autumn day on a well-presented Hororata Course, the players did well, with Methven finishing runner up to the home team with a combined Stableford aggregate of 630 points. Outstanding for Methven were Alister Maxwell with 40 points, the 2nd highest individual total on the day, and Heather Middleton with 39 points, the highest ladies’ total on the day.

Other prize-winning scores for Methven were: 38 Ross Breach, 37 Piers Rolton, 36 Rod Carson, 34 Craig Middleton, 33 Pete Wood, Ron Hanna and Geoff Rhodes.

Jubilee Trophy
Winners: Sharon Burrell-Smith / Clinton Burrell-Smith 81 – 19 ½ – 61 ½
Other good scores: Fay Redfern/Ian Lucas 65 ½, Annette Maw / Piers Rolton 66, Bev Isherwood / Michael Kemp 66, Gayle O’Duffy / Alister Maxwell 66, Jane Helmore / Paddy Helmore 681/2, Hiromi Ikehata / Phil Elliott 69

Single Person – Stroke Round
Marc Davies 81 – 15 – 66
Other good scores: Jim Rooney 67, Athol McAlpine 68, T Molloy, James Anderson, Eric Grimwade 70 Eric Meaclem, Mark Gazzard, John Richards, OJ Dodson 72, Ben Rutter 73, Roger Callaghan, Geoff Kelk, Dayle Lucas, Rod Carson 74
Next Week: 1st round Roger Harris Memorial Trophy

Burrell-Smiths win Jubilee Trophy on Methven Golf Club’s Opening Day
Sharon and Clinton Burrell-Smith won the Jubilee Trophy on opening day of the 2021 season at the Methven Golf Club. They combined well to record a nett 611/2 to win by four shots from Fay Redfern and Ian Lucas.
Men’s Captain, Piers Rolton welcomed the 50 players and wished them well for the coming season.

Then promising, young golfer Frida Wood, on behalf of President, Pete Wood, hit a great drive straight down the fairway to begin the 2021 season.

The warm weather and superb course conditions allowed for some good scoring. Marc Davies took the honours in the single person draw with a nett 66. He was closely followed by Jim Rooney and Athol McAlpine. A BBQ followed to ensure a great start for the season.
On Friday the 9 holers had a successful bring a friend day. From reports several of the friends showed that they had lost none of their skills after many years away. Well done. The previous Friday the players enjoyed a morning at Lake Hood playing the par 3 course as a nice change.
The Ladies have their first competition day for the season on Wednesday with the Men on Saturday.

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.

-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.

Matt Duncan, Steve Schwass, Geoff Rhodes

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