PGC Newsletter 14.08.2019


Thursday, 15th August – Club haggle - Stableford 12.15pm

Saturday, 17th August – District Challenge (North vs South), Ladies – Olsen Cup Rd 3, Stableford

Sunday, 18th August – Stableford competition Tee off 12.15pm

Tuesday, 20th August – Olsen Cup Rd 3, Stableford

 PLEASE NOTE!!  Wednesday, 21st August – Club haggle - Stableford 12.15pm


  • Sally Ellingham passed away earlier this month in hospital and her funeral was held last week. During her membership, Sally was on the Ladies’ committee and served many years as their treasurer. At least 10 years ago, Sally was a regular figure doing the afternoon teas on a Saturday after golf, a duty she did with Bet Gunn for a long time. The club has sent a sympathy card to the family.
  • Margaret Sowry died at Waikanae last week. She and husband Keith farmed at Hukanui, and Margaret was a member of the club a few decades ago. A condolence card is being sent to Keith and family on behalf of the club.


Tuesday 6th August – LGU Gold Medal and Stableford Button, Rd4 MBM and 4th Qualifying

1st L Cotton 72 nett

2nd C Daysh 74 nett

3rd= T Crispin and K Ball

5th= T Cuttance, P Huddleston and S Ross

Drawn Twos: T Crispin, K Ball, R Squires

Accuracy (9): K Ball

Winner of Gold Medal and Stableford Button: L Cotton (nett 72 and 37 stableford points)

Thursday 8th  August  – Club Haggle, Stableford

1st P Johns 42 points

2nd N Pearson 38 points

3rd S Huddleston 36 points

4th I Fraser 35 points

5th G Smith 33 points


Saturday 10th August – Bourke Cup Rd 2 - Stableford

1st C Wallace 38 points

2nd M Galvin 37 points by lot from N Squires and J Cuttance

Closest to Pin (9) C Wallace, (12) C Wallace

Twos: No 2s scored

Sunday 11th August – Donald & Williams Salvers – Mixed Foursomes

1st Jason & B Smith 70.5 nett

2nd C Wallace & C Daysh 75 nett


Thanks for the positive feedback regarding the inclusion of some rules in last week’s newsletter.

This week, I was asked about actions in penalty areas (formerly hazards) in particular, grounding your club and moving loose impediments in a penalty area – thanks, Richard Stewart.

Rule 17.1b – Player May Play Ball as it Lies in Penalty Area or Take Penalty Relief – the player may either:

  • Play the ball as it lies without penalty, under the same Rules that apply to a ball in the general area (old through the green) which means there are no special Rules limiting how a ball may be played from the penalty area OR
  • Play a ball from outside the penalty area by taking penalty relief under Rule 17.1d or 17.2 (look it up!)


Congratulations to junior member Abby who has been selected for the Manawatu under 15A girls’ hockey team. Abby, a pupil at Tararua College,  will travel to Dunedin early October for the National Tournament.
Congratulations Abby, enjoy your tournament and trip.

 LYNNE HUDDLESTON – on Sabbatical from Pahiatua School:

Congratulations to Lynne who has been awarded a sabbatical by the Ministry of Education for term 3. Lynne is overseas to attend a Visible Learning Conference and inquire into the latest theories of learning – in particular dyslexia and resources her teachers can use.

 She is currently in Ireland and has sent through some photos of the Blainroe Golf course that she hopes to play sometime. And she should get the chance as her daughter, son in law and family have just built their house on the estate at Blainroe which was established by Christie Cooney (son-in-law’s grandfather) who was a builder and established the holiday estate and golf course in the 70s. They are about 600m from the club house. Over the years the estate has been sold off and is now run by the residents and the golf club runs as a community golf club which also boasts a private beach for the community and golf club.

 Of special interest is how they are boosting their junior membership. Over these school holidays they have 273 juniors playing on a Tuesday and again on Thursdays. They have a graduated system of challenge for juniors who start playing 6 holes and when they meet milestones they go to 9, 12 and finally 18 holes. They receive coaching before going out. They must have an adult walker with them - this was how Lynne got involved.

PS from Lynne: No matter how far, what direction, what flight the ball takes every junior holds the Rory Mcllroy finish stance! Obviously Rory is a major influence on the great interest in golf there.

 Thanks , Lynne. Seems Ireland is treating you well.


Posted: Monday 26 August 2019