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Winning smiles from left Karen Shaw, Carol Parkinson and Pip Kirk. 2017 Winners of Wellington Womens Team Champion of Champions. Photo: sourced from Wellington Golf Inc.

November came and went pretty much without rain, finally the Course has dried out and that little dimpled ball is back running down the fairway, bringing a cheer to many who thought that the rain might never stop.

The highlight of the month was the Women winning the Teams Stableford Competition and the Silverware at the Wellington Womens Golf Champion of Champions held at home. Congratulations to Carol Parkinson joint winner of the Bronze Championships and to her team mates Karen Shaw and Pip Kirk for their valuable input into playing well and amassing  stableford points to win the impressive trophy for 2017.Its been a long drinks break, the last winning trio Sherry Weatherstone, Diana Donald and Sue Wright won at Carterton back at the beginning of this century. 

Unfortunately the Men had no chance of winning theirs at Masterton as the team was short of a player in the Intermediates.

The Nine hole Group  have been busy with recruiting players and their bring a friend day has three new to golf players keen and their Open day was a huge success. Co- Captains Jaquee Reid and Billie Holmes were stoked to have  eighty five in the field after three pulled out at the last minute. 
Thirteen Clubs were represented: Masterton, Carterton, Manor Park, Marton, Otaki, Paraparaumu Beach, Pauatahanui, Manawatu, Feilding,  Waikanae, Shandon and Kapiti and a number of our own gals from Martinborough.

The Prize table was groaning and the Club house was all decked out to welcome the Visitors.

To make the Cut for the Shootout, one puts themselves under so much pressure on Competition days not to have any blow outs in order to produce a reasonably good score, then the fun and games begin.

This year the women had 30 players vying for a spot and as we only compete over 9 holes, ten souls blindly engaged into the legendary Martinborough spirit of expect the unexpected.

Thanks to Robyn Blackett for her role as referee and to Jo and Louise for the hijinks and dispensing cart.

The Nine holers also played their Shootout going off the front nine, they too had a load of fun and on the final hole it came down to last years co Captains with Sherryl Howie the Winner and Mary Herrick having to settle for Runner up.

The Mens Shootout is on the first Sunday in December, theirs is a long day with Nineteen players competing. Fifteen have secured their spot and there are eight nervous players out practising awaiting the chip off for the last four spots 

And while we would all like to believe that we are going to be playing golf with our friends forever, it was a very sad month  for a number of members with the passing of very dear friends and golfing pals of Gay Skerman and Gaye Didsbury, whats more within the same week. Both were highly respected, well loved Captains and outstanding ambassadors of the Club. We will certainly miss their smiles and laughter. Our sincerest condolences to the Didsbury and Skerman families.

Cheers Jen

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