Afternoon everyone,

Division 10 played away on the 30th January at Ohariu Valley narrowly losing 8 ½ – 6 ½ , the best pair of the day were Mike Smith and young Layton Prince (who was playing his first men’s grade interclub match) Mike and Layton won their singles and 4-ball matches.

The Best individual was Wayne Bach, who won 8 & 7, Wayne also won his 4 – ball match, Mel Phillips won @ No 1. – Good game guys onwards and upwards😊

Division 5 played away at Wainui and won 11-4, an excellent result, Division 8 played at home and had a tough 6.5 to 8.5 loss to Judgeford.

Good luck to all our teams playing this Saturday, please remember Captains to e-mail results to me.

Friday 19th February the course is closed for the Tigers Tournament.

Thursday 25th February the course is closed for Evergreens.

Saturday 27th February the course is closed for the Cossie Club Charity Golf Tournament.

Members collect your BONUS CARDS for a free game at Shandon or Judgeford for these days.

Blue Tees Saturday, White Sunday for the Men, Yellow both days for the Women.

This Sunday we have Summer Cup round 2 for the Men, plus National teams event for the Women’s.

The prestigious 36 hole ADS Duncan Cup has long been a long tradition for the lower handicap golfers at Royal Wellington. Recently there has been a resurgence of higher handicapped golfers to participate and challenge themselves on a course layout that is much different from what they are used to. In the future the club hopes to see an even larger turnout for the ADS Duncan, so that higher handicapped players can be paired with and get the chance to play first hand with some of Royal’s scratch golfers. There was an ongoing gallery on Monday on the practice putting green to watch these scratch golfers tee off from the black tees, which on No 1. are placed on the practice putting green. Which is another 25 meters back from the traditional blue tees. Many of the players had the fire power to blow past the fairway bunker on the right. It was amazing to watch.

This year we introduced a modified black/white tee for women that met the same course rating as the black for men. It was great to have our members, Darae Chung and Yewoo Hyun, join the men and play for the cup. Darae was in contention throughout the round and finished 4th overall. We look forward to continuing with this feature and embracing all forms of competition golf.

From the field of 27 players, everyone was a winner on the day. Playing 36 holes from the black tees in windy conditions, with no pick- ups, is a journey in itself. The secret is no blow-ups. Our eventual winner, 16-year old Dominic Hazeldine, did just that. Steady, with a mental focus, while acting like it was just a walk in the park. But behind that ongoing smile, he was in the moment. When told on the 17th tee he was one shot off the lead, he quietly said, please don’t give me anymore updates. Dominic proceeded to birdie the next two holes. And with a big fist pump and shout after making the put on 17 for 3, he smashed a drive down 18. Up and down for birdie on 18 and the cup was his.

Congrats Dominic, a +4 aggregate over 36 holes from the black tees in high winds against a very strong field of Wellington’s best golfers, is extremely impressive. Te Marua Golf looks forward to being part of your life golfing journey." Awesome Dom😊 There were some very impressive young golfers in the field, I have put the results up on the notice board.

What’s on course this week:

Monday – course available

Tuesday – MW Men.

Wednesday – MW Women.

Thursday – MW Men Levin visiting

Friday – course closed.

Don’t forget to say your final goodbyes to Maree and Grahame this weekend.

Until next week.

Regards Sonia

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