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Best scores

Best of the year, 2018

Mens Gross - 67 - Ash Smith - 28th January

Mens Nett - 59 - Terry Charlesworth - 11th January

Womens Gross - 79 - Denise Goile - 22nd March

Womens Nett - 62 - Addy Nieremeijer - 7th January

Best of September

Mens Gross - 70 - Scott Law  - 23rd September

Mens Nett - 61 - Barry Fordham - 23rd September

Womens Gross - 92 - Denise Goile - 18 September

Womens Nett - 69 - Addy Nieremeijer - 11 September

Presidents Welcome

Welcome

Hello and welcome to the Pirongia Golf Club website. We hope that its contents are of value, whether you intend being a casual visitor or a potential club member.

Most clubs have a characteristic or two which sets them apart from other clubs and Pirongia is no exception. An obvious feature is the background setting of Mount Pirongia with its tidy, pastured,lower slopes, contrasting against the bush clad upper reaches. The close proximity to the bush provides, particularly during the spring months, an abundance of tui, as well as smaller numbers of kaka (NZ native parrot) and kereru, our native pigeon. Additional to this, the Waipa River and its tributary, the Mangapiko Stream, enhance the view from parts of the course.

Making the Pirongia Golf Club unique is the race track, integrated into the course, which is used once a year for the well known Pirongia Boxing Day races. The transformation of the golf course to a race track, with attendances of up to 10,000 people, and then back to a golf course, with just over one days play unavailable, bears testimony to another invaluable characteristic of Pirongia ... a great spirit of co-operation and voluntary help. It is this which also enables the golf club to keep the course in a neat and tidy condition, whilst maintaining very low costs of membership.

Should your visit coincide with our club day and our usual tee-off times, please make yourself known to the starting official who will arrange a playing group for you. Your presence is most welcome and we wish you an enjoyable round.

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Latest News and Results

23rd September: Pitchford Trophy Semi Finals

Another beautiful Spring day greeted the semi-finalists of the Pitchford Trophy on Sunday. Charlie Coles and partner John McCormick took on Rob Taylor and Brent Keene in the first semi and came up trumps. Coles was the difference here recording a 66 nett. The other semi-final was a close affair. Hans Nieremeijer and Derek Boyle took the honours on the 18th hole over Phillip Eyre and Paul Davie. On the 18th Hole, Hans Nieremeijer hit the approach of the day on 18 to 5 feet. This put the pressure on Davie, the only other player that could halve the hole with a birdie. He couldn't find the inspiration however and the match was taken by Nieremeijer and Boyle.

Goodwright Contracting Scramble

The members of Pirongia Golf Club would like to thank Goodwright Contracting for sponsoring todays scramble.

Scoring was a lot better in the Junior division than the seniors today. Many of the seniors found the dry and hard greens unreceptive and with many pins cut near the front, it was hard to stop an approach near the pins. Barry Fordham excelled in the conditions however, scoring a wopping 47 points and cleaning out the junior division by 5 points. Three players, Dave Peryer, Ian Grey and Charlie Coles all tied for 2nd.

Scott Law found some magic on the 18th hole to seal the senior scramble honours. He put his tee shot through the green and then chipped in for a eagle 2 and finished with 40 points. Kevin Appleby and Derek Boyle were tied for 2nd on 38 points.

Scramble Results (Stableford)

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16th September: Pitchford Trophy Round 1

With only 8 pairs entered into the Pirchford Trophy this year, the shortened competitionstarted today. Rob Taylor and Brent Keene were to consistent and were able to comfortably beat Scott Law and Ben Vincent 4 and 2. They will meet Charlie Coles and John McCormick in the semi-final after Coles and McCormick took care of Kevin Nickson and Dave Lamb. The other semi final will see Phillip Eyre and Paul Davie meet Derek Boyle and Hans Nieremeijer. Eyre and Davie beat Gary Bowman and Tyne Watts while Boyle and Nieremeijer beat Barry Cavey and Terry Charlesworth.

Scramble

Ray Shay came out of hibernation with a rush today. Playing for the first time since March, he proceeded to rack up 45 points to win the Junior scramble. Kevin Nickson wasn't far behind with 43 points and Jack Hjorth was 3rd with 42 points. Gary Russo continied his good form of late to win the senior scramble with 41 points from steve Law on 39 and John McCormick on 38.

Scramble Results (Stableford):

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Jackpot:

Two's

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9th September: Scott Law Completes Triple Double.

Scott Law has completd the triple double (strope play, match play champion) today after winning the Pirongia Golf Clubs Match Play Champs.

After postponement last Sunday, the weather was a treat today but a strengthening winds made conditions trickey. Law jumped out to a 5 up lead in the opening fron 9 after shooting a 3 under total of 33. Dave Seager had no answer for Laws efforts. Both players then struggled on the back nine but wins on the 17th and 18th saw Seager cut Law's lead to 3 up.

After lunch, Seager continued to claw himself back into the match and after 27 holes Law's lead was down to 1. The back nine continued in the same vain with Law opening doors and Seager taking advantage. Seager won both the 29th and 30th to take the lead for the first time. The pair traded holes on the 31st and 32nd before Law made birdie on the 33rd to level the scores. Law then made a good 8 foot putt on the 34th to keep the match all square. Pars on the 35th saw both players headong down 18 all square.

An agressive drive by Law down 18 left him 30 meters short of the green. Seager went more conservative and had 100 meters to the pin but had to avoid the tree 20 meters ahead. Unfortunately, Seager pulled the shot slightly and it caught the tree, essentially ending the match then and there. Law calmly chipped and putted out for a par to win 1 up.

The intermediate champion is Rob Taylor after he dominated his match against Phillip Eyre. After 18 holes, Taylor was comfortable at 5 up. Eyre tried valliantly and cut the lead to 3 after 27 holes but couldn't improve on that and eventually went down 4 and 3.

Don Matson won the Junior division after Dave Strawbridge had to default with a back problem. Ross Scown beat Terry Charlesworth 2 and 1 to take out the Junior B division.

Scramble Results:

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Junior (Par):

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2nd September: Match Play Finals Postponed

Due to the forcast weather, a good early call was made to postpone the match play finals unti the 9th September. Initially, the weather held off, but about 10:00 the heaven opened and steady rain persisted for the morning. 

Fifteen hardy soles turned out anyway and managed to play nine holes before play was discontinued. In the conditions, the scoring was still very good. Addy Nieremeijer was the best with 22 points ahead of five others on 21.

Scramble Results (Stableford):

Two's:

Longest Putt:

Closest to the Pin:

26th August: Match Play Champs Semi-Finals

The Senior Match Play Final will see a repeat of last years final between defending champion Scott Law and Dave Seager. The two semi-finals were close affairs with Law being taken to the 18th before winning 2 up and Seager winning on the 17th 2 and 1.

Scott Law took on Tyne Watts and the match was full of good play with Law shooting 2 under on the front and Watts even par to turn 2 down. Law built his lead to 3 up after 14 before both players birdied 16 and then Watts made another birdie at the par 3 16th to claw back 1. Another Birdie on 17 and a three putt by Law allowed the match to go down the 18th. Law then made a Birdie on 18 to win 2 up.

Seager started fast against Sean Bonenkamp and was 2 up after 2 holes. A three putt and an out of bounds by Seager meant the match was squared again after 4. Pars on the next 5 holes allowed Seager to regain his 2 up lead at the turn. That lead increased to 3 up on 12 when Bonenkamp lost a ball on the 12th. Bonenkamp won the 15th after Seager shanked an approach to 15. He then chipped in on 16 for a 2 and suddenly Seager led 1 up. On 17 Bonenkamp failed to get up and down which allowed Seager 2 putts to win the match.

Rob Taylor took out Ken Bardsley and he will play Phillip Eyre in the Intermedieate final.

The Junior final is between Don Matson, who beat Barry Cavey, and Dave Strawbridge, who accounted for Dave Lamp.

Ross Scown will play President Terry Charlesworth in the Junior B final. Scown beat Grant Clow and Charlesworth defeated Kevin Nickson.

Scramble Results (Par):

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Closest to the Pin:

Longest Putt:

 

19th August: Match Play Champs Round 2

A full round of Match Play took place in round 2 today. In the Senior division, no 1 seed, Scott Law took apart Ben Jefferies in 6 and 5. Law finished the round with a 2 under 70 score. He will meet Tyne Watts in the first semifinal after Watts accounted for Gary Bowman 3 and 2. On the other side of the draw Sean Bonenkamp was able to defeat Brent Keene 4 and 3. He will meet Dave Seager in the semifinal after Ben Vincent had to default his match.

The intermediate semifinals will be between Phillip Eyre and Derek Boyle in semifinal one while Ken Bardsley awaits the winner of the Bill Fox / Rob Taylor match which will be played Thursday. Derek Boyle defeated Gary Russo 1 up after coming back from 3 down early. Ken Bardsley was able to defeat Hans Nieremeijer while Phillip Eyre was able to progress directly through to the semifinals.

The Junior matchplay semifinal one will be between direct qualifier Barry Cavey and Don Matson, who defeated Bryan Ryburn today. THe other semifinal sees Dave Strawbridge (direct qualifier) take on Dave Lamb. Lamb was able to beat Adrian Elliott in tidays match.

Junior B semifinals see Ross Scown play Grant Clow nad Kevin Nickson take on Terry Charlesworth. Clow was able to defeat Dave Peryer whilst Charlesworth defeated Dick Thomas.

Scramble Results

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12th August: Match Play Champs

Only two matches were contested in the match play champs today. Ben Jefferies was able to sneak out to a 2 up lead early and, try as he might, Josh Law was unable to bridge the gap. Ben won 3 and 2. Brent Keene played new greenkeeper, Callumn Scott in the other match. THis was a close match but Keene was able to sneal home 2 and 1.

Scramble

Hamilton visitor Mark Geenty (+7) found the Pirongia course to his liking and was able to head off Waihi visitor Andrew Allen and Ron Cogswell (both +5) for the honours in the junior scramble. Tyne Watts found some good form and headed the senior scramble with a +6 score. This was two better than Kevin Appleby.

Results

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Closest to the Pin

5th August: Impressions Childcare Open Tournament

The wet winter continued for the Pirongia Golf Clubs Impressions Childcare Open Tournament today, This resulted in a number of people deciding not to play. As a result only 40 hardy souls trudged around in the heavy conditions. Within those 40 players, a number of clubs were represented. Pio Pio Aria, Waitomo, Kawhia, Coromandel and Te Awamutu clubs were all represented.

Phillip Eyre quite clearly enjoyed the conditions shooting a fantastic 61 nett. Scott Law took out the gross prize after birdying each of the last three holes to finish with 73. Garry Russo also played well scoring 41 stableford points.

Results:

Gross:

Scott Law: 73

Nett:

Senior: Garry Russo; 67

Intermediate: Phillip Eyre; 61

Junior: Ross Scown; 71

Women: Celeste Sattler

Stableford:

Senior: Dave Seager, Garry Bowman, Josh Russo, Brent Keene

Intermediate: Kevin Appleby, Jim Dunn, Barry Cavey, Jack Hjorth, Derek Boyle, Ken Bardsley, Hans Nieremeijer

Junior: Pat Ryan, Ron Brooking, Neil Scott, Grant Morgan, Dave Lamb, Grant Clow, Paddy Reeves

Women: Eugene Weimer, Lynda Morgan, Addy Nieremeijer

Longest Drives: Scott Law (Senior), Ross Mudgway (Intermediate), Grant Morgan (Junior), Celeste Sattler (Women)

Closest to the Pin: Scott Law (Senior / Intermediate), Paddy Reeves (Junior / Women)

Two's: Scott Law, Derek Boyle, Ken Bardsley, Brent Keene

29th July: Memorial Day

Denise Goile and Dave Lamb combined well to shoot a 4 ball best ball nett round of 62 on Sunday to win the Memorial Day mixed division. Kevin Appleby and Grant Clow took the mens division with 61 in a countback from Tyne Watts and Kevin Nickson on a countback.

34 members turned out for Memorial day and the promised showers almost held off until everyone had finished. The heavens did open for the final two holes and suddenly everyone was wet! Callumn Scott, our new greenkeeper was introduced to members and had his first hit around the track. His first round was not as memorable as he would have liked and he will be looking to make amends during the Senior Match Play Champs coming up.

Results Scramble (Nett)

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Longest Putt:

 

Drone Flyover of 1st hole.

I am slowly in the process of adding flyovers of the holes to "The Course" page. To see an example of what it may look like click here to see the first hole.

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