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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 May

Mens Gross - 69 - Sean Bonenkamp - 13th May

Mens Nett - 65- Ross Scown and Gary Russo- 13th May

Womens Gross - 94 - Denise Goile - 13th May

Womens Nett - 77 - Linda Morgan - 13th May

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.

Thank you for visiting our website.

Latest News and Results

19th May: Joker Round introduced to the Race to 500 competition.

Click here for full explanation of the rules.

18th May: Queens Birthday Monday

Click here for details of Queens Birthday Monday Golf Scramble.

13th May: Dutch Open Tournament

The poor weather forecast put a lot of people off attendign this popular anual fixture at Pirongia on Saturday. As it turned out though, apart from the odd drip, the tournament was played in fine and even sunny conditions. 52 players did turn up to make the most of the day.

Sean Bonenkamp put up the best score of the day with a three under 69. The best senior nett was scored by Gary Russo with 65 whilst Kevin Appleby took the Stableford with 42.

Junior Nett winner was Ross Scown also with a 65 and Junior Stableford was won by Charlie Coles with 38.

Results:

Senior:

Gross:

Nett:

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Junior:

Nett:

Stableford:

 

Women:

Nett:

Stableford:

Longest Drive:

Seniors: Ben Jefferies

Juniors: Don Matson

Women: Denis Goile

 

 Closest to pin:

Seniors: Andrew Parsons

Juniors: Clayton Roycroft

Women: Leanne Cox

 

Longest Putt:

Seniors: Bill Fox

Juniors: Bruce Goile

 

Ladies: Sylvia Gooch

Two’s:

Information about Pirongia Golf Club Fundraising Raffle

There are 200 tickets at $50 per ticket and they can be bought by anyone and they can even be syndicated. Every fully paid-up ticket goes in a draw for $50 each week for 10 weeks commencing on Sunday 27th May and each ticket may win this weekly draw only once. On the 11th week (Sunday 5th August at 4.00pm), all tickets go in the main draw irrespective of whether they have won a $50 prize or not. The main draw has a first prize of $2,500; a second prize of $1,000; and a third prize of $500. To assist buyers, tickets may be paid off in $10 (or multiples of $10) instalments but will not be included in any draw until the ticket is paid in full. The weekly draws will be done on a Sunday afternoon at the Golf Club at the conclusion of the days prize-giving. The odds of winning a prize are just on 1 in 15 which is about the best odds you will ever find.

The purpose of the raffle is to start repaying debentures to members of the Club. These debentures were taken out when the Club had to replace its tractor.

Tickets can be purchased from various Club members or by contacting the Club Captain (Don Matson) on 027-4942606 or emailing him at don.matson@xtra.co.nz

Championship Pennants teams Run comes to an end

VetENT Pirongia / Ngahinepouri's (P/N) run to a third successive final came to an end on Sunday at the hands of Thames. Playing at Stewart Alexander, it was a winner takes all match with the winner progressing to the final and probably taking out the round robin win also.

The team started well taking out the foursomes 2 - 1. Scott Law and Ben Jefferies had a good win 4 and 3. Sean Bonenkamp and Andrew Parsons looked to be heading for a win before losing their touch and then the match. Dave Seager and Ben VIncent went down early but rallied to eventually win their match 1 up.

Needing three of the six singles, all of the team struggled to find their A games but the result was in doubt right down to the last match on the 17th hole. Scott Law was always behind in his match losing 3 and 2. Sean Bonenkamp hung in their and was rewarded with a half courtesy of a birdie 2 on the last. Ben Vincent also went 18 holes only to three putt and halve his match. Dave Seager was all over the place but pushed his game out for 17 holes before losing 2 and 1. Ben Jefferies also went 18 holes but he lost 1 down. Andrew Parsons gained to solitary win 3 and 2.

Whilst a final would have been nice,  the team can be proud of their efforts in the first year of Division 2. Another years experience and maturity will be beneficial for this (mostly) young team. 

 

6 May: Foursomes for a Difference

Stewart Alexander visitors Doug Atkinson and Keith Mitchell win the foursomes event with a nett score of 69. Runners up on countback with nett 70 were Steve Law and Ash Smith.

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Two's:

29 April:  VetENT Pirongia Handicap Stroke Play Team Finish 8th in Final

VetENT Pirongia finished 8th equal in the final of the Handicap Stroke Play Pennants at Hanilton. Hauraki were the runaway winners by 10 shots from Ngahinepouri. VetENT Pirongia were 29 shots further back. Gary Bowman was the teams best player. His rounds were 75 and 34 netts. Other members of the team were Rob Taylor, Kevin Appleby and Tyne Watts.

29 April: Dick Thomas and Eileen Blackwood take out Patrons Trophy

Dick Thomas and Eileen Blackwood won the Mens and Womens Patrons Trophy divisions on Sunday. Thomas won the mens division by two shots and he could easily have gone a few lower if he did some work on his short putting game!! Andrew Johnston was the runner up with Dave Seager a shot further back.

Eileen Blackwood took the Womens division with a tidy 68 nett. Her newrest rival, Addy Nieremeijer was 6 shots further back.

Results (Nett):

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Big Win for VetENT Championship Pennants Team

The VetENT Pirongia / Ngahinepouri team had an excellent win over Waihi on their home patch on Sunday. THe final score was 7.5 to 1.5 but a number of matches went 17 and 18 holes before a winner was found.

Josh Law had an excellent confidence building day with two wins, his first in championship pennants singles! Both were comfortable wins. Teaming up with Sean Bonenkamp, these two wrapped up their match 6 and 5. Josh then went on to comfortably win his singles match 7 and 6.

Sean Bonenkamp earned his singles point with a lot more work. Sean won the 18th hole with a par to take a 1 up win over his oponent.

Ben Jefferies and Scott Law continued their winning combination in the foursomes with a 3 and 2 win. Law continued on in the singles to take his match 2 and 1. Ben Jefferies struggled to find his best form in singles and was beaten 1 down.

Ben Vincent and Dave Seager didn't make the most of their opportunities but were still able to grind out a half point in their foursomes. Both players then went on to record wins on their singles, Seager 4 and 3, Vincent winning the 18th for a 1 up win.

The final round, at Stewart Alexander, is set to be a cracker. Three teams vying for the two spots available in the final. VetENT Pirongia / Ngahinepouri take on unbeaten Thames with the winner going through to the final. Stewart Alexander must also win in a tricky matchup against Pio Pio Aria. A win guarantees them a final spot, a loss offers the possibility for both Thames and VetENT Pirongia / Ngahinepouri the opportunity to progress.

22 April: Watts in Good Form

Tyne Watts has been in good form lately and he was able to take advantage of this on Sunday to win the senior scramble with 41 points from his 73 gross score. Andrew Parsons was the next best with 40 points.

The Junior Scramble was won by Kevin Nickson with 39 points on countback from Paul Davie, also on 39 points.

Scramble Results (Stableford):

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Handicap Strokeplay Team Qualify or Finals

The VetENT Pirongia Hanidcap Strokeplay team consolidated their fifth position in the Zone and qualified for the finals to be held in two weeks time. Kevin Appleby and Gary Bowman led the teams scoring today. Bowman shot a nett 69 and backed it up with a 34. Kevin Appleby shot nett 69 and 35. Tyne Watts and Rob Taylor kept their scores low enough for the team to finish fourth on the day.

Hot Scoring at Pirongia

Phillip Eyre produced his best form today scoring 47 points to take the spoils in the senior scramble. Greenkeper, Ash Smith was equally impressive shooting a one under 71 but was only able to take the runner up position with 45 points.

The Junior scoring was quite sedate in comparisson. Bruce Goile took the honours from 60th birthday boy, Barry Cavey, in a countback. To make matters worse for Cavey, He watched the last putt of the day take his Longest Putt prize after being the first player of the day to putt on the 18th green! Addy Nieremeijer also scored 43 points.

Scramble Results (Stableford):

Senior:

Junior:

Two's:

Longest Putt:

Closest to the pin:

Jackpot:

John McCormick takes All the Spoils

John McCormick produced another good round of 67 nett to take all the silverware on offer on Sunday. The Stan Francis Cup and Vets Cup were based on 3 rounds nett whilst the Secretary's Trophy was the best two of three rounds nett and McCormicks scores were good enough to win all of them.

Tyne Watts produced the best nett with a 65 nett in the senior scramble. Rob Taylor was second with a 66 with McCormick recording 67. The junior scramble was won by Jim Dunn in a countback from Dave Peryer with 65 nett. Ron Cogswell and Dave Lamb were three back with 68,

Scramble Results (Nett):

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Nearest the Pin:

Longest Putt

Jackpot:

 

Championship Pennants Team Keep Chances Alive

The VetENT Pirongia / Ngahinepouri Championship Pennants team remain 3rd after the latest round of matches in Piopio Aria today. VetENT Pirongia / Ngahinepouri beat Waitomo 6 - 3 with a number of matches going all 18 holes. The morning foursomes went VetENT Pirongia / Ngahinepouri's way 2 - 1. Playing in the number three position, Scott Law and Ben Jefferies wrapped up their point pretty quickly 6 and 5. Sean Bonenkamp and Andrew Parsons went all 18 holes but lost 1 down. They had an early lead but three bad holes cost them the lead from which they couldn't recover. Dave Seager and Ben Vincent eventually won one up after going all 18 holes where neither team could get beyond one up.

Needing three wins in the singles, Andrew Parsons claimed the first point with a comfortable 5 and 3 win. Ben Jefferies went up the 18th 1 up and nailed a good birdie putt to claim the second point 2 up. Dave Seager was steady to wear down his opponent to win 4 and 2. Ben Vincent had a rare off day and eventually succumed to Sonny Te Kanawa 4 and 2. Sean Bonenkamp also struggled and went down to Oliver Bansdall. Scott Law finished the day with another good win 4 and 3.

Thames remain unbeaten whilst Stewart Alexander are in second with more individual wins than VetENT Pirongia / Ngahinepouri. The sixth round is at Pirongia on the 22nd April where VetENT Pirongia / Ngahinepouri take on Waihi.

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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