Members Newsletter

President Petes' May Newsletter

Kiateri - Low Tide by Wayne Lloyd
Kiateri - Low Tide by Wayne Lloyd

I'm so pleased to see how all the volunteers have stepped up to help in the absence of Rob. A special thanks to Shona and Pete who are at the club each morning looking after green fees and making sure our visitors are warmly welcomed and catered for.

To all you that have hit the money tree, your donations have gone to replanting the garden on the south side of the Matchroom. Again, thanks to Jan Overall who took the old plants out and replanted the new ones.

You will have noticed a big increase in junior players over the school holidays, which is great for the club. However, it has been brought to my attention that some of our members have not spoken to them in the manner that would encourage them to keep playing at the club. Please look after them, as they are the future of our club, and they are trying very hard to learn the etiquette of golf. So help them and encourage them in a nice manner.

A gentle reminder now the course has softened that the divots have reappeared so take your sand bucket and repair any divots, also look for pitch marks Lets keep our great course looking great.

There is a new record for shots taken on hole 4. It is now 19 made by a fellow who goes by the nickname Shorty. He might live behind the 14th tee, so if you would like to ask him how he managed that incredible number I'm sure he will run you through it!!!!

We welcomed our new greenkeeper Jack Bell last month and it is great to see him out and about on the course contributing to the great work of our Greenkeepers. Please look after him and welcome him if you get a chance to have a chat.

If you are looking to brighten a wall at home with a new picture, check out Waynes' art in the Clubhouse - great stuff!!.

I am sure you will all join me in wishing our VP Bruce, good luck and great golfing as he represents our Club and NZ at the World Porsche Cup in Majorca. On the 13th November 2023 Bruce was invited to play in the NZ Porsche golf challenge at Royal Auckland and Grange golf club. Format was stableford played in 3 men's grades and 1 ladies grade. Bruce was in the A grade 0-11 handicap division and managed to win with 35 points.

As Bruce said, ""I don't think I have had 35 points since but anyway that got me a trip to play in the world Porsche cup in Majorca Spain. The two day tournament is on the 11th and 12th of June and is also stableford format. Hopefully my golf will have a dramatic change to the rubbish of late and our NZ team can come home with the trophy."

I would like to acknowledge the passing of Tony Louis. A former member of the Club who in his prime was a formidable golfer.

From the Fairways and our Head Greenkeeper
Just a quick update from the grass cutters. The course is still quite dry after a really hot dry summer and with little rain there is still a lot of thin areas about. There is not too much we can do as with the colder weather, growth has really stopped. Sometimes Mother Nature just has the upper hand but on the flip side the course still has some good run.

We have now a third member on our team Jack Bell who started this week and seems to be loving it .
This winter we will be doing some more drainage work around the course and also readying our area next to No12 green for a turf nursery. This turf will be used to fix some of our ever-ageing tees such as No4, which is about as flat as Mount Cook. The good thing about doing tees with turf is that we will be back playing on it in a week not months waiting for seed to grow. Fingers crossed for some more fine weather and a dry winter.

Our Ladies
THE 9 Hole Women's section holds two representative events during the course of the playing season.

9 HOLE INTERCLUB - This event is held between six clubs in the region - Motueka, Greenacres, Nelson, Totaradale, Marlborough ( who have to do quite a bit of travelling) and Tasman (who we applaud for getting a team together despite their low playing numbers).The format is match play on handicap and is played between March and July, and is always keenly contested. At present Marlborough are leading the charge (although they did have a walkover in April) - Motueka is lying second.

BIDDY SMITH 9 HOLE CHALLENGE CUP - This event is modelled around the 18 hole Acheson Cup where the trophy is held by the winner on the day and it is retained until one of the challengers wins. The format again is match play on handicap with the same six clubs involved. Biddy Smith is a long standing member of Greenacres Club and we were pleased to see her over at our club on the last challenge when we played and beat Greenacres.
Motueka has won the last six challenges.
For both these events selection is not necessarily on form but an effort is made to get as many players as possible involved to give them experience in match play and competitive golf.

From the Woodies
Nick mentioned to the Woodies that, in his opinion, the area to the left of the 17th Green was now the untidiest area on the course. As a result, we have made this our next project and have attacked that area with vigour! The dead and broken trees have all been removed, as have all the exotics. The native trees now have the area to themselves to re-establish and will be assisted with some new plantings. This will then compliment the native plantings between the 17th Green and the 18th Tee Block.

We are also removing all the Green Keepers piles of grass from the course. The consensus between the Green Keepers and Woodies is that they are unsightly, and Nick has a cunning plan that he is going to trial! Stay tuned!

Junior Boys Update
Our Junior boys have had 2 training sessions so far and both really successful. Numbers attending haven't been great but those who have showed up have taken advantage of what's on offer. Injuries due to rugby have played a big part in keeping numbers down but, looking forward, holding these events during summer may be more beneficial. We have 1 session left, so if you are a Junior and haven't had an opportunity to be involved please put your name on the list in the Clubhouse or contact Karl Heke on 0274 726 770. Again thanks to the club for getting on board with this as well as the Goodman Family who kindly sponsor our Junior Programme.

Wayne Lloyd - Artist/Golfer/Musician
Our Club is very fortunate to have as a member Wayne Lloyd who is a landscape artist specialising in photorealistic oil paintings of mainly local landscapes. Wayne is known for his attention to detail because the final appearance of the paintings appears as though they had been photographed.

Living just a long iron from Number Eight tee block, Wayne has always had a love for art and developed his unique style as a teenager. Wayne revealed that he enjoys seeing the satisfaction in people's faces when they see his paintings, and since retiring in 2019, he has devoted himself to being a full-time painter (when not golfing or playing music!)

Wayne has sold his artwork to collectors all over New Zealand as well as Australia and the U.S. and examples of Wayne's artwork for sale can be seen hanging in our Clubroom and he will donate 10% of the selling price to the Motueka Golf Club upon sale.

New Members
A warm welcome to our new and returning members. As always, make them glad they joined our Club. Mark Abbot, Jayden Aldworth, Jack Bell, Blair Cartwright, Abraham Daniels, Kayden Eggers, John Foster, Joss Fry, Jayden Gallagher, Aaron Gearry, Clayton Gearry, Scott Haines, William Havili, Liam Hobbs, Tayne Lockwood, Harry Miller, Jack Miller, Larry Moses (Back from injury), Koby Mudgway, Liam Petrie, Ali Poulsen, Luan Ritschny, Max Roberts, Cody Thomason, Daniel Trevurza, Jaap Van Der Neut, and Supon Vann.

Happy golfing.
Pete Cederman.



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