Thu 29/6 2nd Stableford
Mon 26/6 Round Robin @ Rangatira 9 Hole
Sun 25/6 1st Dustin Cup
Sat 24/6 Mattar Cup Quarters and Plate 2nd Stableford
Thu 22/6 2nd Christine Percival Carter Cup
Mon 19/6 Feilding Golf Club Open Day 9 Hole
Sat 17/6 5th Zemba Cup - Challenge Trophy, 2nd Christine Percival/Carter Cup
Thu 15/6 2nd Putting / LGU
Mon 12/6 Pennants 6 @ PNGC, Round Robin @ Castlecliff 9 Hole
Sun 11/6 Zones Round 1, Presidents Final
Sat 10/6 Mattar Cup and Plate, 2nd Putting/LGU
Thu 8/6 1st Bisque Par
Mon 5/6 Queens Birthday Weekend, Par Competition
Sat 3/6 Par Round, 1st Bisque Par
Thu 1/6 Nett Competition
A select Foxton combination took on all-comers at the recent Glendinning Cup event at Hawkestone Golf Club where they prevailed.
The team included Paul Stephens, Barry Peta, Khalil Peta and Anthony Ilton-Maher. Anthony also produced the best stableford score of the day.
Anthony Ilton-Maher also recently competed with distinction at the recent Junior interprovincial for Manawatu-Whanganui.
Senior and Junior Players from Foxton have performed very well of late in big events throughout the region.
Junior Tatana had a strong finish at both the Whanganui Open and Manawatu Strokeplay Challenge Cup tournaments after losing on countback the earlier played Horowhenua Open where he finished atop the leader board with Anthony Chettleburgh from Feilding Golf Club.
At Whanganui he had the misfortune to withdraw from the tournament after a recheck by him of his card revealed an error, "I love the game more than any title" was the comment he made to me which pretty much sums up the nature of a player of this calibre who is on a plus two +2 handicap. Junior finished tied with Tane North atop the leader board. Tane was therefore declared the outright winner.
Junior has of course already won the Whanganui Open title, etching his name on the trophy.
Kory Eynon did very well in the Nett division at Whanganui picking up a decernt 'paycheck' to recover expenses and Khalil Peta won that division in the Challenge Cup Tournament played at Rangitikei Golf Club last week.
Lance Knowles won Division Two in the Seniors at the Challenge Cup. Meantime, his daughter Gizaria is starting to make her presence felt with some very encouraging performances in recent times boosted by her strong performances in the mixed Dustin Cup club series and selection in the Manawatu-Whanganui Junior Rep squad.
After the first Order of Merit Event, the Horowhenua Open at Moutere links last Sunday Foxton A Grade Pennants players Junior Tatana and Lance Knowles have been selected for the upcoming match against Wellington for Manawatu-Wanganui on 7 August 2016.
Junior came very close to winning his second Horowhenua Open Title finishing second on countback in a shortened tournament due to inclement weather conditions to Feilding player Anthony Chettleburgh.
It is fair to say that the team has lost valuable quality players such as Josh Munn, Tyler Hodge, Tyler Lock and Lachie McDonald to professional aspirations. They will be very difficult to replace with the collective influence yet to be fully appreciated.
The selectors have therefore in essence seemingly chosen a path of giving potential players an opportunity mixed with what is still available from the successful teams of recent years and it may take sometime for a solid combination to be found.
Up and coming Junior Anthony Ilton-Maher also made the cut being selected for the Junior Squad to play Wellington.
Meantime the Foxton Golf Club has recently reached out to the local community to gage interest and were pleasantly surprised at the response, especially a number of Junior Golfers. The club is running some coaching clinics each Sunday and senior players are assisting when available.
They will of course have an opportunity to mingle with the clubs representative players who will no doubt offer some guidance where they can help.
I have been fortunate to play a little more often in recent times and the course is in great shape especially underfoot with excellent drainage compared to inland courses in Palmerston North and the Greens appear to be improving dramatically with concentrated efforts from the club.
All bodes well for upcoming months with new members and representative players under the spotlight.
The Foxton Senior A Grade Pennants have had a frustrating run with injuries and other matters affecting performances this season.
That changed for the good when the teams selectors elected to really try something out of the ordinary and experiment with a mix of enthusiastic youth and aged experience.
Calling on up and coming young talent Anthony Ilton-Maher to go into 'battle' against some wiley opposition at Palmerston Golf Club last weekend.
The 'young gun' had the opportunity to play alongside seasoned Wanganui-Manawatu Rep Junior Tatana in the foursomes against Wanganui and won well.
Of the aged experience Tom Ratima has stepped up ( tongue in cheek - making no reference to his gait) big time since his return from South Africa representing a 'select' New Zealand combination.
I had the great fortune to be at the match with Wanganui on a beautiful Manawatu afternoon on Sunday 3 April 2016 and witnessed some great and not so great Golf.
In the afternoon singles playoffs. It came down to the final hole of the day for the teams where Alton-Maher needed to win to forge a half and seasoned Foxton representative Barry Peta needing to win the hole and finish one up. This would give the team a win against Wanganui and some valuable points.
What a hole it turned out to be. The 'young gun' looked to have lost all chance when his drive faltered and finished in trees about two hundred metres from the Green. His opposition was in the clear and only about one hundred metres from the Green. You would think and in likely position to either Birdie or Par the hole.
What happened next is what makes Golf at times both frustrating and exciting. Ilton-Mayer smashed a 3 Wood onto the Green while his opposition overshot the Green and nevertheless recovered but, with a long putt for his fourth, which missed. Bogey for the opposition.
Barry Peta recovered from a "thinned" second shot pin-high to the right of the Green, to be left with an 8 foot putt for par. His opposite putted in for a bogey five leaving all attention on Barry to secure a winning putt. He duly obliged with a great pressure putt.
The 'young gun' Ilton-Maher then needed two putts for a par and victory. He left his lag up short by about six foot. All eyes were focussed on what was to be the most important putt of the day to secure victory. Anthony Ilton-Maher rammed the putt into the hole and victory was secured.
This past weekend the Pennants played on home course at Foxton against Levin securing a comfortable victory and the possibility of getting into the top four playoffs. This is not going to be easy with the final round against a determined Taihape combination difficult to beat on home turf.
The highlight of the day was some typical 'razzle-dazzle' from Junior Tatana when he secured a Hole in One on hole ten for the home team. Earlier in the season he again had a strong performance at the Lawnmaster Classic at Manawatu Golf Club finishing in a tie for sixth in the Amateur Ranks and twelfth overall with seasoned Professional Michael Hendry again too strong in the pro ranks to win at -17. Click here ... to get the official Pennants results and detail from MWGA.
A great initiative by NZ Golf is the Junior Tiger series of Tournaments being played throughout the country this season. A major drawcard is a prize to win a trip to Disneyland USA. To register and checkout tournament dates and venues click on the link in our Links page.
Foxton Golf Club are open for new membership. Our membership consists of varying age groups and we encourage Junior Golfers to join and be part of a progressive club.
The Club offers Country (Outside 16 KM's from Foxton Golf Club), Summer, Nine-Hole, Special and Social Membership subscriptions.
Special rates apply for Junior golfers who have the opportunity and support of top rated NZ Golfers in the club who are willing to help guide young Juniors to aspire to greater achievements or enjoy and compete successfully in the sporting and potential career making activity that Golf can be.
Without question Golf is the most populated Sport in the World today catering for all ages and sizes being major factor. According to statistical data, in New Zealand there are more than four hundred thousand Golfers, however only a quarter of this number are in memberships.