Canterbury Covid Tour day 3
Game 199 ~ 12th September ~ Bottle Lakes Golf Club
Day three and our last day was important for a number of reasons, none more so than celebrating the MWSS’s own GOAT Bangers double. His 150th and 65th birthday. It was fitting that 6 of the 7 Centurions were on tour.
Warming up on the putting greens at bottle lake brought our expectations of the course down just a weeee bit but.... outside of the clay bunkers it turned out to be a challenging, quirky short course and a nice sunny walk.
Ideally suited to the GOAT’s game for win number 58 some might have thought he had hand picked the track for the occasion, but we could tell by his face after the 2 shots of ouzo that the tour had taken its toll on our latest senior citizen and he wouldn’t feature on day 3.
With an impressive 74 Ernie is almost impossible to beat when he is straight, and he collected another long drive along the way as well as the Shot. BT left his best til last shooting up the leaderboard with the best stableford for the touring group and the picking up Glugs Mug as well as a dubious closest to the pin. Pissy picked up the plate, but the Trophy winner on the day was a local nick named Dick Head with 40 points, welcome to the group and well done mate.
The most treasured and popular prize on tour the ginga jacket was won by JA but Schooner couldn’t bear to part with it and was seen in the wee small hours still proudly displaying his favourite colour.
Bottle Lake hosted us fantastically and the 5 locals who played with us cleaned us up on the course taking out the honours with the MWSS All Comers Cup 4 games to 1. Afterwards Crazy’s courty was a beauty, as usual but you could see he was disappointed that grandads jacket didn’t fetch more for the kitty and Maxwell made the buy of the night.
On the way home the minister of alcohol made a great decision to stop at the bottle store so our last bus ride was a goody and the party in 601 was a cracker and in true style we picked up a noise control warning as we traded war stories, told anyone who wanted to listen or not how unlucky we were on tour, back slapped and connected with old and new friends alike. Exactly what is so great about touring.
We then went into the ChCh nightlife and unfortunately got split up due to restriction in the bars but we all gave the tour a good send off.
As for Bangers he wasn’t seen the next morning when we got the bus at 10 am so he obviously got treated out as he deserve on his SPECIAL day.
Congrats Gary, your a real champ.
Canterbury Covid Tour day 2
Game 198 ~ 11th September ~ Pegasus Golf Club
After stunning the field with a magnificent 43 stableford points victory on the first day of the tour I was already planning how I could spend the $1,000 tour first place. I did have a nice orange jacket in mind as it appeared to increase your social value exponentially.The only problem I faced was how I could avoid spending it all on Saturday night. Fortunately, inspiration was to come to me sooner than expected in the form of New Zealand’s greatest ever cricketer.
As we arrived Pegasus Lakes Golf Club, sitting in the clubhouse was “Paddles” and I thought I if he didn’t share his man of the match prizes then why should I? I have never forgiven him for being instrumental in the Black Caps first ever test series victory against the English, the tight sod but he gave me cause to think. Maybe I could go for a ride of a Lime scooter, fall over have an accident?
Despite some passing clouds, the odd rain shower and a breezy conditions, as the boys warmed up on the range I was confident that my carefully cultivated 29 shot handicap would hold up. I was playing with Bromey, Brutus and a virgin “Gringo” from Christchurch. Gringo had the unfortunate experience of playing with me for the two straight days. He had taken the snake from me on the previous day on the last. When he landed just on 20 metres on an undulating 18th green, to my delight in one of the only bright moments of the day, he repeated the feat again for the second straight day.On the first tee, Bromey handed me the dreaded ‘Pink’ team ball that was reintroduced after the Pro at Shirley had provided some of these balls as prizes the previous day. The first hole required a straight drive over water which I managed to do. That was only decent golf shot I had all day apart from a fantastic snap hook on the 15th. El Presidente was making his way up the fairway close to the green when I bludgeoned my drive firmly down the 16th fairway only for it to make a sharp left turn and hit the Presidential cart on the full producing a sharp thud. I was later found guilty of an assassination attempt at what proved to be an expensive fine session.
My abysmal 114 shots, won the Gnome for the largest gross score, 20 shots more than the previous day. I thought I might be lucky enough to secure the Yipsy Gnome and orange jacket, but that went to Scooner, although Four Door was reluctant to give it up, Rat was the last of us Looser picking up Grumpy. The rest of the winners I have no idea of. Lost in the haze of alcoholic alzheimers. (PC the Trophy, Beej the Plate, Grim Glugs Mug and of course Bangers the Shot) Congratulations to my roomie Macca on his 100th game as well, not that realy got to enjoy the moment working out the winners on the day.
The evening’s events included a trip to the local Speight's Ale House in Riccarton to watch Canterbury vs North Habour. After a close match Canterbury took the victory with a couple of late tries. The evening was punctuated MWSS members stealing my idea to avoid buying a round by falling flat on their faces. I was standing there minding my own business when a talented golfer, who shall remain nameless, went “arse over tit” with a half a pint. Apparently, a step appeared from nowhere! No wonder the pub decided to close at 10.30pm that night. You might also be asking yourself why two pissed ageing units decided to take a Lime scooter along the streets of Christchurch laden with tram tracks. One gentleman found himself in A&E at 2am, with a black eye and 14 stitches to the forehead with the prospect of grilling from “the missus” upon his return. The Lime scooter front wheel will be the only thing he will be jamming into anything from a while!
At least I only lost my golfing dignity, my jacket and my gnome that day and of course the chance of an orange jacket!
Thanks to everybody for making the tour so enjoyable!
Anyways getting out of the deep end and into the detail, 48 in the field including a few of the boys back from up North, always great to have them along. Especially Kumera, who has provided a box of his product each time.
Apart from playing at the only dry course in Auckland the other drawcard was the Annual North V South, Ryder cup day. North had taken it out for the last two years, and it looked like it was going to be another walkover, looking at the form going into the day.
We didn't get off to a great start. Unfortunately, just as the first group was to tee off, a guy had what was thought to be a hart attack after just teeing off in front of them. He was in the middle of the fairway, so not to sure what set him off. Anyway, the fire brigade, ambulance, and the pro where all on hand, and the guy was taken away to be checked. We finally got started 30 minutes later, and the funny thing is the hart attack guys mates played on.
To the golf: The course was in excellent nick, as it always is, and the weather was mild, so nothing to blame there. To for the matchups: Scooner had done a great job, there was classic headbanging going on everywhere. Cheif and Yam Boy up against Hone and Jono. Ferg and TJ up against Batman and 4 Door. Rat and Schmidt up against Bede and Hatt. Crazy and Suckling Kumera taking on Hammer and Scooner It was nasty all over the field, blood was spilt, friendships were broken, clubs were thrown and then they had a beer and all but the memory of the first South win was forgotten. Yes the South rose up from a two year thrashing and thumped the North 22 points to 14. Where the F#$%K did that come from. They were very humble in victory... not.
To the MWSS results for the day: The dwarfs were split between Bede Wolverine and Wristy, nobody in contention for Snow White. Longest Drive picked up by 4 Door and Batman, Batman also picked up a closest to the pin along with AT. There was contention over the team's winner who, on the day went to AT, Wristy, School Boy and Tiny. But this was a miscalculation, as when we sobered up and recalculated, we actually had two teams on 145 only 25 points ahead of this team. Anyways, Rule 1 stands, and the result stands.
To the real winners Batman picked up his 3rd prize with Glugs mug with 30 putts. Ernie had a 78 to collect Bangers Shot on countback with 3 others, but his name goes on the shot for the 26th time. To the big winner on the day, we had two on 42 points fighting it out for the Trophy and the money , Smithy taking it out to leave Mad Dog with the plate on countback.
Great to see everyone there, the Ryder Cup formate is a great one and always anticipated. Thanks to everyone that helped out with the day. Oh yea maybe we shoud change the Cup to the No Rider Cup day as we were almost run over by a couple of Horses on the 15th, see photos to left.
Game 194~ June 12th ~ Mangawhai GC ~ Brake out Game
Intro from 2 Guns
Playing for the first time in 4 years with the very infamous MWSS colleagues (as a result of being overseas with work) and making my way to the second tea block at Mangawhai with three of the regulars (Broomy, Scooner (AKA Puna), and Willy), I must confess to feeling a touch hungover on the first hole. But, after a difficult couple of moments, I dug deep and decided to concentrate fully on the task in hand. I went through my pre-shot routine and stood up to the ball.
Just before I was about to pull the trigger, I heard a couple of voices from behind, “Would the gentleman on the ladies tee please move back to the boxes.” Typical, this was Ernie and Rat from a golf cart adjacent to the fairway.
I was in the zone and, unperturbed, I settled over the ball for a second time.
Now I was a touch more rattled, but I decided to ignore the cries and just get on with the testing shot I was facing. I decided action was required so I stood up to my shot, and with all I had swung into the shot……………… It was an air shot. Fuck, the cries from golf cart exploded – Welcome back 2Guns
This was the start and the end – Gross score 108, stablefords 21- Still a great day and good to be back to MWSS.
Two guns although interesting didn't cover off much of the day, but it's great to have him back in the team. But he did miss a bit about the day so in short and Bullet pointed
- First game back since lock down... hopefully we won't do that again
- An amazing turn out of 54 in the field, including 8 from Whangarei, led by Birdy
- Bus trip up and bus trip down from Whangarei
- First Semi- Shot gun to get back in the bar together works well
- Weather outstanding and course as usual in pretty good nick even though there's a drout.
- Back in the Club room, we took over the place, were well feed by some outstanding burgers
- Virgins were introduced and gave weak performances but great to have, Gregsy, Honey Beez and Beau in the group.
- Nice welcome from Club ambassador and MWSS member Howdo, you can tell he's in Marketing.
- The winning losers were, Tiny picked up Yipsy, and Two guns picked up Shanksy and Grumpy hence having to do the Blog above.
- Ferg and Craziasa poth picked up a longest Drive and Closest to the pin each
- We had the Challenge cup up for grabs between The Denby Mounties and MWSS team, The Denby's Mounted us and basicly F%$ked us over 9.5 to 2.5 in match play. Bugger.
- Winning team on the day went to Beau, Daiz Saffa and Dunny, averaging 7 points a hole for best 3 scores. Well played gents.
- To the winners, Glug's mug went to Thomo with 25 putts, a good way to finish off a shit week for him
- The plate and Banger's Shot went to TJ who came in with 42 points off a 73 off the stick, he's got to be gutted, thats a great score.
- The winner was local Howdo who used his knowledge to bring in an excellent 43 points, picking up the silverware and money. He put money on the bar and gave the boys on the big Bus some beer money to get them home. The Denby boys had 2 bottles of rum from their win for their trip.
- Thanks to Rosco for scoring, and to Ferg and Crazy for running the show on the day.
- A big thanks to Rosco, Kumera and Honey Beez for the prizes on the day and of course Rodent at The Clubrooms for his ongong support.
- Bus trip back had plenty to cover off, including a stop off at the Warkworth pub, Bede's local by the looks..... but you have to be on the bus to know what goes on on the bus.
Its great to be back out on the course, playing golf and listening to your bull shit. Catch you at Muriwai, it looks like its going to be another big day
EL Prez and Two Guns
Game 193 ~ March 13th ~ Titirangi GC ~ Black Friday
I write this two weeks after our game at Titirangi golf course, and in some ways, it is one of the last moments of normality before our world changed. It sounds dramatic, but you know what followed. But let's get back to that day.
A great turn out with 35 in the field, but on a perfect golf day, on one of the best courses in New Zealand, I had anticipated an excellent field. Black Friday meant everyone in Black and the majority got it right except 2PaC who seemed to go out of his way to wear nothing Black, that would cost him.
The club had given us a two tee start, so the majority of us left in good spirit but came back a little beaten up by the course designed by the same guy that built Cypress Point and Augusta National. It was hard and fast, and we were off the Blue tees (Club wouldn't let us off the Black), so it was a testing day, but you couldn't, but help enjoy the course.
Back in the clubhouse, all is revealed through the winners, losers and fine session.
Our tail end dwarf awards , Buda2 picked up Yipsy, but there may have been another on 42, but thats Abotree now. Beej had a nightmare picking up Grumpy and Walshy limped around the course after dropping a trailer on his foot the day before to pick up Shanksy, well done for seeing the 18 out.
Ernie picked up the Longest drive for a change, and Batman picked up the closest to the pin uncontroversially. The winning team was Hawkeye, Sharpie, 4 Door, and again Batman coming in with 117 points, $50 Clubroom vouchers for each.
To the Four big winners, Glugs mug went to virgin Schoolboy (classic) with 27 putts. Bangers Shot was originally awarded to Poley with a 77 on countback with 4Door. Now, this was an excited,humble man who hadn't been able to get his hands on winning silverware up until this point, and to add to it, his wife Carol had come higher up the medallist on her one game outing with us at New Years. But controversially, Batman turned villain and up and snatched the Shot and the $100 voucher from his grasp. He had a 76, and our scorers thought he had said he had had a pickup hole, a miscommunication but a sad moment for Poley. I can relate to his dilemma having been awarded the Green Jacket in 2018 only to have it peeled off my back... because I missed Hawkeyes winning score. Things to come out of this is: pulling together the winning scores is hard at the best of times; speak up if we get it wrong. Once the day is over, awards are locked in even if wrong, you need to speak up on the day, to the scorers and then it can be put right.
But Poley got his piece of Silver even if it was the winner of the losers Plate (2nd time in 10 games) so he didn't go home empty-handed.
To the big winner, a very happy Dowdy winning with 38 points his first win on NZ shores, an accomplished MWSS tourist he won at Wailea Bay GC Hawaii and Red Mountain GC in Thailand. Happy to get the win even if no payday.
Best Virgin Speech ~ not so much as a speech, but a joke came from Ferret just pipping Schoolboy with his honest story.
Villain of the Day: 2nd place to Batman for his snatch and grab. 1st place to the kitchen that served what must be said a delicious nibbles tray, but for $64 a tray, it was the first time I question my rule "there has to be food with beverages".
Best Fine Master~ went to of course Crazy, who had a fair amount of cash to bring in to pay for the food.
So that's Game number 193 done, and at this point, I'm not sure when game 194 will be played, but it will happen. Keep the faith and catch you soon, my friends.
Game 192 ~ February 21st ~ Whangaparoa GC
The Drought Ends Today
For reasons that cannot reasonably be determined Whangaparaoa was the only North Harbour golf club still to host an MWSS field and the time had finally arrived to address this travesty 191 games and 17 years in. A big thank you to the club for arranging a two tee start that quickly dispersed a compact field that stayed in close contact with each other throughout the day.
The drought has taken its toll on all golf course’s in the upper North Island and Whangaparaoa is exposed more than most. The course whilst hard and brown played extremely well and the greens true and smooth.
No wind at the start of play on this challenging peninsular raised the spirits of some of the higher handicappers. Meanwhile, and perhaps unbeknown to them, ardent experienced team leaders cannily strategized how to extend the journey of their pink balls, in particular, beyond the 4th hole’s gapping cavity that eagerly awaited all whom slice their drives under the immense pressure of a pink ball. Within the hour many would fall at this hole.
Introducing Shanksy, Grumpy & Yipsy The Winners, Ferg, Cheif, Beej @ Crazy
A quick review of the field and it was notable that quite a few MWSS lawyers and accountants were clearly suffering from workload at this time of year. Perhaps today those who more productively contribute to the countries’ GDP might prevail? However on a day when New Zealand’s most admired tight head Accountant made his virgin appearance, two longstanding MWSS Accountants would celebrate the successful navigation their pink ball, with Crazy also picking up the win with 42 stabbies.
This day shall be acknowledged for the unveiling of our three new gnomes. History awaits those who may grow only too familiar with them.
Game 191 ~ 3rd January ~ The Dunes
A new decade and a new era for MWSS, with the addition of a Visitors Womens Division to dawn in the 2020 season. Don't panic Bays Boys, "Visitors" being the operative word there, and the ladies were great and understood they were privileged visitors to the MWSS group, and they got right into the day, with a little help from a friend.
Blustery and overcast conditions met the field of 33 assembled from far and wide – the usual suspects from Matarangi, others travelled from Tairua and even further afield.
The conditions and the course proved tough with playing to your handicap putting you amongst the leaders.
Great to see the MWSS word and spirit spreading with 13 virgins in the field, hopefully most enjoyed the experience enough to return for another crack at the title.
When the dust settled and everyone returned to the 19th for a few quiets and war stories it was evident that most of the field had their moments where they mastered the game and others when golf was the winner !!
I did happen to see Dago closely inspecting the dotteral sanctuary on the beach on the 11th and others whose balls got a little damp around the lakes or clattered into the building sites that border the course…… as they say… ‘that’s golf’ !!
Most of the players and their partners returned to the Turner Hacienda to once again enjoy the hospitality of Brett and Nat and relive the game and the ‘if onlys’
Logan West whom Bangers introduced for his virgin game went out early and like the first rally driver on the road swept the course for those to follow so that they could enjoy better conditions, but sadly like a slow timed rally driver, Logan paid the price for his sacrificial act and returned to the clubhouse the holder of the most golf, most putts and least stabies,…. Hopefully next time out he gets a more favourable draw and can let someone else grab these well sought after awards….. or maybe he could have been handy in Sydney for the Black Caps….!!
Special mention must go to Burg who volunteered to join the 3 ladies in their group for the round & was seen countless times offering them course management and life advice during the round. Needless to say, these ladies will be wiser for the experience and looking at their scorecards his caddying skills worked as the cards of Sheryn, Carol and Jude were a lot flasher than many of the men’s field.
Winnners for the day were:
Visiting Womens Division:
Longest Drive – Carol Jamieson
Closest to the Pin – Sheryn Parry
Overall Winner – Carol Jamieson – 37 points
Longest Drive – 3rd Crazy 17th Matzi
Closest to Pin – 7th JA 18th Olly Wolf
Most Golf – Logan West
Most Putts – Logan West – 44
Least Stabbies – Logan West – 14
Best Gross – Bangers Shot – Bangers 79
Plate – Wolverine 36 points - countback
Glugs Mug – Mower Man 27 putts - countback
MWSS Trophy - BT – 37 points
Team Winners – combined stabbies – BT/Saffa/Macca/Rob 138 points.
The first game of the decade done, onward towards 2030…. And the next game in February likely to be Whangaparaoa – which will tick off every course in Harbour ..