Auckland win 2016 NZ Womens Teams Masters at Methven GC


2016 New Zealand Women’s Masters

Methven Golf Club

Final Results – A Win For Auckland Sunday 03 April

With a massive overnight lead of 19, Auckland has won the 2016 New Zealand Women’s Masters at Methven Golf Club. Returning to the same club where the Women’s Masters started 25 years ago, Auckland has the Russell Grace Cup again, for the fourth time.

Led by captain and past New Zealand representative Lisa Herbert (nee Aldridge), their final team score was 388 gross stableford points, with Herbert contributing in all four rounds.   Herbert was one shot shy of the best individual trophy, with 132 individual points. 

Teammate Sian Kelly had the best round of the tournament, 38, in round three, yesterday afternoon.  Scarlett Jeon also contributed in all four rounds and along with Brigit Holford, competing in her 13th Masters, the combined team total, (that combines the best 3 scores each round), gave them a winning margin of 12 shots ahead of the field. 

Chasing and with a final round of 98 points to secure them the silver medal, was the defending champions Southland dubbed the ones to beat such has been their dominance in this tournament over the past eight years.   Auckland was the bridesmaid to Southland in both 2014 and 2015. 

Team captain Robyn Boniface had the best round today with 37 points, and Robyn Pullar narrowly missed out on the best individual trophy with 132 individual points.   Southlands final score was 376. 

Taking the Canterbury Shied with 133 individual points was past professional golfer Catherine Knight.   Such is the cruelness of sport at times, Knights individual win was on a count back from Vaha Fapiano (North Harbour) who has been in the top three on 3 occasions in the last four years.  

Locals got the chance to cheer again for Knight, as her Aorangi team won the bronze medal with 369 points, 7 shots behind Southland.   This was a major improvement in form after a 13th placing in 2015.  Their solid start in their 2016 campaign was bolstered by a 37-pointer by Ginny Bolderston in round 1, and with steady play in all four rounds, they were always a potential medal winner. 

Aorangi denied Waikato a top-3 placing who finished in 4th place with 366 points, 1 point ahead of Bay of Plenty, who finished in 5th place. 

Northland finished in 6th place and a personal best score by Sam Dangen who had been in the running, for the individual trophy.  Dangen finished with 129 points, after a modest 29 point score today. 

Hawkes Bay were hoping that the return of the spirited Janie Field to the team, would give them a much needed lift from their 2015 placing of 9th.  With 350 team points, they finish in 2016, two places better, in 7th place. 

Wellington finish up the table in 8th place, up two places from their 2015 standing.  With 120 points, Kellie Orchard was the most consistent of the capitals team. 

North Harbour, despite Fapianos strong showing, has dropped to 9th place, 3 down from 2015, with a 2016 total of 340.  Tasman finished with 337 points in 10th place, up 2 from 2015.  Taranaki have also had a significant drop in position, back to 11th place on 325 points, where they held 7th place in 2015, despite their best round today of 90. 

Making up the fourteen districts are Manawatu / Wanganui and Otago, tied 12th equal with 317 points, and a big drop for Otago, down from their 2015 8th placing.  Canterbury had a tough time on the Methven course finishing on 314 points. 

Final 2016 Team Points

1          388 - Auckland: 98, 93, 106, 91

2          376 - Southland: 88, 90, 100, 98

3          369 - Aorangi: 96, 87, 94, 92

4          366 - Waikato: 88, 87, 100, 91

5          365 - Bay of Plenty: 93, 91, 88, 93

6          352 - Northland: 84, 86, 92, 90

7          350 - Hawkes Bay / PB: 82, 90, 91, 87

8          343 - Wellington: 87, 80, 96, 80

9          340 - North Harbour: 78, 83, 92, 87

10        337 - Tasman: 87, 83, 80, 87

11        325 - Taranaki: 77, 82, 76, 90

12        317 - Manawatu / Wanganui: 72, 77, 84, 84; Otago: 79, 80, 88, 70

14        314 - Canterbury: 72, 81, 85, 76



2016 New Zealand Women’s Masters

Methven Golf Club

Round Two & Three – Saturday 02 April

Can They Be Caught – Auckland Leads By 19 Shots 

Can they be caught, is the question?  With an overnight lead of 2 shots, a steady 2nd round, and a stunning 3rd round, Auckland has plummeted  into an unassailable lead, arguably?   

The biggest winning margin in the history of the tournament was 23 points, where ironically Auckland lost to Bay of Plenty in 2002.  Auckland have been the bridesmaid the last two years, to Southland.   

Led by captain Lisa Herbert (nee Aldridge), a former New Zealand representative, they will be planning to hold and even increase that lead in tomorrows final round, to get their hands on the Russell Grace Trophy again.  

The best round of the tournament is 38 points so far, shot by Sian Kelly, the number 2 for Auckland this afternoon, in benign but overcast conditions.   Herbert has contributed in all three rounds, with her best round, 36 this afternoon.  Along with her third consecutive round of 32, Scarlett Jeon made up the massive round three total of 106 and with that, a very comfortable lead into the final.  Auckland finished today with 297 gross stableford points, after the three rounds, a lead of 19 points. 

From 4th position overnight, Southland hold outright 2nd position with team totals today of 90 and 100 in rounds 2 & 3 respectively.   Robyn Pullar, also had a credible 36-point round in her afternoons outing.  Along with her earlier rounds of 32 and 32, Pullar finished with a personal tally of 100 points.  Pullar and Kelly are tied with 100 points.   

The other player with 100 individual points is Samantha Dangen from Northland.  A long time district rep, Dangen had been the leading individual after the first two rounds, with back-to-back rounds of 34 and 34, but a slow 32 this afternoon puts her in a 3-way tie for the Canterbury Shield, and the leading individual. 

However this tournament is about the teams.  Locals were delighted to see that Aorangi South Canterbury, will be going into the final round tomorrow in third place, a massive jump from their final 13th placing in 2015. 

Captain Ginny Bolderston led the charge yesterday with an opening round of 37, and today it was up to former professional, Catherine Knight, to lead the team, with an afternoon round of 36.   Aorangi finish today only one shot back from Southand, on 277 points.  

A further 2 shots back and making the top four are Waikato, with 275 points.  All of the Waikato team have contributed in their 2016 tally, to date, where the best 3 scores out of the four-person team per round, count.   

Jill Morgan, is the best of the Moo-Loos, with 95 cumulative points.   Pam Wright who was the non-counting score yesterday, hit out in blistering form this afternoon, to make the half-way turn with 20 points.  A few wayward shots and sadly for Waikato, Wright finished with 33 points.   An extra 6 or 7 shots in a round that could have been, would have jumped the Waikato four into maybe 2nd or 3rd overnight? 

Bay of Plenty will be disappointed to not make the top four but only sit a further 3 shots back with 272 points.  From a poor opening round yesterday, Shelley McElory, captain for the Bay, anchored the team with rounds of 34 and 32 today.  

In 6th equal position are Hawkes Bay / Poverty Bay and Wellington, both on 263 points. With Dangens form Northland are placed in 8th position, with 262 points.  

Totals - Round 1 - 3 Cumulative

1          297 Auckland: 98, 93, 106

2          278 Southland: 88, 90, 100

3          277 Aorangi: 96, 87, 94

4          275 Waikato: 88, 87, 100

5          272 Bay of Plenty: 93, 91, 88

6          263 Hawkes Bay / PB: 82, 90, 91; Wellington: 87, 80, 96

8          262 Northland: 84, 86, 92

9          253 North Harbour: 78, 83, 92

10        250 Tasman: 87, 83, 80

11        247 Otago: 79, 80, 88

12        238 Canterbury: 72, 81, 85

13        235 Taranaki: 77, 82, 76

14        233 Manawatu / Wanganui: 72, 77, 84


For more information contact

Denise Langdon

NZ Golf Director

Phone 0275 662 385  


Methven Golf Club

Round Two – Saturday 02 April

Results Rd Cumulative

1          191 Auckland: 98, 93

2          184 Bay of Plenty: 93, 91

3          183 Aorangi: 96, 87

4          178 Southland: 88, 90

5          175 Waikato: 88, 87

6          172 Hawkes Bay / PB: 82, 90

7          170 Northland 84, 86; Tasman: 87, 83

9          167 Wellington: 87, 80

10        161 North Harbour 78, 83

11        159 Otago: 79, 80; Taranaki: 77, 82

13        153 Canterbury: 72, 81

14        149 Manawatu / Wanganui: 72, 77


Leading Individual

68 Samantha Dangen (Northland) 34, 34

66 Vaha Fapiano (North Harbour) 34, 32



2016 New Zealand Women’s Masters

Methven Golf Club

Round One – Auckland Take The Lead

Friday 01 April 


Looking for their fourth win, Auckland have taken a 2-shot lead in the 2016 New Zealand Women’s Masters, being played at the Methven Golf Cub.  

The 25th Masters tournament for district teams of four aged 40 and over, has returned to Methven, the venue of the inaugural event in November 1992.    

Scores from team captain and a past New Zealand representative, Lisa Herbert (32), Sian Kelly (34) and Jeon Scarlett (28) all contributed to today’s total of 98.  Brigit Holford, the non-counting card with 28 gross stableford points.   Auckland with wins in 1993, 2004 and 2008 finished second in 2015, to Southland.   

But for locals the highlight of the day was the top score of 37 by Aorangi’s captain Ginny Bolderston, to head start her beloved team to second position, with a total of 96 points.    Bolderston’s round included a chip in eagle on the par 5, 5th and birdies on the 3rd, 14th, 15th and 18th. 

Previous professional Catherine Knight contributed 28 points and long-time Aorangi district rep, Jenny Kellahan, 31. The non-counting card, being Methven’s Angela Mowbray, (28 points).   Aorangi has never won the coveted Russell Grace Cup, but with the home advantage and their strong start anything could happen tomorrow with 36 holes scheduled to be played.  

With 93 points, Bay of Plenty is sitting in 3rd place.  Dominant in the period 1997 to 2003 where they amassed five wins in seven years, Bay of Plenty would love to get their hands back on the trophy.  Spurred on by the most capped masters player, Anna Brabyn who represented the Bay 13 times, they sit only 6 points back.  Uncharacteristically team captain Shelley McElroy with 28 points had the non-counting card.  Judy Cameron had 31 points, Pip Lawson 30 and Gillian Lees, playing in her first masters, 32 points. 

In 4th equal position lie Southland, the defending champions, along with Waikato.  Much has been written about the strong Southland team that remains unchanged for the 5th consecutive year in a period where they have won six titles in the last seven years.   Southland sit only 10 shots back, on a total of 88 with opening rounds of 30 from team captain Robyn Boniface, 32 from Robyn Pullar and 26 each from Kerry Mariu and Fiona Murray (Murray the non-counting card being the last card recorded). 

Waikato, is led by the 2016 New Zealand Mid Amateur champion, Jill Morgan, who contributed 30 points, with regulars Deb Foster and Robyn Pellow, both 29 points.  The non-counting card, was Pam Wright (28 points).  

Results in playing order 

(non-counting card based on the 2nd of the two scores entered) 

1st        98 Auckland: Lisa Herbert 32; Sian Kelly 34; Scarlett Jeon 32; Brigit Holford 28 (n/c) 

2nd       96 Aorangi: Catherine Knight 28; Ginny Bolderston 37; Jenny Kellahan 31; Angela Mowbray 28 (n/c) 

3rd        93 Bay of Plenty: Shelley McElroy 28 (n/c); Judy Cameron 31; Pip Lawson 30; Gillian Lees 32 

4th        88 Southland: Robyn Boniface 30; Robyn Pullar 32; Kerry Mariu 26; Fiona Murray 26 (n/c): Waikato: Jill Morgan 30; Pam Wright 28 (n/c); Deb Foster 29; Robyn Pellow 29 

6th        87 Tasman: Michele Reardon 34; Tracy Barry 19 (n/c); Sue Murray 28; Robin White 25: Wellington: Fiona McBride 30; Kellie Orchard 28 (n/c); Sereana Phillips 29; Jennie Hewett 28 

8th        84 Northland: Samantha Dangen 34; Jo Taylor 20 (n/c); Alayna Cox 25; Ann Hathaway 25 

9th        82 Hawkes Bay / PB: Janie Field 32; Kathy Olsen 24; Fiona Ellis 26; Martha Manaena 23 (n/c) 

10th      79 Otago: Susan Greig 29; Liz McRae 24; Tracey Storer 26; Maria Arhanic 22 (n/c) 

11th      78 North Harbour: Vaha Fapiano 34; Annette Muir 20; Fleur Reynolds 19 (n/c); Julie Gillespie 24 

12th      77 Taranaki: Debbie McCallum 25; Ann Braithwaite 26; Eleanor Hodson 26; Kim Lucas 23 (n/c) 

13th      72 Canterbury: Anne Dick 23; Cheryl Kemp 20 (n/c); Joanne Kent 27; Di Kay 22: Manawatu / Wanganui: Jill Hall 24; Jenny Ritchie 25; Rebecca Hopper 23; Joanne Wilton-Eadie 20 (n/c)  

36 holes, are scheduled to be played tomorrow, starting from 8.00am with the final 18 holes, teeing off at 7.30am on Sunday 03 April.  

For more information contact 

Denise Langdon 

NZ Golf Tournament Director 

Phone 0275 662 385  



2016 New Zealand Women’s Masters

Thursday 31 March

Methven Golf Club 

The 2016 New Zealand Women’s Masters Championship, the tournaments 25th anniversary, got off to a fitting start tonight with an elaborate opening that included the local Mayor, nine original players and two of the organising committee invited to participate in the proceedings.   

Borne from an idea from Aorangi South Canterbury representative, Sue Hutchins, who attended this evenings opening function, districts were invited to send four players to compete in a 72 hole gross stableford competition to find the best senior women’s district.  

The inaugural tournament, hosted at Methven Golf Club in November 1992 had 12 districts represented.  North Harbour had not broken away from Auckland at this time, and Taranaki did not compete. 

The original committee comprised of Mary Sparrow, in the chair, secretary Cushla McGillivray, Jeanette Ross and Jenny Buckley. Both Sparrow and McGillvray attended tonight, along with Anna Brabyn, the most capped ‘master’ with 16 appearances playing for both Manawatu Wanganui and the Bay of Plenty / Thames Valley.   

Other ‘master-pieces’ as they were referred to, included Canterbury’s Mo Pollock and Rosie Lee, Connie Broker from Wellington, Helen Grant from Hawkes Bay / Poverty Bay and Polly King from Auckland.  Hilary Muir from the host district, Aorangi also attended, as did Margaret Tapp from Tasman.  

Issues that confronted the original steering committee included the timing of the event and the age restriction with a minimum of 40 or 45 years of age being debated.  These are still discussed annually as the tournament has moved around the country.   

The 1992 winners were Canterbury who have won five times, and battled in the early years against Bay of Plenty who have also had five wins.  Other winners include Auckland on three occasions, Waikato twice with Wellington, Taranaki and Manawatu / Wanganui all winning the Russell Grace Trophy once.   Dominating the tournament in the last seven years are the defending champions, Southland who have won a record six times.   

The 2016 programme includes 18 holes tomorrow starting at 8.30am, with a fun shoot out and cutting of the 25th Anniversary Cake to follow, with players then all having 36 holes to complete on Saturday.  The final 18 holes will tee off on Sunday 03 April starting at 7.30am with prize giving to follow.   

For more information contact 

Denise Langdon 

NZ Golf Tournament Director 

Phone 0275 662 385