New National 9-Hole Tournament Winners

Inaugural 9 Hole Masters Winners Announced

Saturday 08 November
Bay of Islands Golf Club Kerikeri
Photos – Oriel Barnes and Frank Webber

The final days play in the 2014 9-Hole Masters Championship produced some very interesting results with Bay of Islands claiming top honours in two of the four divisions in this inaugural tournament. Frank Webber, a local member won the men’s division by 3 shots after a 3rdround of 22 stableford points. Webber was always in the hunt but his final round piped overnight leaders Bruce Honeybone (Bay of Islands) and Norm Doidge (Okaihau) who had mixed fortunes in their days play. Honeybone had his worst round of the tournament with a 16 today to fall to 4th equal place, while Doidge had a round he would probably like to forget, falling off the pace to finish in a share of 6th.

Sharing 2nd place with total scores after the three rounds of 57, were Tony Pratt from Cambridge and Rick Parker from Sherwood Park. In total there were 26 men entered with 23 of these being current 18 hole members. Oriel Barnes from the host club, lead from start to finish, taking the winners podium for Division 2 women, split by handicaps 18 and over. Barnes led by one shot after round one, increasing her lead to 5 points after yesterday’s round.  She hung on to take line honours by 3 points over club-mate Barbara Mitchell, tied with Warkworth’s Jill Chambers and Rae Taylor from Northland, who all finished with 54 stableford points. Two shots back on 52, were Jacky Fenney and Judy Pratt from Matarua and Cambridge respectively.

There were 24 ladies entered in this division with two only being 18-hole registered members. The lower handicap women, of which there were 24 competing on handicaps 17 and below, included ten 18-hole golfers.   On 53 points, was Kathy McFarlane from Northland, winning by two points over local Jinni Park. Shona Huxtable from Warkworth finished with 50 points, one shot back, with 4th place going to Ann Hathaway from Bay of Islands GC on 49 points. The inaugural 27-hole tournament split out a third group of women, by age, recognising the competitors aged 70 and over. Val Going (Ngunguru) won the affectionately called ‘Golden Girls’ and the largest division with 31 competitors, with 61 points after a blistering round of 25 today.  This gave Going a 4-point lead over fellow Ngunguru member, Win Hardy who started the day as overnight leader.  In third place was Bay of Islands club member Maritha O’Leary on 54 points, followed by June Davis-Goff (Sherwood Park), Judith Harkins (Bay of Islands), and Margaret Foster (Warkworth) all tied with 53 points. Of the 31 competitors, 9 were 18 registered members.

The inaugural New Zealand 9-hole tournament has raised much speculation and discussion about handicap eligibility and appropriate divisions, not only from the competitors but also many 9-hole members around the country.  The organising committee who are looking to run the event for two further years in the Bay of Islands asked all competitors to contribute with feedback promising to consider all scenarios.  They are set to announce dates for 2015 with ideally again the support of New Zealand Golf.

For more information contact

Denise Langdon
Tournament Director for NZ Golf 
Email | Mobile +275 662 385 | Skype denise.langdon 
Office +64 9 486 1077 | Fax +64 9 486 1078 |
PO Box 331395 | Takapuna 0740 | North Shore | New Zealand



Inaugural 9 Hole Masters Visitors Chasing Back in Rd 2!

Friday 07 November

Bay of Islands Golf Club Kerikeri

With 75 visiting golfers from around the country along with 3 Australians on target, the local Bay of Islands Golf Club members are struggling to hold their dominant overnight positions in the inaugural New Zealand 9 Hole Masters Golf Championship.

The competitive membership has been spurred on by their Senior Men who have been in contention at nearby Waitangi Golf Club in the 2014 Diners Club Freyburg Masters.  

With more than 30 local Bay of Island members competing, with overnight leads in all divisions, they are now facing some stiff competition going into tomorrow’s final round.

Visiting golfer Norm Doidge from Okaihau had the best round of the day in the men’s division with a score of 23 stableford points, in today’s 2nd 9-hole round.  

Doidge’s round shot him to the top of the men’s field, with a total of 39 points, equal now with overnight leader Bruce Honeybone.  Honeybone, a Bay of Islands member, had a round of 18 today, adding to his top score of 21 yesterday.  

One shot behind is local, Frank Webber with 38 points, who is one shot ahead of 4th placed Rick Parker from Sherwood Park.

In the women’s top division, overnight leader Northland rep Ann Hathaway slipped down the leaderboard to share 3rd equal position with another Bay of Islands player, Jinni Park.  

Now leading the lower handicap women (0-17), is Northland GC member Kathy McFarlane who had 20 points today.  McFarlane’s round shared the honour of having the best round of the day with 2nd placed Shona Work from Waitangi.  

McFarlane has 35 total points, Work 34 with Hathaway and Park both on 33.

Local Oriel Barnes is pulling away from the field in the women’s 2nd division with a top round today of 22 points, to take her total to 41.  Barnes now leads this division by 5 points, ahead of Rae Taylor and Cherie Finlayson from Northland on 36 points.  Two shots back on 34 are Cambridge’s Judy Pratt and Jill Chambers from Warkworth.   

Pratt also shot 22 today to shoot her up the leaderboard after a disappointing opening round yesterday of 12.

Senior women aged 70 and over are now being led by Win Hardy from Ngunguru.  Hardy shot 21 stableford points today to accumulate 38 total, one shot ahead of Margaret Foster from Warkworth.

One shot further back is Val Going who is a Ngunguru member.  Overnight leader Judy Barrett from the host club slipped back to 7th equal after her round today.  Rosalie Simpson, also a local who was in 2nd place overnight is now placed in 14th place.

Local hopes in the ‘Golden Girls’ Division rest with Janice Cottle, Shirley Sceats and Maritha O’Leary.  Cottle is in 4th place while Sceats and O’Leary are in a share of 5th place.

However as todays round played in benign sunning weather can show, much can transpire from one round to the next.

In this inaugural tournament the field has been split, over the first two rounds between the front and back nines at the Bay of Islands Golf Course.  

Tomorrow the entire field play the recently rated ‘middle’ nine that allows all players to play on the 9 flatter holes thus avoiding the tricky up and downs of the 3rd and 4th holes, and the treacherous par 3 13th.   Play starts at 8.00am with prize giving expected to commence at 3.00pm.

For more information contact

Denise Langdon

Tournament Director

Phone +0275 662 385 or email


Inaugural 9 Hole Masters First Round

Thursday 06 November

Bay of Islands Golf Club Kerikeri

The inaugural 9 Hole Masters Championship has teed off in style at the Bay of Islands Golf Club today, with founding member Joanna Riddle teeing up the first ball.  103 golfers from around the country, joined by three Australians, then followed suit with locals well placed after the first round.

Split into four divisions, the Women’s 1st Division (handicaps 0-17) is led by club member Ann Hathaway with 17 stableford points.   Hathaway, a long time Northland representative has a one shot lead over Joanne Brunker from Northland GC, Lesley Tanner from Te Puke and another local, and Jinni Park, who all sit on 16 points after their first round.

Bay of Islands club member Oriel Barnes leads the women’s second division (handicaps 18+) with 19 points, one shot clear of Northland GC member, Cherie Finlayson.  A further shot back, on 17 stableford points are Ann Martin (Bay of Islands), Rae Taylor (Northland) and Kathleen Meinsmith from Hamilton GC.

Dubbed the ‘Golden Girls’ the third women’s division has grouped players aged 70 and over.  Bay of Islands GC has the top of the field covered with Judy Barrett leading on 19 points, followed by Rosalie Simpson on 18 points, with Janice Cottle, Judith Harkins, and Maritha O’Leary all finishing one shot back on 17 points.    Also on 17 stableford points are Ngunguru club members Win Hardy and Val Going, along with June Davis-Goff from Sherwood Park and Margaret Foster from Warkworth.

Twenty-six men entered the 2014 9 Hole Masters and again locals are setting the pace.  Bruce Honeybone is leading with 21 stableford points with his fellow club member Frank Webber one shot behind on 20.  Australian Reg Cranwell, who plays out of Sun City Country Club, also finished with 20 points.

The introduction of the New Zealand 9 Hole Masters Championship, with the endorsement of New Zealand Golf, follows a steady growth of 9-hole golf in New Zealand.

The then Women’s Golf New Zealand Board first introduced the concept into New Zealand in 1997, after a 3-year development plan targeting early women golfers.  9-hole golf was further introduced to men in 2006.

The 9-hole game has now grown to nearly 9000 players, representing 8% of New Zealand’s registered golfers.

The Bay of Islands Golf Club is no stranger to national events hosting nine national championships since 1979, including the Tower Freyberg NZ Masters in 1995, the 1998 Honda Cup NZ Women’s Interprovincial and the NZ Men’s Mid-Amateur in 2010 and 2011.  

The golf club dates back to 1970 when the Kerikeri Golf Club was formed, with 9 holes opened for play in 1974.  Upgraded to 18 holes in 1978, the club changed its name to Bay of Islands Golf Club, Kerikeri in 2010.

The 2014 9-hole Masters Championship has two further rounds scheduled over the next two days with the prize giving ceremony planned for Saturday 08 November.  

For more information contact

Denise Langdon

Tournament Director

Phone +0275 662 385 or email