Auckland Individual Strokeplay Championships

Auckland Schools Golf Individual Strokeplay Championships

On Monday the Premier Golf team travelled to Waitemata Golf Club in Devonport to take part in the Auckland Schools Individual Strokeplay Championship. The weather gods treated them to a beautiful autumn day with sunshine and warm temperatures making it a perfect day for golf. With over 120 participants from both side of the bridge, and a number of NZ Golf representatives attending, the standard of competition was at an incredibly high level.

Hence Macleans College were thrilled with the quality of golf produced by our team with Mark Li taking out second place (on countback, he finished joint 1st on score alone) to secure his first placing in a major tournament. However, pride of place must go to Connor Barker who was one of only three golfers to have an under par won and took out the Greater Auckland Region title by a two shot margin. This is a huge achievement and he should be very proud of the quality of play that he produced.


At the end of the tournament the good news continued to flow as the boys were informed of their inclusion in various representative teams.

Jimmy Zheng :- Auckland Senior mens interprovincial team and NZ Golf Talent Development Programme

Connor Barker :-  Auckland Senior mens interprovincial team.

Henry Wang :- Auckland Junior mens interprovincial team.

Tony Liang & Jarrod Millar :- Auckland Junior mens development team.

This capped off a tremendous period of success for the team and they are all looking forward now with excitement to the National Championships in Term 3.

Macleans to represent Auckland region at Nationals

It’s been almost a decade since Macleans College qualified to represent the Auckland region at the National Secondary School’s golf Nationals. This success comes on the back of some tremendous results including an earlier win over North harbour champions Massey High School.

The team set out with determination on Monday at Howick Golf Club led by the two of the top young golfers in the Auckland region, Connor Barker and Jimmy Zheng. As current Auckland representatives they are well equipped to deal with the pressures of golf at the very top level. They were ably supported by young gun Henry Wang, who is quickly making a name for himself as a huge prospect for the future. The final member of the team was the ever reliable Tony Liang whose enthusiasm and positivity has had a huge impact on the entire golf squad this year.

So it’s off to Hawke’s Bay in September for a tilt at the National title and a great learning experience for all of the squad as they get an entire week of golf together in a high pressure environment against the best in the country. This will be another big step in the development of the Premier golf team at Macleans College, and another opportunity to represent the school with pride.

Auckland Premier 9 hole Competition

Another fantastic Auckland Premier Golf season has come to a close. The team have performed admirably throughout the entire competition with the only team to come out on top against them being St Kentigerns. It's been a real step up in performance this year led in determined fashion by Connor Barker. His aggregate score for the season as a remarkable even par despite some tough conditions on a number of the days. With Jimmy Zheng being away for a lot of the early rounds newcomer Henry Wang produced some determined performances to stamp his mark on the team. Tony Liang and Tremain Croad also established themselves as strong players and although Jessica Huang had a slow start to the year her class eventually shone through with a gritty display in the win against the heavily fancied Massey High School in the semi-finals.

Premier Golf Report Term 3

It seems like a good time to get a report out once again with the Nationals almost upon us and everybody working hard through the miserable winter weather.  Here's a list of our successes so far this year:- 


·         Team:- Finished 2nd in the Auckland Teams Championship losing out narrowly to St Kent’s

·         Individual:- Auckland Schools Strokeplay Championships :-

o   Jimmy Zheng 3rd

o   Rose Zheng 2nd

Outside of school:-

·         Jimmy Zheng:-

o   Member of NZ US Kids team that defeated Australia in Sydney winning his games comfortably

o   Winner of the Lydia Age Group championships resulting in a fully paid one month scholarship to The Hills Golf Academy (AUS and spiritual home of Jason Day World Golf No.1)

o   Selected to represent NZ in the US Kids World championships at the world famous Pinehurst course

·         Rose Zheng:-

o   Winner of the Lydia Age Group championships resulting in a fully paid one month scholarship to The Hills Golf Academy (AUS and spiritual home of Jason Day World Golf No.1)

·         With current Golf captain Ryan Cook taking a break from representative golf this year the mantle has been well and truly passed on to the next group ( Jimmy Zheng, Connor Barker and Jerry Song) who have continued last year’s good form to one again be selected to represent Auckland.

Key focus:-

The key focus of golf at Macleans College this year has been building the depth in the group. From a small squad of 7 players last year, the size has grown to 25 competitive players who have represented the school this year. On top of that we have worked with Howick Golf Club to introduce a Learn to Play program to encourage new people into the sport and currently have another 17 students who are totally new to the sport having fun learning new skills. All of the local Intermediate Schools were also invited to be part of the programme and to compete in the Junior Twilight series run at the end of last year.

This is all managed carefully so that it fits in the Macleans College ethos of maintaining rigorous academic standards whilst still ensuring that our students are encouraged (there is an expectation that students get involved in the co-curricular life of the school) to develop and grow outside of thiscore aspect of their education. This is evidenced by the fact that our current No.1 golfer Jimmy Zheng is also in an advanced academic class and excelling at maintaining a true balance between being an elite sportsman and elite academic.

Premier Golf report Term 2

Term 2 Golf Report


Term 2 has been a pretty busy Term so far with the Auckland Teams Championships and the Auckland Individual Strokeplay Championships.

For the Teams day we fielded the same 4 players as last year with all determined to show that they were up for the challenge. The guys played superbly well on the day and showed a lot of heart and determination. The exciting part of this year’s play was the increase in both maturity and team ethic from last year’s attempt and this resulted in a top class showing to finish 2nd, 2 shots back from the winners St Kent’s.  Ryan Cook in his role as captain led from the front as always with our top score on the day but Jimmy Zheng played some tremendous golf until an error on the last hole saw him finish one behind Ryan. Connor Barker showed tremendous patience and fortitude in his round to mount a fightback with 3 birdies in a row on the back nine after a couple of uncharacteristically poor holes early on. Overall it was a huge step up in performance from last year and bodes well for the future. The key to success moving forward will have to be to eliminate the little mental errors that cost the odd dropped shot along the way and let the title slip from their grasp.

The Strokeplay quickly followed with some tremendous performances from the squad.  Jimmy Zheng led the way despite him being one of the youngest players in the field. His final total of 71, in atrocious conditions, left him one shot out of the lead and he had to settle for 3rd place. In the girls division it was a tight contest all day with Rose Zheng playing some stunning golf to shoot an even par 72. Both girls had a putt for birdie on the last with Rose just missing a tough putt to lose out by one shot and ending up second on the day. This was a very brave and determined round as the winner was a Year 13 with a multitude of high level golfing experience.

Well done to all who competed in both events and it is fantastic to watch individuals grow in confidence and belief but also to see the development of a team ethic and a pride in each other’s performances.

Our thanks to Ryan Cook who has been an outstanding role model for all of the team over the past two years as captain. His willingness to help others, to give advice to all levels of players, his calm temperament under pressure and his consistency in competition has set a high benchmark for everybody else to follow. The team has grown from 7 players to a playing group of 25 with a further 15 currently learning and he can be justifiably proud of the legacy that he is leaving behind.

Premier Golf Report

Another good couple of weeks with comfortable wins over MAGS and golfing stalwarts AGS. The team have been impressive with their consistency of results so far this season and are looking strong heading into the last two rounds. This weeks game against St Kentigern will shape the league table for the remainder of the season with the winner securing top seed for the semi finals against the foes from across the bridge.

Once again there were some excellent performances this week with Connor Barker putting back to back quality rounds together to carry Team 2 to victory. His -1 at Pakuranga was achieved with ease and despite the appalling weather conditions at Whitford Park he shot a very sensible low risk +2. It was also good to see Rose Zheng back in form with a -1 at Maugakiekie. Jerry Song had a positive return from injury with a routine +1 at Remuera. 

Others finding form were Angus Jones who cut big numbers off his previous scores to help secure a win for Team 4 and Nikolas Kohl has begun to find form as he plays more in NZ conditions. 

Finally the gutsiest performance of the week came from Mark Li who found himself struggling with some horrific swing issues from a lesson the previous day but managed to fight hard and find a way to help Team 2 get an important win over AGS 2.

It is great to see so much camaraderie and support among the teams and everybody enjoying themselves despite this weeks horrendous conditions. I look forward with tremendous optimism to the next few weeks and us striving to take out the Auckland Division 1 and Division 2 league wins.

Auckland Premier Golf report

Macleans College got their season off to a perfect start with a good win over Botany Downs. Despite windy and difficult conditions at Howick Golf Club the team played a steady hand resulting in an even par aggregate team score. Jessica Huang led the team scoring on the day but there was also some nice play from a maturing Jimmy Zheng. The coming week brings a sterner challenge against AGS at Remuera. With the NZ PGA coming up at Remmers we can expect the course to be in top condition. We look forward to welcoming the newest member of our team, Rose Zheng, for this round.

In the other teams that played this week Stephen Elliot had a very classy round at Akarana and Ben Chen also put a solid score together at Howick.

The draw for the coming week is as follows:-

Premier Golf Fixtures Sheet

Date :- Monday 22/2

MAC 1 v MAC 4 @Howick 4pm

MAC 2 v EGGS @ Pakuranga 4.15pm

MAC 3 v SKC 2 @ Manukau 4.15pm

MAC 5 v SKC 3 @ Pakuranga 4.30pm

MAC Reserves v SKC Reserves @ Howick 4pm

Date:- Thursday 25/2

MAC 1 v AGS 1 @ Remuera 4pm

MAC 4 v AGS 3 @ Remuera 4.15pm


1st Round of the Auckland Premier season…

Hi guys, below is the link to the draw for this week. Three teams at Howick plus Team 2 will also have a game once I sort some opposition.

One team away at Akarana, Josh, Steven etc. Mr Rao will be taking them.

Remember meeting at interval on Monday in K15 as we can't have a regular Friday meeting this week.

Any problems either message me or text on 0212977927.



Macleans College golf trials

We will be holding trials for all handicapped golfers to select teams on the following dates:

Tuesday Feb 2nd    Whitford Park Golf Club  ($10 for non members)

Monday Feb 8th       Pakuranga Golf Club ($10 for non members)

Monday Feb 15th      Howick Golf Club  ($10 for non members)

There will also be a meeting for all golfers and their parents on Thurs 4th Feb at 7pm in K15 to organise all details and dates for the coming season.

Have a happy holiday and enjoy as many different courses as you can over the summer but most importantly have fun!!

James Fennelly


Auckland school's ambrose competition

Great day out yesterday with 4 teams scoring -12, -2, -2 and +2 for the 18 holes. A special thanks to Mr Clemo and Mr Wilkie for kindly coming out and lending their expertise. The top team finished 3rd overall with solid play all around. The Wilkie clan stuck to their guns all day and came hme with a creditable score but the surprise package of the day was Mr Rao who carried his team along all day to a stunning -2. In the last team, Kayli hit some truly outstanding shots and Vincent and Alex hit some trick shots seldom if ever seen on a golf course. 
Well done all, it was great to see everybody out representing Macleans with pride and I look forward to some of you getting your handicaps in order for the 2016 golf season and more fun.