2020 Nelson Open (19-20 September)

There were 46 entries at the tournament, with players travelling from Canterbury, Marlborough, Otago and Wellington. Only 7 juniors played on the Sunday with no outside players.

Simon Fenwick (C) won the Men’s Singles against Tavish Voight (O) 4-0 (6 1 4 4) and Kris Alisch (C) won the Women Singles against Jackie Wood (ML) 4-3 (-9 -12 7 9 -9 2 7). The Men’s Doubles was won by Craig Dye/Simon Fenwick (C) against Nathan Watson (MN)/Tavish Voight (O) 3-1 (3 -9 4 4).

Sabine Westenra won 5 events. The Open Women Doubles with Kris Alisch (RR3), Over 40 Women’s Singles (RR3), Over 40 Mixed Doubles with Malcolm Wong (RR3), Over 50 Women’s Singles against Marion Wood (ML) 3-0 (2 2 2) and Over 50 Women’s Doubles with Marion Wood against Chris Cole/Patricia Martin (N) 3-0 (5 5 2). She was runner up with Jessie Wilson (C) to Simon Fenwick/Kris Alisch in Open Mixed Doubles 1-3 (-12 7 -7 -7) and lost in semi finals of Open Women’s Singles 1-4 (-8 -9  -11 10 -14) to Kris Alisch. Unfortunately there is no photo of Sabine from the tournament.

Malcolm Wong’s win in the Over 40 Mixed Doubles was his 10th Nelson Mixed Doubles Title (He last won the O40 XD with Glenda Ferguson in 2001). He also won the Over 50 Men’s Doubles with Mark Nalder (N) against Gregg Davey/Alan Moore (C) 3-1 (3 -7 4 11) which was their 10th Nelson Over 50 Men’s Doubles Title together. They were runner up in the Over 60 Men’s Doubles to Gregg Davey/Alan Moore 2-3 (-8 -6 8 4 -5). Malcolm’s best singles result was beating the second seed David Watson (N) 3-1 (9 -9 4 7) in winning his group in the Over 60 Men’s Singles. Malcolm has now won 32 Nelson Open Titles.

Mark Nalder and Malcolm Wong – 
Nelson Over 50 Men’s Doubles Champions for the 10th time
Mark Nalder and Malcolm Wong – Nelson Over 50 Men’s Doubles Champions for the 10th time

Thanks to Paul Op den Buysch, Robin Knight and the other Nelson people who assisted in running the tournament and the cafeteria.

Nelson/Golden Bay Trip

Malcolm had time for some sightseeing as he was there 17-23 September. He visited the Pic Peanut Butter Factory in Stoke (Thursday 17 Sept). There is a café and merchanise to buy. There are factory tours (50 minutes) which was not running as it was virus level 2 when I visited. A bus load of people were there when I visited. Pic Picot, the owner, was there giving a interview to schoolchildren.

Malcolm went to Kaiteriteri (Golden Bay) with Mark Nalder on Sunday 20 September, a

popular seaside resort close to the Abel Tasman National Park, for afternoon tea. Then they went to Mark Nalder’s bach in Collingwood which is by the beach. Mark went out at 3am the next morning to put a net up, off the beach, which caught a small flounder.  They went whitebaiting for the next 2 mornings. Only whitebait was caught on the first morning, enough for a couple of patties each. There was a trip to the other end of the Able Tasman walk – Totaranui, where there was a Department of Conservation Office run by a couple, and a camping ground catering for up to 850 people. On the way back to Nelson they had lunch at the Mussel Inn (Onekaka) where they had mussel chowder. Then on to the Anatoki Salmon Farm, where you can catch your own salmon. Malcolm caught a 2.04 kg salmon which is hot smoked for him. This takes about 30 minutes. The cost of the salmon was $67.10 so catching a smaller salmon is better on our pocket!

– Malcolm Wong