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We are proud to introduce our very own helipad !!
Here is the Salt Air Helicopter landing with a our first group of happy customers - Yes golfers can now fly in by helicopter and land almost on the first Tee !!
Call us to arrange - You won’t regret it !!
Thanks to Gary Forrest for arranging and installing the windsock on the roof of the Pro Shop to help pilots judge the wind speed before landing. It’s all very exciting.
So tell your friends that they can now fly in to play golf at your club!
We are fortunate at Waitangi to have so many visitors who want to play our course. It would be a great sign of friendship if members could keep an eye out for strangers – ask them if they would like to join your group if they are alone.
If they are a smaller group than yours, ask if they would like to go through – some are on a tight schedule and are fitting a game in here as an extra.
The Update: Thursday 12 June 2014
Women’s 18-Hole Pennants
The round which was to have been played on Monday 9 June was unfortunately postponed due to the bad weather on Monday, however they will attempt to play again on Monday 16th June.
To all players in the Vets competition, your tee time will be delayed until 9.30am.
Men’s Handicap Pennants
Amazing feedback from the last Update Pennants report regarding Nerdy’s comment about the rough/fairways – shows it’s being read !!
Well 2 more Nerdy classics in this final edition. The first was on the 10th tee at Carrington, during the Saturday Open before the Sunday Pennants. Bit of a breeze, pin on the middle left section of the green. Bob Shirley apparently hit 7 iron, Markin hit 7 iron onto the green
and Nerdy asks his partner, “think I can get there with an 8 iron ?” to which his partner replied, “Yes, eventually”.
So another Handicap Pennants season over. Waitangi 1 finished joint 4th (out of 8 teams) with 33 points and Waitangi 2 were 5th (out of 7 teams) with 23.5 points. Not the results we hoped for. Maybe we’re just not good enough away from our own course, or our course rating is too high, handicaps too low = less competitive, or maybe we simply bring out the best in our opposition. Whatever the reason, all players represented our club well and all turned up – sorry, apart from Duncan who arrived late to Northland, with a reason too
pathetic to explain.
The Pennants matches are always good fun, you meet some great people, and can only improve your golf playing competitively at different courses.
Back at Carrington …. Nerdy asks his partner, “why do you keep checking your watch, am I playing slowly ?” “Nerdy, it’s not a watch, it’s a compass.”
Thanks to all the players in both our teams. Many thanks too, to Neil Sorenson (Golf Northland) for the excellent overall organisation of the event. The North Zone final is between the 2 division winners, BOI 1 v Northland 2, at Waitangi on Sunday 22nd June.
Good luck to both teams.
We’ll have a team(s) again next year, and hopefully with some new players keen to give it a go. Nerdy, who contributed the least points for Waitangi 1, is so keen he has already put his name forward for possible selection in 2015. As someone commented, “He’ll have to be the selector then !!”
Good golfing for the rest of the season everyone.
The Men’s 18 Hole Open was held here on Saturday June 7th. It was a fantastic turnout, with 100 players from Maungakiekie to Whangaroa. The winner on the day was Iain Power from Northland GC with a 71 Gross.
The Final of the Men’s Diggers competition was played last Sunday. Congratulations to Mark Yarrall and Grant Hastings who beat Rob Green and Bob Crawley to take out the title.
Good Luck to the Men’s pairs who have qualified to play in the Sid Ensor pairs competition which starts this Sunday. A copy of the draw is in the outside notice board.
What’s coming up?
Sunday 15 June: We are hosting the NZ Golf Course Superintendents Association for golf and dinner.
Monday 16 June: Ladies 18-Hole Pennants
Sunday 22 June: Men’s North Zone Handicap Pennant final between Kerikeri GC and Northland GC.
Saturday 12 July: Club Mixed Day
Sat/Sun 26/27 July: Women’s Elaine Bledisloe Tournament
Would you like one of these on your vehicle???????
It’s a great way to promote our club!!!
Just $20.00 a set.
Thanks Grant Hastings for another clever idea!!!
FOW (Friends of Waitangi):
Thank you, to all of you who have contributed to this fund. It’s still not too late to join!!!!!
The shaping of the 3rd green is complete; the next step will be to lay the irrigation. The Executive Board will apply to various Public Charities for assistance with funding for the irrigation.
The next FOW project is to be decided.
The things players will do to get that very special golf ball back!!
Lovely pair of pins there Jim Whitehorn!!!!
The Update: 2nd July 2014
I hope you are all keeping warm now that the chilly nights are here!!
Congratulations to Lynda Scott who had the perfect shot for a “Hole in One” on the 16th last Sunday.
Friends of Waitangi:
The next project decided for these funds is to repair the area of carpet in the clubhouse which is shearing, (under the bar leaners) due to sun and water damage. The Executive Board has decided to remove the worse area of the carpet and current tiles and replace the
whole area with tiles. This project is planned to be completed by early August if not sooner.
Thank you to all those who have donated to this fund, and, as always, it is never too late to join.
Grant applications have been put in to the Oxford Trust and the NZ Community Trust for funds for irrigation fittings for the new 3rd green and to make repairs to the car park.
Permission is being sought from Waitangi National Trust to remove the macrocarpa and pine trees along the 10th and 11th side of the course. This would give both members and public a fantastic view to Russell from the 10th and clubhouse.
Pro Shop News:
Young Mitchell will be leaving us this Friday. Suddenly? Yes, but opportunity waits for no one. Anyway if you were planning a lesson, you had better squeeze it in now!!!!!!!! Don’t forget to call up and say bye, bye.
Unfortunately the 18 Hole Pennant match at Sherwood Park had to be postponed last Monday due to bad weather, it will now be played on Monday 14 July. The Weekend Ladies will (weather permitting), play their last competition round this Sunday at Kerikeri.
Anyone wanting to play in the Club Matchplay Champs can put their name on the entry list in the ladies locker room. Entries close 13 July 2014.
Congratulations to Ethel Campbell and Karon Stewart who beat Alison Taylerson and Isobel Jagger to win this year’ s Rosebowl Competition.
Marie Walker, Merle Tipene, Samantha Dangen, Jo Taylor, Karon Stewart and Sue Whittaker
The Ladies have just held another very successful Elaine Bledisloe Matchplay Championship (62nd)
This last weekend has seen the Waitangi Golf Club host their Annual Elaine Bledisloe 72-hole Matchplay Tournament.
The weather behaved reasonably well with Saturday being a mixed bag of wet and fine and Sunday was all sunshine.
There was a field of 84 players from 19 Clubs stretching from Auckland to Houhora.
The top division of 8 players with handicaps ranging from 1 – 7 played a stroke play round on Saturday morning and were then seeded into matchplay for the next three rounds.
This Tournament also acts as part of the trials for the Northland Representative Team and again it was wonderful to see so many young guns in the top two divisions competing for the right to present Northland.
The eventual winner of the top division for the Bledisloe Cup was Sam Dangen from Whangaroa and the runner up was Ela Grimwood from Gulf Harbour.
Unfortunately as has happened in previous years we ran out of daylight on Saturday night and three matches from the top division had to complete matches on Sunday morning. All three matches carried on after 18 holes to get results.
There were four more divisions playing 72 holes over the two days. The eventual winners of these divisions were:
Division Two – Waitangi Cup – Jo Taylor, Waipu.
Division Three – KeriKeri Cup – Merle Tipene, Waitangi (our own very popular Club Captain).
Division Four – Kawakawa Cup - Sue Whittaker, Waitangi.
Division Five – Russell Cup – Marie Walker, Sherwood Park.
Division Six – Paihia Cup – over 65 years – Karon Stewart – Waitangi. This division is played over two days playing 18 holes a day for Best Net, Best Gross & Stableford.
As usual there needs to be a large thank you given to the band on men and women who spent two days, some out on the course for hours, helping run this Tournament and also to our fantastic sponsors.
(Report by Ros Gebbie, Ladies Committee member.)
For a full list of winners please click here: Bledisloe Results
The next event is the Ladies Teams tournament in September.
July sure was a month of stormy weather!! We lost 12 trees of various shapes and sizes.
Many thanks to those who went out during the bad weather to clear the fallen trees of the course. It was a huge effort and it was greatly appreciated.
Friends of Waitangi:
New tiles have been laid in the club house area and they look great!!
Thank you to Jackie Morgan for organising the work and huge thanks to our club house carpenters Gordon Morgan and Jim Aitchison and to their flunkies, Garry Crowhurst, Mike Hardiman and me. (I think the club needs a nail gun!!!!)
Unfortunately our grant application to Oxford Sports Trust for irrigation fittings for the 3rd was not successful this time around, but we will keep on trying. We have not heard from the NZ Community Trust. The WNT has given their approval for the club to remove the trees along the 11th.
Thank you to Mike Hardiman and his son-in-law Richard, for re-painting the uni-sex toilet and the toilets at the 6th and 7th. Which leads on to the new toilet signs at the 6th and 7th, thanks Grant.
The Board is currently working on a 5 – 10 year Club Strategic Plan. If there is any project which you think the Board should include in this, please let me know before the August 18th.
This Sunday is Round 1 of Matchplay Qualifying. On Saturday 23 August it is the Titleist 36 Hole Strokeplay event. Please get your entries in asap.
What’s coming up??
Monday 11 August: Ladies Pennants
Tees will be busy from 8.30am to 9.30am. The Vets have a late start on Monday from 9.30am.
Saturday 23 August: Men’s Titleist 36 Hole Strokeplay
Saturday 6 September: Ladies Teams Tournament.
James Busby Plate
Golf Northland Matchplay Championship - October 2014
72 Holes Matchplay & Veterans (55+) 54 Holes Handicap Matchplay