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THE UPDATE - 10 March 2015
Well things are moving along, we are already into March and the Club programme is well underway.
There have been good numbers coming along on Club Days which is pleasing to see.
Progress on the course is “ in your face”! Many have commented on the speed that the grass grew on the new tee on #3, though the comments about the contours of the green have maybe not been so appreciative. Thanks to all the people who have worked so hard on that, and also on the new blue/black tee on #17 which is taking shape.
FRIENDS OF WAITANGI
The Trivia night held by FOW on 21st February was well attended and the dinner provided by Kath was much appreciated. There were seven teams competing for the honour of Inaugural Trivia Night Winner, and that was duly taken out by Team Topliss, aided and abetted by Ludwigs and Hirzels. It was a close run contest with two teams in hot pursuit, but eventually knowledge of New Zealand history broke the tie. All who attended were lavish in praise of the evening and it is hoped it will be repeated. Many thanks to Quizmaster Grant Hastings and scorekeeper Sue.
LADIES SUMMER OPEN
This was held on March 5th, with Waitangi course in splendid condition and the weather coming to the party with sunshine and just a hint of a sea breeze. There were almost 60 players from 10 different clubs and the prize winners were a good representation of all those clubs.
Div 1 Div2 Div 3
Sam Dangen Whangaroa Jeanette Garner Waitangi Janet Dawson Waitangi
Sandy Doherty BOI/Keri Felicity Beckett Okaihau Wendy Smith Waitangi
Pettrina Maddren Whangaroa Iris Bartlett Waitangi Diane Bennett Waitangi
This annual event was held on Saturday 7th March with 23 teams entered. A shotgun start meant that all the players were back in the Clubhouse to enjoy the special presentation to an esteemed Lions supporter, and to watch with envy as the many glorious raffle prizes were won by others! The auction of two special items drew much comment but unfortunately many players had left by the time the auction took place and it was not as well supported as it may have been.
The tournament has awesome support from local businesses and there were super prizes up for grabs. Winners on the day were:
1st Jim Aitchison, Kerry Aitchison, Isobel Jagger and Gary Crowhurst
2nd Gordon Morgan, Jackie Morgan, Pam Martin, and Gary Forrest
The team prizes went down to tenth, then the poor unfortunates who did not play good golf were winners in lucky draws.
Harcourts Pro Am – 2nd April
There are still two spaces for teams to enter this wonderful event. The cost is $345 per team. You need to find three people and the fourth will be a pro. There are already more than 20 pros signed up and the expectation is that there will be around 40 on the day.
There will also be a Waitangi Meet and Greet on Wednesday the 1st of April, at 5.30pm, with a excellent nibbles table provided, proudly sponsored by Carpet Court Kerikeri ,we would really appreciate your presence for this as you will be able to meet your team members, and our sponsors who make this competition possible.
MC Burton Shipley
5.50pm Presidential Welcome
6.00pm Complimentary Finger Food.
6.30pm approx. Burton Shipley CEO of the Breakers, a very entertaining speaker.
6.45pm approx. Professional's Team Draw.
There will be excellent golf played on the day, it is hoped as many members as possible will take advantage of the opportunity to watch.
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.
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.
This weekend the ladies are playing Rounds ! & 2 of the Rosebowl, on Saturday whilst the men have Waitangi Division Series Round 1 on Sunday.
A friendly reminder to have your subscriptions paid by March 31st to remain a financial member and keep you NZGA handicap. If you are having difficulty with the finance, come and talk to Merle, there are many options for time payment.
Stand proud, noble swingers of clubs and losers of balls!
Recent studies found average golfers walk 900 miles a year.
Another study found golfers drink 22 gallons of alcohol a year.
This means, on average, golfers get 41 miles to the gallon!
Kind of makes you proud. Almost makes you feel like a hybrid. . . .
The Update – 10 April 2015
This event has come to an end with a great finish.
Winners of this competition were Merv Nickel for the Men and Elaine Trivett for the Ladies. It was a close battle for the R/up positions but Cheryl Douglas and Ian Simpson prevailed.
Thanks to Grant Hastings, the sausage sizzle man, Diane Bennett, the raffle queen, Mick Jones, the result master and Rob Hawkins, who all took turns recording and presenting the weekly results during the season. Thanks to Kath and Mike for putting out some lovely meals and finally to Paul from Copthorne BOI and Clint from Legends Restaurant for your fantastic meal vouchers.
Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am 2015.
What a fantastic event this was.
Golf Professional Peter Lee won this event for the 2nd year running with a gross score of 66. Runners-up were Pieter Zwart and Dongwoo Kang on 67. We had a great field of 38 Professionals from as far away as Queenstown, plus 30 amateur teams, which were made up of 3 amateurs, and one professional, playing in a best 3 of Stableford format. The teams event was taken out by Kath’s Boys No. 1 team, which was made up of Kadin Neho, Northland’s No. 1 and NZ Amateur Champion last year playing off a plus 1, Julian Fowler off 1, and Christian Nitsche also playing off 1 with their Professional Ryan Fox. All of these players shot under 70 and won with a team score of 135. The r/up team was Team Carpet court made up of Kelvin Jones, Shane Murray, Alistair Hargrove and Professional Kelvin Jones. The course was in fantastic condition, everyone was complimentary, thanks to all the work that Alan, Karen, Liam, Len and helpers put in leading up to this event.
I must give a big thank you to all of the sponsors of this event; Dennis Corbett of Harcourts BOI MREINZ, Carpet Court Kerikeri, Far North Holdings Ltd, Duke of Marlborough Hotel, 35 Degrees South, Radio Live, Bettershedz, Caltex Waitangi, Frucor, Placemakers Kerikeri, Kath’s Catering, Fullers Great Sights BOI, Scenic Hotel, Blue Pacific Apartments, Kerikeri Colour Centre, Taylormade, Alex Bonnington, Northland Forestry Nursery Ltd, Admirals View Lodge, That Coffee Bloke, Mitre 10 Mega Whangarei, Rockgas, Coastal Plumbers, and Copthorne BOI.
Thanks also to the Ladies who baked biscuits for the players, they were tasty!!, to Greg and Susie Jones, John and Audrey McKiernan, Richard and Jill Burrows, Elaine and Jim Mellars, Penny and Craig Boles, Jenny McDowell and Malcolm Finlayson, Mick Jones and Elaine Trivett for taking in billets and pampering them, and to all those who offered to take in a billet, thank you very, very much. Thanks to Jill Toplis and Charlie Garner for doing spotting on the day, all day, and to Judy Bray, Elaine Trivett, Dianne Bennett and Darren Markin for your assistance on the day too.
Congratulations and thanks to Dave Winslow, Leanne Hardy, Dave Scott, Alex and Merle for another great event.
After 3 rounds, both our teams have one win each. Not the best start but nothing that a couple of big wins can’t put right.
Round 1 at Whangaroa
Waitangi 1 beat Kaikohe 6 - 3
Waitangi 2 lost Carrington 2.5 – 6.5
Round 2 at Northland
Waitangi 1 lost to Kerikeri 3.5 – 5.5
Waitangi 2 beat Whangaroa 5 – 3
Round 3 at Okaihau
Waitangi 2 lost Okaihau 4 – 5
Round 3 at Houhora
Waitangi 1 lost Northland 3 2.5-6.5
A big thanks to the reserves who have stepped in so far, particularly Grant, Craig and Charles who played at Houhora. Well done to Paul Stancliffe who got his first Pennants wins at Okaihau and to Jack who finally broke 90 at Houhora !! (comfortably I might add). Another Nerdy classic - ‘when Rob and Darren win it is good for the team, but when I win it is better.’ To which someone quickly replied, that hopefully the ‘better’ will happen before the end of the season !!
Leaders in Division 1 are Kerikeri with 18.5 points. (Waitangi 1 on 12 points)
Leaders in Division 2 are Northland 2 with 19 points (Waitangi 2 on 11.5 points)
Next round at Kaitaia, Sunday Arpil 12th
The 18-Hole Pennant team is currently in 4th place with 3 rounds to go. This Monday they will have a big match to play against Whangaroa at Whangaroa. Good luck ladies.
The Weekend Pennant team are currently 3 points behind the leaders which puts them in 2nd place. This Sunday they play at Waitangi against leading team Mangawhai. Good luck ladies.
Congratulations to Donella Sheridan and Ros Gebbie who were the winners of the Ladies Rosebowl 54 Hole 4BBB Matchplay competition. The R/ups were Pam Martin and Lorraine Stokes.
Congratulations to Sharyn Smith who won the Ladies Captains Trophy Silver Handicap Matchplay competition from Donella Sheridan.
What’s coming up?:
Saturday 18 April: Club House Working Bee, start time 9.00am (details to follow)
Sunday 19 April: Men’s Diggers Qualifying.
Saturday 25 April: ANZAC (The clubhouse will be closed until 1pm.)
Saturday 2 May: Paihia Fire Brigade Fundraiser Teams Tournament
Saturday 9 May: Ladies Nancy McCormick 36 Hole Foursomes (the entry list is in the locker room)