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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.

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!

Waitangi Golf Club - Helipad

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!!!

Contact Merle.

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 Update – 8 May 2015

Hey All, I hope you are all managing to stay dry today!

All I can say is “the course will look lovely and green”

Club Car Park:

The Executive Board has approved concreting of the “pothole” area of the carpark.

The area involved is from the end of the concreted area outside the sprig bar straight across to the corner where the worst of the pot-holes are. They feel concrete will last longer than tarseal.

It is hoped the work will be completed by the end of this month!

Men’s Golf:

Handicap Pennants: (Report from Darren Markin)

Waitangi 1 finishes in style. Waitangi 2 aiming for a big win on home turf  and the Nerdy Classics just keep rolling along.

Since the last Update, we’ve had 3 fixtures at the 3 K’s – Kaitaia, Kaikohe and Kerikeri. For some the Kaitaia weekend is one of the ‘Majors’ of the year, and this year was another memorable 2 days for 8 of our 2 teams. The Saturday Farmlands Open saw our players finished and in the bar at 2pm. Signs were not good if we were to perform the next day in Pennants. Visiting the spoonbill’s was an option, but the majority settled for an 8 player 4pm Shootout. In windy conditions, Nerdy was soon eliminated. He was hitting his woods just great, but finding it difficult to get out of them. Duncan was the winner, and his reward, apart from the glory, was to cook an excellent BBQ back in the landscape gardens of our nearby motel. With talk of the next day and Pennants matches, Nerdy’s form was again questioned, but of course he had an answer.  ‘In the life of a Waitangi Pennants player it’s a good idea to have a few early losses, as it relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season’ !!! In the matches the next day, Nerdy again lost his singles. His team however drew with Rawene and Waitangi 2 beat Northland 4 with John Mc and Grant winning their foursomes and singles. Thanks to Paul Truscott  and Grant for playing as reserves.

Onto Kaikohe…. the weather was glorious. For some reason at Kaikohe we always have a long time in the bar after matches – enough time for you know who to conjure up yet another from his repertoire of classic comments. ‘This course is too short for me. I’m not used to ½ swings for my 2nd shots’. Now the significance of this was that it led Nerdy to tell Jack Winwood ‘I can outdrive you’, and betting him $5 a hole for the longest drive. They will be matched up in a Sunday haggle at the first opportunity. As for the results, Waitangi 1 beat Houhora, Gordon and Nerdy winning both their matches (hence his crazy wager?) and Waitangi 2 coming second to Northland 2.

At Kerikeri:  Waitangi 1 beat Northland 1, 6 – 3. Waitangi 2 drew Whangaroa 4.5 – 4.5.

The up to date league positions are not known, but both our teams are around mid-table. We may not be challenging for the Pennants this year, but we’ve met some great people and had lots of fun.

Good luck to Waitangi 2 in the final round of matches.


Not as entertaining as the men’s report……but


The 18-Hole pennant team had some great matches at Whangaroa against Whangaroa beating them 76 points to 68, leaving in 4th place with 2 rounds to go.

The Weekend pennant team have had a see-saw month. Playing at Waitangi they managed to move from 3rd place to 2nd place, only 1 point behind the leader, Kaitaia. However playing in Kaitaia last Saturday they lost 84-60 against The Pines which dropped them out of the race!! Ah well, there is always next year!!!

The National Team has been selected out of those who qualified.

The team is: Donella Sheridan, Merle Tipene, Sharyn Smith and one other to be confirmed.

The team will play at Sherwood Park on Sunday May 17th.

On Tuesday 5th may 22 ladies went to Kerikeri GC to play in the annual Glad Mather Challenge. Being the holders of the trophy we did not want to leave it behind, but unfortunately we lost by 0.23 stableford points!!!!! Not to worry, we play for the trophy here next year which has got to be good for us!!!!!

What’s On:

Saturday 16 May: Round 2 of the Men’s Lion Tour competition at Northland GC.

Saturday 23 May: Men’s Handicap Pennants at Waitangi GC.

If you  have a smart phone check out our new mobile website !!


Conditions of Play

All matches must be played on or before the play by date and off the BLUE tees except for Round 1 which must be played on Sunday 10 May.

Unlike previous years, the handicaps will NOT be frozen over the duration of the competition.   Players will use the most current handicap on the date of the matches.

For those unfamiliar with the format:  It is handicap pairs match play.   The lowest handicap player is the one “giving the shots”.

For example  Player A = 8 hdcp

  Player B = 10

  Player C = 24

  Player D = 36

Player B will receive a stroke on the #1 and 2 stroke index holes

Player C receives a stroke on holes with stroke index 1 – 16

Player D receives 2 strokes on the stroke index holes 1- 6 and one stroke on the index holes 7 – 18.

The lowest NET score on the hole wins the hole for the team.

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