Where the sea meets the tee
WAITANGI GOLF CLUB
GOLF UPDATE – 1 DECEMBER 2016
OATES TROPHY - SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER
Following a very well attended and positive AGM 32 players played in the Oates Trophy on Saturday.
Grant Hastings & Phyllis Crawley took home the Trophy with a net 70, also bagging a bottle of bubbly each, a wine glass and a round of golf & cart at Omaha Beach Golf Club.
John McKiernan & Jenny McDowell won the $30 meat vouchers with a net 72, while Bob Ash & Donella Sheridan and Richard Parmee & Karon Stewart scored net 73’s to win $25 and $20 meat vouchers respectively.
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.
Earlier this year we had a film company here making a commercial for Air New Zealand. Here is the link to that ad on youtube.
The course looks great!
JAMES BUSBY PLATE – Saturday and Sunday 1-2 October
Congratulations to Christian Nitsche – the 2016 winner of the James Busby Plate and the 2016 Golf Northland Match Play Champion. Christian won on the first hole of sudden death play-off after he and his best friend Taylor Gill were all square in the final, which was reduced to nine holes after heavy rain caused a suspension of play in the third round.
Other notable results were; Sean Doel from Sherwood Park winning Division Two and the Tamati Waka Nene Trophy, Darcy Thorburn of Waitangi winning the Sir George Grey Trophy in Division Three, Peter Roux from Okaihau the Hobson Trophy in Division Four and Bob Crawley of Waitangi taking the Nine Pin Trophy in Division Five.
A great raffle table was well appreciated by the players. Gene Tana was keen to collect the $600 voucher kindly donated by the Scenic Circle Hotel, and he got his wish. Russell Pilling won the laptop computer generously donated by Gary Forrest; just what Russell needed. With meal vouchers from Legends at the RSA, spirits from Kath & Mike and meat packs on offer the other prizes were well shared out.
WAITANGI GOLF CLUB
2016 MEN’S SHOOTOUT - 30 October 2016
With 21 qualifiers based on the best net scores in our Monthly Medals there were a number of players who had not experienced playing in such a large field.
The number one qualifier, Shane Murray, failed to show cutting the number to twenty. Referee Gary Forrest introduced some unique rules as players nervously waited on the first tee.
Some of the fancied starters dropped out early. Shane Churches unleashed his mighty power to go out of bounds on the first and could not recover. Peter Baugh joined him in the walk back to the clubhouse. On number two a chip off between Rob Hawkins and Ian Garvey left Rob with a walk home.
Matthew Hambly fell at the third, followed by Grant Hastings at number four. Ian Garvey survived another play off on five, out putting Dave Hellens, but finally succumbed at number six.
Damien Tana and Steve Newson battled out a play off at the seventh with Damien scraping through.
It looked clear-cut on the eighth, as Mike Andrew had to return to play three off the tee and everyone breathed a sigh of relief. But on the green for five, Mike putted a twenty-foot snake - six net four!
John McKiernan and Darcy Thorburn were left in a play off, John prevailed. Bad luck Darcy, the best ball striker to that point.
Gordon Morgan was playing well too, but lost a play off at nine to Dennis McBrearty.
Ten players crossed the road to the back nine knowing they were now in the money, but there was no less tension. Dave Winslow had been playing well but was unfortunate to go out of bounds from the tenth tee and could not recover. In contrast there were three two’s recorded – Neil Stokes the conventional way after a great tee shot and Bob Ash following Mick Jones in with a chip.
Fate stepped in as Bob Crawley’s tee shot was deflected into the bush on eleven and despite a valiant effort Bob was left with the long journey home. The consistent John McKiernan misfired off the twelfth tee to find a watery grave.
More drama on thirteen as Mike Andrew pulled his tee shot to the left and had to reload. As the group arrived green side the outcome seemed obvious; Mike was through the back of the green for seven, Dennis McBrearty finished net seven alongside Neil Stokes. Miles Richard on the green for four was sitting pretty. Mike Andrew pulls out his Texas wedge, another long downhill putt falls into the centre of the cup - eight net seven – surely another play off?
Miles, what happened? A four putt from twelve feet, no shot so a net eight. Good-bye.
Mike Andrew had to fall at number fourteen, but survived a play off against Damien Tana who had been feeling the pressure from the first.
Mick Jones had a poor chip into the fifteenth as the heat of the final holes got to him. Beer time.
Then there were four left to cross the road for the final three holes; Dennis McBrearty, Bob Ash, Neil Stokes and the man with the shots Mike Andrew.
Dennis fell at sixteen and was grateful for the beer supplied by the Sheriff. Neil overshot seventeen and despite a great chip back finished with a five to match Bob and Mike. Mike’s shot left Neil and Bob to putt out decide his opponent on the last hole. Bob was the man to go forward.
With a small supporting crowd to observe, Mike smacked a tidy tee shot down by the tree on the left, Bob hit the last tree on the boundary and his ball stayed in the tree, so back to the tee and Bob did well to get down for six net five. With two shots up his sleeve Mike had the luxury of a missed short putt to finish six net four and take home the money.
When the prizes were handed out, everyone agreed that the Shootout should be in next year’s programme.
COPTHORNE TWILIGHT GOLF
A great turnout last week with 42 players attending Twilight golf.
The weather looks good for this afternoon and we look forward to another round of social golf followed by Kath’s dinner and a drink or two.
First tee is open from 4pm to 5.30pm.
XMAS CHEER – SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER
Last chance to book in for the Xmas Cheer on Saturday, which will be a shotgun start at 9.30am.
Arrive in time for the sausage sizzle and a glass of bubbly from 8.45am.
If you want to play please talk to Alex or Reece in the Pro shop.
We look forward to a day of fun golf, music in the clubhouse afterwards and a great prize table.
Last week numbers were affected by the All Blacks game against France.
Hopefully the players will be back on Sunday.
The format is a mixed haggle and the tee will be open from 8am to 10am.
Book a time with your mates on Dotgolf, or arrive and make up a four.
QUIZ NITE – TUESDAY13 DECEMBER
The final quiz nite of the year will be held on Tuesday 13 December. Grant is preparing his questions, so get your team together and book with Merle. More details to follow next week.
The bar is now open until 6pm and meals are available from noon until 5pm, so we would like to encourage members to use the bar after golf.
If you do not have time for golf, you can always drop in for a beer on the way home from work, Mike looks forward to your visit.