Ramada Resort Taipa Waitangi Pro-Am, in association with Ramada NZ Group

It was a clean sweep of the Teams Event Leader Board at the recent Ramada Resort Taipa - Waitangi Pro-Am golf tournament – with the Naming Rights Sponsor taking the top two places out of 30 teams!

While Ramada one and two were blitzing the Waitangi Golf Club course in the teams’ event, finishing with 130 and 128 Stableford points respectively, Hawkes Bay Professional Doug Holloway was obviously enjoying his trip north posting a 64 -  the lowest score by a professional at Waitangi since the course was extended just over five years ago.

The win sees Doug move to number one on the NZPGA Order of Merit - up 7 places while Waitangi professional Pieter Zwart used home course knowledge to post a 65 and remain in second place on the Order of Merit.  Taupo pro Troy Ropiha posted a 67 for third place and moved up five places to third on the OOM.

The mild conditions took away some of the Waitangi course’s defences to allow for some low scoring with 18 of the 30 professionals scoring Par or better.

The welcome function prior to Thursday’s tournament saw $2380 raised for the Starship Foundation.

The Ramada Resort Taipa Waitangi Pro Am is the final event in what is termed the NZPGA’s Northern Swing that has been taking place since 15 March with tournaments at Mangawhai, Omaha Beach, Warkworth, Sherwood Park and Waitangi golf clubs and offering a total prize pool of $88,000 for the professionals between the five tournaments.

The Ramada Number One team of Jackie Thompson, Evan Thompson, Mark Edwards winners of the ‘bragging rights’ and Ping Drivers in the Ramada Resort Taipa Waitangi Pro-Am Team Event.

Ramada Resort Taipa General Manager Jackie Thompson with Professional winner Doug Holloway and NZPGA National Events Manager Geoff Smart

Professional Doug Holloway, Hawkes Bay (2nd from Right) who played with the Law North Team of John McKeirnan, Dennis McBride and Paul Young

A Big Thanks to our Sponsors:

Law North Ltd

Jimmy Jacks/CBK Paihia

Warren and Maritza Nelson

David Reid Homes Northland Ltd

Number 8 and Caltex Waitangi

Placemakers Kerikeri

Fell Engineering

Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Nerdy's Computers

Pacific Motor Group

A & J Bonnington

Northland Forestry Nursery

Pioneer Waterfront Appartments

Admirals View Lodge

Whitelaw Weber/Quantum Financial Services

Copthorne Hotel Bay of Islands

Duke of Marlborough Hotel & Restaurant/Charlotte's Kitchen

Krave Catering

Rift Valley Investments

NZME