Ramada Resort Taipa Waitangi Pro-Am, in association with Ramada NZ Group
Preparation is underway for the 2018 Pro-Am, which will be held on Thursday 22nd.
Most of our sponsors from previous years have signed up again, recognising the opportunity to showcase their business whilst giving their customers an enjoyable day out.
We are anticipating 32 teams will take part, which means 32 of New Zealand’s finest young Pro golfers will be coming to Waitangi to try to tame the course. Several of the Pros are return visitors, determined to put their mark on part of what has been deemed “ The Northern Swing” – a fortnight of Pro Am tournaments held at five different Northland courses.
The preliminary programme for the Pro – Am follows the formula used in previous years, which has proved both popular and successful.Wednesday 21 March: The Welcome Function will start at 6.30pm and where the kapa haka group from the Waitangi National Trust, Te Pito O Te Whenua, will welcome the visitors to Waitangi, this will be followed by a meal and the drawing of individual Pro for each team. A raffle and auction will be run on the night with proceeds going to the Steve William's Charity Starship Foundation.
Thursday 22nd March:
18 holes of golf by the teams consisting of one pro and three amateurs.
Prize giving at the end of the day, expected to be approx. 4.00pm.
This event raises funds for our club, and gives members an excellent opportunity to see Professional Golfers at close range. Anyone willing to volunteer to assist on the day as Starters, Spotters etc. should contact Merle Tipene or Alison Taylerson.
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
Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
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
Rift Valley Investments
2017 Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am results
Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am results:
1st Josh Geary 66, after a four hole playoff with Dongwoo Kang also on 66
Luke Toomey 67
Fraser Wilkin 68
1st Stiff Shafts 127
2nd Admirals View Lodge & That Coffee Bloke 124
3rd The Duke of Marlborough Hotel 124
4th Harcourts No 3 121
5th Harcourts No2 120
Thanks to Darren Markin for the great photos - www.darrenmarkin.co.nz
2017 Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am winner Josh Geary
Josh Geary with Harcourts Representative Hayden Clarke, and Riki Kinnaird from The Duke of Marlborough Hotel
2017 Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am Sponsors
Harcourts BOI Naming Right Sponsor
Duke of Marlborough Hotel Joint Major Sponsor
Pacific Motor Group
That Coffee Bloke
Fullers Great Sights
Kerikeri Colour Centre
House of Travel Kerikeri
Alex Bonnington Golf Professional
Northland Forestry Nursery
Warren and Maritza Nelson
David Reid Homes
Jewlz Handmade Jewellery
Colin Tayler Painter
Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am 2017 Report
It’s great to be back home in New Zealand, after spending three weeks in China, attending my youngest son’s wedding.
Despite the weather this year’s Pro-Am, was a huge success again, with the strongest field of Professionals we have ever had. The decision to increase the prize money by 50% proved to be a good one and we must thank all of our sponsors for their support in particular Harcourts BOI, & new Joint Main Sponsor The Duke of Marlborough Hotel, with support from Scenic Hotel.
The top ten teams were 1st Stiff Shafts 127points, 2nd Admiralsview Lodge, and That Coffee Bloke 124 points, 3rd The Duke of Marlborough Hotel 124 Points, 4th Harcourts No3 121 points, 5th Harcourts No2 120 points, 6th Mick Jones No1 120 points, 7th Nerdy’s Lot 120 points, 8th David Reid Homes 120 points, 9th Harcourts No1 118 points, 10th Pioneer Apartments 117 points.
The four hole play-off added to the excitement of the Professional result, with Josh Geary winning from Dongwoo Kang, both shooting 66, 2nd was Luke Toomey on 67, fourth equal were Mark Brown, and Fraser Wilkin on 68, tied for 6th on 70, were Hayden Beard, Steven Han, Richard Lee, Pieter Zwart.
We were able to raise $2100 towards an imaging camera and a hand held GPS for the Paihia Fire Brigade who were our chosen charity this year.
Thank you all for your support of this great community service.
The Harcourts Waitangi Welcome Function, sponsored by Harcourts BOI, was the best ever. 140 people attended, which included almost all of the Professional’s. An amazing performance by Te Pito Whenua, courtesy of The Waitangi Treaty Grounds ensured the evening was a success.
The Pizza night on Tuesday night was very popular with the Professionals and committee members who attended. We would expect the number of attendees to grow should it be considered for next year. Thank you to Charlottes Kitchen for putting the evening on.
The Harcourt Waitangi Shootout was a great success; despite the weather doing everything it could to ruin the occasion. A shortened event went very well, with Shaun Jones winning from David Klein.
Promotion wise, the sponsorship board at the front of the Waitangi Golf Club house, was up for about a week, which resulted in many viewings from Club Members and Visitors.
All your signage, and flags, looked great around the course, and were up for about four days, once again resulting in many viewings.
Special dedicated page on our Waitangi Golf Club website, for the Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am, annual hits approximately 750,000, and this page has been up for all of the last year, and will be up for the coming year.
Promotion was sent to all Northland Newspapers, an online social media via Facebook, with Harcourts BOI’s help we had a two page spread in the Chronicle, and Northern News, plus a quarter page in both. Full page Far North Real Estate paper. We also had a story which ran just prior to the Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am in the Northland Age, plus there was a result article, and photos in the Business Paihia Newsletter, The Focus Paihia Newsletter. We are planning one more media release.
All Sponsors were personally thanked by the Tournament Convenor, at The Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am Prizegiving, and the people present were asked to support all sponsors.
Both major sponsors had the opportunity to speak at the Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am.
The feedback concerning The Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am, has been amazing, which can only reflect well on you all.
There was considerable radio coverage on Media Works, throughout Northland, in the week leading up to the Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am.
The NZPGA sent coverage of the Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am to various News outlets, and put an article on their website, plus the Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am has been listed on their website for the last six months, and is still there, with results.
With most teams wearing a Team shirt, this gave great publicity to sponsors, and a reason to be very proud.
All members of the Waitangi Golf Club, approximately 450, were advised of all of the sponsors, via our club update, and asked to support all sponsors.
Every sponsor will receive a framed thank you Certificate in the next few days,
The Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am has become a major event on the BOI calendar over the past four years, and brings visitors from all around New Zealand, and this year, even Australia.
Once again thank you all, for your support, the Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am couldn’t happen without it.
And my amazing committee.