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Members Newsletter

March Newsletter

Hi everyone,

Welcome to our new members;

9 Hole; David and Megan Latham

I want to start this newsletter with a chat about "She Loves Golf". At our club we started this programme four years ago, about three months before "She Loves Golf" was created by NZ Golf. This was at the insistence of Kevin Armstrong who recognised this was a potential growth area for our club. So if we talk about "putting your money where the mouth is" Kevin has proved that saying in spades. He has fronted every Monday evening through four summers to support and guide new and potential members through the early stages of learning our great game. Throughout that time he has been supported by enthusiastic members of our club who have volunteered to help Kevin. We know that this initiative has resulted in close to 30 new members joining our club. In addition this year he has a "He Loves Golf" session running on Thursday nights. This wasn't the original intention but "When you have a tiger by the tail!" and you are as enthusiastic as Kevin is, you run with it. Kevin, the cub owes you a huge debt of gratitude for your enthusiasm, dedication and most importantly the commitment you have shown over four years. I "Tip my hat to you!" there are "Gunners" and "Doers" and you definitely fall into the latter category!
I have recently had a chat to Glenn from Mitre 10. They are a long term supporter of the club and we have a great relationship with them. They have recently had a new computer system installed and it does not have the ability to process our club vouchers. They, therefore, reluctantly will not be able to accept them. We certainly understand their position and it will not affect the relationship we have with them. Our club, and our members, have a great reputation for supporting the companies that support us and Mitre 10 and our club will ensure that the relationship remains strong.
Another great supporter of our club is Kerry Diamond from The Lifestyle Centre. They were previously located at N S Rogers in Riwaka and have recently moved to 33 King Edward St (Opposite Motueka Farm Machinery) If you are looking to purchase small machinery or require maintenance to lawn mowers, chainsaws etc, Kerry is the man to see.
So while I am on a roll regarding local businesses that support us. Mark Williams from Bay Pharmacy has just supplied the club with a heap of pitch repairers and ball markers. They are free to members and you can pick one up from Rob at the bar while stocks last. In Marks words "It would be great that, while players repair their divots, they repair one other divot at the same time" Thanks heaps Mark.
And yet another. Thanks to Bruce Millar and New World Motueka for once again supporting our Summer Twilight series. This is always popular and attracts both members and non-members to nine holes on a Wednesday night, on average 60 players per night this year plus the option of a lovely meal supplied by Jenny and Rob. It is also a pathway for new members to join our club. Congratulations to Strachan Adams and Shona Johnson for being the overall winners of the series. And a big thankyou to our secretary, Emily, who so capably runs the competition for us.
I mentioned in my last newsletter that new shirts and tops are now available in the clubhouse. We have been overwhelmed by the response, we ordered over 70 and more than half have sold in a week. This was a special order. Total Golf let us know that a line of Sports Leisure tops were being discounted. We quickly put an order in but not all sizes and colours that we wanted were available as obviously other clubs also jumped at the opportunity. Our intention is to pass the good price that we paid for them onto members, hence the $55 price tag. You will notice the prices on the tags are $70 and $80 AUD. Once they are gone they are gone and we certainly won't be able to repeat at this price.
Don't forget our Monsta Garage Sale is on this Saturday. It will be held at our new Green Shed by the Greenkeepers shed. Thanks to all those members who have donated goods. All proceeds will go towards subsidising our centenary celebrations next year. It's not too late to donate goods! It kicks off at 8am on Saturday. The next fundraising event for the Centennial will be a Quiz night to be held on Wednesday 17th April in our clubrooms. This will be a fun night, more info shortly, but please mark your diaries!
Our Subs have just gone out. If you haven't received yours check your spam mail and if it's not there please contact Geraldine on 021 0634413 and she will sort you out! Subs are due by 30th April. You also have the option of paying by instalments.
Just a reminder that our course will be closed from Monday 8th to Thursday 11th April as we will be hosting the NZ Left Handers Championships. This will be a great opportunity to showcase our course to New Zealand and Australian players. As you can imagine there is a lot of organisation that goes into running an event such as this and we will be asking for volunteers to assist us. On the Sunday prior, the 7th, we will be running an all day Stableford competition, all players will tee of No 1 Tee. Our players are very welcome to play in this event. Rob has a start sheet at the bar, just put your names down.
That's it for this month.

Cheers and good golfing,




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