Welcome to 2020 and a warm welcome to our new members;
Full Members; Donna Mitchell, Marita Hattersley and Mark Carrington
9 Hole Members; Paul Dixon-Didier, Amelia Valle and Mike Boyce
Country Members; Murray Withers, Paul and Glenda Molgat and Dot Noordijk
Junior; Marshall Hovenden and Olive Hirn
Under 25; Hadleigh McLean
And our returning Summer Members; Chris and Mandy Chiles, Doug and Kathy Elliot, Keren Barcus, Dianne Boyes, Kate and Allan Priest, Linda Ujihara and Inger and Leif Johansson
A couple of things I want to highlight this Month.
This is now fast approaching and the committee is working very hard. On their behalf I am very pleased to announce that Martin Snedden will be the guest speaker at the Gala Dinner on the Saturday night! I am sure that Martin will need no introduction to you all but just a refresher; As a cricketer Martin played 25 tests and 93 one dayers for NZ and of course played in the infamous "underarm" test, where his brilliant diving catch was ignored by the Aussie umpire! He became NZ crickets Chief Executive in 2001 and left in 2007 to lead the company running the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He is a qualified lawyer and was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012. Martin is renowned as an after dinner speaker and we are very lucky to have him!
We now have just on 100 people registered for the gala dinner, which will be held in the Memorial Hall. Space is limited so please don't leave it to late. The event will start at 6.30pm, as part of the cost of the evening you will receive two drinks (wine, beer or non-alcoholic). Seating is in tables of eight. If you wish to arrange your own table please have one of your group ring Shona on 021 0412890 so she can update the seating plan.
A number of you have done this already thanks. Please note that the Centennial Committee have their own bank account number which will be advised to you in the confirming email.
All the details on the weekends event are on the website but just a reminder; Welcome function at the clubhouse Friday night, starting at 4.30, 18 hole and 9 hole tournaments Saturday, morning and afternoon starts, Gala Dinner Saturday night and nine hole ambrose Sunday. For those who are not computer savvy you can fill out the form in the clubhouse.
Motueka Open 2020
Well we are just through our most successful Open in many years. To close the field with 208 entries was simply outstanding. We had to start a waiting list and managed to get them in the field as a result of late withdrawals. It was great to hear the many compliments, it was very gratifying to the organising committee and a recognition of the many hours that go into hosting an event such as this.
As usual we had three men's grades (Each grade having in excess of 50 entries) and a ladies grade. The ladies grade of 42 is the largest number in many years. We upped the prizes this year as a result of the record number of entries. 25% of the men received prizes and 26% of the ladies, which is in line with our aim of one prize for every 4 entries.
In total their were 53 prizes plus over 40 novelty prizes. A very impressive prize table!
We would have loved to have given that beautiful Hyundai Kona away but despite some close calls, including a ball that hit the pin, it didn't happen. We had entries from 26 clubs throughout NZ plus four visitors from the UK.
The entry gift of Centennial water bottles was very well received. We have some spares of these and they are available in the clubrooms for $10. (Funds going towards the Centennial).
Once again we were blessed with great weather for the tournament which of course makes the weekend even more enjoyable. Our new deck is certainly fantastic with so many in the field.
A big thank you to my organising committee of Bryan McKay, Rex Edwards, Geraldine Taylor and Shona Johnson plus the many volunteers who helped on the day! And also to our wonderful Sponsors who give us so much support. A notice listing them all is in the Clubrooms, as always please put them on your shopping list.
This event is our major one of the year and also our most significant fundraising event. It wouldn't be possible without the impressive support of our members so thanks to the nearly 100 of you who entered!
On to another subject. I want to acknowledge and thank all our members who started, as requested, on Number One tee during our busy festive season. It makes it so much easier for our Green Fee Players and our members when the fields flow well and we avoid any possible confrontations of players just jumping on to tee blocks. As a club we go out of our way to welcome Green Fee players, they contribute significantly to our financial well being, and we value them and appreciate the comments and acknowledgements they give us. Their word of mouth recommendations to others certainly helps us.
Some sad news to finish. Our wonderful Life Member Norma Westrupp has advised us that due to ill health she is unable to continue managing our Saturday raffles. She has been an institution sitting on that chair, observing all the going ons, for more years than I can count! We will miss you Norma but hope that we will see you on the occasional Saturday enjoying a whiskey!
That's it for this month folks! Good golfing to you all.