Golfers all set for ex­cit­ing com­pe­ti­tions

Franklin County News - - SPORT -

The an­nual sea­son for Coun­ties Manukau vet­eran golfers will be­gin with a two-ball com­bined stable­ford event at Waikare Golf Club on Fe­bru­ary 23.

The Veni-Vedi- Vici Clas­sic tro­phy is up for grabs by the COVIC Club with the best three-team ag­gre­gate score, while hag­gle prizes will be won by in­di­vid­ual teams with best scores. COVIC sup­ports men and women who love play­ing club team pen­nant golf and want to con­tinue do­ing so in their later years.

Con­venor Russ Ford said his role was to pro­vide their vet­er­ans with af­ford­able and fun golf across a va­ri­ety of cour­ses.

‘‘With the av­er­age age of golf club mem­bers re­cently jump­ing from 67 to 69-years-old, clubs must start tak­ing their age­ing mem­ber­ships se­ri­ously and do what they can to keep older mem­bers play­ing longer, while they seek to re­build num­bers with younger mem­bers. There is no rea­son that you shouldn’t keep play­ing as a vet­eran and still be team com­pet­i­tive at the same time. It is that com­pet­i­tive fun psy­che that we seek to tap into.’’

This will be the 22nd year of com­pe­ti­tion play, af­ter it came into ex­is­tence dur­ing the late 90s, through the fore­sight and ef­fort of Clarks Beach mem­ber Gra­ham Jack­son. A mix­ture of clubs quickly showed in­ter­est and com­pe­ti­tion com­menced un­der the name Coun­ties Vet­er­ans In­ter Club.

A decade later Gra­ham Jones took the COVIC reins. In 2013 Mara­marua mem­ber Russ Ford took the con­venor’s ti­tle.

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