Golfers all set for exciting competitions
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.