Bar­foot & Thomp­son Open - Jen­nian Homes Charles Tour, April 5th to 8th.

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - CONTENT -

Not only was the softly rolling park­land course pre­sented at it's very best by Course Su­per­in­ten­dent Stu­art Baird and his green­keep­ing team, but an en­thu­si­as­tic band of Akarana mem­bers and vol­un­teers as­sisted NZ Golf and the NZPGA in run­ning a well or­gan­ised 72 hole tour­na­ment.

VIP Hos­pi­tal­ity for spon­sors in the Neville New­comb In­sur­ance mar­quee in­cluded a gen­er­ous of­fer­ing of con­tin­u­ous food and bev­er­age over the en­tire four days, with views from the deck or mar­quee just off the 18th green. Nam­ing right spon­sors Bar­foot & Thomp­son have a long as­so­ci­a­tion with Akarana, with man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Peter Thomp­son, and CEO Chris Dob­bie, both field­ing teams in the Pro Am on Wed­nes­day 4th April.

En­tries in 2018 re­flected the very best of home-based tal­ent – with many of the big­gest names re­turn­ing once again for a chance to have their name etched in his­tory as a Jen­nian Homes Charles Tour win­ner.

A fairy tale fin­ish in 2017 saw Michael, Hendry and Gareth Pad­di­son bat­tle out a 4-hole play­off on the Par 4 18th hole, in front of a packed and lively gallery of fans and play­ers, with Pad­di­son claim­ing his second ti­tle at Akarana. Both men re­turn this year along with the likes of Mark Brown, Kieran Muir, Josh Geary, Richard Lee, Grant Moor­head, David Smail, Brad Shilton, Daniel Pearce, Jared Pen­dar, Harry Bate­man, Josh Munn, Brad Hay­ward, Ryan Chis­nell and more.

Pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clude Josh Geary, Kieran Muir, and Gareth Pad­di­son twice, along with Caro­line Bon, Wenyung Keh, Brit­tney Dry­land, and Ha­nee Song in the women's tour­na­ment.

Sports com­men­ta­tor, and Akarana mem­ber, Bren­dan Telfer broad­casted his Ra­dio Live show, live from the main lounge all af­ter­noon on the Satur­day, mov­ing day!.

Vis­it­ing mem­bers of the public were wel­comed at Akarana to en­joy watch­ing some of New Zealand's best golf­ing tal­ent ei­ther from the view­ing decks or along­side on the course it­self – free en­try. Café and Bar fa­cil­i­ties op­er­ate each, where there was am­ple park­ing.

Akarana Golf Club, Mount Roskill, Auck­land. (T-B) 2017 Akarana Open win­ners GarethPad­di­son and Ha­neeSong.

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