Sea­son opens with a bang

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Golf tra­di­tion has it that the pa­tron should hit the open­ing ball of each golf sea­son. So in keep­ing with that tra­di­tion Whanga­mata Golf Club’s Brian Pit­tams got more than he bar­gained for when launch­ing the 2018 open­ing shot.

In­stead of the ball sail­ing down the first fairway, it sim­ply ex­ploded with the im­pact of Brian’s driver — hence the Whanga­mata Golf Club’s open­ing day went off with a bang.

In a first, the club moved its open­ing day from the nor­mal Satur­day to a Sun­day — the im­me­di­ate im­pact be­ing a full field to wel­come in the new golf­ing year.

Mem­bers and a small num­ber of guests played for a range of prizes with the hus­band and wife team of Lynne and Michael Saes win­ning the open­ing day tour­na­ment by six points, scor­ing 53. Jill Hou­si­aux and Shona Waters were run­ners-up with 47 points, one point ahead of Jen­nifer and Roger Law­ton. Also on 46 were Rose­marie and Steve Ruther­ford, Al­lan Sim and Peter Booker, Jacquie Hol­lard and Mur­ray Brid­son.

Open­ing day for the Whanga­mata Golf Club sig­nals a busy com­ing sea­son at both the Ti­toki and Wil­liamson cour­ses.

Club cham­pi­onships for both women and men are played in March and April, in­ter­club pen­nants events are played across the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Thames Val­ley com­pe­ti­tions and daily, weekly and monthly events cov­er­ing both nine and 18-hole com­pe­ti­tions are played through­out the year at both cour­ses.

To en­hance the tour­na­ment pro­gramme which al­ready fea­tures the Seeka Women’s and Seeka Men’s Masters in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber, and the Open Christ­mas Tour­na­ment in Novem­ber, a new 9-hole busi­ness house eight week tour­na­ment has been launched.

Ad­di­tional events are be­ing de­vel­oped with the aim of bring­ing more golfers to Whanga­mata and achiev­ing bet­ter util­i­sa­tion of the two cour­ses. At the open­ing day club pres­i­dent Brett Wil­son high­lighted the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to the club.

“Club mem­ber­ship num­bers are en­cour­ag­ing and over the hol­i­day pe­riod a good num­ber of vis­i­tors have played golf at both the Ti­toki and Wil­liamson cour­ses. We are now look­ing for­ward to the year ahead and with the num­bers that have par­tic­i­pated in the early sea­son events, we can be very en­cour­aged,” Brett said. ■

BLAST OFF!: Whanga­mata Golf Club pa­tron Brian Pit­tams launches the club’s 2018 sea­son with an ex­plo­sive shot — lit­er­ally!

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