Season opens with a bang
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!