More than 90 players competed for some wonderful prizes donated by tournament sponsors Steinlager, arranged by The Bond, in blustery conditions which tested many golfers.
In spite of the wind, many golfers played their best golf.
It was as if they had been waiting for the season to start and really rose to the occasion, with the top 10 winners all scoring 42 points or better in this stableford competition.
The handicapper could be seen sharpening his axe.
The winner of the Steinlager Tournament, with probably his best game ever, was Glenn Armstrong who carded a 75 gross for a net 59 and 47 points.
Well done Glenn!
Next came Aroiva Akama, also playing really well, with a 72 off the stick for 45 points and John (JK) Kenning with 44 points.
They were followed by Winston Kiria, Daniel Webb, Joe Daniel, and Kris Williamson, all with 43 points.
Moetu Tangitamaiti, Ned Howard and Alice Pilkinton-Story rounded out the top 10 winners. These three all finished with 42 points.
Daniel Webb scored the best round of the day for the men with a gross of 66, and Rotana Howard was the best of the ladies carding a 71.
With this type of scoring the club looks forward to much good golf from the members and many will reduce their handicap if they keep up this standard.
Shot of the day came from the handicapper who teed off on the 18th only to have his ball go into a palm tree and not come out again.
The story doesn’t end there. Not being able to see his ball, he went back to the tee to play a provisional ball. This duffed drive didn’t reach the palm tree. His next shot hit a pad on the full and ricocheted about twenty metres behind him. While he was walking back to retrieve his ball, one of his fellow players spotted the ball in the palm tree. He then declared the ball unplayable and incurred a penalty. He finished the hole with an eight!
The prize-giving was graced by the presence of Trish Barton of The Bond who was on hand to present the prizes.
Meitaki maata to Steinlager and to Trish and her team for their generosity.
We look forward to the coming season with high hopes after such a great start.
This Saturday is the Prime Foods Tournament where there will be some more great prizes to be won.