Friday the 19th of October dawned an absolute cracker of a day in the Waikato, only thing was our tourney was being played at the Omanu Golf Club in Mount Maunganui. Luckily it was even better over the hill in the Bay of Plenty. Brilliant blue skies with no clouds and very little wind.
This year we decided to do something new from our normal 18 hole individual stroke play. This was to try and boost our falling player numbers that we had been experiencing for the past 4 years. After much debate we decided to add a 4 person team Ambrose section to the field.
WOW, we were not expecting such a positive response. In the end we had to cap the Team Ambrose section to 18 teams due to also having 46 (33 handicap golfers and 13 non-handicappers) individuals entered into the stroke play section. Unfortunately we also had to turn down 4 late Team Ambrose entries due to the size of the field.
A massive field of 118 on the start sheet. Up 53 on last year and 45 up on the year before.
So the Team Ambrose turned out to be a master stoke by the committee.
Although there were thoughts and comments about the possibility of slow play with such a large field all was completed in 4 1/2 hours with no major choke points or anyone waiting for long.
So a great effort all round by the committee and all the players on the day.
Sponsorship was smashing/brilliant/massive, what more can I say. 35 fabulous sponsors in total with 9 newbie's to our tournament this year. 17 hole sponsors and some fabulous prizes donated also.
Without the Champion Companies listed below tournaments like this just couldn't happen.
Although I am the National Sponsorship Coordinator for the NZ Electrical Trades organization I'm continually surprised and at times overwhelmed with the generosity of these companies and the great support they give not only the WBOP tourney but all the other 9 regions as well.
So I know it goes without saying, but please support these fantastic companies below whenever you can. There are some new companies from outside the electrical industry also so if you need access platforms on site think Green Hire, Coffee Machines then give the Black Stag team a call, Ultimate Motor Group have millions of vehicles to choose from and between The Osteria Group and The Orchard Bar the whole family is sorted.
Special thanks to......
Marley, Gerard Lighting, Switch Lighting, Nexans, First Flex, Halcyon Lights, Trical, Black Stag Coffee, Prysmian Group, Maser, Computer Dynamix, Task Lighting, Bright Light, Osteria Group, The Orchard Bar, Unipro, Ultimate Motor Group, Trustpower, Green Hire, KCS Switch Boards, Lighting Revolution, OHUG Power Equipment, Spark Business Hub, Hamer, HPM LeGrand, Northpower, Elite Inspections, Vynco, Corys, JA Russells, NHP, Master Electricians, Schneider Electric, Ideal, Clevertronics.
Extra Special thanks to.....
The Ideal Electrical Team for supplying the on course BBQ and refreshments.
Suzie from Switch Lighting for the goodies at the practice green before the start of play.
The Champions from Gerard Lighting and JA Russells for supplying the refreshments on the drinks cart. Well needed on such a cracker day.
Super Extra Special thanks to....
Richard Hunter and the great team at Black Stag Coffee. Not only did Richard sponsor a hole he also kindly donated a $3000.00 coffee machine with 4kgs of fresh coffee beans for our raffle.
The Team at JA Russell for donating a 6 burner hooded BBQ again this year for the raffle.
The inaugural Team Ambrose was taken out by the sharks at Tabak Electrical, followed by the Sons of Pitches, Corys Mount, Hamilton Dream Team and the Smart Sparx crew taking out 5th place.
Stroke Play. Div One
Gross. Nett. Stableford
1st. Roy Hyland 72 Ian Court 64 Marty Forsman 44
2nd. Stu Turnbull 75 Lance Staiger 65 Stuart Hornhill 42
3rd. Steve Jarvis 81 Richard Rennie 69 Allan Williams 38
Stroke Play. Div Two
1st. Ross Walker 61 Hun Milne 42
2nd. Dave Gunn 68 Graham Prestidge 39
3rd. Steve Nicholls 69 Stu Browne 39
The WBOP Team to represent our region at the National Tournament at the Pukekohe Golf Club 11th-13th November are......
Marty Forsman, Rex McIntosh, Allan Williams, Roy Hyland, Dave Edmondson, Richard Newman, Ian Court and Gavin Clarke.
And that's a rap.
See you at the 2019 WBOP tournament in Hamilton.
The WBOP Committee
Gavin Clarke, Marty Forsman, Rex McIntosh, Stu Browne, Mike Cannell, Mike Dyke, Mark Mansell and Roy Hyland.