Friday the 18th of October another great day not to be at work.
This year we were back in the Mighty Waikato at the Riverside Golf Club Narrows Course in Hamilton in what could be the last time due to the course being sold to NZTA for the new road into Hamilton. But on the bright side the Lochiel course is being completely rebuilt. This may be ready when we return to the Waikato in 2021. After the clouds burnt off we had a great clear day with 19 degrees.
This year we continued on from last year's great success with the Team Ambrose and run this again alongside the 18 hole individual stroke play.
Again WOW, another cracking response with close to 30 first timers to our tournament.
A massive field of 106 on the start sheet. The new record for the tournament on the Waikato side. Up 40 players on our pervious visit in 2017 to the Narrows Course.
So the Team Ambrose turned out to be another master stoke by the committee. So the Team Ambrose is here to stay.
The usual thoughts and comments about the possibility of slow play were bandied about but most finished in 4 1/2 hours which did surprise even the club pro.
So a great effort all round by the committee and all the players on the day.
Sponsorship was again smashing/brilliant/massive, what more can I say. Almost had to print a 3rd pull up banner to fit all their logos in. With a number of newbie's to our tournament this year. 18 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 tournie 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 Total Access, Heat Pumps then Mitsubishi will have you sorted, Regional Broadband then give Lightwire a shout and with those Christmas parties just around the corner please consider the great team at The Helm Bar and Kitchen.
Security check out Connect Security Products.
Looking for new golf gear, Pro Drive Hamilton should be your first port of call for sure.
Special thanks to......
JA Russell, Marley, Switch Lighting, Nexans, First Flex, Halcyon Lights, Trustpower, HPM LeGrand, Northpower, Vynco, NHP, Master Electricians, Schneider Electric, Ideal, Clevertronics, SIMX, ETCO, Total Access, Northpower, Gael Switchgear, Maser, Lightwire, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, CDB Group, Transnet, Kraus & Naimer, Connect Security Products, Active Electrical, Pro Drive Golf, Match Master, Legrand, Siemens, Electrical Supply Corp, Hobeca, Olex, The Helm Bar.
Extra Special thanks to.....
Pam and Brian from Legrand for providing and cooking the great BBQ at the 1st and to Annemarie from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for helping here also. Glen from Siemens for the BBQ on the 16th. Kevin and Susie from Switch Lighting ran another great chipping competition on the 10th tee which was also well received.
Also to Blair from Kraus and Naimer for running the putting competition and taking all the on course photos.
Super Extra Special thanks to....
The team at Riverside Golf Club, the Committee and a extra shout out to Tim O'Donnell and Kenny Buchanan who jumped on board the committee to help on this side of the hill this year.
The Team at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for donating the heat pump for the top prize in the raffle and Pro Drive Hamilton for supplying all the vouchers for prizes.
The Team Ambrose was taken out by the sharks at team Dimpled Balls, followed by The Helm Bar, Guild & Spence Tauranga, The Kawerau Sluggars and the WCP Hamilton crew taking out 5th place.
1st. Lance Staiger 76
2nd. Steve Jarvis 81
1st. Roy Hyland 67
2nd. Rex McIntosh 73
3rd. Gavin Clarke 75
4th. Stu Browne 77
5th. Noel Lawson 79
1st.Jason Ross 36
2nd. Allan Williams 33
3rd. Richie Clements 31
4th. Marty Forsman 30
5th. Kenny Buchanan 29
The WBOP Team to represent our region at the National Tournament at the Invercargill Golf Club 3rd-5th November are......
Marty Forsman, Allan Williams, Roy Hyland, Ian Court, Bevan Bettridge, Lance Staiger, Noel Lawson and Gavin Clarke.
And that's a rap.
See you at the 2020 WBOP tournament in Tauranga.
The WBOP Committee
Gavin Clarke, Marty Forsman, Rex McIntosh, Stu Browne, Mike Cannell, Mike Dyke, Mark Mansell, Roy Hyland, Tim O'Donnell and Kenny Buchanan.