A competitive field of 42 pairs of golfers teed off at Akarana Golf Club in Auckland, all competing for a place in the prestigious two-man team traveling to the WCGC world final tournament in Cascais, Portugal in early July. They played a Combined Stableford game on a course most were familiar with, and by the end of 18 holes played on a beautiful New Zealand autumn day, there were 2 teams tied for the lead on 78 points. Because of diminishing daylight (sundown was at 5.15pm) a sudden death playoff ensured the following day and the Spark Business Hub Waitakere team of Todd Eglinton and James Flynn won on the first extra hole. A great effort from Simon Furnace and Alistair White as runners up, perhaps in the end it was the extra experience from Todd and James that allowed them to prevail.
The absolute highlight however was the carding of a gross round of 63 (40 points off his +3 handicap from current North Harbour rep Jason Gulasekharam.
The day finished with exceptional prizes ranging from the trip to Cascais, Ping Drivers, Ping and Huffer Golf Bags, GTRadial Tyres sets, Sun Mountain Golf Trundlers, cases of Babich Wine, and Mint bedding packages. A delicious buffet meal and accompanying drinks followed. The general consensus of the players was it was a fun day with really serious intent, which gave an edge to the golf not usually there. Many said they would be back next year as it had been a spectacular day both for the golf and the ambiance which made everyone excited to win the trip.
Results were from 1st to 12th place:
|Place||Team Names||N.Z. Club||Stableford Score|
|1st by sudden death play- off.||Todd Eglinton James Flynn||Titirangi||78|
|2nd.||Simon Furness Alistair White||Hutt Park||78|
|3rd||Francis Chai Rod Cole||Formosa Golf Resort||74|
|4th||Jason Gulasekharam Prasanna Gulasekharam||North shore||71|
|5th||Neil McCormick Gregory Redman||Titirangi||69|
|6th||Kalem Good Shane Watts||Muriwai||68|
|7th||Kadin Neho Christian Nitsche||Akarana||67|
|8th||Gordon Calder Brent Gillovic||New Zealand||67|
|9th||Tayne Derriman Marcus Foot||Muriwai||66|
|10th||Guy Gibson David Tharp||Titirangi||66|
|11th||Dan McGall Stephen Elkin||Akarana||65|
|12th||Rob Simmonds Beau Collis||New Zealand||64|
In summary the NZWCGC management team of James Colligan, Kane Fraser and myself thank all competitors, The Akarana Golf Club Admin team of Briana, Raj, John, bar staff and catering from Jono and the Foodsters catering providers.
Additionally, may I personally acknowledge our Media Partners, Greg Plant and the NZME team, other Partners in Mike Hannan and the Auckland Spark Business Hubs, Dave McCormick and GT Radial, Babich Wines, The Clubrooms, Rosebank Business Assn, Squirrel Money and the remaining individual hole sponsors, namely
Design Signs /ABC Blasting.
In closing we thank you all for contributing to a most enjoyable and for the play off participants, we know you will be well represented by both Todd and James and we wish them well for safe travel to Cascais, Portugal, “the charm of the Atlantic Coast.”
Mike Gibson, NZWCGC Licensee.