Vets in Otaki for golf champs

Last updated 10:17 03/12/2012

Good connection: Otaki's Nancy Andrews tees off during the veterans tournament in Otaki last week.

Taking a breater: Some of the veteran men take a seat before playing their shots.

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The New Zealand Veterans National Golf Championship was held at Otaki Golf Club last week, with 110 men and women taking part.

Players from Otaki, Paraparaumu Beach, Kapiti, Waikanae and Levin golf clubs all attended the event, with some coming from as far as Whangarei for the tournament.

Otaki club member Mike Quirke said on Friday the tournament had been running well, and had a very social aspect to it.

"This is part of the veterans season, so these people get to meet up with people they met during the year. People become good friends through the golf.

"We get a lot of people bringing caravans and campervans. We have an area out there for them, but they've over-spilled into the car park, and I can count about 15 in the car park.

There were 64 men in their draw, while 46 women were aiming for the ladies' title.

Quirke said the men played stableford on the first day, but gross nett for the rest of the week. The women were playing both stableford and gross nett throughout the week.

Local golfer Fiona McBride, playing on her home course, was in the running for a women's title on Friday morning, while the rest of the Kapiti golfers were down the list.

The course has been well received by the travelling veterans, who like that it is very "senior-friendly", Quirke said.

"Our greenskeeper has done a great job preparing the course just for this occasion, so people have been very happy with how the course has been.

We've also had a lot of club members come and help out with running the tournament. We have a group of guys coming out each morning just to rake the bunkers."

The tournament wrapped up on Friday afternoon.

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- Kapiti Observer


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