Levies up as pokie funds run dry

PETER LAMPP
Last updated 12:00 04/12/2012

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As with almost all sports these days, money dominated the Manawatu-Wanganui Golf Association's annual meeting at Feilding last night.

It wasn't so much that the association reported a negligible deficit after depreciation of $651, after a loss of $8720 last year, it was funds from sponsorship and gaming funding drying up.

So meeting delegates voted almost unanimously - only the Manawatu Golf Club voted against - to increase association levies by $2 per golfer to $18 for full 18-hole players and to $7 for juniors.

Levies for the past two seasons have brought in $87,000 annually, although none came in from Brookfields Golf Course when it went out of operation.

But this season pokie funding did not reap the association a cent.

Said association chairman Geoff Ross: "We have applied to half a dozen trusts this year and received nothing. We're desperate to get the money to keep our players going, to keep our district going."

Most levies elsewhere range from $19 to $22, with the highest being $30.

The association boasted of the success of the men's representative teams, but it has strained resources. Sending them to far-flung venues at Invercargill (the men and masters women) and having both Toro interprovincial teams at Dunedin this month will cost $6000.

While revenue dropped by $8000, fortunately the association has $145,058 in the bank, most of which came when the men's and women's associations merged three years ago.

But much of that gets tapped when the representative teams' activities start after the balance date of September 30.

This season, the association withdrew from a junior development week in Waikato (that saved $3000) and also waived the annual women's representative match against Hawke's Bay.

Women's committee member Shireen Harold reported there were plans to run tournaments to raise $10,000 for representative golf.

The association co-opted Manawatu's Hugh Glendinning on to the Manawatu-Wanganui board for his financial expertise and he presented the accounts which were audited for the first time in three years, as were the two previous years'.

The men's interclub pennants format remains unchanged for the next two years.

The search for a replacement for golf development manager Stephen Wood is down to five applicants.

Wood was credited with much of the success of the men's representative team, for helping establish the Lower North Island order of merit and for his work over five years which he predicted would lead to Manawatu-Wanganui winning the interprovincial this year.

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Huia Niall (Linton Camp) stood down from the board last night.

Feilding's Russell Parker offered to serve the association on behalf of nine-hole golfers, who he said were showing the biggest growth in the sport and "it is about time we had a say at Manawatu-Wanganui level".

He said 114 nine-holers played at Marton yesterday and they would like a champion-of-champions tournament.

ON BOARD

Manawatu-Wanganui board: Geoff Ross (Linton Camp) chairman, Hugh Glendinning (Manawatu), Martin Townend (nominated by Marton), Glen Finlayson (Feilding), Caroline Scott (Wanganui).

Men's committee: Finlayson chairman, Peter Bull (Levin), Boy Manunui (Rangatira), Russell McDonald (Marton), Craig Nash (Manawatu), Ben Potaka (Tawhero).

Women's committee: Caroline Scott (Wanganui) chairwoman, Deborah Archer (Manawatu), Shireen Harold (Linton Camp), Karen Manninen (Manawatu), Gay Martin (Feilding), Julie Verry (Manawatu).

- The Manawatu Standard

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