Austrailia Tour 2019
Firstly, I would like to start with a very big thank you to Paul Rauputu and Kerry Edgecombe for their time and commitment organising throughout the year and coordinating a great trip, everyone appreciated their hard work.
On August 19th, 15 Manukorihi members departed Auckland for Coolangatta Airport to embark on a week long golf tour on the Gold Coast.
After landing safely and boarding our two mini vans we were whisked away to Tweed Heads Golf Club, a short drive from the airport. Slightly lethargic bodies swung hopefully on the first tee but it was the prepacked lunch/beer at the halfway point that gathered the most applause! A tight course with lots of unfortunately placed bunkers made this course a difficult test first up, leave the driver at home. Ricey the victor on 38 points. Average across the field 29 points.
The Royal Pines course was the host of the 2019 Aus PGA and it didnt disappoint with long narrow fairways and bunker clad greens, a stern test for most golfers even off the whites. The pace of the greens catching many unaware with 62 3 putts recorded, an average of 4.2 per player. John Van Der Leden was the winner of the day with 35 points, average STFD across the field 27.