EXPOL Pro-Am golf tournament a driving success!
February 27, 2020 at 3:13 PM
At EXPOL, we’re big supporters of golf as a great Kiwi sport. We showed our love for it and the local community in Waihi earlier this month when we sponsored the EXPOL Pro-Am golf tournament on February 15.
It was a blue-sky day when 120 golfers, including 30 professionals assembled at Waihi Golf Club to play in the tournament. Participating teams were made up of three amateurs and one professional golfer.
EXPOL Director Terry Mischefski explains: “Bringing professionals and amateurs together like this can be really good for both groups. For amateurs it’s often inspirational to play alongside a pro and for the professionals it means access to more paid play and practice in the lead-up to the New Zealand Open. It’s great for golf – and it can be a great way to introduce the sport to new players.”
For the local Waihi community, the competition offered the opportunity to showcase its golf course to the rest of the country and for local businesses to benefit from the influx of out-of-town players. It was also a great chance for Waihi’s keenest golfers to practice their swing by playing or to join the crowd of spectators for a day of fun.
The tournament got off to a flying start. Waihi Golf Club member of fifty years, ninety-year-old Bob Hoggard was invited to hit the ball before players dispersed to their tees for the shot-gun start. For hungry golfers and spectators, the EXPOL team had a barbeque set up, grilling sausages throughout the day – and Polly the Penguin even made a few appearances on the course.
After some fierce competition, Hastings pro Daniel Pearce was named the overall tournament winner.
Terry says, “it was a fantastic day. Waihi Golf Club, the tournament organising committee, club members and our own EXPOL team all put in a huge effort to make the day a real success. It was great to see so much excitement and enthusiasm for the game and for the tournament. While the team I played with didn’t place it was a fantastic experience.”
“For me the highlight was chatting to so many people – pros and amateurs alike – who were so pleased to have taken part and wanted to thank us for our role. It drove home what a great thing an event like this can be for the sport and for a smaller community. I’m really pleased we helped make it happen.”
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