Tournament tops attendance record

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The Heriot Golf Club’s annual 27-hole mixed tournament hit an all-time high this year.

The tournament, which is open to men’s, women’s and mixed teams, drew 70 participants, topping the previous record of 54.

Heriot Golf Club committee member Leanna Slack said the day was fantastic.

“It was the biggest field we have put on for years,” Slack said.

“We had 36 teams entered, but one dropped out on the day.”

Slack said the reputation the tournament had was the reason for the record turnout.

“The course is just fantastic – the food and the prizes are great, too. We were told for such a small club we do really great prizes.

“The players don’t care about winning or losing; they just have such a good time.

“We get nothing but positive feedback.”

The popularity of the day even resulted in players being turned away, she said.

“We had people ringing up on the day to play and we had to turn them away. We’ve never had to turn anyone away before.”

Slack said it would be best to get in early next year.

She said the Heriot Golf Club members all worked hard to make sure the tournament was a success.

“We don’t have many members, so we all do about three jobs. We are there every day after work the week leading up [to the tournament].

“Nick Aitken is our greenkeeper and he did a fantastic job. George Horrell looks after the fairways and rough, where everything is pristine at all times.”

Over the weekend the club gave out more than $3000 worth of prizes.

The first and second place-getters both received a quarter of a cattle beast.

Slack said the club held two tournaments a year, the other being a midweek mixed tournament in June.

RESULTS


1. R & J Maniapoto

2. Levi McCall & Bruce Chittock

3. Paul Slack & Ivan Roulston

4. Julien & Jackson Kelly

5. Scott & Lee Stiven

6. Robert & Mary Anne Kane

7. Helen Baird & Brian Mills

8. Ross Grant & Graham Brown

9. Tubby Brown & Joseph Laban

10. Tony Livingston & Tony Williams