Final results after 4 rounds of the Hawkes Bay 4-Course Classic


Press Release 2016 Hawkes Bay 4-Course Golf & Wine Classic

Final Results & Report

Friday 04 November 

The inaugural Hawkes Bay 4-Course Classic celebrating golf and wine across the region finished with winners from Nelson, Purangi, Royal Auckland and Mt Maunganui, taking line honours. 

Over 110 golfers and partners from 45 golf clubs in New Zealand, Australia, the USA and Fiji have been competing in a 4-day event, playing Maraenui, Napier, Hawkes Bay and Hastings golf clubs. The men’s and women’s field was split into 5 divisions by handicap with a concurrent stroke play competition for lower handicap players.  The main competition being stableford, with daily prizes, awarded, recognising the top scores at each course. 

Shirley Otton (Nelson) won the women’s 1st division with 151 points, and a 6- point margin over Sherrill Jeeves (Sherwood Park) in second place.  Kathy Maxwell (Windross Farm) was awarded 3rd place, one shot behind, on a count-back from Judy Hart (Remuera). 

Maxine Kavalli (Purangi) led all week in the women’s 2nd division, finishing on 154 points, a 6-shot lead over the field.   Younghwa Lee (Waitemata) was placed 2nd, on 148 points, and in 3rd, Gretchen Brown (Feilding) one shot back. 

Another Purangi member, Tim Barlett took line honours in the men’s 1st division with a final score of 158 stableford points, the largest winning margin over the 5 groups.   17 shots back was Brian Murphy (Marenui), with Philip Green (Nudgee, Australia) one shot back, on 140 points, taking 3rd place. 

John Henley (Royal Auckland) with 146 points, won the men’s 2nd division, 3 shots ahead of Jack Callesen (Omanu) on 143.  Fellow Omanu club-member Kevin Powell came 3rd, with 142 points. 

Bill Potze (Mt Maunganui) had a solid week leading in all four rounds, and finishing on 159 to be awarded the top place in the men’s 3rd division, 4 shots ahead of the field.  Bob Walker (Purangi) in 2nd, with Peter Wright (Waihi) in 3rd on 146 points. 

Eleanor Hodson (New Plymouth), an accomplished Taranaki representative won the Women’s Stroke Award with rounds of 88, 85, 82 and 90 for a final score of 345. Two men were tied on 320, and were recognised as the leading stroke play scores – Craig Maxwell (78, 79, 82, 81) and Kevin Yeo (81, 77, 81, 81) sharing the top prize.  Maxwell is a member of Auckland’s recently opened Windross Farm, Yeo a visiting golfer from Australia, Redcliff his home club. 

The tournament was managed and promoted by PaR nz Golfing Holidays, New Zealand’s largest golf tour and tournament operator, supported by the four clubs and in conjunction with Napier City Council, the Art Deco Society and Hawkes Bay Tourism. 

International brands, TaylorMade, Bosch, Neff and Gaggenau were the main tournament sponsors along with one of Hawkes Bay’s leading wineries, Trinity Hill. PaR nz Golfing Holidays sponsor TomTom complemented the prestigious group of partners to the event. 

In addition to the four rounds, players and partners enjoyed local cuisine at each of the courses, with wine matching from Trinity Hill.   

PaR nz Golfing Holidays are expecting that the tournament will, at least, double if not increase significantly and already have forward registrations from Australian golfers. PaR nz Golfing Holidays are in discussions with the four clubs to set dates in November and the 2017 programme, which will be released shortly, along with complementary golf packages for overseas players.  

For more information contact

Denise Langdon

Tournament Director

Phone 0275 662 385