Final winners announced 2018 Hawkes Bay 4-Course Golf & Wine Classic



3rd November 2018

The 3rd annual Hawkes Bay 4-Course Golf & Wine Classic was hosted by PaR nz Golfing Holidays with the support of the four district golf clubs - Hastings GC, Napier GC, Maraenui GC and Hawkes Bay GC. 

The tournament attracted 180 golfers from over 65 golf clubs across New Zealand and Australia. The competition was individual stableford with new divisions for teams and super seniors being introduced in 2018.

Competitors played the 4 courses over 5 days including a ‘rest day’ to allow golfers the opportunity to play tourist with options for cycle tours, wine tours, aquarium visits or to play the world ranked Cape Kidnappers.

The main aim of the event was to attract golfers to the sunny Hawkes Bay region to showcase not only the golf courses but all the region has to offer, which is plenty!

Across 9 divisions we had men and women winners from Randwick, Piopio Aria, Windross Farm, New Plymouth, Matamata, Patea, Waikare, Thames, Greenacres and Ngaruawahia.

The men’s and women’s field was split into 4 competition divisions by handicap with a concurrent stroke play competition for lower handicap players.  The main competition awarded daily prizes sponsored Trinity Hill Wines.  

Recognising the overall winners: - Kathy Honeyfield (Patea) won the women’s 1st division (HCP: 0 - 20.9) with 141 points. This was a closely contested field with the lead changing on a regular basis. In second place was Sue Roberston (North Shore) on 140 points winning on countback from Sheelah Lamb (Matamata) in 3rd place. 

Dianne Meyer (Waikare) came charging through the field on the last day with a massive 47 points to take out the women’s 2nd division (HCP: 21.0+), finishing on 161 points, an 8-shot lead over the field. Julie Warner (Martinborough) was placed 2nd, on 153 points, and in 3rd, Susie Hwang (Pupuke) two shots back on 151 points. 

Piopio Aria GC member, Adrian Verry took line honours in the men’s 1st division (HCP: 0 - 16.9) with a final score of 158 stableford points. Adrian played extremely well over the first three rounds with scores of 47, 39, 41 but almost gave his lead away with a 31 on the last day at Napier GC. It was however enough to hold off 2nd place Grant Pope (Waimarino) on 157 points with Richard Tippett a local from Napier GC taking out 3rd with 155 points on countback.

Bernard Leonard (Windross Farm) with 160 points, won the men’s 2nd division (HCP: 17.0+). Bernards win was even more impressive given he was also competing in the super senior's division. He won on countback over John Han (Shandon).  Boulcotts Farm's George Kelly came 3rd, on 158 points. 

The Women's Gross Division was a tie with Joanne McDonald (New Plymouth) and Susan Hancock (Matamata) both scoring 327 over 4 rounds.

The Mens Gross Division was won by first time visitor and Aussie Michael Todd from Randwick GC. His scores of 75, 76, 75 and an 81 on the final day at Napier GC in tough windy conditions saw him the clear winner by 6 strokes.

The Women's Super Seniors (+70 years) was won by Anita Kelling (Greenacres) on 149 points from Helen Verry (Piopio Aria) on 146 points.

The Men's Super Seniors was taken out by Ike Ashworth (Thames) on 155 points from Ross Morten (Boulcotts Farm) on 147 points c/b.

The Teams competition was lots of fun with women, men and mixed combinations fighting it out for the victory. Winning with 473 points after 4 rounds counting best '3 of 4 stablefords' was Team 'Ewe Lot' - a friends combination of Dianne & Gary Meyer (Waikare) with Judy & Brian Thomson (Ngaruawahia). 

Full individual results and team scores can be found on our website under scoreboards.

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 local supporters - the Art Deco Society, Mercedes Benz Hawkes Bay and the National Aquarium. 

International brands, TaylorMade, Bosch, Neff and Gaggenau were the main tournament sponsors along with one of Hawkes Bay’s leading wineries, Trinity Hill Wines.

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 continue to grow in numbers with the announcement of a possible inclusion of Cape Kidnappers to the course line-up in 2019.

PaR nz Golfing Holidays have yet to set the programme and dates for 2019. These will be announced to the players over the next month along with golf packages for overseas players.  

For more information contact

Kim Buckley

Tournament Director

Phone 021 373 502