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Canterbury Golf Inc: Chairmanís Report, December 2012.
As I write this, the 5th Annual Report of Aorangi
South Canterbury Golf Inc, I look back on a year that on the
face of it reflects business as usual around our core activities
of programming, interclub and representative golfing activities.
Whilst that is of course true, much more has also been happening
that is not quite so transparent but has strong implications as
to where our golfing community progresses in the future.
You will recall that early in the year golf
received some provocative coverage in the local (South
Canterbury) media about ďto many golf coursesĒ. As I visited
clubs throughout the year and caught up with members during
these visits and at other activities such as pennant games and
tournaments, this was also a comment that was raised informally
with me on many occasions. This is a challenging subject and not
easy to address, but clearly is one that does matter. As Clubs,
your response to that issue was one that did not require a
direct involvement of the Board Ė indeed we are not clearly
mandated to become directly involved in, nor do we necessarily
have the resources to support. Whilst respecting that view, it
also falls upon the Association to ďfoster the growth and
control the development of golfĒ. It goes without saying the
most critical function is ensuring the fiscal health of club and
I know that is always at the forefront of administrative
undertakings. However, I feel I would be remiss in not
recognising the subject with you all again, and I ask that you
do not close your minds to any option that looks at what is best
for golf overall in our district.
At NZ Golf level, there has also been
significant discussion about the deteriorating health of the
game, from the reduction of playing numbers to the pressure on
the current infrastructure and resources available. To this end
a review of the administrative infrastructure around delivery of
the game of golf was instigated during the year. We await
reports and recommendations that look both at the future of
District Associations and also mechanisms that can be instigated
where NZ Golf can better offer support down to Club level to
deal with the challenges faced. Consultation will follow in the
new year and I ask for your active involvement and feedback in
this process when this is sought.
The mainstay of our activities continues to be our interclub
pennant competitions. These remain stable and well supported at
most levels, particularly the handicap grades, and as always are
keenly fought over the duration of the competition. It was a
concern, however, to see our premier Menís Competition (Holmes
Cup) reduced to just 5 clubs in 2012. The Mensí forum in August
signalled a status quo for 2013, and whilst that clearly meets
the general needs of golfing community, my challenge to both
Clubs and players alike is to field teams that stretch
A look back at the period that aligns with this report [Oct-11
to Sep-12] shows our representative teams struggled at both
South Island and National events, with the exception of the
Menís Freyberg Masters Team which showed an improvement on
recent years with a top 10 result. Endeavouring to improve our
position coming into the events at the end of 2012, we saw some
positive developments. The introduction of a North Vís South
matchup between leading players in the district was instigated
and involved 40+ men golfers to create good trial activity. The
Womenís selectors also instigated a Development programme
exposing a number of new players to the fringes of
representative golf. It is apparent that these initiatives are
working towards better results in the coming representative
Our GDM, Graham Keen, continues to do well in coordinating the
KiwiGolf programme through the local schools network, and
meeting the requirements and targets set through the national
body - well done Graham and your team of presenters. However, it
is only as good as the support offered within clubs to convert
these opportunities once youngsters have been exposed to the
game. To the clubs that do, congratulations on developing these
programmes and I am sure the benefits will flow on from these
efforts. For other clubs that donít, on Grahamís behalf I again
encourage you look at this area to grow your base by capturing
and offering a pathway for the young people in your catchment to
join our game.
General: Thanks as always must go
to the people who help our organisation operate. To all of the
Board members for their involvement throughout the year, in
particular Lesley Dobbs and Peter Rae in running match
activities for Womenís and Menís golf respectively; to Peter
also for his work in administering finances; Janet Rae as she
continues to undertake her Secretarial role with diligence;
Susan Lyttle for the administration and maintenance of the
Associations website; and also our various selectors and
To the Clubs I have been able to visit
throughout the year, thanks also for your hospitality, as well
as your feedback and views on golfing matters. As I reflect on
these, it shows me we are still passionate about our game and
the fellowship it brings.
Best wishes for the break over festive season
and summer ahead. I personally look forward to embracing the
challenges that await us all in 2013 and being available to
assist with progression of those matters affecting the game
within our District.
Aorangi South Canterbury Golf inc: Chairmanís
Report , November 2011.
It gives me pleasure
to present what is the 4th Annual Report of Aorangi
South Canterbury Golf Inc, and my first in the chair. It has
been an interesting year and one that has offered challenges
across all aspects of golf operations that we touch.
The first challenge
arose at the 2010 AGM where regrettably there were insufficient
nominations received to fill the spaces for the incoming Board.
We were fortunate this was resolved promptly and pleased to
welcome Barbara OíConnell and Jenny Kellahan as co-opted members
to fill the shortfall. Along with them, I would like to thank
Peter Rae, Lesley Dobbs, Michelle Kelly and Neil Macdonald for
the work and efforts during the year running the organisation.
Michelle and Neil are both retiring from board this year and
extra thanks to them for their contributions over a number of
The start to the golfing season was also a little scratchy Ö who
can forget the extraordinary temperature we were faced with on
Waitangi Day at Fairlie? I am pleased to say that other than a
few late season weather interruptions to planned pennant final
series dates and the womenís Champion of Champions, the golfing
programme has run smoothly this year. All pennant series were
vibrant and competitive as normal and continue to be the
mainstay of golfing activities. It was also good to see Mixed
Pennants back on the calendar this year and fill a gap that was
noted by a number of member clubs. The Lowe Cup and St Andrews
Shield challenge trophies continue to be contested, with good
tenures in the former from Waimate and more recently St Andrews,
and Gleniti having a strong hold on the later.
Well supported and
productive Forums for Women, Men and Juniors were held during
the year and feedback from these is always valuable and welcome
as the board endeavours to deliver on the Club wishes for
golfing activities. Whilst these Forums give some formality to
the communication process, please feel free to continue to
contribute your ideas throughout the year.
The increase in the
number of clubs running HSBC events this year has been good to
note, the format not being hard to run and ultimately giving the
general club golfer a great opportunity to get to a national
final. Good to see.
GDM & Junior
Golf: Graham Keen has had a busy
year. On top of his core duties in ensuring the successful
delivery of KiwiGolf via the schools, along with presenters
Janelle Amalfitano and Pat Bell, and coaching of coaches which
was done through a Gateway training day, his other successes
include the Junior Tiger day and a very successful junior series
of events throughout the school holiday periods. This series is
now established across the whole territory and well communicated
to our junior golfers, and thanks go to the players, parents and
clubs alike for their support. Thanks Graham for your
enthusiastic and passionate efforts.
go to all clubs and their volunteers who have developed and run
regular junior programmes. A special mention also to Andre van
Staden, our sole district professional, for his growing efforts
developing young golfers. Junior golf is a focus that NZ Golf
are encouraging as part of future security of our game and it
really is a buzz to go along and see these youngsters of all
shapes and sizes enjoying the game. For those clubs who have yet
to get programmes established you really are missing
The 2011 playing year will not be recalled as a stellar year for
Aorangi SC teams as we finished in the bottom percentile of
respective National and South Island events. Our players
continue to do there best and represent the district with pride
in what is an extremely competitive and high level of
competition. Thanks to our team of selectors, Jenny Kellahan,
Barbara OíConnell, Chris Dawson, Daniel Perham, Simon Wright and
Mike Dash for your efforts. Representative golf is a core
activity of a District Associationís existence and one that we
are required to commit to within the NZ Golf structure. As a
result, it creates opportunities for our players to be part of
the highest level and we shown in the past we can achieve
nationally and can do some again with good planning, programmes
Individually we did
see national recognition for ASC players. Robbie Bell (Ashburton)
achieved selection with the NZ Seniors team; Tim Leonard (Timaru)
retained a place in the top 12 players in the country via the NZ
Golf Development Squad; Catherine Bell (Ashburton) a NZ Golf
junior team trip to Australia and along with Jordan Green (Ashburton)
attended NZ Golf selected training/coaching camps. In addition,
Rod Patterson (Waimate) was appointed a NZ Menís selector and
Anne Seed (Timaru) continued her role as a NZ Womenís selector.
We are all proud of your achievements.
A number of high profile events were also held in our district
during the year as we played our part in the NZ golfing
calendar. Congratulations go to the Gleniti and Ashburton Clubs
for bringing Professional golf back to the region with the
Legends Tour events in the early part of the year. SI Amateur
and SI Under 19 tournaments were held at Timaru, and Geraldine
held a very successful NZ Womenís Autumn Foursomes. Well done.
As always, thanks to
our Secretary Janet Rae for all the work she does in
administering our organisations affairs Ė no easy task. Also to
Susan Lyttle who maintains a very comprehensive and high quality
website that continues to deliver an essential and growing
method of communication to our members.
A report this year
would not be complete without mention of the dramatic events of
the Christchurch earthquake. We were fortunate that this
devastating event did not have any physical effects on any of
our clubs in the way it did with our very good friends in that
city and surrounds where a number of clubs experienced major
damage to their facilities. It is with pride I note the number
of our clubs who showed support of both sister clubs and the
wider effected community through funds raised/donated at events
and around your clubhouses, and equally the welcome you were
able to give to those visitors from Christchurch when they
escaped the environment to support your tournaments.
I have not been able
to visit as many clubs as I wished during the course of this
year, but for those where I did make it, whether it be just to
call in or as part of a golf activities, thanks for you welcome
and hospitality. For those I did not reach, I hope the
opportunity exists for me to do so in 2012. I have enjoyed the
role as Chairperson, as busy as it has been, and thank you as
member clubs, officials and players alike for the support and
Best wishes for the
festive season and a relaxing summer break, and we look forward
to an enjoyable and successful 2012 golfing season.
Presidents Report 2010
Aorangi South Canterbury Golf Inc
3rd Annual Report
I have much pleasure in presenting the 3rd Annual
report of the Aorangi South Canterbury Golf Inc.
This year started with the Waitangi Day tournament which was won
by Fairlie. This is a great event for Club executives all to
meet and exchange ideas.
Forums for Women have been held in March and July and the Men
held on in September. These were all supported very well, and
with positive feedback these days should be continued.
Strategic Plan. The Board members formatted this earlier in the
year, and it has been sent out to all Clubs. If we all work
together the goals will be achieved.
Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and
working together is success.
This quote from Henry Ford is very appropriate and we hope the
progress continues year after year.
GDM. In April Graham Keen was employed as our new Golf
Development Manager. It is pleasing to see the results of his
work coming through with the Juniors. Tournaments have been
organised in the School Holidays, and thanks must go to the bank
of helpers on the Junior Committee who have helped as well. If
the enthusiasm from Volunteers continues, our Golf clubs will
benefit from this and have younger members playing golf in this
region, something that is lacking in most clubs at present.
Janelle Amalfitano and Pat Bell are the Kiwi Presenters and have
been teaching the skills in schools. By the end of the year 11
schools will have been visited in the region with 692 children
having 3 lessons. 3 schools are booked in for next year with 6
to confirm. Thanks Graham for a great start.
Representative. Players have performed to the best of their
ability in all fixtures, some with great success. They have all
received ongoing coaching, and this has helped immensely both in
men and women. Thanks must go to the selectors, Anne Seed,
Catherine Knight, Rod Patterson, Brian Leonard, and Mike Dash
and Managers who give up their time to organise the trials and
arrangements for the representative tournaments.
HSBC. I was very disappointed in the clubs for not entering
into this 9 hole challenge. Only 2 clubs St Andrews and Maungati
obviously read about the information that you all received about
this event. Maybe these two clubs were lucky as 7 of the ones
that entered, now have a trip to North Shore to play in the NZ
final. Maybe even a trip to Singapore. Perhaps next year
more clubs will look into it a bit more. Remember it is for all
golfers not only 9 holers.
Thanks to Susan Lyttle who is very efficient and keeps the
Website up to date, with the news, photos, results and
tournaments. Please continue to send these in to our website.
I have been told that Aorangi South Canterbury is one of the
best. I know that some clubs have problems finding articles but
hopefully this will improve with more use.
We did not print a handbook this year, as we did not have
sponsors, but it would be good to produce a ring manual for Club
Captains and Secretaries to use with all the pennant,
association tournaments, conditions, names and addresses of
contacts in clubs and the programme. The manual could be
updated when there were changes. A charge for these and clubs
could order as many as they need.
Presidents Day. As we have a very successful Waitangi day, I
donít see any need for having this event. Perhaps we have a
mixed fund-raiser tournament instead, Trophies could still be
used on this day.
I would like to sincerely thank Peter Hayes Vice Chairman, Peter
Rae treasurer and Menís Match Convenor, Lesley Dobbs, Womenís
Match Convenor, Neil Macdonald, Grant Williams, and Michelle
Kelly for all their work in all fields. Budgets, constitution,
and strategic plans all were a lot of work throughout the year.
Special thanks to Janet Rae our secretary who has worked
willingly with every request that had to be done. Thank you
all. Good team work.
As this is my last year, I would like to thank all the clubs for
your support and encouragement. Invitations to your Tournaments
were much appreciated, and I have enjoyed the experience of
being part of the Board and the administration.
I wish the incoming board members every success and hope you
enjoy it as much as I have
A Merry Christmas to you all, good health and good golfing for
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