During the early part of 2006, a suggestion of possible
amalgamation of the golfing interests of the separately operated
organisations running golf for both men and women throughout the
Hawke’s Bay region and part of Poverty Bay, was proposed.
During the course of subsequent discussions between the two
parties, it was decided that the proposal contained considerable
merit, especially if it could be extended to include both the men
and women of the Poverty Bay Golf Association, a small group of
clubs in the East Cape area of the North Island of New Zealand.
The women of that enlarged area have long been closely associated
with their Hawke’s Bay counterparts through the auspices of the
Hawke’s Bay Poverty Bay Women’s District Golf Association, an
unofficial, non-incorporated society, as defined by the Act, however
the Poverty Bay men have preferred meantime anyway, to maintain
their long-standing independence of a separate organisation,
affiliated to New Zealand Golf.
The two other groups (Golf Hawke’s Bay and the Hawke’s Bay –
Poverty Bay Women’s District Golf Association, signed documents of
amalgamation and on 1st December, 2006, the new body “Golf Hawke’s Bay & Poverty Bay Women Inc, became established.
As at 1st December 2006, the old 16 person Council of the former
Golf Hawke’s Bay Incorporated, was disbanded and replaced with a
Board currently comprising:
A male President (Mr Alan Chapman) and a female President (Mrs
A Vice President – Ms Ros Evans
Three elected members – Mrs Kathy Olsen, Mr Wayne Mudgway & Mr
Mr Chapman is the current Chairman of the Board.
The old Management Committee under the Golf Hawke’s Bay regime was
also disbanded and has been replaced with two Golf Committees, each one
representative of its gender.
The current representatives of the two bodies are:-
Men’s Golf Committee:
Mr. Alan Chapman (Chair) Mr Grayson Joines
(Dannevirke); Mr Dennis Hirschman (Hastings); Mr Alasdair Couston
(HB Golf Club); Mr Peter Trowbridge (Maraenui); Mr Russell Burns
(Napier); Mr Peter Nash (Wairoa); Mr Kevin Pike (Waipukurau); Mr
Warren McCarthy (Te Pohue &
representing the other small clubs in the Northern Region); Mr John
Swinburne (Onga Onga and representing the smaller clubs of the Southern
Region) and Mr Allen Forrest (Porangahau, representing also the small
clubs in the Southern Region).
Women’s Golf Committee:
Mrs Janice Roberts (Chairperson); Ms Ros Evans Mrs Brenda Neal
(Napier) and Mrs Jennifer Hartley (Hastings), jointly representing
the Central Zone clubs; Mrs Margo Shanks and Mrs
Verna Harnett (Poverty Bay GC) both representing the Northern Zone
clubs, and Mrs Shona de Latour (Takapau) with Mrs Jenny Peacock representing those clubs in the Southern Zone of the
The two Golf Committees now oversee the smooth running of all aspects
of the game within the jurisdiction of the Golf H.B. & P.B.W. Inc Association’s
area of responsibility.
The Golf H.B. & P.B.W. Inc Executive Officer is an ex officio
(non-voting) Secretary to both the Board and the two golf committees.
The Board meets bi-monthly and the Men’s Golf Committee also meets
Women’s Golf Committee meets whenever it is convenient for all their
delegates to be in the same place at the same time, usually during the
running of a major golfing event and approximately three or four times
Annual General Meeting:
The Annual General Meeting of Golf H.B. & P.B.W. Inc is held in
February. Main business is to elect officers for the new year, set
levies and take notices of motion and ratify the Presidential Reports
for the financial year which end on 30th November.
There is one permanent part-time employee who works for the
Association, namely an Executive Officer (Neil Munro) who looks
after the administration, operations and financial accounting sides
of the organisation. The local Golf Professional services, Sharpies
Ltd are contracted to assist deliver the Junior Development programs
in conjunction with NZ Golf.
No organisation such as ours, could operate without the assistance of
a large number of volunteers. In particular, the following play a major
role in the activities of Golf H.B. & P.B.W. Inc in their separate areas of
Two male representative selectors (Mr. Hugh Eaglesome & Mr Andrew
McNair) and female selectors Mrs Janice Roberts and Mrs Kathy Olsen.
A Junior Convenor & an Assistant Junior Manager/selector Mr Noel Stubbs.
A Course Rating Committee (Messrs. Leith MacInnes, John Henderson, David Stratford, Barry Forbes
& Bill Wills) & Mrs Gael
Roebuck for the Women’s courses.
The Association is a “non-profit” organisation, a member of the
Incorporated Societies made up of its constituent members, in our case
the 20 golf clubs of the old Golf Hawke’s Bay District, and the ladies’
clubs (existing within the framework of the men’s clubs in the Poverty
Bay District) ranging geographically from Te Puia Springs in the North
of Poverty Bay, to Pongaroa, Cape Turnagain and Dannevirke in the
Southern part of Hawke’s Bay.
So what do we do?
Our role is portrayed in many different ways. The Association firstly
acts as an advisory body to its constituent clubs and their 5000 male
and female players, and provides linkage to New Zealand Golf.
Golf HB & PBW (Inc) is responsible for organising and running the
following annual inter-club events:-
||The Greenwood Cup, our premier inter-club
stroke play competition for men
||The annual Pennants competition –
championship (stroke play) and handicap (match play)
||The annual men’s Coronation Cup handicap
||The District National Inter-club play-off
||The GHB Senior Teams Championship
||The GHB Secondary Schools Championships
||The GHB Junior Age Group Championships
||The GHB Junior Stroke Play Championships (in association with the
Hawke’s Bay Eagles Golfing Society)
|The GHB Champion of Champions event
||An annual fund-raising tournament for the
benefit of the Association
The Association’s selectors and the Junior Convenor/Manager/Selector,
spend a large amount of their own time travelling in the District, and
indeed outside it occasionally, watching our senior and junior
representative players and managing both senior and junior teams. They
then meet and discuss their findings with Council before selecting teams
for the following events:-
||The SBS Invitational tournament, played annually at Invercargill
against provincial teams from throughout the whole of New Zealand
||The annual inter-district Lower Regions
Quadrangular tournament played between senior and junior
teams from Wairarapa, Wellington,
Manawatu-Wanganui and Hawke’s Bay
||The Grant Clements Memorial tournament
played annually at Mt. Maunganui played by two-man teams representing most provinces throughout
||The annual inter-district BayHarbour Quadrangular tournament played
between North Harbour, Bay of Plenty, Poverty Bay and Hawke’s Bay.
||An annual challenge match against
Wellington senior and junior representative teams
||The annual challenge match against
Auckland senior and junior teams
||The annual Interprovincial Quadrangular
tournament played between senior and junior teams from
Poverty Bay, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay
||The Shand Cup and Salver Quadrangular between Wellington,
Manawatu-Wanganui, Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay
||The Lion Foundation Inter-Provincial
tournament – the premier NZ Golf competition involving all
New Zealand provincial representative teams
||The annual Masters Interprovincial
tournament, also a New Zealand Golf event played in the same
format as the Lion Interprovincial but with players over 40
years of age.
In addition to the foregoing, our Junior Convenor, in association
with the two selectors, also selects teams of junior representatives for
confirmation by Council, to represent Hawke’s Bay at the following
||The annual Under 23 Teams Tournament at Taupo
||A junior development quadrangular
tournament held annually at Taupo
GC between teams from Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu-Wanganui and
||An annual junior challenge match against Wairarapa at Pahiatua GC
|| The annual Booth Shield competition
||The annual North Island Junior
Inter-provincial tournament at Cambridge GC
||Junior Academy representatives
||Academy players for the N.Z. Under 19 and Under 23 individual stroke
The Hawke’s Bay Junior Golf Academy:
The Junior Convenor is also the key person in selecting players for,
and organising the activities of the Hawke’s Bay Junior Golf Academy.
Each year, 10 promising young golfers are afforded an opportunity to
undergo extensive additional coaching with a long-term view to their
becoming junior and later, senior representatives for their province. As
a part of these processes, the Junior Convenor is also deeply involved
in the activities of the H.B. Junior Golfing Society Inter-Club program
each year, played within the District. The Junior Golfing Society in
Hawke’s Bay is affiliated to the NZ Council of Junior Golf Societies
Hawkes Bay Golf Referees’ Association:
This is a separate body established for the purpose of advancing the
education of players and volunteers alike who undertake the important
task of providing rules officials for most of the District’s inter-club
and national and international tournaments which are played on their
courses from time to time. The Association conducts an annual study
course and examination on the rules of golf, for anyone who is
interested in pursuing certification as an official referee.
The H.B. Golf Referees’ Association is a separately structured and
independent organisation under the auspices of the Incorporated
Societies Act but works very closely with Golf HB & PBW Inc.
This role is pivotal around the administrative activities of Golf H.B.
& P.B.W. Inc as a small business unit. The role which reports to the Chairman
of the Board, is responsible for the overall day-to-day running of the
Association, management of its staff, accounting and financial
functions, logistics and operations associated with organising
tournaments, fund-raising to allow representative teams to travel
inter-district nationally for competition, arranging travel and
accommodation for representative players going to both local and
national events, arranging and recording minutes from meetings of the Board and Golf
Committees, and overseeing preparations for District events and some of
the regular competitions run by the Association each year on behalf of
New Zealand Golf. The Executive Officer also acts as Manager of the
Association Junior Academy
Junior Golf Development Manager:
Late 2008 Golf H.B.
& P.B.W. Inc, contracted this role to the local Golf Professional firm
"Sharpies Ltd" The trainee PGA professional Jasmine Wilson undertakes
this role and reports to the Executive Officer together with a direct
reporting function with New Zealand Golf junior golf strategy and
development staff in Wellington, and who are responsible for delivering
the Junior Golf Development program into schools and clubs throughout
Funding for the Junior Golf program is partially met by grants from
New Zealand Golf but a part of the financial responsibility for
the position falls on the local Association, in partnership with the
Course Rating Committee:
The activities of this small group of volunteers should not be
overlooked. There is a responsibility cast upon District Associations to
create a unit that is both experienced in, and knowledgeable about what
it is that makes a golf course easy or difficult to negotiate, and how
that should relate to the handicap ratings which form the basis of our
new handicapping system. These unsung heroes of the fairways and greens
go about their task with little fuss and are largely invisible and
unknown to the average club player, whose course is currently rated
twice every five years or so. For our
purposes, this is a time-consuming but vital task, appreciated the
moreso by our Association, which relies heavily on the commitment of the
people involved, and in particular, their voluntary contribution to the
work of Golf HB & PBW.
The Association funds its activities from three major sources, viz.
an annual levy imposed on all registered full playing and summer members
in the H.B. District, assistance grants from the wider New Zealand Golf
pools, and finally from gaming trusts and commercial organisations,
relying largely on the goodwill and largesse of the local and national
charities and communities which operate distribution programs for the
proceeds of gaming machines in pubs.
Currently, Golf H.B. has an annual operating budget of a little over
$140,000 based on 2009 income and expenditure expectations, which
theoretically requires to be met by income deriving from grants and
levies from the sources identified earlier. Perusal of the Association’s
Balance Sheet reveals there is little in the way of tangible assets
existing and the monthly Income and Expenditure accounts show clearly
that its small reserves are now steadily eroding. Since the legislation
passed by Government two years or so ago, firstly on the manner in which
gaming machine monies are controlled and dispersed, and secondly on the
smoke-free environment created in hotels, cafes, bars, clubs, etc., the consequential drop in patronage and therefore
funds throughput diminishing, the gaming trust source for finance is
rapidly drying up - not entirely, but
on current reckoning, by about 25-30% in the past year. As Government
control spreads its tentacles during 2007 and beyond and a
quasi-Government organisation is set up to monitor and control funds
distribution, requiring itself a large slice of the gaming monies for
its own administration, clubs and organisations like Golf H.B. & P.B.W.
are going to find that the opportunities previously available for
funding, will be quickly and very severely, eroded....
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