TSB Bank Nelson Festival of Golf
2017 Tournament Report
124 players from 49 golf clubs throughout New Zealand and Australia enjoyed wonderful weather and playing conditions during this year’s tournament.
The Nelson region is renowned for its fabulous sunshine hours, and we did not disappoint the visitors. Not only did we have sunshine every day, but snow-capped mountains mornings too.
Many of the visitors were here for the first time, and I think it’s safe to say that they were impressed with what we had to offer them in the way of great golf courses and weather.
The tournament committee of Derek & Jeane Drysdale, Euan Milne, Sue Schofield and Allison O’Donnell were thrilled to have a full entry list two months ahead of the event, a terrific compliment to everyone involved. The committee would like to thank everyone who played in the event this year and trust that they will be spreading the word to all their club members on their return to their home courses.
As in previous years, the tournament generated a terrific atmosphere. Everyone was having a fun time, no matter whether their golf was good, bad or indifferent. The clubhouses were full to brimming after each day’s play and the sound of laughter could be heard from a distance. Tournament Director, Derek Drysdale, is somewhat known for his sense of humour – keeping everyone in jovial mood with his wealth of funny stories!
All three golf clubs involved played their part, as all the courses were presented to a very high standard. The organizing committee received many compliments on the wonderful state of the courses, so all three green keeping teams should be congratulated for their fine efforts.
Thanks also go to Motueka Club President, Peter Johnston and his wife Shona for all their help with the day at their course. Likewise, thanks go to Manager Stuart Anderson and club member, Elaine Allan for arranging all the volunteers at Greenacres Golf Club.
Having that number of people in each clubhouse after play is a daunting task, and the tournament committee would like to extend their thanks to all the catering staff at each golf club, who kept everyone fed and watered to a very high standard. We had a daily prize giving for all four divisions (2 ladies and 2 men’s) with top 4 places in each division collecting a prize.
The Friday evening gala prize giving saw 150 people attend, as we had some non-playing partners and tournament sponsors along as well. Nelson Club caterers, Sophia & Jamie Morris along with their staff presented the gathered audience with a delicious meal before we went on to the major prize giving event.
The evening’s prize giving saw major sponsor TSB Bank, represented by their local manager, Brent Williams, giving out the prizes to the winners. The overall champion golfer for the week was, Greg Ryan from Takaka Golf Club in Golden Bay. Greg had been struggling with his golf in the run up to the tournament, so he signed up for a series of lessons with Nelson professional, Glyn Delany. Glyn’s work obviously paid off as Greg won by a good margin.
The mood throughout the Tournament was particularly buoyant this year proving yet again that the TSB Festival of Golf truly deserves its reputation as New Zealand’s “friendly” tournament.
As with any golf tournament, we could not do what we do without the tremendous support from our sponsors, so please make note of these generous companies, and use their services and products whenever you can.
TSB BANK LTD
NRDA & NELSON CITY COUNCIL
SEIFRIED ESTATE WINES
TAYLOR MADE GOLF
THE LION FOUNDATION
HELLO WORLD TRAVEL, NELSON
MS FORD, NELSON
BLUEBERRY IT, NELSON
SHELLEY CARPPE, MIKE PERO REAL ESTATE, STOKE
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And from the 2016 tournament
WE HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE AT THE 2017 TSB Bank Nelson Festival of Golf
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TSB Bank Nelson Festival of Golf - The Courses
Nelson Golf Club
Day 1 & Day 4: Nelson Golf Club
Nelson Golf Links has played host to two major championships in the New Zealand amateur golfing calendar recently, namely the 2014 NZ Amateur Championship and the 2015 NZ Seniors Championship.
Entrants from both events were extremely complimentary about the course layout and condition, with particular mention of the world class greens.
In late August the club hosted the 2016 New Zealand Age Group Championships further enhancing Nelson’s reputation as a top golf course.
Motueka Golf Club
Day 2: Motueka Golf Club
Motueka Golf Course is a wonderful tree lined parkland course which recently hosted Sir Bob Charles for a round of golf.
He left calling it one of New Zealand’s hidden gems. Praise indeed from a Kiwi golfing legend.
Greenacres Golf Club
Day 3: Green Acres Golf Club
Greenacres Golf Course enjoys stunning scenery from almost every part of the course. The Best Island golf course features a great layout that will test your golfing skills to the full. Players at the recent Waimea Championships, which was held at the club, were full of praise on the condition of the course.
TSB Bank Nelson Festival of Golf- The Competitions
We will be continuing the formula that has worked so well over the last three events. This will involve a team day and three individual days of golf.
Please be assured that we wish to keep the fun element to our tournament and any decision we make will be done on that basis. We want you all enjoy yourselves while you are here in Nelson, and go away very happy.
The great thing about a shotgun start, is the terrific atmosphere in the clubhouses after the golf. Our event is known as “the friendly tournament” and it is our aim to make sure everyone enjoys their week and goes away with great memories and new friends, and maybe a few new jokes !!
There will be a Team Competition on the Monday. This is the only team competition of the week, and this time round it will be an Ambrose format, making it great fun for everyone.
Teams of 4 will play together for team prizes, teams can be all men, all women or mixed. No worries if you don’t have a team of 4, we will make sure everyone is included in a team, just let us know on your entry form if you require help with that.
There will be a daily individual Stableford competition on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and this will feature two men’s divisions and one ladies division.
There will also be a cumulative weekly individual Stableford competition, split into the same divisions from the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday scores. With players split into 3 divisions everyone will be in with a chance to win a prize.
All golfers are aware that things don’t always go right on the course and good scores are very difficult to achieve on a regular basis. We understand that, so every day of the tournament we have a selection of “Lucky Draws” which gives everyone in the clubhouse at that time, the chance to win a prize. Usually it’s a voucher for a local restaurant or activity, and it means just for being here you could still be a winner !
Programme for the week:
Sunday 30th April: Registration will be at Nelson Golf Club between 12noon and 3pm. We must stress that we would prefer that everyone does register on Sunday, however, if, due to travel restrictions, you cannot get there between those times please let us know and we will arrange for you to register before play on the Monday morning.
The Board of N.G.C. have kindly offered entrants the courtesy of the course once you have registered, so you can come in early and then go for a practice round.
Monday 1st May. 9.15am Shotgun start, at Nelson Golf Club.
4 person, Team Ambrose event. No individual competition on this day. Long Putt qualifying competition before or after playing.
Prize giving held after the days play.
Tuesday 2nd May. 9.15am Shotgun start, at Motueka Golf Club.
This is the first of 3 individual Stableford rounds in separate divisions.
Daily prize giving held after the days play.
5.30 for 6pm start: Quiz Night to be held at Nelson Golf Club
As the next day is the “rest day” and you can have a later start to the day, we thought it would be fun to get together this evening and have a quiz night with a bar meal included at Nelson Golf Club. If you’re up for that tick the box on your entry form.
Wednesday 3rd May.. Your day off to do as you please, either play more golf at another local course, like the 9 hole Waahi Taakaro course in the Maitai Valley. Or try some of the other activities on offer in our region. There are many to choose from.
Thursday 4th May. 9.15am Shotgun start, at Greenacres Golf Club.
This is the second individual Stableford round in your divisions.
Daily prize giving held after the days play.
Friday 5th May. 9.15am Shotgun start, at Nelson Golf Club.
The final individual Stableford round in your divisions.
Daily prize giving follows the days play..
Long Putt Competition Final:
To be held just before the prize giving dinner, the qualifiers putt out on the 18th green with all the other competitors cheering them on from the balcony of the clubhouse. It’s a great spectacle.
The major prize giving dinner will be hosted in the clubhouse of Nelson Golf Club. Expected timings are 5.30 for 6pm, and dress code is smart casual.
$245 to include 4 rounds of competition golf, 1 round of practice golf, prize giving dinner, plus a golf gift on registration.
Entry is restricted to members of golf clubs and the maximum handicaps are 30 for men and 36 for ladies.
At the Prize Giving Dinner, non playing partners are very welcome, just tick the box on the entry form and pay the amount due.
Around the Festival
Through the week, golf lessons run by our club professionals will be available before or after the competition so that players can work on different aspects of their game.
Speak to Glyn Delany and his team at Total Golf . 03 548 5028
Food, Wine and Boutique Beer
For the connoisseur; Check out Nelson’s fantastic boutique and organic brewers and wineries and enjoy delicious meals featuring Nelson’s plentiful sea food.
Abel Tasman National Park
Take a day trip to the world famous Abel Tasman National Park and maybe walk part of the track.
Register for the TSB Bank Nelson Festival of Golf
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TSB Bank Nelson Festival of Golf Sponsors
The following were the 2016 Tournament Sponsors, at the time of this update no agreements are in place for 2017, but we are already talking to potential sponsors.