2021 Tournament Cancelled

Fellow golfers.

It is with some remorse I write to you on behalf of the RNZAF Golfing Society to advise you; the Society executive committee has taken the difficult decision to cancel the annual RNZAF Golfing Society tournament scheduled for 07 – 11 Nov hosted on RNZAF Base Ohakea.

With less than two months to run to the tournament beginning, there were only 18 confirmed entrants. The area Captains canvassed their regional members and were not confident of the numbers increasing sufficiently in time to make hosting the tournament viable. No doubt COVID-19 and the uncertainty of the associated travel restrictions will have been on the mind of many members prior to making a firm commitment to participate. Additionally the support of our benevolent sponsors that allow us to host such a great event each year would not have seen a proportionate audience or return for their investment.

In the 71 years of Society, we have only seen one other cancellation before, and that was in 1951 when waterfront disputes lead to 151 days of strikes. NZ troops were required to go to AK and WN wharves to load and unload ships.

The plan now will be for the executive committee to determine how we can best support the interests of the wider RNZAF Golfing society. This might be through ideas such as regional golfing events supported by Society? With this in mind please contact your Area Captain if you have ideas of how the RNZAF Golfing Society might best support efforts to foster golf until we are able to host the 2022 RNZAF Golfing Society. The society exists to support the promotion of Golf in the RNZAF (past and present). We require your support and input at this time to make sure we continue to support golf.

On behalf of the RNZAF Golfing Society Executive Committee,

Entries for the 2021 Tournament Open

Good morning Fellow Golfers,

I am pleased to advise that planning is underway for this year’s RNZAF Golfing Society Tournament, being held at Rangitikei Golf Course 07 – 11 November 2021. Please note, a change of venue and date from what was discussed at the AGM last year but I am sure that ‘The Home of RNZAF Golf’ will entice you to attend. Your ongoing support is appreciated.

Entry forms for both Service and civilian personnel are attached, as well as a Society Membership Application for those who have yet to join. Here are the links to the forms:

Civilian Entry Form https://societygolf.nz/forms/2021/Civilian_2021.pdf

Serving Entry Form https://societygolf.nz/forms/2021/Serving_2021.pdf

Membership Application Form https://societygolf.nz/forms/2021/Membership_Application_2021.pdf

As per previous years, your week of golf will follow the following format:

07 Nov – Practice Round

08 Nov – 1st 18 Hole Qualifying Round (36 Hole Comp), Qualifying Round for 18 Hole Comp (by Net).

09 Nov – 2nd 18 Hole Qualifying Round (36 Hole Comp), 1st Round of Matchplay for 18 Hole Comp.

10 Nov – AM and PM Matchplay for 36 Hole Comp, 2nd Round of Matchplay for 18 Hole Comp.

11 Nov – AM and PM Matchplay for 36 Hole Comp, Final Round of Matchplay for 18 Hole Comp, Final Night Buffet and Prize Giving.

Following on the fashion trends from previous years, there will be a Fashion in the Field Theme – Colours of the World. The brighter the better!!!!

Main points of contact for this year’s tournament are:

  • Rae Ansell – Tournament POC
  • Isaac Hastings – Entries

More details will be promulgated on the website and Society Facebook page over the coming weeks.

Stay safe, and on behalf of this year’s organising committee we look forward to hosting you at the end of the year.

Kind regards

Polly