Ute up for grabs for hole-in-one at MenzShed Golf Day fundraiser

27 Jul 2021

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a golfing sharpshooter, here’s your chance to win a stunning, hi-spec ute and help Whitianga MenzShed into a new building at the same time.

But to drive home the $36,990 GWM Cannon-l, supplied by Farmer Auto Village Coromandel, you will have to hit a hole-in-one at the 18th hole at the inaugural Menz Shed golf tournament on Sunday, 12 September. In the event of a flurry of holes-in-one, Business Support Community (BSC) - the charitable trust organising the event, have stipulated that only the first one will count.

Profits from the fundraiser will go towards the MenzShed’s target of raising $400,000 to erect a new building for its members on the Thames-Coromandel District Council-owned Sherriff Block.

Players will pay an entry fee of $50 per person for the competition, which will be limited to 128 players, as that is all the Mercury Bay Golf Club can accommodate at any one time for this type of event. The winning team will receive a trophy hand-sculpted by the MenzShed, as well as bragging rights and the opportunity to defend the trophy again next year. For everyone else, there will be the consolation of a sausage at the clubhouse between holes nine and 10 and a hot meat roll for lunch after the event, in addition to the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped a worthy local cause.

BSC was set up by three local businesses - The Informer, Espy Café, and Smart Mortgages and Insurance - to support the local community.

Stephan Bosman - who owns The Informer with his wife, Petra - said they were keen for other businesses to support the tournament by sponsoring a hole for $100, or donating prizes to be raffled, with the businesses’ generosity being appropriately recognised. He also hopes that more businesses in town will want to be involved with the trust in future ventures.

For those who know anything about golf, Stephan said the tournament would be run under an ambrose format, there would be teams of four, with only one player per team allowed to have a handicap of five or under, and it would be a shotgun start at 10:00am. Individuals who entered the competition on their own would be formed into teams.

Stephan said the MenzShed did great work despite having outgrown their current premises. “BSC fully appreciate how important it is for them to get a bigger shed and this is just something small we feel we can do to help them reach their goal,” he said.

Whitianga MenzShed chairman, Brian Mearns, said they were very grateful to be allowed use of a small factory owned by Richard Vetter of Peninsula Roofing and Scaffolding on South Highway West at no cost. But the factory could only accommodate 15 men at a time, while their membership currently stood at around 45. “It means we are severely restricted for space,” he said.

MenzShed secretary, Kevin Robinson, said that they had already secured a piece of land on a sublease from the Whitianga Sea Scouts on the Sherriff Block, which is earmarked to be developed as a community facility.

Brian added, “The building that we want to build is a 500m² factory, which will basically future-proof MenzShed for many years.” He said the current cost was about $400,000 of which they had raised around $16,000 but they “desperately” needed to raise 10 per cent of the total sum “to get the ball rolling”. 

Around $40,000 would enable them to get building permits and that would enable them to approach various funders for further financial assistance with the project. 

Stephan said that anyone interested in taking part in the golf tournament, or businesses wishing to assist with sponsorship or raffle prizes could email BSC at bsc.mb2021@gmail.com or phone The Informer office on (07) 866 2090. 

He said that BSC’s big project this year was organising an 8m outdoor Christmas tree which would be formally lit up on Saturday, 4 December, the same day as the Whitianga Santa Parade, and there was still an opportunity for businesses wishing to be involved.

“We expect the Santa Parade and lighting up of the tree will attract many thousands of people into the Whitianga town centre,” Stephan said. “And given that it is going to be the only large, outdoor Christmas tree on the Coromandel Peninsula, we expect many people from neighbouring towns and other areas will make the trip to Whitianga to see it during the six weeks or so it will be displayed.

“And while they are here, they will be supporting local shops, cafés and restaurants or even stay overnight and support local accommodation providers as well.”

Pictured: Brian Mearns (left), Whitianga MenzShed chairman, and Kevin Robinson, MenzShed secretary.