Thursday, 23 January 2020


Sir Owen Glenn and the "Tin Cup"

A group of friends from the USA, the UK, Australia and New Zealand played for the “Tin Cup” at the Mercury Bay Golf Club on Saturday last week. Among the friends was well known Kiwi businessman and philanthropist, Sir Owen Glenn.

The friends play for the cup on an annual basis. Saturday’s competition was organised by Doug Pye, a Whitianga holiday home owner who’s based in Los Angeles. Doug and Sir Owen are good friends. The winners were Dean Anglesey and Lee Peina. Dean is a former Super Rugby player and Lee is a former King Country provincial rugby team captain. The best individual player on the day was Sam Pye.

After conclusion of the competition on Saturday, Sir Own borrowed a pen and paper from the club’s pro shop and wrote a note to Andrew Boyle, superintendent of the Mercury Bay Golf Course, complimenting both him and the club on the condition of the course’s greens. “Right up there with the best I have played,” Sir Owen wrote.

The friends finished the day with a top-class meal at the club.

Sir Owen arrived in Mercury Bay on Thursday last week on board his yacht, Ubiquitous The yacht was moored off Cooks Beach until last Sunday morning.

Picture: Sir Owen (on the left) with some of the friends who played for the Tin Cup on Saturday. From the left - Sam Pye (next to Sir Owen), Dean Anglesey, Lee Peina and Doug Pye.


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