Pegasus Post: July 02, 2019

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14 Tuesday July 2 2019

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Driving success at Avondale

Golf club

manager

recognised

• By Gordon Findlater

THE AVONDALE Golf Club’s

ability to rebound after the

February 22, 2011, earthquake

has seen general manager

Richard Sinclair named

administrator of the year at the

Canterbury Golf Awards.

Mr Sinclair received the

accolade during a ceremony at

the Christchurch Golf Club,

where he was recognised for his

role over the past 12 months. On

the back of Avondale’s clubhouse

rebuild, membership numbers,

casual player patronage and

clubhouse revenue has increased.

As of May, membership at

Avondale had grown 26 per

cent in 12 months, while rounds

played increased by 36 per cent.

“It’s taken a long time, but now

we’re finally done, we’ve got a top

notch product,” said Mr Sinclair.

Following the quakes,

membership at Avondale

dropped to about 290. The club

now has about 450 members.

This increase and the rising

number of casual players is

even more impressive given the

current landscape nationally and

in Canterbury, which has seen

player numbers decline in recent

times.

The club has also invested

in two state of the art golf

simulators, which appeal to a

younger demographic.

Avondale has relaxed its dress

code for casual play and in the

clubhouse, which makes it easier

for members and golfers to enjoy

a game or a drink after work.

The requirement to remove hats

in the clubhouse has also been

relaxed. The club is now building

towards its centenary, which

will be celebrated in August and

October.

In other awards, Rangiora

teenager Kazuma Kobori

NEW DIGS: The Avondale clubhouse was rebuilt last year.

stole the show by winning the

Vardon Trophy (lowest stroke

average), junior male golfer of

the year, and male golfer of the

year awards. An impressive 12

months was highlighted with

his victory at the NZ PGA

Championship at Pegasus in

March.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old

Juliana Hung (Russley) was just

as dominant, winning the Liz

Douglas Trophy (lowest stroke

average), female golfer of the year

and junior female golfer of the

year awards.

Canterbury Golf services

awards were presented to

Canterbury women’s rep

SPORT

TOP JOB: Avondale Golf

Club general manager

Richard Sinclair was named

administrator of the year at

the Canterbury Golf Awards.

Catherine Bell (Christchurch),

Canterbury masters rep Andrew

Dufton (Russley), Kate Turner

(Waimairi Beach) for her service

as a Canterbury senior and

masters rep and involvement in

rep management, and Mel Brew

and Robyn Gillespie for their

years of service as women’s rep

selectors.

Canterbury Golf president

Steve Kilpatrick and past

president Peter MacDonald

received distinguished service

awards.

Canterbury masters rep Aaron

Forsyth (Waitikiri) was named

ambassador of the year. Forsyth

was recognised for his conduct

on and off the golf course, and

also for giving up a week to

caddy and support the men’s

Toro Interprovincial team at

Clearwater in November.

The awards for promising

junior girl and boy of the year

went to Deanna Matthews, of

Weedons, and Lachie MacKay, of

Waimairi Beach.

Ian Knowler took out the

volunteer of the year award. He

regularly volunteers up to 40

hours at the Weedons club.

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