Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Economic Benefits To City From Lawnmaster Classic

Economic Benefits To City From Lawnmaster Classic

Tuesday 8 January

A prestigious golf tournament to be held at the Manawatu Golf Club at the end of this month will have close to a $150,000 positive impact on the region.

An economic impact report prepared by Destination Manawatu for the LawnMaster Classic, from January 30 – February 3, 2013, predicts that the spend from players, families, officials and the hundreds of supporters attracted by the event will amount to $145,000.

Michael Williams, the General Manager of the Manawatu Golf Club, says the LawnMaster Classic, with Steelfort Engineering as its principal sponsor, is great for the city as it kicks off the business year and will benefit restaurants, accommodation, employment and the retail trade.

However both Michael and the President of the Manawatu Golf Club, Ewan Westergaard, say the event will highlight Palmerston North’s ability to stage one of the top golf tournaments in New Zealand this year.

For the first time the LawnMaster Classic has been included on the Charles Tour, the pre-eminent series of professional tournaments to which legendary golfer, Bob Charles, has added his name.

“Bob Charles wouldn’t have put his name to it and New Zealand Golf endorsed it unless they knew it was top flight,” Ewan Westergaard comments.

To achieve this, Ewan, Michael and a dedicated team of eight committee members have been planning for the Classic for the last 12 months.

With three weeks to go before the Pro-Am followed by the 72 hole event, the team is focusing on volunteer management, engaging key staff, commercial arrangements, publicising the event and completing the course alterations and enhancement. From the start of January they have been holding regular meetings to tick every box.

There is personal pride in ensuring the preparation is faultless for the LawnMaster Classic. Michael wants to look back on a tournament that sets the benchmark for what can be achieved in New Zealand and which heralds more ongoing prestigious events in the years to come.

“For me it means playing in a decent quality tournament alongside top New Zealand golfers, ensuring the Classic is well run and players, families and supporters will return the following year,” Ewan says.

Michael and Ewan have had a positive response from over 100 golfers with expressions of interest from prodigious talents such as Lydia Ko, Michael Hendry, Gareth Paddison, Mark Brown and Ryan Fox. They are currently negotiating with Manawatu luminaries such as Tim Wilkinson, Craig Perks and Grant Waite who are based in North America.

“We are hoping to firm up some of the drawcard names in the days ahead,” Michael says.

However without the leading sponsor Steelfort Engineering, the LawnMaster Classic would not be happening.

“We needed the name. A top flight brand is synonymous with a top class event and it was essential to confirm LawnMaster that’s been involved with the Classic as a quality amateur event for 23 years,” Ewan says. “Now it’s a fully professional tournament with pros and amateurs competing for the prizes.”

Managing Director of Steelfort Engineering, John McOviney, regards the LawnMaster Classic as a stepping stone to a professional career for amateurs and another chance for young and established professionals to play one of the most beautiful but exacting courses in New Zealand.

“It’s great for the Manawatu Golf Club, the city and region and the sponsors,” he says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Half Empty: Dairy Prices Drop To Lowest Since August 2009

Dairy product prices fell to the lowest level in more than five years in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, led by declines in butter milk powder and whole milk powder.

”Stocks of dairy commodities are building across the globe due to Russia’s current ban on importing dairy products from many Western nations, and a lack of urgency from Chinese buyers, while at the same time global milk supplies are expanding,” AgriHQ dairy analyst Susan Kilsby said in a note. More>>

 

Slippage: NZ Universities Still In Top 3% Globally

This year the University of Auckland ranked 175 (down from 164 last year); the University of Otago ranked 251-275th (down from 226-250), both Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury held their ranks (at 276-300thand 301-350 respectively), while the University of Waikato dropped from 301-350 to 351-400. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Last Rites For The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news