After years of talking about it, Sir Bob Charles, Glenn Bongartz and Stu Upton organised the first Golf Warehouse New Zealand Hickory Open at the Christchurch Golf Club, on the Shirley Links for the 13th of March 2022.
66 golfers from North and South competed in the tournament.
The morning Gross Foursomes team of John Rowland and John Elliott won a tight chip off playoff from Bongartz/Lawson, Devlin/Lund and Bath/Hilton. All finished on 4 over par 40.
Bongartz/Lawson had also tied in the Nett Foursomes with Neil and Sam Bromfield. Bongartz and Lawson going on to win that playoff to be Nett Champions. Both finished on 3 over par 39.
The individual Strokeplay Champion was James Devlin in a playoff with Aidan Berry (38) and third was local CGC hero Callum MacAlpine (39).
The Nett was won by Simon Forshaw (36) from Peter Lund (37) and Richie Bath (37).
The Ladies Nett was won by Ina Hall on 44.
Some great outfits were on display. Pictured here is Stu Upton, Jacqui Lowe (Christchurch Golf Club President), and Glenn Bongartz arriving in a 1923 Ford Model T.
The best dressed Man was Evan Thomson and the best dressed Woman was the CGC President Jacqui Lowe.
The club wishes to thank their sponsors Golf Warehouse, Whisky Galore and Hellers. The supporting cast of which were also very thankful for were Paul Dingwall, Tom Music, Simon Fraser, Graham Clark, David Lloyd, Mark Lawson, Rick Vincent, Jasmaine Hanrahan, Richard Hawke, Jamie McEwen and the vintage car owners.
The club hopes to do it all again next year for the CGC 150th celebrations.