2018 MercedesTrophy Dealer Golf Day


The annual Ingham-Sears MercedesTrophy Dealer Golf Day was hosted at the Mt Maunganui Golf Club on Friday 23 March 2018.
With a torrential downpour early in the morning right on starting time, this dampened the spirits of some of the players, but golfers being a hardy lot soldiered on and after about an hour the rain cleared and sun came out creating ideal conditions.
After 18 holes of competition, the scores were extremely close. The 2 eligible overall winners on the day were June Winstanley from the Mt Maunganui GC on 42 points and newcomer Grant Mullenger from Whangarei GC, on 39 points on countback from David Cho (Mt Maunganui GC).
June and Grant will represent Ingham-Sears at the MercedesTrophy New Zealand National Final at Millbrook Resort in Queenstown, to be held 27 – 29 April 2018.
The Ingham-Sears Dealer tournament was noted for its success with three previous World Final representatives from Team New Zealand playing on the day – Stewart Browne (2016), Lyndsay Mulholland (2009), and Stuart Hale (2015).
For the daily prizes for two men’s handicap divisions and one ladies division. These winners included: -
Mens Division 1 (HCP 0 - 20)
1st Place:                      Paul Monks (Mt Maunganui) 38 pts
Runner-up:                   John Winstanley (Mt Maunganui) 37 pts
3rd Place:                      Rod O’Brien (Mt Maunganui) 36 pts
Mens Division 2 (HCP 21 - 36)
1st Place:                      David Cho (Mt Maunganui) 39 pts
Runner-up:                   Geoff Dury (Manawatu) 35 pts c/b
3rd Place:                      Henry Steer (Tauranga) 35 pts c/b
Women’s Division (HCP 0 - 36)
1st Place:                      Sue Roper (Tauranga) 38 pts
Runner-up:                   Suellen Baty (Mt Maunganui) 37 pts
3rd Place:                      Sharon Reeves (Rotorua) 36 pts
Competitive Nearest to the Pin prizes on all of the Par 3 holes were awarded on the day, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. The winners included Helena Cho, John Winstanley, Sharon Ferris and Stuart Hale.
As part of the Drive to the Major Competition, a Straightest Drive competition is also held on the day. The 3rd hole at the Mt Maunganui GC was chosen for this competition, with Jenni Calderwood from Tauranga GC driving her ball to closest to the line. Jenni chose a $500 Trelise Cooper voucher as her prize.
A special recognition award was given to Henry Steere who at the age of 95 is still playing competitive golf in the MercedesTrophy field.
The Ingham-Sears dealership team would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants for a wonderful day on the course and wish all the golfers representing the dealership at the MercedesTrophy National Final the very best of luck.
We’d also like to thank our MercedesTrophy event sponsors and partners:
Cathay Pacific, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Working Style Clothing, Trelise Cooper