2017 National Championship News
Things you need to know
April 2017 will be the third year into New Zealand Māori Golf Association’s (NZMGA) 10 year partnership with Taupo Golf Club. We’re looking forward to seeing you all again for another great week of golf. So shine your clubs, dust off your shoes and make sure you get your entry form completed before 1 April 2017!
In 2016 we trialled a new playing format for the senior men and women’s divisions. In 2017 we will revert back to the old format. It’s important that you read through the following information before you complete your entry form. Players will be notified of any further changes when registering.
Registration - Sunday 23 April – Registration opens at 7am to 2pm at the Taupo Golf Club. Players must register in person so they are aware of any changes to the tournament conditions.
a) All current affiliated members (members registered with Golf Clubs throughout NZ) that enter in the National Tournament will automatically have their annual NZMGA membership subscription paid and/or renewed which is included with your entry fee. Members in this category would be known as NZMGA Affiliated Members and their fee is $50.
b) All current and new members that are registered with NZMGA through the Taupo Golf Club (with the exception of those members that reside within the Taupo District Council Region) that enter in the National Tournament will automatically have their NZMGA annual membership subscription paid and/or renewed which is included in the entry fee. These members are to be known as NZMGA Registered Members and the NZMGA membership fee is $135.
c) All current and new members that are registered with NZMGA through the Taupo Golf Club that reside in the Taupo District Council Region can enter in the National Tournament as NZMGA Registered Members but they would not have their membership automatically renewed. You need to renew your membership with an additional $60 on top of the entry fee.
d) All non playing members of partners participating at the National Tournament wishing to purchase Award tickets will automatically become Honorary Members of NZMGA and will have their Honorary Membership automatically paid and/or renewed. The Honorary NZMGA membership fee which also includes a ticket to the Awards evening is $60.
Senior Men Format - Senior Men will play stroke play on Monday and Tuesday (36 holes) for the stroke play championship. These two rounds will be the qualifying rounds for match play. The top 16 players who qualify will form the top division for the match play championship. The remaining senior players who do not make the cut (top 16) will continue to play match play as normal. The top 16 players and all other divisions will play one round of match play on the Wednesday (18 holes). On Thursday all division play two rounds of match play (36 holes) with the finals on Friday.
Senior Ladies Format - Senior Ladies will play stroke play on Monday and Tuesday (36 holes) for the stroke play championship. These two rounds will be the qualifying rounds for match play. The top 16 players who qualify will form the top division for the match play championship. The remaining senior players that do not make the cut (top 16) continue to play match play as normal. The top sixteen players and all other divisions will play one round of match play on the Wednesday (18 holes). On Thursday all division play two rounds of match play (36 holes) and the finals held on Friday.
Masters Format - The Masters division will be split into three groups based on age. Aged is determined as at 1 January 2017. The groups are as follows:
Group One: 55 to 60 years Group Two: 61 to 69 years Group Three: 70 years +
Golden Girls Format – The Golden Girls division will be determined by the number of entries into the tournament.
Rangatahi - All players who are under 19 years of age have their own division. It is the intention of NZMGA to seek funding support to help subsidise the entry fee. Should NZMGA be successful those who play in this division will be advised at registration what the subsidy amount is. Please note: Those under 19 years of age who enter the Senior, Intermediate, Junior Men and Ladies divisions must pay the full entry fee.
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Un-registered Players - All players who do not currently have an official registered handicap can become a NZMGA Registered Member and enter in the division according to their handicap and/or age. The entry fee is the division fee plus the membership fee (subject to meeting criteria). It is best to become a registered member of NZMGA and obtain your handicap before entering the tournament and this fee is $135.
Complimentary Entries - Players who win a Complimentary Entry to the National Championship must still pay the NZMGA membership fee of $50. This membership fee is not included in the Complimentary Entry.
ANZAC DAY - Tuesday 23 April - Start times may be changed to coincide with Anzac day celebrations. Players will be notified at time of registration. Players who want to attend the Taupo RSA Memorial Service or their own local dawn parade service must notify the Tournament Director when registering to arrange a late tee time.
Calcutta - Tuesday 23 April - The Calcutta will be held on Senior Men’s match play division (subject to Internal Affairs Approval). The Calcutta is one of the highlights of the week. Make sure you organise your syndicate. Our sponsors have also been invited to place their bids
Masters, Golden Girls and Under 19 Evening - Thursday 27 April - A complimentary meal and presentation for those in these divisions will be held at the Taupo Golf Club. Prior to the meal minor presentations would be made and these would be notified to the members by announcement during the week.
Corporate Day - Friday 28 April - To thank our sponsors for their support we will hold a Corporate Day that is by invitation only. This will be an Ambrose format with an 8am shot gun start at the Tauhara Golf Course. Teams will be made up of three sponsors and 1 - 3 invited players. A light lunch and small presentation will follow around 1:30pm before the main Awards evening.
Awards Evening and Prize Giving Dress - Friday 28 April - Again the Awards Evening will be held at the spectacular Taupo Great Lakes Centre. This is a black tie event for both men and ladies. Please, no shorts, jeans, polo shirts, t-shirts, jandals, sneakers or clothes you have worn on the golf course that day...
Tournament 2’s - Players can enter for the Two’s competition when completing their entry form or on registration day. The Two’s competition is $10 for 4 rounds (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). Players who enter and pay for the Two’s Competition when they complete their entry form will be entitled to include their practice round in the Two’s Competition. All other players who pay on registration day can only compete in the 4 rounds listed above. Winners of the Two’s Competition will be announced and distributed at 5pm every night at the Taupo Golf Club.
Please note: the NZMGA Two’s Competition is independent to competitions organised by the Pro Shop.
Entering Cards - Taupo Golf Club enters results digitally. It is important that players return their cards to the Pro Shop to be checked and entered online. Please make sure your cards are in order and signed by the yourself and the marker.
Polo Shirts - Tournament Polo Shirts with the NZMGA logo will be available for purchase throughout the week. Polo shirts can be pre-ordered when you complete your Entry Form below or online. The pre-order price is $40. Polo shirt prices may differ depending on style.
Slow Play - Can be very frustrating for us all! Last year too many players were slow, with some losing up to 4 fairways! Basic ettiquette is “keep up with the group in front”. The rules are well known and course marshals will be monitoring this closely. If a warning is not heeded a two stroke penalty will be imposed. Repeated offence can result in the player’s disqualification.
We look forward to seeing you in April 2017 in fine golfing form!Link: Click here to enter