Location: Huapai Golf Club, Kumeu
Professional Purse: $2,000
Charity: The NZ Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (donated $10,000)
Tournament Date: November 2010
The Anita Boon Pro-Am is a golf tournament that stars professional women golfers while celebrating the life Anita Boon, a vivacious 36 year old professional golfer who passed away in September 2009 with ovarian cancer. Eighteen professionals from around the country entered, together with New Zealands leading amateurs Caroline Bon and Lydia Ko, who played alongside Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Maria Tutaia, former World Squash Champion Dame Susan Devoy and 61 women amateurs as they competed for fabulous prizes. Here is an overview of the day, sponsor information and photos from throughout the event
The sun came out and the field of 84 had a fabulous day celebrating womens golf, womens professional golf in New Zealand, and in particular celebrating the life of Anita Boon who passed away last year of ovarian cancer. There was some great scoring from our professionals and future pros with Caroline Bon (amateur) shooting a four under par 67 to take out the Anita Boon trophy, followed by a two under par 69 from NZPWG trustee Susan Farron who took home the top cheque, Lydia Ko (amateur) - fellow Espirito Santo team member to Caroline - shot one under 70 to take third place, while professionals Jenna Hunter and Wendy Hawkes shared fourth equal with level par 70 to take home the remaining two cheques.
Jenna Hunters team, comprised of the defending Lakes Golf Course players Carol Versfeld, Vicki Reid and Toni Ashby, won with a combined stableford of 96. They have proudly taken the Aviation Security trophy back to the Lakes to display on their mantel piece. Second place went to Marnie McGuires team of Lynda Tate, Kate Pierson and Masami Umezu with a total of 93 on a count back from Wendy Hawkes team of Lynley Horne, Diane Rich and Althea Wilson. There was a flurry of great play from two amateur players with two hole in ones scored - Cath Matthews from Gulf Harbour had the first hole in one on the par 3 sixteenth and Althea Wilson from the home club Huapai holed out on the par 3 third hole - which sent a great ripple of excitement through the course.
Our sporting celebrities Maria Tutaia and Dame Susan Devoy enjoyed their day firing balls of a different sort and Shortland Street star and NZ Gynaecological Cancer Foundation ambassador Beth Allen presented the professional prizes. The NZ Gynaecological Cancer Foundation received a donation for $6,000. With an extensive goodie bag, spit lamb roast lunch before play and Selaks methode bubbly, Ocean Spray cranberry juice, strawberries and Ferrero Rocher chocolate awaiting the players upon their return to the club house along with our extensive prize table from our many generous sponsors and supporters there was something to keep even the most discerning golfer happy.