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Thursday December 6th saw Waitemata Golf Club play host to the final leg of the Mo Masters series before the Christmas break. With 35 teams of three battling it out for a chance to take on the best in the country at the national final at Millbrook resort, Queenstown. The popularity of these events has exploded, with 13 regional events held across the country, and teams even travelling to compete in multiple events.
With an emphasis on fun, getting out on the course with some mates and switching off from some of the pressures of everyday life, not even sporadic downpours could put a dampener on everyone’s spirits. As well as the main three person Ambrose event, players had the option of getting involved in a beat the pro against Waitemata head pro and former touring professional Brad Shilton, a par 3 shootout with Luke Brown fresh off leading Northland to victory at the Toro Interprovincials, and the ‘putt for your nuts’ competition for a chance to get their hands on some of the great prizes on offer from sponsors The Clubroom and Finance New Zealand. Chase McKeown from the NZ Long Blacks long drive team was also out on the course offering his services to pump teams down the par 5 13th, consistently leaving just a flick wedge in – not a bad nudge on a 440m hole!
‘3 Boys 1 Cup', consisting of Nick Godfrey, Jake Stenberg and Justin Valient took home the chocolates on the day with a score of -16, and will have another chance at the National title after winning the Waipu event last year. Waitemata member Stu Nicholls managed to hold his nerve in front of a packed clubhouse balcony and take out the chip off for the shootout, and Kane Edwards found his groove from distance to claim the ‘putt for your nuts’ event.
The focus of the event and series itself is to shed some light on the issues facing men and encourage mates to get together and help each other out. Men around the world are dying too young, and it’s time to break the silence and address these issues. The Mo Masters series and the Movember Foundation as a whole have funded more than 1200 projects worldwide in the last 15 years, and off the back of the most successful Movember yet this is only going to grow. Golf is a great excuse to get together with mates, create a bit of friendly competition and start a dialogue to help ourselves and each other live longer, healthier lives. ‘Golf with your mates, for your mates’ is the tagline of the series, and that really sums up the spirit of the day. A good walk, good company, and occasionally even good golf is a winning combination, and the series is sure to continue to grow.
A massive thank you to all involved in the organisation of the event, as well as to all who took part. If you haven’t already had the chance, make sure you get along to one of the remaining regional tournaments in the new year. Whether you’re a scratch handicapper or have barely touched a club, get a group of mates together, get out there and have a great day while raising some much-needed funds for a phenomenal cause.
Check out http://nz.movember.com/get-involved/mo-masters to register and find out more about the series.