SKOCA Boys' School Golf Day
Monday, 16 February 2015
Friday 13 February
Used to telling the boys to pull up their socks and tuck in their shirts, the tables were turned on Principal, Mr Peter Cassie at the recent SKOCA Boys' School Golf Day at the Royal Auckland Golf Club, when it was politely pointed out by the Club Captain that he would need to tuck his shirt in and change his socks to comply with the club's dress code!
In welcoming his 90 guests for the afternoon's Ambrose Tournament, Mr Cassie said he had been looking forward to this event for the last 364 days; he believed that in that time he had improved his golf skills sufficiently to better his 2014 'average' performance - and he quipped that his team members sincerely hoped so too!
The guests, many of them former students, enjoyed lunch and a catch up before setting off in their fours under a blazing summer sun. As players walked the course, Number 1 Foundation Boys' School student, David Adams, along with fellow former College Head Boy and past Trust Board member, John Gilbert, kept the players fed and hydrated, doing the rounds on golf carts loaded with provisions.
Following play, the teams retired to the club house for refreshments and the prize giving. The School is grateful to the many generous sponsors who provided some fabulous prizes for those whose score cards were favourable; we thank them for their generosity.
Instituted for the first time this year, the top team was awarded 'The Mungo Cap' - a replica of the original grey school cap worn in earlier times. The inaugural winners were Warwick Kiely, Steve Richmond, Diane Moffitt and Hana Fuhiniu who are charged with entering a team again next year when they return ‘The Cap’ and defend their title.
The prize for the ‘blooper’ shot of the day was not exactly one to be coveted! Having failed to achieve the lofty heights of a Master's Green Jacket, Principal Peter Cassie found himself the recipient of a gaudy, multi-coloured blazer for a less than admirable shot – it didn’t make it past the ladies’ tee! For those old enough to remember, the jacket bore a remarkable resemblance to an old television 'test pattern!'
This was a fabulous afternoon and it was great to see former students of all ages turn out to support the School. Mr Cassie is once again counting the days to next year and is wondering whether he should be booking some golf lessons before then!
Our thanks to organisers, Mr Grayson Aspinall, Mrs Sue Bowskill and Mrs Karyl Kidd for their work ensuring that the day ran smoothly and to Old Collegians’ representative for the Boys’ School, Mr Peter Nelson for his support.
Our thanks to the following sponsors for their generosity:
Outline Design, Ricoh, Matassa, Andrews Property Services, Boyd Visuals, PB Technologies, ANZ, Business World Travel, Toshiba, General Issue, Allyson Gofton, City Works Depot, Griffins, Victoria Ave Butcher, Jacks Coffee, Moa, Ecoya, Samex, DFS, Amber & Company, Jucy Rentals, Lexel Systems, Cosmetic Company, Ricoh, FL Bone, Resene, Andiamo, Victoria and Paul Wilkes, Bay Tree, Volom, New World Remuera, Flowers After House, Top Catch, Golf Warehouse, Family Boats, The Hills, The Spire Hotel, Family Boats, SKOCA