The Bay of Plenty Cricket Ryan+Alexander Consultancy Ltd Golf Day played at the Te Puke Golf Club on Friday 9th October 2020, was a outstanding success, with a maximum field of 136 players lining up for the shotgun start.
The purpose of the day, was to raise funds to assist with the delivery of the Bay of Plenty Cricket junior cricket programs in the coming season. The money raised will help deliver the Superstars skills program, The GoGirl program and the hugely popular BOPCA Festival Days held in all four Bay of Plenty Cricket regions.
The field was made up a good mix of former and present players that included Black Caps Neil Wagner, Colin de Grandhomme, Jeet Raval, Dean Brownie along with former New Zealand stars in Gareth Hopkins, Daniel Flynn and Mathew Hart. Current and former Northern Districts players included Joe Carter, Brett Hampton, Brett Randell, Bharat Popli and Jono Boult.
Past Bay players were led off by centurions Mike Wright and Derek Beard, along with Paul Wills, Ben Christensen, Campbell Wilson, Daniel Hill, Tony Goodin and Andrew Hoogstraten.
A myriad of sponsors, cricket administrators and cricket fans completed the field and were amongst the keen bidders of the sporting memorabilia, which was auctioned off at the prizegiving to assist with the cause. The memorabilia auction included items signed by golfer Ryan Fox, All Blacks, Dan Carter, The Knights and Northern Spirit cricket teams, Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson and Neil Wagner.
Two big hitters of the cricket ball in Colin de Grandhomme and Brett Hampton took out the long drive competitions, with Ben Christensen and Janice Fraser winning the nearest the pin prizes.
The Seeka four-man team of Paul Crone, Hayden White, Marlon Cosmas and Heath Camins won the teams trophy, with Lawrence Young, Roy Davidson, Hamish Coleman and Mathew Johansen from Craigs Investment Partners finishing in second place.
The highly sort after Cricket Club teams trophy (and twelve months of bragging rights) was earned by the Mount Maunganui CC side of Daniel Hill, Tony Goodin, Andrew Hoogstraten and Matt Golding.
BOPCA Ryan+Alexander Consultancy Ltd Golf Day - Prize Winners
Bayleys Longest Drive: Colin De Grandhomme
Christies Flooring Longest Drive: Brett Hampton
Men’s Closest to the Pin: Ben Christensen
Ladies Closest to the Pin: Janice Fraser
Team Winners: Seeka – Paul Crone, Hayden White, Marlon Cosmas, Heath Camins
Runners Up: Craigs Investment Partners – Lawrence Young, Roy Davidson, Hamish Coleman, Matthew Johansen
Cricket Club Team Trophy: Mount CC – Daniel Hill, Tony Goodin, Andrew Hoogstraten, Matt Golding.
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