Agrowquip NZ Limited - Winners of the John Deere Trans Tasman Team Championship for 2011

By: Agrowquip Nz  05-Apr-2012

The Lochiel Golf Club was officially recognised as the winners of the John Deere Trans Tasman Team Championship for 2011 at a recent presentation held at the Lochiel clubhouse for members and guests.

Rene Lubbers from John Deere Ltd (Aust) and Richard Wallington, as the local John Deere dealer, visited the club to present the perennial trophy to the winning team of Gary Lambly (Club Manager) Lincoln Reed (Course Superintendant and Garry Chalmers (2IC)

"It gives me great pleasure to have been involved in this tournament from its inception and see it grow each year to a truly amateur international competition that is eagerly anticipated on the trade calendar each year" said Lubbers. "It speaks volumes for the high standards of play and friendly competition when a small country club can take on some of the clubs with much higher profiles in both Australia and New Zealand, and win."

"This is truly how the event was designed to be conducted and we look forward to continuing this competition for many years to come."

"Having a New Zealand team win this year is a great boost for event and I'm sure there will be no shortage of Aussie teams wanting to win the trophy back next year." 
Lochiel Club General Manager and team Captain, Gary Lambly praised the efforts of John Deere and spoke rapturously of the hospitality extended to all teams in the final played at Moonah Links.

This was their third attempt at winning the trophy having come close before but never quite managing to get over the line. Garry paid tribute to his teammates and also to rival club Warkworth who Lochiel managed to defeat on a count back in the regional round to qualify for the final.

He also mentioned the boys from Blacktown Golf Course in Sydney, their playing partners for the two days and runners up in the final, both teams look forward to facing each other again, both on course, and over a beer or two after the game next year according to Gary.


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