Garrard Shield & Ralph Cup
The Garrard Shield is the longest standing and most prestigious
golf trophy apart from the Interprovincial that Bay of Plenty is
Since 1954 the districts of Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay
of Plenty have competed for this. Hosting of the trophy is on a
rotational basis and always played on top courses.
Four years ago Mt.Maunganui hosted this event. Next year Royal
Auckland (Middlemore) will be hosting. Tauranga last hosted
the event in 1987.
Up until 2002 Bay of Plenty had never won the shield when we
first had success at Waipu. That success has been repeated in
2003 at Ohope, 2006 at Mt.Denby, 2007 at Mt.Maunganui, 2008 at
Pukekohe, 2009 at St.Andrews & 2010 at Waitangi. Team
sizes have now been reduced to 8 men and played in conjunction with
the Garrard is the Ralph Cup for Under 19 players.
Players all play in two ball and at the end of the weekend the
President's of each district announce the teams that will represent
their province at the Toro Interprovincial (this year at Poverty
Bay Golf Club 22-26 November). This shield is also unique with
the fact that the winning team members are also engraved onto the
trophy. Legends of New Zealand golf such as Ted MacDougall,
Ross Newdick, Walter Godfrey, Frank Nobilo, Phil Aickin, Terry
Cochrane, Phil Tataurangi, David Smail, Michael Long, Richard Lee,
Steve Alker and Danny Lee all feature.
Since 2002 Tauranga members to play in winning teams were:
George Kinghorn, Josh Geary, Kevin Smith, Jared Pender & Andre
Teams arrive for their practice rounds on Friday 11 November and
the draw for the weekend is:
Saturday 12 November am: Bay of Plenty v Northland, Waikato v
Saturday pm: Bay of Plenty v Waikato, Auckland v Northland
Sunday am: Bay of Plenty v Auckland, Waikato v Northland
Please feel free to come and watch the future of New Zealand