Golf club to host Sir Geoff memorial tournament

Saturday July 21, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports

The Rarotonga Golf Club will today host the Sir Geoffrey Arama Henry Memorial tournament at the Nikao golf course.


The stableford tournament is supported by Cook Islands Tours and Farm Direct Pearls.

Rarotonga Golf Club president George George said the tournament would pay tribute to the late statesman who played a vital role in shaping the future of sports in the country.

“Not only was he an excellent rugby coach for me when he was coaching the Avatiu Senior A back in the late 70s and early 80s, he was my mentor in pushing myself to see sports from a different perspective,” said George.

“He was an innovator, he was a thinker, and he was such a gifted speaker and motivator.

“He was a master tactician and had some of the best strategies for us Avatiu to get out there and win.”

George also said the late Sir Henry was one of the finest local golfers to have ever played the game.

“He not only had a ‘pro-look’, he could certainly play the game.”

George thanked Sir Henry’s family and the sponsors for their support.

“Special thanks to Temu and Lesley Okotai for sponsoring this event in Sir Geoff’s memory,” he said.

“There will be a prizegiving later in the evening. A special string band is organised and will be singing some of Sir Geoff’s favourites, as he was well known to be the centre of attention when it comes to string bands at the golf club back in those days.”

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