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Green Machine makes clean sweep at Business House Golf

Tuesday 2 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Other Sports


Green Machine makes clean sweep at Business House Golf
Rotana Howard led Green Machine were the big winners at the Business House Golf event. 21030143

Business House Golf (BHG) wrapped up its 2020/21 season last Friday night at the Rarotonga Golf Club after 11 rounds and a grand finale.

The annual event started over 40 years ago supported by sponsorship from various local businesses.

This season registered 42 teams from businesses, government departments and syndicates. The majority of the teams are regulars that have been involved for a number of years and to name a few with their captains: Air Rarotonga – Ned Howard, Michigan Motors – Phillip ‘Ipa’ Urlich, Pyramid Friends – Sir Tom and Lady Tuaine Marsters, Te Mana Arai (Customs) – Ngapoko Ngatamaine and Vonnias – George George.

After 11 rounds, teams were ranked with the bottom 21 playing their final round on Thursday and the top 21 teams playing the grand final on Friday. The top teams were battling it out for six return airfares to Aitutaki proudly sponsored by Air Rarotonga. Through-out the season, three teams consistently stood out – Green Machine, Vonnias and Air Rarotonga.

Green Machine aka Polynesian Rentals Ltd led by their inspirational Captain Rotana Howard cleaned sweep Business House Golf’s 2020/21 season’s major prizes – overall champion after 11 rounds, winner most birdies, runner up best gross and the grand final winner.

Green Machine not only walked away with 2 x six return airfares to Aitutaki sponsored by Air Rarotonga but also entered the record books as the first team in the history of the competition to win the double banger – overall champion and the grand finale winner.

Arthur Pickering, the chief executive of Polynesian Rentals (Green Machine), dedicated their winnings to the late Pastor Eliu who was an original member when Green Machine team formed many years ago.  

Other winners on the night were two ‘hole in one’ this season, Joe Daniel of Top Shape Fitness and Sharon Katoa of ANZ Bank team. Most eagles was a tie between SLAB and Vonnias, Air Rarotonga finished second while third prize went to Pyramid Friends and Firebirds.

Green Machine claimed the most birdies prize followed by Vonnias (runner-up) and third place going to Air Rarotonga, My Bad, My Wet Dreams.

Vonnias claimed the overall gross title, Green Machine finished second while Air Rarotonga came in third.

The overall net prize went to Green Machine, Vonnias were runner up while Michigan Motors finished in third place. Green Machine was declared the grand final winner.

Rarotonga Golf Club would like to thank all teams that registered in the Business House Golf competition this season and a very special appreciation to all sponsors that came on board despite the hard times on hand. Meitaki maata to Air Rarotonga, The Mooring Café & Moko’s Fishing Charters, Bank of South Pacific, Prime Foods Ltd, ANZ Bank, Bank of the Cook Islands, Vonnias, Palm Grove Lodges, Vodafone Cook Islands, Edgewater Resort & Spa, CITC Group, MC Sky, Legal Eagles, My Wet Dreams, My Bad – Tatakura Family, Top Shape Fitness & Health, 49ers – Stuart & Jenny Henry, Thirst Cook Islands, Te Mana Arai, SLAB – Ianis Boaza, Te Manavanui – Mark Short and family and Te Orau o Mauke – Apii Urlich.  

            - Henry Napa - Rarotonga Golf Club