Our hard working Committee members are all volunteers who are passionate about making this Club the best that it can be. It is no small task and we thank them for generously sharing their time and expertise.
PETER MCREDMOND - PRESIDENT
Serves on Full Committee, Executive Committee and Course Committee
Having been a member of the Manawatu Golf Club for 15 years and a regular Wednesday and Saturday afternoon player, I’m closely associated with club’s membership, many of whom I’m pleased to consider friends. For four years I served on the Committee holding the Office of Vice President, and in 2016 took up the office of President.
I find meeting the challenges of managing our Club and its activities particularly rewarding and enjoy working with others to achieve the Clubs aims. In recent times we’ve seen the Club diversify while at the same time consolidate and strengthen its position. Aside from Committee participation and the camaraderie and friendships I have at the Club, I also of course enjoy the personal challenges the game of golf offers.
Away from the golf course I own and operate Orcus Print Solutions, a print brokerage company I established in 2000, and enjoy a little of both on and off road cycling. I’m also a keen rugby supporter, and of course I keep a close eye on the PGA!
NATHAN HOPCROFT – VICE PRESIDENT
Serves on Full Committee and Executive Committee
Golf is one of my many sporting interests, and I have been a member of MGC on and off for over 20 years.
I really enjoy my role on Committee as we have a vibrant, progressive club that is full of great people.
My golf is more occasional than regular these days following a new addition to the family, so if you see someone carrying clubs and pushing a pram then that will probably be me!
SCOTT HAUMAHA - TREASURER
Serves on Full Committee and Executive Committee
My first experience with golf was late 2014 when I joined as a member of the Manawatu Golf Club. Having decided to hang up my rugby boots after my second shoulder surgery, I was excited to join some friends and try my hand at a new challenge, whilst also being able to enjoy the social side the golf club offers. Since joining the club I have really enjoyed learning the game and also getting to know some of the other members at the club who have all been extremely friendly and welcoming. I look forward to getting to know more members as time goes on and to steadily improve my golf.
In terms of my professional background, I am a financial adviser at Tailorednz. Before taking on this role I worked as an accountant at Naylor Lawrence & Associates during which time I completed my Chartered Accountant qualification.
It is a privilege to be able to sit on the executive committee, having recently been appointed as Treasurer. I am looking forward to be able to give back to the club by working with the committee and management to help us overcome the various challenges we face and ensure the club is well looked after for the enjoyment of all members now and for the future.
BRENT CAWTHRAY – MEN'S CLUB CAPTAIN
Serves on Full Committee, Executive Committee and Match Committee
I am General Manager of Manawatu Cold Storage, where I have been employed for the past 27 years.
I have always had a strong interest in many sports, and have previously managed the Feilding and Oroua Senior Rugby teams, and was also President of Oroua for 3 years.
This is my 5th year on the committee at MGC and my 4th year as Men’s Club Captain – a role that I am really passionate about.
VICKI WORKER - WOMEN'S REPRESENTATIVE
Serves on Full Committee, as well as the Executive and Membership Committees
I have been a member at MGC since my 4 (now adult) boys were very young. We have all benefited in many ways from the joys of playing golf here & the camaraderie it brings.
One of the wonderful things about golf is that it’s one of the few sports where all ages & abilities can play alongside each other & compete in a fair contest – one only has to look at the incredibly close matches in mixed competitions like the Saunders Plate to see how effective the handicapping system is.
As chair of the Membership Committee it has been satisfying to see so many newcomers enjoying golf through our “Discover Golf” & “Speedee 9” initiatives. Given the friendly nature of our club I know you will all encourage & welcome them. We are lucky to have a club that is humming, has such wonderful facilities, people and, more rarely, a growing membership.
I am passionate about the MGC & “Palmy”, which I have proudly promoted in some small way over many years via my “Discover Dining & Shopping” guides. I am “part of the furniture” at Naylor Lawrence & Associates where I am Accounting Manager.
As Women’s Rep on the main committee I sit on the Executive & the Membership & House sub-committees. I welcome any feedback, suggestions etc members may have regarding any of these facets of the club.
Serves on Full Committee, Course Committee, Match Committee and as Junior Convenor
My introduction to golf was spending many Sunday evenings looking for golf balls at Belmont golf links when I was a kid. I took up the game in late 2010 when my son Greg got very keen after attending a MWGA school golf event run by Stephen Wood. Outside of regular golf play and practice I spend over 3 weeks a year taking Greg and other juniors to golf tournaments around the country.
I’m involved in research aimed at developing livestock parasite vaccines and am very experienced at Microsoft Excel. As a result I have set up spreadsheets to track the Men’s Saturday and Wednesday competition results and instigated a Fedex cup points system for the men season long competitions which is I think is a much more fairer way of awarding points for these comps.
One of my interests is NZ native plants (you should see the transformation of my backyard in the 10 years we have been in Palmerston North) and as such I would love to see much more strategic planting of natives on our course, especially to replace the many aging pine trees.
I love the personal challenge that the game offers and that the more you work on the game the better you can get.
RODNEY "RALPH" THOMAS
Serves on Full Committee and Match Committee
I have been a keen golfer for the past 25 plus years having taken up the game after my body telling me it had taken enough damage from playing rugby league, and to pursue a sport that I could play for years to come.
I enjoy both social and competitive golf and try to play as much as I can which is all the time thanks to my understanding wife and family.
I am into my fourth year as a member of the Manawatu Golf Club and having just started on the Committee I am looking forward to the challenges this year will bring. It will be an interesting year with the Pro-Shop being incorporated into the Club structure and the changes this will bring.
I have been a member at a number of golf clubs as I moved around the country with my job in the RNZAF and I have served on a number of these clubs committees. I like to give a bit back as I am a big believer in doing your part for your club and welcome suggestions to help continue the Clubs growth and development.
Serves on the Full Committee and Match Committee
I took up golf around 15 years ago once our two daughters were of such an age that I no longer needed to be a human taxi service at weekends. I enjoy the constant mental challenge of the game and of course the friendships and camaraderie that develop when playing and socialising at our Club.
My involvement in the Committee started earlier this year, when my work commitments reduced to free up some time for me to devote to the Club. As Members we are incredibly fortunate to have been well served by previous Committees who executed a vision to expand our revenue base through the Café, function centre and now the pro shop. I am interested in ensuring we re-invest wisely in the Course and Club facilities to provide value for our subscriptions while also trying to make our Club attractive to new Members.
Outside of golf I am a civil engineer and, along with my wife, own a small consulting engineering company. We both enjoy travelling, spending time with our two adult daughters, sons-in-law and now two wonderful grandchildren.
Serves on the Full Committee, Proshop Committee and the Membership Committee
I guess it’s fair to say I have devoted my adult life to Golf. In 1980 my wife Gill, and I opened the doors to what was Manawatu’s #1 family entertainment complex – Golf City. An 18-hole golf course, pro-shop, driving range, mini-golf & café.Now, along with our two sons, Sheridan & Callum, we have Golf Distributors. Part of the Vining Group, Golf Distributors is the largest distributor of golf equipment in New Zealand.
Aside from the business aspect, I have a true passion for the game. It’s a sport that promotes positive sportsmanship & respect. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to help nurture many young golfers from when they first picked up a club, to be coming Tour professionals.
I have been fortunate enough to learn the ins and outs of the industry from a true grass-roots level, through to a number driven, retail level. I truly understand what it takes to make a golf club become a financial success, as well as what it takes to create a welcoming and thriving environment.
As someone who is Palmerston North born and bred, I whole-heartedly believe in this city, and the Manawatu Golf Club. We have something very special here, and I am committed to keeping this Club as a venue that we the members, and the Palmerston North residents can be very proud of.