Last chance to enter our sixth annual charity golf day for football lovers

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Friends of Football will host their sixth annual golf day at Huapai Golf Club on Thursday March 25, 2021.

It’s another opportunity for our members and supporters to get together for a day of golf and football banter as they play the course beside Auckland’s Coatesville-Riverhead Highway.

Teams of four will compete for the Bill MacGowan Memorial Trophy and an array of fantastic prizes.

Proceeds from the Trojan Batteries-sponsored day will support Friends of Football’s efforts to back projects and activities that benefit the game in New Zealand.

Teams will gather for refreshments by 11.30am, ready for a shotgun start at 12.30pm.

After 18 holes, players can enjoy post-game hospitality, including a buffet dinner and a prizegiving that will put a smile on any golfer’s face.

Raffles and a charity auction will also make available more prizes and unique football-related items.

Our venue

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We’ll have some fantastic prizes to be won and goodies to be auctioned. These include a weekend’s use of a fabulous Kia Sorento, a stay at Te Moenga Lodge with scenic views of Lake Taupo and many more.

Prize Table

Close to $8,000 in total value of prizes on the day, for teams (down to 14th place) and individual prizes such as closest to the pin on par 3’s and longest drive.

Auction Items

Taupo Weekend Escape

Enjoy the luxury of the Giltrap Kia Sorrento for a weekend getaway to beautiful Lake Taupo where you will enjoy two night’s accommodation in two chalets at the stunning Te Moenga Lodge high on the hill at Acacia Bay overlooking the Lake, a round of golf for four (carts included) at the world class Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary (voted NZ’s number one golf course). All this and other goodies for an amazing escape with friends! VALUE: $3,500

Snap Attack Fishing Charter

Book yourself and friends, work colleagues or clients on a wonderful day’s fishing with Snap Attack Charters. Sixteen will be provided with rods, bait and ice. All you need to supply is the drink and snacks to take on board (you can use the onboard BBQ); let our captain and crew do the rest! VALUE: $2,600

Set of Nankang Tyres

Courtesy of YHI and Nankang Tyres, have your car looking amazing and drive safe with a brand new set of Nankang tyres of your choice, up to 18 inch in size. VALUE: Up to $1,200

Winston Reid Signed Nike Football Boots

Courtesy of All Whites captain and one of our all-time leading players Winston Reid, a personally signed pair of Nike Football boots. This is a limited, rare and unique item to add to your football memorabilia collection. VALUE: PRICELESS

Signed Football Ferns 2019 FIFA World Cup Shirt

Courtesy of New Zealand Football and the Football Ferns add this wonderful memento of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to your collection. Another rare and unique item. VALUE: PRICELESS

Competition holes

Closest to the pin on hole 3 and hole 16; longest drive on hole 4 (male and female); longest putt contest.


3 tickets for $5 or 7 tickets for $10 with 8 prize draws. All proceeds going to Friends of Football.


Gift bag including sleeve of golf balls per player on arrival; BBQ on arrival; drinks station on course; Build Your Own Burger Buffett post-round.

Playing rules

The competition will use an Ambrose format. Official golf handicap index applies, while players without an official handicap will approximate their handicap to a maximum of 18.

Help us promote our golf day

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Remembering Bill MacGowan

Our trophy for the winning team is named after the late Bill MacGowan, one of New Zealand sport’s best administrators, who died in 2018.

With the help of Bill’s wife, Trish, we introduced the trophy in his name for our 2019 golf day.

Though we were unable to hold our event in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’re proud to celebrate the memory of Bill MacGowan again this year.

Last year’s winners

The first team to win the Bill MacGowan Memorial Trophy were Carters Henderson, led by All White Darren White.

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