Posted by Jess Hewitson
Our club was asked to help officiate the first annual SC Mini Golf Champs during Waitangi Weekend.  As well as being a mini golf championship, the event was to serve as a fundraiser for the Temuka Museum.  On Monday 7 of us headed out to Temuka on a very foggy morning, 'Muka Putt' was our first venue.
We were joined by two of our friends from Timaru North RC and one of our Science and Technology Alumni to help us keep the scores for the 28 contestants entered.
Not long after 'tee-off', the sun was streaming and we were reaching for the sunscreen.
After a quick ice cream stop, we headed to The Sheares Quarters for the final 18 holes. All the contestants played in the spirit of the game and many cheers of laughter, 'ooohhhs' and 'aahhs' could be heard, of course along with some 'oh nooo, why's!?'  
After the scores had been gathered by official collators in the cafe (no Lionel wasn't just sat there drinking coffee all day) we had our senior and junior winners, 2nd, 3rd placegetters, and the many spot prizes were selected, such as most holes in one, lowest score on the most difficult holes at each course, best dress, sportsmanship, youngest player, oldest player, who traveled the furthest, most unlucky player, etc. 
Our local business had been very generous and donated a number of vouchers that were distributed amongst the winners.  The 'main event' prize was the overall winner would be going to represent South Canterbury at the Mini Golf Nationals in Auckland later in the year. Unbeknownst to me, my fiance had done pretty well in this tournament and took out first place in the senior section and is off to Auckland to compete! (Don't worry there was no cheating I wasn't his scorer, but I had better get the Auckland caddy job! laugh)