THE Queens Park Golf Club clubhouse is used to its fair share of celebrations, but last week proved a highlight as the Queens Park Ladies Club celebrated its 100th annual meeting, with a patroness appointed and a life membership awarded.
The club has had many changes and much success over the past century, but last week’s meeting proved a highlight for many as Melva Hewitt was appointed patroness and Robyn Boniface was given honorary life membership before both cut the 100th cake.
Despite the countless hours Boniface dedicates to golf administration, the talented golfer prefers to receive accolades for her on-course performances rather than off-course, and she was both humbled and surprised by the honour.
“It’s not something you give any thought to. I put things into golf because I love it, and the club, and I have a real passion for it,” she said.
“It is only possible thanks to the support I have had from my family over the years, and their patience in letting me pursue my passion.”
Boniface (then Low) joined the Queens Park Ladies Club as a junior in 1969 and, apart from an 18-month stint when she moved away, has been a member ever since. She has been a committee member, deputy club captain, club captain, vice-president, president and handicapper – the latter a role she still holds today. Coaching, assisting with administration and course maintenance are further duties she has undertaken and her on-course performances mean she remains one of New Zealand’s top masters level golfers.
She was club champion from 1981 through to 2017, aside from five years.
Another long-time and dedicated member was also recognised with Mrs Hewitt appointed patroness.
Mrs Hewitt, too, had taken on a huge range of roles over many years of involvement with the club, in both official and unofficial capacities.