MORE than half a century since she first picked up the irons, Southlander Robyn Boniface has been acknowledged at a national level for her support to the game.
Boniface was recently named as New Zealand Golf volunteer of the year 2019.
When you ask Boniface why she has contributed so much she clearly states it’s not for the recognition but for the “love of the game”.
“You’re basically born into it and I don’t know any different really, I’ve been playing so long.”
Part of what made her golfing experience so special were the friends she had made along the way, she said.
When looking back through her golfing career, Boniface said the highlight was winning the New Zealand junior championships and then the New Zealand championships within a 12-month period.
More recently she was also selected as playing captain for her New Zealand seniors women’s team.
The nomination for the most recent accolade outlined Boniface’s many contributions; Queens Park Ladies Golf Club submitted that Boniface had been on the Queens Park ladies’ golf committee since 1994, had carried out the roles of deputy club captain, club captain and president, had been handicapper since 2007 and had taken up the role of club captain again for the second time last year. She had coached juniors at the club for the past 22 years.
She was also on the amalgamation committee to combine the men’s and ladies’ clubs, as well as the centennial committee for the club’s 100-year celebration in 2016.
“As well as these roles Robyn also spends many, many hours at the course doing gardens, paths, hand mowing around tee blocks and many other jobs to help the greenkeepers keep the course to a high standard.”
Boniface was on the Golf Southland Board from 2006-2019 and was chairperson from 2008-2019. She was a Southland selector from 2004-2017 and also managed the Southland women’s teams for 13 years.
Last year she was made a life member of Golf Southland.
“It’s been a pretty special ride all the way through.”