Centennial committee chairman Noel Boniface said on Friday, securing Williams, a self›confessed golf lover, as the keynote speaker had been a closely guarded secret until now.
‘‘When we contacted him, he never even hesitated. He said ‘yes’ straight away and said it would be an honour to speak at the evening.’’
The club’s centennial cele› brations run from Wednesday, Feb› ruary 24 to Sunday, February 28. The dinner will be at the Ascot Park Hotel on Friday, February 26.
Mr Boniface said local sponsor› ship and support was helping to cover the cost of the main event and Mr Williams’ visit.
More than 260 people had regis› tered for the dinner, he said.
Ross Murray (83), of Christ› church, was a long›serving New Zealand golf representative, won the New Zealand amateur title in 1972 and was an eight times South Island champion. He was born and schooled in Invercargill and agreed to attend the celebrations as long as a golf cart was on hand, Mr Boniface said.
During the event, the club will host five golf competitions includ› ing mens’, ladies’, mixed foursomes and the Men’s Jubilee Shield four› man teams stableford.
Mr Boniface said the shield event began when the club celebrated its 75th anniversary and had been held annually since.
Mr Boniface welcomed anyone with a connection or an affiliation with the Queens Park Golf Club to register for the centenary or to turn up on the Wednesday and Thursday in the late afternoon, to catch up with ‘‘old faces’’.
‘‘All we are now hoping for is some great weather.’’
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