Golf day: it’s all about the linksDoug Conway
Mark Niemeyer’s four children are all daughters, so in the absence of Trinitarian sons he relies on the old boy network to stay in touch with the School community.
It’s why he is a regular at Class of 1987 reunions; it’s why he has played in most of the 17 annual Trinity golf days; and it’s why he put his hand up as the major sponsor for this year’s event.
He values the sense of camaraderie and the ongoing links to the School and its people.
“My regular class group meets up every year, and we have five-year reunions, too,” said the CEO of family business Niemeyer Commercial Property, which his father started and which now manages some 600 industrial and commercial properties around Sydney.
“We had our 35-year reunion last year. Everyone knows everyone, and you talk to everyone, regardless of whether you got on at school.”
Headmaster Tim Bowden reinforced those sentiments in welcoming a large field of 96 players to Pennant Hills in May.
“The School is keen to help build the extended Trinity community,” he told the golfers.
“Current students and parents have frequent contacts but it becomes a bit trickier as you move on from school into the wider world.
“We are keen to see those bonds strengthened, and we think golf is an excellent way to do it.”
Richard Bishop (1987), who oversees alumni relations, said the golf day was a community day when togetherness was the key word.
“It’s great to see so many old boys of different ages, shapes and sizes, along with current parents and students, reconnecting and reacquainting themselves over the years.
“It’s an opportunity for networking, and sharing stories and journeys.”
Other golf day sponsors this year were:
BM Cleaning Services, the school’s contract cleaner, represented by Jose Martinez;
Abbotts Locksmiths, represented by past parent Dave Polley;
Laser Wizard, represented by Muir Thompson (1997);
Lomac, represented by Matt Low (2009); and
Horwood Nolan Real Estate, represented by Ben Horwood (1999).
The four ball Ambrose teams event was won by the Horwood Nolan group of Ben Horwood, Alex McRae, Ben Elson, and Matt Moran.
Second place went to the father-and-son foursome of Steve and Sam Newton, and Tony and Harry Hindle, with third collected by Shane Elson, Robert Jones, Marc Dalton, and Wayne Austin.
Wooden spoon honours went to Charlie Furfaro, Tim Bowden, Patrick Hoang, and Matthew Brown.