National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

A Wonderful Tradition Sadly Comes to an End

Participants during the National Army Museum Golf Tournament in 2012

37 years of golf, entertainment and long-lasting comradeship have come to an end, when 62 ex-servicemen got together in March at Burnham for the last time. The tournament began in 1980 and has raised more than $260,000 for the National Army Museum over the years.

The tournament has seen many comrades converge on Burnham Military Camp over three days each March for 36 holes of golf, singing, laughing, story-telling and long-lasting friendship. Attendees have varied over the years with a high of 180 players in 1989 to 60 golfers attending in March 2017. Many a great story has emerged like that of singing legend Fred Sutherland who participated in 32 of the 37 tournaments and his enthusiasm in leading the troops in song. Age has not been a barrier to many with the oldest member still managing two rounds of 18 holes of golf over 2 days at age 97.

The National Army Museum Te Mata Toa wishes to sincerely thank the enthusiastic committee under the chair of Brigadier Tom Leighs in their quest to raise money for the Museum. We’d like to acknowledge all participants, our generous sponsors for donating prizes and Burnham Military Camp for going out of their way to make these tournaments happen so smoothly. Your generosity and support has gone a long way.