Kieran Patchell (left) and Daniel Howe are developing a golf-scoring app which has already achieved success in business competitions. Photo by Craig Baxter.
For two University of Otago students, Chisholm Park Golf Club
in Dunedin has been the site of some good rounds, some
self-described shockers - and one ''business idea epiphany''.
During one particular round, long-time friends Daniel Howe
and Kieran Patchell (both 22) had played the first hole and
were at the tee for the second when they realised they had
forgotten their score cards.
Rather than walking back a few hundred metres, and admitting
to feeling a little lazy, they decided to enter their scores
on their phones.
That prompted a discussion about whether there would be an
existing app for that or, if not, how they might make one.
They have since developed GolfPoint, a multi-platform
golf-scoring system they hope will bring scorecards ''into
the 21st century''.
The idea was to use mobile app technology to not only
simplify and streamline the golf administration process, but
also to allow golfers to capture and record their round in a
simple form and have their statistics reported back to them,
Mr Howe said.
''We see huge potential for development into a connection
device to link together players to other players and the
wider golfing world, putting tours, clubs and fellow players
in our customers' pockets.''
While still in its infancy, GolfPoint has made the top 40 in
this year's Audacious Business Challenge.
It has also secured a top-three regional placing in the ANZ
Flying Start business plan competition, along with Will
Catton from Seethesolutions Ltd and Denis Page from HorseNZ
More than 600 business owners and budding entrepreneurs
submitted business plans for the first stage of the Flying
The top three from each region were then selected and invited
to enter more detailed versions of their business plans for
From that final shortlist, the judges will pick 17 regional
winners. That number will then be reduced to the final five
best regional winners. They will be invited to pitch their
plans to a panel of judges in Wellington in September. Those
five will compete for $58,800 worth of prizes.
Being involved with both those competitions had been a
''fantastic way'' to refine their ideas and meet people, with
knowledge and experience, happy to help a fledgling idea.
It also provided some credibility when approaching other
organisations for support, Mr Howe said.
Both men were originally from Wellington, where they had been
at school together since they were 10. Mr Howe is studying
accounting and marketing, while Mr Patchell is a genetics
(honours) and anthropology major.
The pair had reconnected with a friend from Wellington
College, who did programming, and there had been discussions
about getting him involved to start developing the systems.
They planned to spend some time in golf clubs doing audits of
the way that clubs' processes worked so they could develop
the app around actual needs. They hoped to work with New
Zealand Golf and were designing an online survey for clubs.
It was hoped to launch the app at the beginning of next year.
While the initial product would be a lot less than the
aspirations they had for it, they wanted to get it out, then
add extra functionality, Mr Howe said.
They saw GolfPoint as a ''really great opportunity'' to build
a job where they could work together.
As for their own golfing prowess?
''I'd say we're part-time golfers, full-time students,'' Mr