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ow. That was my initial reaction to Lydia Ko’s win in the World Ladies’ Masters in Taiwan last month. Then I kept asking myself why I was so surprised. Ko had already won four professional golf tournaments. This was just win number five. What’s more the win was hardly a bolt from the blue. She had already attained a world ranking of six and was clearly a leading contender for the tournament from day one. So why was I so surprised? The reason – it was her first win as a professional. For some reason, being a professional, makes all the difference. The most obvious difference was she got to keep the money. For the first time the winner’s cheque did not go to the person she beat. The first prize of $US150,000 ($NZ181,000) was hers. But the wow factor mainly stems from the fact she had only just turned pro. It was only just over six weeks earlier she was an amateur. Technically, as an amateur, golf was a game she played. But as a pro, it’s her job. When she travelled overseas she would no longer write the words school student on the immigration card as her occupation. She could now write
Lydia Ko’s feats continue to amaze
golf professional. Many a player has struggled making the transition from amateur to professional. There are numerous instances of top-ranked amateurs becoming little more than battlers on the world’s golf tours. Suddenly the nervousness of sinking a putt to win a tournament is nothing compared to sinking a putt to make the cut. If you don’t make the cut your income for the week, perhaps months, is zero. And that’s why winning as a pro makes all the difference. It’s coming of age. It’s like saying this is what I do for a living and I can make a good living out of it. It’s no longer a game I play for a bit of fun. Instead it’s my job that I can continue to play as a game for a bit of fun. Adding to the wow factor was Ko’s first win as a professional came at the tender age of 16 and that she needed special dispensation to turn pro. The Ladies’ Professional Golf Association (LPGA) does not usually permit its players to join its tour until the age of 18 but made an
exception in Ko’s case. The LPGA does not elaborate on the reasons for granting dispensation but one comment made by its commissioner Michael Whan about Ko at the time was: ``It is not often that the LPGA welcomes a rookie who is already a back-to-back LPGA tour champion.” That was in reference to Ko winning the Canadian Open in 2012 and then defending the title last August. In other words the LPGA was saying Ko would not be out of her depth. But that would not have been the sole reason for allowing Ko to join the LPGA tour. It would have also seen that Ko copes with the pressures off the golf course such as dealing with the news media, displaying a mature attitude and presenting a good image for the game. In addition Ko is intelligent and has been able to succeed academically despite a very busy golfing schedule. We now look forward to Ko at the New Zealand Open in Christchurch from January 31-February 2 and wonder how many wow factors she will continue to show us.
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The rise and rise of Lydia Ko By Paul Gueorgieff
here are no bounds to the career of New Zealand golfing phenomenon Lydia Ko, says her former coach Guy Wilson. Ko racked up win No 5 in a professional tour event when taking out the Swinging Skirts World Ladies’ Masters in Taiwan last month. The win was significant in that it came just six weeks after becoming a professional golfer – and all at the tender age of 16. But to achieve so much at such a young age only underlined what she could achieve, said Wilson who last month ended 11 years with Ko. ``I think she’s already proven she’s already capable of making history wherever she goes,’’ Wilson told Golfer Pacific from Auckland. Ko’s world ranking rose to No 4 following her win in Taiwan. Wilson believes she is capable of reaching the No 1 spot once she becomes familiar with being on tour. ``Now that she is playing against the best, it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes for her to stamp some dominance and start to rise to the top of the world,’’ Wilson said.
``As we can see it, it has only really just begun. There is plenty more opportunities for her now and I think it is safe to say she will be winning more and more events. This 2014 year is going to be a pretty big year.’’ The fact that Ko made the transition from amateur to professional status with ease not only re-affirmed her outstanding ability but her ability to cope with pressure, Wilson said. ``She is able to process it as if it was just another day, as if it was just another tournament – not feel the mountain of pressure building up and the expectation behind her to get a result, as most people do. It’s amazing for anybody, regardless of what age.’’ Some players, despite a fine amateur career, can struggle with the move into professional ranks. Wilson had no doubt that would not be the case for Ko who had racked up wins in four professional events as an amateur. ``She has played in that environment for the past year and a half now. It’s not like it was something completely different. ``Although there is more pressure to perform, given that she is now playing for money, she can still get it done.’’ Wilson, however, did agree it was
yet another milestone to win as a professional. ``I suppose it proved to herself that it wasn’t that a big jump for her. ``I guess it makes herself feel a little bit less stressed, to say she has got one under the belt and not over-thought it. Although there is more expectation on her, she hasn’t really shown it. ``It means what she is doing is pretty damn good and pretty damn consistent, regardless of where and what environment she is in.’’ The win in Taiwan could not be dismissed as a lowly end of year tournament. The field contained four of the world’s top 10-ranked players, including the world No 1, it carried an $US800,000 purse and Ko’s winning cheque was a not to be sneezed at $US150,000 ($NZ180,000). We can now look forward to Ko to defending her title in the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open at Clearwater in Christchurch from January 31-February 2. Ko last year became the first New Zealander to win the event and at age of 15 became the youngest winner on the Ladies’ European Tour.
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Born: April 24, 1997. Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea. Named: Bo-Gyung Ko. Turned professional: October 23, 2013. • In December posted her first win as a professional at the age of 16 at just her second tournament when taking out the Swinging Skirts World Ladies’ Masters in Taiwan. • In August won the Canadian Open for the second time to become the only amateur to win two LPGA events. • In September was only one place away from becoming the youngest winner of a major when second in the Evian Championship in France in September. The youngest women’s winner is Morgan Pressel who won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship at the age of 18 years, 10 months and nine days. • Won the 2012 Canadian Open to easily become the youngest to win an LPGA event at the age of 15 years, four months. The previous record had been 16 years, seven months. Ko’s win was also the first by an amateur on the LPGA tour in 43 years and just the fifth overall. • Won the 2012 New South Wales Open to become the youngest, at the time, to win a professional tournament at the age of 14 years. • Won the 2012 New Zealand Open at age 15 to become the youngest winner on the Ladies’ European Tour. Also the first New Zealander to win the tournament. • 2011 New Zealand strokeplay championship winner. • 2011 New Zealand amateur championship winner. • 2011 Australian strokeplay championship winner. • 2011 Interprovincial tournament win (with North Harbour); player of the tournament. • 2012 Australian amateur championship winner. • 2012 United States amateur championship winner. • 2012 Espirito Santo World Teams’ Championship leading individual on a record score (first New Zealand woman to achieve this mantle). • World No 1 ranked amateur from 2011–2013. • Awarded Mark H McCormack Medal for the game’s outstanding amateur (2011 – 2013) • 2010 NZ Open – Youngest player to make a cut in a professional tournament where she finished tied seventh at the age of 12. • Received emerging talent award at the 2012 Halberg Awards • New Zealand Golfer of the Year for 2012 • Runner-up in the 2013 Evian Championship in France – the best performance from a New Zealand woman in a major championship (beating Lynnette Brooky’s tie for 12th at the US Open in 2002). • Climbed to No 4 in the world rankings – the highest position held by a New Zealand golfer. The highest previously was Michael Campbell who was at No 12 in 2005.
Kiwis beat Australia in Vietnam
New Zealand has delivered in the final round of the Asia-Pacific Seniors Championship in Vietnam to win by three strokes from Australia. The Kiwis were consistent with Frank Borren, Michael Barltrop, Murray Martin and Andrew McKechnie all shooting rounds of three-over par 74 in the best four out of six scores format to claim the title. Philip Hunter (76) and Mike Leitch (80) had the non-counting scores in the final round. New Zealand, which recently defeated Australia at the Sanctuary Cove Trophy in Queensland, continued its good form to record a 45-over par team total at The Montgomerie Links in Vietnam. The Asia-Pacific Senior Championship is an individual 54-hole strokeplay event run in conjunction with a team’s event. The best four scores of the six players each day count towards the team total. Meanwhile, Blair Riordan was the best of the Kiwis at the 117th Argentine amateur championship in Argentina. Riordan, who is the No 1 for the Tasman district, qualified 19th with rounds of 72 and 73 but lost in the quarterfinals to seventh seed Joaquin Bonjour by 2 and 1.
Until that point Riordan had enjoyed a fine championship. He defeated Agustin Acuna (3/2), Nicolas Pizzolante (2up) and Alfonso Otoya (19th hole) to reach the final eight players. Kadin Neho, who became the first Northland golfer to win the New Zealand amateur in April, lost in round one to Finnish golfer Teemu Toivonen by 4 and 3. No New Zealand golfer has even won the Argentine amateur with Manawatu golfer Josh Munn coming the closest in 2012 when he finished second. Asia Pacific Seniors Championship (The Montgomerie Links Vietnam Golf Course, par 71).
897 New Zealand 295 306 296 (74 Frank Borren, 74 Michael Barltrop, 74 Murray Martin, 74 Andrew McKechnie). 900 Australia 302, 302, 296. 952 Hong Kong 320 313 319. 976 Pakistan 331 324 321. 984 India 327 327 330. 1013 Korea 338 339 336. 1034 Vietnam 354 343 337. 1105 Guam 382 366 357. 1113 Taiwan 378 373 362.
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Revenge is sweet for Manawatu-Wanganui in Interprovincials
ew Zealand golf’s most prized amateur men’s teams’ event was won by Manawatu-Wanganui for the first time in nearly 50 years. But more importantly for the Manawatu-Wanganui team the win avenged its agonising defeat of the previous year when beaten in a dramatic final on a second play-off hole. Making the win all the sweeter was it beat Bay Of Plenty in the final. It was Bay Of Plenty that had deprived them of victory the year before. There was no need for a play-off in the 2013 event which played at the North Shore Golf Club in Auckland. ManawatuWanganui disposed of Bay Of Plenty in the final by 4-1/2 to 1/2 to give them the title for the first time since 1964. The Manawatu-Wanganui team was humbled to walk into the clubhouse to a rousing round of applause from their rivals who marked their appreciation for their win. Manawatu-Wanganui manager Russell McDonald, who has been with the side for more than 10 years, said it was a long time coming and a special day for the province. ``These boys have worked so hard for this and the way they won it in the final was just incredible,” he said. ``I have worked with all of these boys for many years and to see them fulfil their potential on this stage is so rewarding. They are such a great team, great mates. They do everything for each other and they never give up. That really showed that this week.” McDonald said it was a special performance and the team was motivated to avenge last year’s loss for Junior Tatana. He had represented the side in the play-off but missed the 2013 tournament because of a back injury. ``Junior had unfinished business after what happened last year and these guys really wanted to do it for him. He has been texting me all day. We couldn’t be happier to get our hands on the trophy.” Manawatu-Wanganui No 1 Joshua Munn, who was inspirational all week for his side, said it was an amazing feeling to be the last team standing. ``We haven’t won this in almost 50 years,” said the 22-year-old. ``I can’t believe that, that is a total joke and I am just pleased we ended that drought. This is a great team and we
Manawatu – Wanganui has won the Toro NZ Men’s Interprovincial title for the first time since 1964 (From left to right: Hayden Ring, Jack Leenards, Lachie McDonald, Josh Munn, Trent Munn, Tyler Hodge and Russell McDonald). Photo: Supplied showed that today.” Manawatu-Wanganui, which beat Wellington 3-1/2--1/1/2 in its semi-final, was consistently excellent across all matches in the final to take the ascendancy away from Bay Of Plenty which had romped into the final with a 5-0 win over Otago in the semi-finals. Munn led the way for his side when he defeated the previously undefeated Bay Of Plenty No 1 Peter Lee by 5 and 4 to set the tone for the day. ``I chipped in on the first hole and it gave me the boost that I needed. From there I played really well and it was the best feeling to walk past the board at the turn and see it all covered in red numbers [for Manawatu-Wanganui].” There were more big margins to celebrate
as fellow New Zealand representative Tyler Hodge won the battle of the left-handers when he defeated Sam Davis 4 and 2. Lachie McDonald showed why he is such a valued team member with a 3 and 2 win over William Howard in the No 3 position. McDonald was named as the player of the tournament when he finished with an impressive record of six wins, a half and a loss during the week. McDonald, 22, said: ``It is a huge honour to win this award. I have worked really hard on my game and to win the award in this company confirms that I am on the right track. I couldn’t be happier.” McDonald believed that his side played to its true potential when it mattered most. ``That is the best we have played all week. We definitely knew we were up against it
with a great side like Bay Of Plenty but we just played fantastic to get it done.” He said the win was great to pay off all the people who had invested in them over the years. ``Manawatu is a really proud golfing province and there is a lot of people who have supported all of the guys in this team for many years. This win is for them. We know that there has been many great players come through the province over the years and never won this title. We hope that they enjoy this win as well because it is a great achievement for our province.” In the other matches Trent Munn (Manawatu) and Victor Janin (Bay of Plenty) had a great battle that went up and down all day and fittingly finished all square. Manawatu No 5 Hayden Ring completed the rout when he defeated Charlie Hillier at the last for a 2 up victory. The scenes of the Manawatu–Wanganui team high fiving and hugging will be a lasting memory from the event. It was a very different scene from Friday afternoon when the boys were dejected after they thought they had missed out on the semi-finals after halving with Tasman. Said McDonald: ``It could have been very different. If Blair Riordan’s ball had’ve rolled one more revolution in his match against Josh (Munn) then we were gone. But we made it through and I guess as they say the rest is history.”
Bay of Plenty 5 Otago 0 Peter Lee bt Brent McEwan 7/6, Sam Davis bt Sean Masters 3/2, William Howard bt James Anstiss 1up, Victor Janin bt Mark Brooks 5/3, Charlie Hillier bt Kayne Wardell 5/4 Manawatu / Wanganui 3.5 Wellington 1.5 Josh Munn halved with Marc Jennings, Tyler Hodge bt Fraser MacLachlan 3/2, Lachie McDonald lost to Brayden Mazey 2/1, Trent Munn bt Thomas Spearman-Burn 2 up, Hayden Ring bt Adam Church 2 up
Manawatu-Wanganui 4.5 Bay of Plenty 0.5 Josh Munn bt Peter Lee 5/4, Tyler Hodge bt Sam Davis 4/2, Lachie McDonald bt William Howard 3/2, Trent Munn halved with Victor Janin, Hayden Ring bt Charlie Hillier 2 up.
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hey played 40 games of golf and won 36-1/2 of them. That statistic underlined the dominance the Auckland team displayed as it marched to its third successive win in the women’s Interprovincial tournament. The Interprovincial is New Zealand’s premier teams’ event and Auckland almost made the 2013 event a one-horse race. It breezed through the preliminary rounds with 27 wins from 30 games before sweeping aside Hawke’s Bay in a semi-final to win 4-1/2 to a 1/2. In the final Auckland was up against Bay Of Plenty but once again the result was one-sided with Auckland winning 5-0. Auckland’s performance at the tournament, sponsored by Toro, was one of the most dominant since it was first held in 1950. It was the first time in 30 years that a team had won three times in a row. The previous occasion was from 198183 when Bay Of Plenty-Thames Valley achieved the feat. Auckland has now won the event a total of 22 times with it nearest rival Bay Of Plenty on 17 wins. Kaye Carroll, the manager of the Auckland team for the past 10 years, said the performance of her girls was a special effort as they totally outclassed every team they played. ``I had a machine team,” said Carroll. ``For them to go through and lose only three games for five days is just amazing. It has to be the best record ever in this tournament.” Carroll, who has bowed out as the Auckland manager after a decade of service, said there were a few factors that made her side so dominant at the excellent Muriwai course in west Auckland. ``Being able to come out here and practice a few times as a team, practice shots in the wind and bunkers and so on was good and we bonded so well. ``This is the most special of all my wins with an Auckland team. This is my swansong. I have been doing this for 10 years and with Auckland winning three in a row I feel like it is time for some fresh blood in the camp. Going out on this moment feels pretty special. I am rapt.” Two of Auckland’s players, Wenyung Keh and Brittney Dryland, both went through the tournament unbeaten. Dryland, who won the player of the 2012 tournament at St Clair, played at No 5 and got her team on the board early in the final with a 3 and 2 win over the big-hitting Rotana Howard. It meant that Dryland had finished two
pressure in the final and we brought it back after nine holes. To have only lost three times throughout the whole week as a team is really cool.” Next year’s women’s Interprovincial will be held at the Lochiel Golf Club in Hamilton.
The victorious Auckland team (from left to right): Kaye Carroll (manager), Shantael Ligiliga (reserve), Wenyung Keh, Brittney Dryland, Celyn Khoo, Munchin Keh and Joanna Kim. Photo: Supplied Toro Interprovincial tournaments with a perfect winning record. Dryland’s win was backed up by Celyn Khoo who came from behind to defeat Susan Lines 3 and 2 to keep the momentum heading in the right direction. The match between Auckland No 3 Joanna Kim and her Bay of Plenty counterpart Heather Keefe was a classic. The two halved their opening eight holes before Kim seized the advantage heading into final nine holes. Kim went on to birdie the par 3 17th to win the match 2 and 1 and secure the winning point for her side. ``It was really cool to sink the winning putt for the team,” said Kim. ``That was a special moment for me. I was disappointed to have my first half this morning [for a 7wins and a half record] but apart from that I had a great week.” Wenyung Keh and Munchin Keh completed the whitewash with wins over Grace Senior (2up) and Alanna Campbell (3/2) respectively.
Munchin Keh was excited, happy and relieved to be named as the champions again. ``It was a really tough final,” said the 21-year-old from the Titirangi Golf Club. ``Each match was really close and it was tense out there. To win it for the third time in a row, there is no doubt that this is the best win we have ever had.” Wenyung Keh, who matched her perfect winning record from the team’s win at the Whakatane Golf Club in 2011, was named as the player of the tournament. The 16-year-old from the Pakuranga Country Club enjoyed a remarkable week at No 2 for her side and was humbled to receive the honour. ``It means a lot to get this award,” said Keh. “I had a lot to prove this week. I have practiced really hard for this and to be named player of the tournament I feel like I have redeemed myself.” Keh said her team had achieved something special. ``It feels really great to have won this title three times in a row. We were under
Final Auckland 5 Bay of Plenty 0: Munchin Keh bt Alanna Campbell 3/2, Wenyung Keh bt Grace Senior 2up, Joanna Kim bt Heather Keefe 2/1, Celyn Khoo bt Susan Lines 3/2, Brittney Dryland bt Rotana Howard 3/2. Semi-finals Auckland 4.5 Hawke’s Bay 0.5: Munchin Keh bt Kate Chadwick 5/4, Wenyung Keh bt Jaimie McIvor 9/7, Joanna Kim halved with Angela Jones, Celyn Khoo bt Tessa McDonald 5/3, Brittney Dryland bt Kathy Olsen 7/6. Bay of Plenty 2.5 North Harbour 2.5: Alanna Campbell lost to Lita Guo 2down, Grace Senior lost to Sai Ma 5/4, Heather Keefe bt Annette Muir 4/3, Susan Lines * halved with Ela Grimwood (*Lines won the playoff on the 19th), Rotana Howard bt Vaha Fapiano 7/6. Playoff for 5th Wellington 2.5 Canterbury 2.5 (Wellington won on count back): Julianne Alvarez bt Elisha Crosbie, Lucy Davis lost Catherine Bell 2down, Anita Harkerss halved with Amelia Garvey, Alana Braybrook bt Kate Turner 2/1, Emma Hayward lost to Momoka Kobori 3/2. Playoff for 7th Manawatu - Wanganui 3 Northland 2: Brooke Kingi bt Brydie Hodge 5/3, Emma Clayton bt Sjanna Bonnington 3/2, Amber-Rose Thompson-Newth bt Kylie Jacoby 1up, Leanne Corbett lost to Sam Dangen 7/5, Karen Manninen lost to Jodi McAlister 2down. Playoff for 9th Southland 3.5 Taranaki 1.5: Robyn Pullar halved with Celeste McLean, Angela Gerken bt Rochelle Keegan 2/1, Kerry Mariu bt Vanessa Bouvet 3/2, Anne Osment lost to Holly Winter 7/5, Olivia Frost bt Joanne McDonald 5/4. Playoff for 11th Waikato 5 Otago 0: Hanna Seifert bt Laura Hoskin 8/7, Fai Tongdethsri bt Abigael Crawford 5/3, Melissa Shea bt Susan Greig 1up, Charlotte Willson bt Sally Shaw 7/6, Kyra Alexander bt Liz McRae 4/3. Playoff for 13th Tasman 3 Aorangi South Canterbury 2: Emily Stenhouse bt Nicole Nathan 3/2, Michele Reardon bt Ginny Bolderston 1up, Lesley Baxter lost Sharon Bradford 3/1, Sue Murray halved with Jenny Kellahan, Kathryn Maloney halved with Pauline Bell. Final standings: Auckland 1, Bay of Plenty 2, Hawke’s Bay–Poverty Bay 3, North Harbour 4, Wellington 5, Canterbury 6, Manawatu-Wanganui 7, Northland 8, Southland 9, Taranaki 10, Waikato 11, Otago 12, Tasman 13, Aorangi-South Canterbury 14.
Maori golf scholarship announced for 2014 A scholarship for young Maori golfers has been announced for this year. The scholarship has been designed by New Zealand Maori Golf and New Zealand Golf and will be available to male or female players aged 16-19 who are looking to take their game beyond the domestic level. A press release said the scholarship would be for those looking to achieve golfing success on the world stage. It is also part of a programme to grow the participation of Maori golfers and aid development.
The scholarship would assist with the costs of developing the player primarily through either coaching and/or national order of merit tournament assistance. Consideration would also be given to applicants seeking support for golf equipment. Dean Murphy, chief executive of New Zealand Golf, said the scholarship would be an important tool in developing Maori golf in this country. ``New Zealand Golf has a long and proud history of Maori golfers excelling on the world stage and our partnership with the New
Zealand Maori Golf Association is geared to further that success,” said Murphy. ``The likes of Michael Campbell and Phil Tataurangi have paved the way for Maori golf in this country and we want to build on their success and create a partnership that develops future Maori champions. ``This scholarship will provide greater opportunities for Maori golfers and we look forward to seeing them succeed both on the national and international stage.” It was likely about four players would receive scholarships.
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Celebrities line Two new directors for NZ Golf up for NZ Open T Amateurs in their numbers will be playing alongside the professionals in next month’s New Zealand Open in Queenstown. For the first two days of the tournament, sponsored by car manufacturer BMW, on February 27 and 28 there will be a minimum number of 132 professionals and an equal number of amateurs. Each professional will be paired with an amateur to form a twoperson team. The best score by either team member on each hole will count towards the team’s score. The top 35 amateurs from the first two days will qualify for the third day’s play on March 1 and the top 10 will battle it out on the final day, March 2. The first two days will be spread over two courses – Millbrook and The Hills. The final two days will be at The Hills. Those in the tournament proper will contest the New Zealand Open concurrently with the top 60 players (and ties) making the cut for the
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final two day’s play. The format of amateurs playing alongside the pros is thought to be the first time it has been used for a national open. A number of amateurs will be of celebrity status. Already confirmed in that category are cricketers Stephen Fleming, Ricky Ponting, Allan Border and Mark Richardson and rugby players Jeff Wilson, Justin Marshall and Nick Farr-Jones. Others include Cris Judd and Phil Keoghan. Judd was one of the judges on television talent quest programme New Zealand’s Got Talent and Keoghan is the host of television reality series, The Amazing Race. The scheduling change of the tournament to February means that no New Zealand Open was held in the 2013 calendar year. There have been three occasions of this in the history of the New Zealand Open (1990, 1999 and 2008) and all were due to the rescheduling of the tournament dates.
wo new directors have been elected to the board of New Zealand Golf. They are Michael Howard from Northland and Anna Shires from Wellington. Their terms, effective from January 1, are for three years. Howard, president and chairman of the Mangawhai Golf Club and a board member of Golf Northland, has a long business career in advertising, media and media auditing. Shires, a member of the Royal Wellington Golf Club, has developed a management consulting practice founded on an extensive career in the dairy industry with senior roles across a range of disciplines including leadership and strategy, organisational development and transformation, business development and improvement, change management and coaching and mentoring. New Zealand Golf chairman Paul Fyfe said Howard and Shires would be great additions to the board. ``Mike and Anna have plenty of experience and knowledge to add to the wide and varied business experience of the board of directors and we look forward to working
with them in 2014,’’ he said. ``It is a challenging time for golf in New Zealand but our board is a talented and experienced group of people who are well qualified to meet the challenges head on. New Zealand Golf also announced that director Adrienne Greenwood had been re-appointed for a one-year term. Greenwood, who earlier this year was awarded an Order of New Zealand Merit (ONZM) for services
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to sailing, has plenty of experience to offer. She has extensive experience in sports administration ranging from the chief executive of Yachting NZ to being the vice president of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). She is also a past board member of Auckland Golf. In 2007, Greenwood was awarded a diploma for her outstanding contribution to promoting women in the world of sport. In 2008 she was awarded a gold medal from the ISAF for services to the sport of sailing. She joined the NZ Golf board two years ago. Meanwhile, longstanding New Zealand Golf director Ken Fergus left the board on December 31. NZ Golf said Fergus had made a valuable contribution to the sport over the previous five years, most notably as chair of the audit and finance board subcommittee. NZ Golf board of directors (From January 1, 2014): Paul Fyfe (chairman), Adrienne Greenwood, Brent Robinson, Murray Ward, Eileen Bateup, Michael Smith, Michael Howard and Anna Shires. President: Philip Hassall.
North Auckland pair wins women’s foursomes
uzette Eastmond and Anne Moir, both members of the Omaha Golf Club in north Auckland, won the 42nd New Zealand women’s senior handicap foursomes. They won the championship division, playing for the NZLGU Salver, out of a record field of 160 players. The 80 pairs competing in the four-day event, played on Northland’s links style course of the Mangawhai Golf Club. Eastmond and Moir were seeded seventh after Monday’s net qualifying round and won their first round match 2 up against the Nelson pairing of Maree West and Shirley Otton. They then breezed to a 7 and 6 win against Mangawhai locals Lesley Tolhopf and Barbara Chitty before scoring a 4 and 3 win over another local pairing of Diane Dunlop and Claudia Dowson in the semi-final. Eastmond and Moir had a long wait for their afternoon final against the Pupuke pairing of Jan Aickin and Mary Catherwood. Aickin and Catherwood went to the 20th hole to win their semi-
final against the Mangawhai pair of Sharyn McLean and Christine Bygrave. The 20th hole, in this semi-final, turned out to be a dramatic finish with Aickin and Catherwood playing three of the tee, when their first shot was lost in the direction of hazard and trees but which no-one saw land, and therefore had to take a penalty as a lost ball. McLean and Bygrave then got stuck in the notorious Mangawhai sandy wasteland areas, which eventuated with both pairs taking five shots to reach the green. Both two putted but with a shot for Aickin and Catherwood, they secured the win. McLean and Bygrave had been the top qualifiers with a net round of 64. In reaching the semi-final, Aickin and Catherwood had had earlier wins over Sina McKay and Diane Spiers (Waihi), 2up, and Moria Pullman and Lesley Ferguson, from Ngunguru on the 19th. In the final Eastmond and Moir took command to be 4 up in the middle stages but McLean and Bygrave fought back to take the
of Women’s Golf New Zealand before amalgamation with the then NZGA, and remains at 50 and over. The conditions state, that if the field is oversubscribed, players are balloted by age, youngest first. With over 170 entries received, tournament director Denise Langdon, of PaR NZ Golfing Holidays on behalf of New Zealand Golf, instigated a fifth division to allow 160 players to compete. Players were aged from 50 to 82 with course handicaps ranging from 7-44 and a total 34 clubs from Christchurch to the Bay of Islands being represented. The 2014 New Zealand women’s senior handicap foursomes will be held from from November 24-27 at the Weedons Country Club in Christchurch. Winners of the 42nd NZ women’s senior handicap foursomes, Suzette Eastmond and Anne Moir. Photo: Supplied match to the 17th hole where they were beaten 2 and 1. Other prize winners in division one included Otton and West winning the plate, with flights being awarded to Pullman and Ferguson along with Judith Simp-
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Rocco Mediate to attend NZ Open
ne of the drawcards for next month’s New Zealand Open is Rocco Mediate who was involved in one of the most dramatic finishes to a United States Open. Mediate and Tiger Woods were tied at the completion of the regular 72 holes for the 2008 US Open and the next day headed out to play another 18 holes to decide the winner. But after the extra 18 holes they were still tied and a sudden death play-off was required which Woods won on the first hole to make for a marathon 91 holes of golf. Mediate won six times on the PGA Tour and last year joined the Champions Tour on which he quickly made his mark by winning at his second start. His Champions Tour winnings in his debut year totaled $US1.3 million to take his career earnings to $US16.6 million. Mediate posted his 6th PGA Tour victory at the Frys.com Open in 2010, aged 47 years 10 months, to become the oldest wireto-wire winner on the PGA Tour since such records had been recorded. Mediate said he looked forward to visiting New Zealand, a country he knew much about but had not previously visited. A self-confessed adrenalin junkie, Mediate would no doubt sample some of the many treats that the Queenstown region has to offer.
Colourful US Champions Tour player Rocco Mediate to play at NZ Open 2014. Photo: PGA Tour
``I’ve never been to New Zealand; this is the first time, and we’re looking forward to it. I can’t wait - it’s going to be cool,’’ Mediate said. ``I’ve heard so much, and it’s a great event, so it’s just going to be a lot of fun”. An outgoing individual, Mediate will no doubt entertain the crowds in Queenstown
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nything to do with China inevitably involves mind-boggling numbers. Golf is no exception. Looking out of my hotel room at Mission Hills in China last month I could see a landscape of forested hills. There was no clue that 12 golf courses were hidden out there within the Shenzhen/Dongguan complex, all carved from land suitable for trees but not much else at first glance. Couple this with the 11 other courses owned by the Mission Hills Group on Hainan Island, and you can understand its claim to be the world’s biggest golf club. The latest of these courses – the Rose/ Poulter at Dongguan – was built in a mere year. A team of 20,000 workers in the day were replaced at night by a crew of 10,000 working under floodlights. There is certainly no shortage of labour in China, with well over 5000 employed on the mainland courses, including 3500 caddies (all female). Some three million people visited the golf courses and resorts in the group during 2013. This was all started by David Chu, who owned a cardboard box making factory in Hong Kong, and who saw golf as a way of building international relations. Through
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five days. Given the numbers of wealthy Chinese prepared to invest at this level for themselves, their sons or daughters, it can only be a matter of time before China starts to have some real impact on the world stage of professional golf. The sheer rate of growth of the game in China brings a number of challenges and opportunities with it. There is no PGA
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of China, and unlikely to be one for several years. Fully qualified professionals from other PGAs work in the country, including eight from New Zealand. At the moment though, demand exceeds supply so there are many instructors with either bogus or dubious qualifications putting themselves out as so-called PGA coaches. As with many things in China, checking their bona fides is difficult and the lack of a home PGA does not help. This of course is not unique to China, and is one of the key challenges for the World PGA Alliance in protecting the PGA brand and standards. More on this in my next article, but meantime note that Chinese interest in investing in golf in New Zealand is already apparent, as is the increasing number of high-end tourists coming here, recognised in Tourism New Zealand’s golf tourism strategy. We are going to see a lot more of these people and just wait until the first Chinese player wins a major…
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he New Zealand Professional Golfers’ Association (NZPGA) held its annual graduation at the Millbrook Resort in Queenstown last month. As the director of education for the NZPGA, I see trainee golf professionals enter the PGA education programme and then also see them graduate. Last year, we had some outstanding graduates entering the PGA and I would like to congratulate Rob Illot (Millbrook Resort) and Sean Riordan (Nelson Golf Club) as joint trainees of the year for 2013. I asked them and some of their year three classmates about becoming golf professionals. Next month’s column will be where they see themselves heading as PGA golf professionals. I would like to thank Rob Illot, Sean Riordan, Kerryn Jamieson (Pukekohe Golf Club), Mathew Davis (Northland Golf Club) and Matt Davis (Ashburton Golf Club) 1. What skills/background did you possess before entering the
NZPGA programme? All loved golf and wanted to make a career of it. Riordan played top amateur golf and played for NZ, Jamieson grew up in his father’s golf shop and had managed golf operations for Club Med in Australia and Asia, Mathew Davis had completed an honours degree in sport conditioning and coaching from the University of the West of England, Illot was a certified physiology, strength and conditioning trainer while Matt Davis played representative golf for Aorangi and had completed business management papers. 2. What were the highlights of the traineeship? Riordan said comradeship and friendships that he made through the programme, Mathew Davis said learning from the senior golf professionals and outside speakers that had helped him develop as a person, Matt Davis said establishing his own junior golf programme at the Ashburton Golf Club and running his own business, Illot said graduation day and the friendships created along the way. He
enjoyed the learning aspect and Riordan said winning the Australian National Futures event in Australia and placing second and third in the other two years.
3. What has most surprised you about the golf industry? Mathew Davis said how much resistance to change there is at some clubs – however he believed that was changing. Matt Davis said golf was still seen as a rich man’s sport. The industry needed to account for the younger generation and find ways to help fund junior programmes to be delivered by the PGA golf professionals. Illot said people’s ideas about the technique of the golf swing, how teaching of the game had evolved. Riordan said because he came from playing the game at a high level, he thought he knew almost everything about golf and the industry. Now after graduating he said he know 10 times more. 4. What are the key skills you have learnt from your last three years in the NZPGA programme?
Matt Davis said club fitting, giving the customer value for money and performance. Coaching programmes; being able help people achieve their golfing goals and dreams. Illot said planning and preparation skills. Riordan said time management; this he believed was the most important skill for him. He had also learned how to help fellow golfers with their game and relay this information to the player. This was a very rewarding skill and he enjoyed the chance to improve someone’s golf game. Jamieson said understanding how we teach golf. Most people have the skills and ability to be better than they are but were unaware of how to improve in the correct manner. The programme had given him a clear direction as how to better teach the game to all levels of golfers and how to educate all golfers so that they have the knowledge and knowhow to improve the game they love. Mathew Davis said time management, learning the science and art of coaching and how to interact with people more effectively – and many other skills too numerous to list here.
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Get your entries in for Akarana
karana Golf club’s 45th Auckland Anniversary Tournament is gaining momentum with another full field anticipated. Tagged as one of Auckland’s premier golf events, this year’s event is to be held January 25 to 27 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend). Another impressive prize table is a feature of this year’s event. Akarana Golf Club is appreciative of the support of Millennium Hotels & Resorts Fujifilm NZ - Finepix Digital Cameras. Spots are filling quickly, so make sure you register at http://www.akaranagolf.co.nz or fill in the form on the left and fax to 09 620 2013 Akarana Anniversary Tournament runner up Tae Koh with the winner, Nick Voke. Photo: Supplied 9391.
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A fabulous golf holiday in your own backyard
ew Zealand is blessed with so many great golf courses and yet New Zealand golfers often neglect their own country when considering a golfing holiday. Before heading overseas for your next trip why not first look at what New Zealand has to offer. Golf Vacations New Zealand has a South Island golf tour starting in March 2014 in Christchurch and finishing in Queenstown. You stay and play at three of Australasia’s top golf resorts, tour across New Zealand’s South Island through spectacular scenery, taking in the beautiful autumn colours, and have entry into the Mount Michael Central Otago Autumn Golf Classic tournament (playing at Alexandra, Arrowtown, Cromwell, Queenstown and Wanaka golf clubs). For escorted tours they specialise in small groups (up to 16 people), providing their clients with a personalised service and aim to ensure their clients have a great experience. Colin and Renee Wells of Golf Vacations New Zealand have recently opened Okura River Lodge, an Auckland bed and breakfast. They offer packages with the visiting golfer in mind which can, if required, include golf club hire. Okura River Lodge is a boutique Auckland
bed and breakfast located on Auckland’s North Shore. Set on two and a half acres of landscaped grounds, with sea and rural views, close to Long Bay Regional Park and Marine Reserve, this peaceful semi-rural setting provides a great place to stay and relax. Come and enjoy this lovely part of Auckland which is only a short drive from the small seaside towns of Browns Bay and Torbay, and the Albany shopping centre, and only a 20-minute drive from downtown Auckland. For independent travellers, Golf Vacations New Zealand can plan and organise your New Zealand golf holiday making it a hassle-free experience, taking care of all your bookings, including accommodation, tee reservations, rental vehicle hire and other activities you may wish to include. They prepare a unique proposal tailored to your requirements and you pay no more than if you were booking direct, with the added bonus of local knowledge, a pre-programmed GPS, meet and greet on arrival and detailed information folder to make the most of your holiday. For more information contact Okura River Lodge by phone 09 473 1496, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or via their website: www.okurariver- Stay at the beautiful Auckland bed and breakfast, the Okura River Lodge. Photo: www.okurariverlodge.co.nz lodge.co.nz
South Island Golf Tour March/April 2014
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GOLF AT: Clearwater | Terrace Downs | Millbrook | Alexandra | Cromwell | Wanaka | Arrowtown | Queenstown ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights in 4 to 5-star accommodation, including 3 nights at Millbrook and 2 nights at Terrace Downs PRICE: $2,795pp Twin share (6-night part tour options available from $1,250), includes entry fee into Mount Michael Central Otago Autumn Golf Classic. See website for full list of inclusions.
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FEATURE: WEST COAST CHALLENGE
in the west
he much-maligned strip of land that is known as the West Coast (referred to by locals simply as the Coast) is the venue for the 2014 West Coast Golf Challenge. The second four-day, four-course tournament is to be held at Westport, Reefton, Hokitika and Greymouth on March 4-7. Golf has had a presence on the Coast for over 100 years and has continued to grow and improve from Karamea in the north to Whataroa in the south. One doesn’t need to travel far for a game of golf – there are three 18hole courses at Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika, a 12-hole course at Reefton and nine-hole clubs at Karamea, Ikamatua and Whataroa plus a couple of private nine-hole courses, Caledonian Creek (Moonlight) and Moana (Lake Brunner). Golf is also very affordable on the Coast. Not only are club membership subscriptions among the cheapest in the country – from just over $400 for the 18-hole courses to about $120 for the nine-holers – but every course on the Coast has reciprocal rights to play on every other West Coast course without a green fee. Add to this, several clubs have ‘sister club’ status with clubs from ‘Away’ (that part of the world that is not the Coast) and members are
able to enjoy green-fee free golf when on holiday. For example, Greymouth share green-fee status with McLeans Island, Weedons and Waimakariri Gorge in Canterbury as well as Dannevirke and Patea in the North Island. While the region’s courses don’t claim to be of Augusta quality they are all well presented, particularly when considering most of the maintenance is done by volunteers. Greymouth, Hokitika and Westport are the only Coast clubs which use paid green staff. There is a wonderful variety in the types of course you may play on the Coast, from the true links of Hokitika and tree-lined links of Westport to conventional ‘parkland’ courses like Greymouth and Reefton. While you enjoy the variety of golf available on the Coast you can spend some wonderful hours taking in the spectacular scenery that is such a feature of the region – from Buller in the north, through Grey District and Westland to South Westland. Lakes, mountains and spectacular seascapes are plentiful and scattered throughout the Coast are attractions and activities to please the most discerning traveller – the Glaciers, Punakaiki, Deniston, Tauranga Bay and Shantytown to name but a few – and wherever you find yourself you will also find iconic arts and crafts, fine dining and great people.
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Greymouth Golf Club The Greymouth Golf Club is located on Golf Links Road approximately 6km east of Greymouth town centre. The course is acknowledged as having the best manicured fairways of the 18 hole courses on the West Coast, and while not long at about 5600 metres it provides an interesting test of golf. Most of the Club’s major tournaments are played in the period from January to March, starting with the New Year’s Day tournament, followed by the Westland Classic in mid February, and as one leg of the West Coast four course challenge in early March. Hole No 8 is the club’s signature hole. While not long, the 329 metre par 4 dog-leg left has an out-of -bounds on the left. There are also two strategically positioned mature kahikatea to manoeuvre past in the fairway. Sir Bob Charles has described this hole as one of his top 18 Greymouth Golf Club holes of golf in New Zealand. Greymouth’s Kaiata links course really is a gem in the crown of local sporting facilities in Greymouth. Green fees are a competitive $25 per round.
Hokitika Golf Club Play on one of New Zealand’s few true links courses at Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island. Just 3 minutes south of Hokitika, (first turn right over the Hokitika River bridge), Mahinapua Links is the only golf course in New Zealand with outstanding views of Aoraki/Mount Cook, Mt Tasman and the majestic Southern Alps.
If you are staying in Hokitika, or just passing through, enjoy our legendary hospitality and join us during our weekend club days, or if you prefer, simply play at a time Hokitika Golf Club to suit yourself. The links are open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year and bookings are not required. Greens fees on this unique links are a modest $25 for all players except students under 18 for which the green fee is $5. If you have not come prepared, hire clubs are available from Heritage Highway Motels (ph 03755 8098) right next to the northern approach to the Hokitika River bridge. Enjoy spectacular views of the Southern Alps and Tasman Sea on a delightful links course set in the heart of scenic Westland. Contact the Hokitika Golf Club on 03 755 8549.
Reefton Golf Club
The club began playing on this course, the Glenburnie course, in 1960, having been previously sited at Waitahu and prior to that, in the centre of the Reefton Race Course. The course has twelve holes, with holes 1-6 also being holes 13-18, although with different tees. Course is a par 72 and 5511 meters. Green fee players and visitors most welcome to play and enjoy the views. Green fees are set at $15/round. Club days are Sundays. The course is open all day, every day, with the greens mown twice weekly. Although there is a small club membership of 75 the high standard of the course is completely achieved through voluntary contributions of time. We have two main tournaments each year, the first at Queen’s Birthday weekend and the second being the Inangahua open which is held in November each year and over 2 days, each of 18 holes. Club members are proud to be part of the West
Play the picturesque, well-presented 18 hole course situated just 5 kms out of Greymouth. VISITORS VERY WELCOME!
Coast Golf challenge. Golf Course is set on the banks of the Inangahua River and is the centre for farming, gold, coal and forestry. The town of Reefton has a popReefton Golf Club ulation of about 1000 people, with some very good accommodation in hotels and motels. Any more info on Reefton golf please contact the secretary (Heather Baker, Phone(s): +64 (03) 732 8067, email Reefton@golf.co.nz) as clubhouse is only manned on Sundays.
Westport Golf Club
The Westport Golf Club – is a beautiful seaside “links with trees” course of some 5600 metres. Near the village of Carters Beach some 4km only Westport, this 18 hole gem is a pitching wedge, maybe 9 iron from the Tasman Sea.All the while surrounded by the Paparoa Mountain Range and National Park. Slick and firm greens await visitors who can join club day matches – Tuesday vets (no restriction on age), Thursday, Saturday or Sunday. Green fees are only West Port Golf Club $25 and group discount by arrangement. All club day matches tee off at 11.30am, followed by hospitality hour. For further information please email our Secretary at email@example.com.
golf club Situated at Carters beach 7km’s south of Westport
Green fees: $25 for 18 holes (or $15 for 9 holes) Hire clubs available: $10 (with trundler) Golf cart available for hire: $20 (subject to availability)
Golf Link Road, GREYMOUTH, Buller/Westland Phone(s): +64 (03) 768 5332 • Fax: +64 (03) 768 7504
• Green Fees from $25
A links course of 5617m for the Men and 5039m for the Ladies A warm welcome awaits you. Green Fees from $25
Marine Parade WESTPORT, Buller/Westland +64 (03) 789 8132
Reefton Golf Course
• Play on one of New Zealand’s few true links courses • Just 3 minutes south of Hokitika
Playable all year round due to its sand base and provides a stern yet enjoyable test for golfers of all abilities
Hokitika GolF Club
Golf link Road RD 3 Hokitika, buller/Westland
Ph +64 (03) 755 8549 www.hokitika.org
A twelve hole par 72 course (yardage 5,511m). Easy walking with tree lined fairways and creeks featuring on 6 holes. Fairways and greens well grassed. The course is beautifully set amoung the hills and is sheltered from strong winds. The club house is open Sunday during club days with snacks and bar service. Changing and shower facilities. Green fees from $20
For more information contact the Secretary, Heather Baker Phone: +64 (03) 732 8067 • Email Reefton@golf.co.nz Reefton Golf Course • PO Box 80, Reefton GOLFER PACIFIC January 2014 19
RESORT NEWS FROM THE GOLD COAST
Golden acquisition complete for Links Hope Island
he acquisition of the Hotel Development site and majority shareholding of Links Hope Island Golf Club is now complete. The acquisition has been made by Golden Horse Nine Dragon Lake Holdings Limited the owner and developer of the 54 hole Dragon Lake Golf Resort in Guangzhou, China, host of the prestigious PGA event, The Royal Trophy. Dragon Lake are also in the final stages of their proposed purchase of the Noosa Springs golf course on the Sunshine Coast. The assets were purchased from Brisbane based Consolidated Properties who Links Hope Island and several other land holdings in Hope Island from Mirvac in 2007. The two prime waterfront hotel and villa development sites total 8,162sqm and have approvals in place for up to 400 resort rooms and 29 permanent residences, situated adjacent to the golf course and private canals. The hotel can integrate with the existing clubhouse which has recently undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment
– to utilise function rooms, restaurants, lobbies and full line kitchens. The acquisition includes the balance 552 of 990 equity shares for $10 million in the Links Hope Island golf course. The first round of shares were sold individually to private members, with the golf course widely regarded as one of the premium courses in Australia. The sale was marketed by Colliers International. Consolidated Properties Executive Chairman Don O’Rorke stated the sale represented a once-only opportunity to secure integrated hotel and golf course development in the exclusive Hope Island Resort. “We fielded several offers and after considerable review we believe that the offer from Golden Horse Nine Dragons Lake Holding s was the best for the members of Links Hope Island and the community.” At the Media Event held last month to celebrate the acquisition, Mr. Feng Di, Chairman of Golden Horse Nine Dragon Lake Holdings Limited, stated his excitement
In anticipation of an exciting journey ahead with Golden Horse, Links Hope Island Independent Directors David Flannagan and John Thomas presented a framed and personally inscribed Links Hope Island print to incoming Club Chairman Mr. Feng Di and new Board Members Mr. Feng Shan and Mr. Jiang Shan. Pictured left to right are Mr. Jiang Shan, Mr. Feng Di, John Thomas, Mark Holland, Mr. Feng Shan & David Flannagan. Photos: Supplied
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FEATURE: SUMMER & HOLIDAY GOLF
New Zealand is blessed with many Coastal and Country Golf gems from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Our many cities have classic signature courses, complimented by superb Links courses within respective districts. Turn over to have a look at a selection of our favourite holes for you to tackle this Summer.
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FEATURE: SUMMER & HOLIDAY GOLF WAIPU GOLF CLUB 17th Par 3 165m
• Clubhouse Facilitites Open 7 Days • All Weather Course • Spectacular Views • Great Cafe - lunch/coffee • Short Drive From Auckland • Easy Access off S H 1 Set on the water’s edge of Bream Bay with spectacular ocean views, links style Waipu is conveniently situated on State Highway 1 half way between the Auckland Airport and Kauri Cliffs making it the perfect stopover for travellers heading North or South. Opening day Feb 2014 will see a complete new course layout to include the brand new 17th hole (pictured). this challenging par three has been con-
MURIWAI Golf Club (Inc)
structed mainly with the generosity of volunteer labour and donations and although relatively short it features a water hazard on the left and a large undulating green surrounded by dune grasses. Visitors are invited to participate in the opening day challenge to establish a series of new course records and there will be options for all skill levels, with a separate division playing each course.
Muriwai Golf Club
7th Par-4 | 378m
Free phone (NZ) 0800 MURIWAI Coast Road, Muriwai
Phone: + 64 9 4118454 Fax: + 64 9 4117123
To play Muriwai is to play golf as nature intended The only Golf Links in the Auckland Region situated on the ruggedly beautiful West Coast
Full facilities available including: • electric carts • hire clubs • pull trundlers • catering and bar service 7 days
MEMBERSHIP AVAILABLE Group, company & casual golfers welcome
The 7th hole facing south can play driver wedge when the prevailing south westerly winds are blowing driver 3 iron, with the green over 47metres in length from front to back pin placement can dictate second shot club selection. Your tee shot needs to be left of centre with your second needing to carry the
front of the green guarded on the left by a pot bunker and mounded on the right. Once on the green players need to take care reading their put, remembering any ball right of centre will normally break towards the Tasman sea.
PAKURANGA Golf ClUb Par-5 13th
Pakuranga Golf Club can offer:
• Well established golf club situated in Auckland’s eastern suburbs • Two minutes north of Botany Town Centre • 18 hole course — one of the top five courses in the Auckland area • Undulating 6013m par 72 championship course in park-like settings • Provides a balance of challenge, enjoyment and ease • Superior catering and function facilities For booking information and membership enquiries contact the club office T: 534 3818 E: email@example.com www.pakurangagolf.co.nz
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COURSE architect Chris Pitman has worked wonders on the redevelopment of this hole and even though it is a relatively short par-five, it now presents a real challenge for all golfers. A fairway, lined with towering trees, demands a controlled tee shot. Driver is the best option and having found a tight landing space with enough distance on the ball, a birdie opportunity opens up. However, the second shot needs to be accurate and the large bunkers and undulating fairways taken into account. If you struggle for distance then you can lay up, but you have to be mindful of the uphill slopes 130 metres out. Club selection
for the third shot is also important if the heavily bunkered green is to be safely reached. Anything wayward will result in a scramble to make par or worse. Add in the effect of the in-your-face prevailing winds and everything just gets a whole lot harder. A tricky two-tiered sloping green rounds out the hole and hopefully a par or better is achieved. Or as one member suggests – you can smash it 290, follow it up with a lazy six iron on to the green and you’re up for an eagle or at worst an easy birdie. But that’s another story!
FEATURE: SUMMER & HOLIDAY GOLF
golferpacific.co.nz CLARKS BEACH GoLf CLuB
• Situated on the shore of the Manukau Harbour • Full Playing Membership $690.00 for 12 months • No joining fee at present • Green Fees $30.00 affiliated $45.00 non. • Corporate Golf available • Twilight on Saturdays: 3pm- 5pm - no bookings required • Club Day for Men • Sunday- 7.30-11am • Half price green fees Fridays
3rd Par-3 | 118m
CLARKS Beach Golf Club is situated on the shore of the Manukau Harbour, just 40 minutes from Auckland International Airport. Widely regarded as one of the best country courses in New Zealand, its Pohutakawa-lined fairways make a brilliant display in the summer months. The club’s third hole is worth a visit alone. The 118m par-three poses an interesting tee shot over a newly constructed
large pond. A straight shot will miss the large trees to the right and a bunker to the left, not too many problems on a calm day. With spectacular water views in the background, and the green positioned on a small knoll, the wind factor greatly determines the club selection and can have a dramatic effect on any given day.
8th Par-4 | 371m
maramarua.co.nz | 64 09 232 5702 | 1514 State Highway 2 Maramarua
Located just half an hour from Manukau, you can enjoy the peace of the country while still being close to Auckland at Maramarua Golf Club. You will also experience one of the best golf courses in the region. The eighth hole at Maramarua requires a long tee shot to the right of a wide fairway. The fairway has trees on both sides, which protect out of bounds on the far right and a hazard on the left. Shots to the left hand side don’t get a shot at the green as this is blocked by mature pine trees.
Having placed your 220m-plus drive on the right-hand side of the fairway you have a daunting approach shot over a rock-surrounded pond to a two-tiered green. If the pin is on the top level the landing area is small. Here you will be faced with the decision whether to aim for the top and risk an overshot of play to the lower area and guarantee a difficult two putt. Either way, it’s one heck of a hole!
Mount Maunganui golf Club 18th Par-4
Par 4: Yellow Tees 275 Metres; White Tees 317 Metres; Blue Tees 338 Metres. The 18th green is framed with the superbly designed clubhouse which gives a 180 degree view of the hole from all lounges. The fairway is lined each side with ‘Pohutakawa’ trees, also referred to as the New Zealand Christmas tree as the bright red flowers appear in December
each year. Towering above the clubhouse is Mount Maunganui, or Mauao, is also the name of the extinct volcano which rises above the town. Shrouded in history and legend, the mountain is a dominant feature of the landscape, and a climb to the summit offers amazing views of the surrounding city and ocean.
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FEATURE: SUMMER & HOLIDAY GOLF
The Rotorua Golf Club
ROTORUA GOlf ClUb
(Arikikapakapa: the gentle sound of plopping mud)
14th Par-3 | 186m
is a unique thermal golf course in the heart of New Zealands premier visitor destination. The course consists of a 18 hole, par 70 course, of 5,800 metres providing variety and challenge with many holes played over or around both dormant and active thermal areas. A fully equipped pro shop with club, trundler, and cart hire and is close to all major hotels and motels. A fully licensed bar, cafe, and changing rooms are available to all visitors.
THE signature hole on Rotorua’s Arikikapakapa course is undoubtedly the parthree 14th. This hole is extremely picturesque and can play as difficult as it is beautiful. From the elevated tee you need to hit across a thermal lake to a generous green, however it is virtually all carry and
Arikikapakapa, 399 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand Phone: +64-7-348 4051 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
plays its full distance, particularly if you’re playing into any sort of breeze. Any errant shot right of the green will bring big trouble, so it’s best to favour the left side of the green. It is certainly a memorable hole and to make par or better is very satisfying.
MIRAMA R LINK S GOLF CLUB 15th Par-5 422m
Miramar Links Golf Club • Play a prestigious Wellington course within minutes of Wellington’s CBD • Join competitive or social competitions including twilight. Miramar has very strong Interclub teams in all grades • Enjoy our clubhouse cafe and bar facilities • Free airport car parking while visiting the club 1 Stewart Duff Drive Miramar PO Box 15 182 Wellington, New Zealand
Tel: +64 4 801 7649 Fax: +64 4 388 5550 Email: email@example.com
THIS feature hole is a relatively easy par five when playing with a southerly breeze but can be a monster during a strong north westerly. Out of bounds down the right side and evenly spread pot bunkers running down the left side of the fairway stiffen the test. The well bunkered green has a double
bunker on the right in front of the green with the second bunker hidden from view from the fairway. The green can be a difficult to hold approach shots down wind and with a narrow entrance into a long two tiered green there is little room for error. Watch putting down wind and down hill.
PEGASUS GOLF CLUB 15th Par 4
Great play starts here Pegasus Golf & Sports Club, Mapleham Drive Pegasus, North Canterbury, New Zealand p +64 3 920 3300 e firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pegasus Golf Course is a beautiful parklands-style par 72 – 18 hole championship golf course close to the centre of Pegasus Town. Its careful design, impeccable fairways, manicured greens, stunning water features, natural wetlands, and surrounding mountain ranges afford superb play and exquisite views from every shot. The 15th hole, with its split fairway, offers a delightfully menacing challenge. A solid drive down the left hand side should carry the deep vegetated gully, leaving a mere pitch onto the green. But with the
fairway sloping to the gully it’s not for the faint hearted. Don’t let your eye be caught by the water feature – with water running the entire length of the right hand side you’re left with a narrow landing strip for your Option B. However, even with a gully yet to cross this is by far an easier approach shot to this undulating green. Pegasus offers a true golfing experience. With four options of tees at each hole, golfers of every level will enjoy an excellent challenge and a game to remember.
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Sunday 31 August - Tuesday 2 September, 2014
Waipu Golf club recently.
NORTHLAND GOLF TRAIL NEWS FROM WAIPU
There has been plenty of construction at
The feature development has been the 17th Hole Par3. Club and community spirit is alive and well with local member Paul Jenkins of Jenkins Contracting assisting with his duty equipment. See this issue for Waipu’s feature 17th hole Par 3.
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Defeat of champs highlight for North The Northland men’s golf team rued missed opportunities at the Toro Men’s Interprovincial in Auckland, but they were the only team to beat the eventual champions. While Northland ended up 11th out of the 15 teams at the flagship event, they still have bragging rights over ManawatuWanganui after beating them in a finalhole putt earlier in last week’s competition. Golf Northland development manager Michael Macdonald said that while the week as a whole was disappointing, the highlight was beating the eventual champions. He added that while the week did not go as planned, it was good to see a former Northland player, Sean Masters, in the final playing for Otago. “We had our opportunities, that’s for sure,” he conceded. “There was a little ex-
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pectation that we’d do well but it’s a case of expecting it to happen rather than making it happen. The guys have all got talent, it wasn’t quite the week we hoped for, but we’ll be back next year and we’ll build towards those semi-finals because we’ve got the talent to be there. “It was really good for the guys (to play Masters). Chase McKeown ended up playing him (but) Sean won that in the end. “If we had of won (the match against Otago) they wouldn’t have gone through to the final. That’s how close the competition was. It did come down to that last round.” He said about five teams were “on the edge”. Macdonald said a few of the Northland players would train through the summer whereas the others would likely have time off after last week’s event which is the pinnacle for their season. “A few of them are going to stick with it over the summer. Lee (Neumann) and Kadin (Neho) are going to Australia this
month for the Australian Amateur, and with Kadin being current New Zealand Amateur champ he’ll be looking to add the Australian title.
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AUCKLAND GOLF TRAIL HEINEKEN OPEN The final in the six event series of the Pakuranga Golf Club’s monthly Heineken Open was played out recently in perfect golfing conditions and some very good scores were recorded. The Heineken Open series will continue in 2014 with 12 events planned for the last Friday of every month and a prize pool of $10,000. The event is open to members and visitors and bookings can be made through the Pro Shop, by phoning 09 5380672. This first event is on Friday, January 31.
Best stableford overall – Phillip Burrell – 45 points Men best stableford 1st – Colin Franks – 42 points 2nd – Ron reid – 42 points 3rd Peter Naidoo – 42 points 4th S J Cha – 41 points 5th Tom Speed – 41 points Women’s best stableford 1st Ann Hetherington – 44 points 2nd Joyce Rhee – 43 points 3rd Clare Kim 42 points 4th Val Simmonds – 41 points Closest to the pin 6th Terry Dorian 8th Phil Burrell 11th John Richards
Cream comes to the top The best players in each age group category prevailed in the Auckland Age Group Championships played at the Aviation Country Club last month. Fresh form an outstanding performance at the Women’s Interprovincial Tournament, The Grange’s Joanna Kim completed her 36 holes in two under par (146) to win the Auckland Girls Under 19 Age Group Championship by seven shots from Royal Auckland’s Jaime Bellingham and Maungakiekie’s Brooke Hamilton, both scoring 153. Whakatane visitor Henry Spring won the Under 16 Boys Champuonship with consistent scores of 73 and 71 to be on level par; a winning margin of four shots over The Grange’s Mason Lee, Huapai’s Jake Meenhorst and Maungakiekie’s Joe Tiplady. It was Waikato representative Nick Coxon who set up the win in the Under 19 Boys Championship with a superb opening 18 holes of six under 66. He foolwed that up with an even par 72 in the afternoon to claim the title by seven shots from North Shore’s Mark Hutson with a further shot back to Waipu’s Braden Keown and The Grange’s James Morrell.
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Interprovincial Tournament by any team in the history of the competition, the Auckland Women’s team totally dominated. Played last month. They breezed through section play winning 27 matches out of 30; 6 games to nil; with the smallest winning margin being 4 matches to 1. In the semi final Auckland defeated Hawkes Bay 4.5 matches to 0.5 and then won the final, 5 matches to nil. The team of Munchin Keh (7 wins); Wenyung Keh (8 wins); Joanna Kim (7.5 wins); Celyn Khoo (6 wins) and Brittney Dryland (8 wins) were humble in victory and proudly donned the Auckland colours.
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came the conditions best at the Titirangi Golf Club to win his first major title, the Auckland Champion of Champions match. Played last month, he opened with a four over par 74 and then posted a second round of 72 to claim the title from Pukekohe’s Alan Donald by 3 shots. Other Division winners were local Member Mike Johansson (Intemediate) and The Grange’s Roger Sowman (Junior). The local team, Titirangi, won the Teams event for the Ron Lay Rosebowl. leading scores in the Divisions were: Senior – M.Tiplady (Maungakiekie) 146; A.Donald (Pukekohe) 149; Intermediate – M.Johansson (Titirangi) 65 points; R.McCallum (The Grange) 63 Junior – R.Sowman (The Grange) 74 points; S.Price (Pukekohe) 68.
FESTIVE SPECIALS AT PUKEHOHE There are some great festive specials at Pukehohe Golf Club. These include: i. Free coaching for new members from 6.30 – 7.30pm each Wednesday by arrangement. ii. 3 green fees and a lesson for $89. iii. 4 green fees and 2 carts for $99. iv. 2 green fees & a cart for $79. v. 2 green fees for the price of 1. These offers expire on 21st January. To follow these up we are offering memberships as follows; i. Limited Membership at $295 which gives 8 rounds of golf at Pukekohe plus a handicap. ii. Full membership until 31st March at $325. iii. Full Membership to 31st August at $850. iv. Junior Membership at $100.
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ber was the Weallean’s Christmas Open competition and what a fantastic turnout! Played in summer conditions, which generated some great scores. The ladies division was won by Catherine Brown with an excellent gross 76, followed by Sheryll Johnson’s net 67, and Di Romley with 40 stableford points. Division Two men’s was won by Mutu Paterson with a gross 79 and net 61 followed by Kerry Millar with 47 stableford points and Matthew Te Patu 44 points. Division One men’s was won by Craig MacDonald with a gross 71, followed by JR on net 66 and Steve Gadsby 41 Stableford’s. There were a lot of two’s on the day, but Di Romley ruled them by getting two two’s on the 6th and the 16th. Smithy nearly got an ace on 11th, plus a lot of players with the surname Johnson who got two’s which was unusual. Ladies closest to the pin on the 6th was Di Romley, and the longest drive winner was Catherine Brown on the 17th. Men’s 16+ Hcp’s closest to the pin on the 16th was Gavin Weallean and the longest drive on the 8th went to Dave Wright. Men’s 0-15 Hcp’s closest to the pin on the 11th was Clarke Smith and he also took out the longest drive on the 10th – O for Owesome. Pictured are winners from Weallean’s
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This year’s annual tournament held recently saw a full field of 120 players from 37 clubs play 54 holes over 3 days. The weather was better than last year with only a few passing showers and blustery winds. The field was divided into 2 sections based on age which this year saw the split at 4057, and 58+. The oldest entrant was local Whangamata veteran Merv Michael at 80 years of age. Scoring was very close in the “young “ division after the first 2 days, with Richard Craven from Tauranga on 145 leading the charge from Dave Cooke
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A well-attended prize giving ceremony followed on Sunday afternoon. Sponsors and local businesses combined with the Whangamata Golf Club to build a prize list worth in excess of $15,000. Tournament director Murray Hill thanked the many volunteer helpers for their part in running the tournament in a very smooth and efficient manner. More than 30 members of the golf club acted as spotters and general helpers over the 3 day tournament.
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BAY OF PLENTY GOLF TRAIL Te Puke host Maori Nationals The Te Puke golf club is hosting the 2014
NZ Maori Golf Nationals from Monday Jan 6 to Friday Jan 10. They are hosting the seniors (low handicappers), with previous winners including Michael Campbell, Phillip Tautarangi and their very own on site Golf Pro, Nicholas Davey (two time winner). All of these past winners have spent time on the Professional circuit overseas, so this event has and can be a great stepping stone to the next level and international success. With up to 175 players each day and family and supporters the club is expecting up to 400 people through the gates every day. The club is gearing up for this huge event, with a number of local businesses already lending a hand by providing tents and BBQs for the week. Tents have been generously supplied by Farmlands, TePuke Primary School, Harcourts and Wealleans, who have also provided a BBQ for the week. There is no charge for spectators, so come along and enjoy the atmosphere and view first hand some of the best golfers in the country. Te Puke Golf Club boasts 12 powered camping sites and 10 non powered, and so is expecting caravans and tents to add to the festive outlook for the week – if anyone wants to stay on site, it is $50 for the week, which includes full use of the bathrooms
facilities, simply contact the Manager to make a booking. The Golf Schedule is as follows (we are hosting the Seniors and Intermediates, and expect up to 175 players per day) :Sunday Practice Round Monday 18 Holes Strokeplay – qualifying Tuesday 18 Holes Strokeplay – qualifying Wednesday 18 Holes Matchplay Thursday 36 Holes Matchplay Friday 18 Holes Matchplay – FINALS The course superintendant Mike Homer, and his volunteers, have the course and particularly the greens in fantastic condition ready for the national championships. When asked how the greens were running, Mike responded “they’re at about 9.5 on the stimp metre and putting true”. This augurs well for the week. Sandtrappers café and bar are the onsite caterers and have a full week of great food and service ready for the players and supporters alike. Breakfast (continental and fully cooked) is from 6:30am every morning with lunch melding into dinner from 12pm. Tuesday and Thursday is the Sandtrappers famous Roast Lamb, so if you haven’t experienced it before, make your way to the club on one of those two afternoons for a feast you won’t forget. The
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Twilight at MT Maunganui A great turnout of 65 players enticed by the involvement of a Mystery sponsor and the excitement leading into Christmas. Bruce & Ali Trebilco from Smiths Sports Shores decided to do a little extra to promote their newly opened Mount Maunganui (Downtown) shop with some excellent vouchers awarded a spot prizes. The Hamper was won by Dennis Noble. Scoring again saw some breathtaking scores, particularly the men, a clear sign
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that hamper events are about the area.
Men/Women: Ian Pollard 27/Robyn Pellow 27 Roman Tomson 27/Judy Cameron 26 Jayden Pollard 27/Colleen Noble 25 Dennis Noble 27/Gillian Lees 25 Ron Winch 24/Olga Richardson 24
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55 players took part in the Christmas Hamper Twilight with an excellent collection of prizes to be won. Lyndsay Cameron won a fabulous Xmas Hamper and a further 25 spot prizes were given out with everyone with a chance of winning a prize. Scoring was again very sound with many players playing better than their handicap, providing a very good indication of the fantastic condition of the course and greens. Looking forward to Members bringing along their guest(s) over the Christmas/ New Year period. What a good opportunity to try out your new Christmas (golf) presents!
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the best net and Robin Bosson the best stableford with 39 points. The best gross in the junior division went to Danny MacDonald with an 88, while Trevor Percival (9026-64) had the best net and Simon MacInnes the best stableford with 43 points. In the women’s division, Ann Braithwaite took out the best gross with a 79 and Carolyn Koch (85-18-67) won the best net and the top stableford went to Jill Evans and Jenny Oien with 40 points.
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Waverley golfer Bob Black featured at the New Zealand Seniors national championships played at the Rotorua Golf Club recently. Black won the junior B matchplay championship and also won the Henry Ahrent memorial trophy for the best net in the qualifying round. Urenui’s Helen Beaurepaire won the women’s best stableford trophy.
Fitzroy Xmas Hamper A bumper field of 169 players competed in the Fitzroy Golf Club Open Christmas Hamper played in early December. In the senior division, Brian Rowland took out the best gross with an even par round of 68, finishing two shots clear of Kevin Mancer. The best net was won by Nev Rowlands (73-10-63) and the best stableford went to Erich Jahnke with 41 points. In the intermediate division, Peter Broad took out the best gross with a 76, while Karl Groot (8119-62) won the best net and Ian Colson the best stableford with 42 points. In the junior division, Asoese Se’e had the best gross with an 83, Stuart Cade (88-29-59) the best net and Tane Hawkins the best stableford with 42 points.
net with a 69 and Barbara Rawlinson had the best stableford with 40 points.
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A field of 103 men and 24 women participated in the Patea Golf Club open Christmas hamper played Last month. In the senior men’s division, Taranaki Golf selector and senior club champion John Newland recorded the best gross score with a one under par round of 72. The best net went to Jamie Johnston (82-16-66) while Neil Edgcombe took out the best stableford with 43 points. In the intermediate section N Taylor recorded the best gross score with an 85 while B Hank (net 64) and Stephen Petricevich (45) had the best net and stableford
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Manukorihi Xmas Hamper The Manukorihi Golf club Open Christmas Hamper attracted 134 golfers played in early December. The best overall gross score was recorded by Damien Powell with a three under par round of 69. The best net in the senior division went to Nathan Lopusiewicz with a net 66 while seven players tied for the best stableford on 40 points. In the intermediate division Geoff Peters had the best score with a net 64 and Bruce Taylor the best stableford with 43 points. In the junior division Phil Cleaver won the best net with a 61 and Don Lister took out the stableford with 46 points. In the ladies division, Svala Garner recorded the best
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respectively. In the junior section, Ross Cleaver won the best gross with an 89; Nick Williams (90-35-65) had the best net and Jim Newlove the best stableford with 44 points. The best net in the women’s division went to Larni Tipu (101-36-65) and the best stableford went to Moya Dunlop and Carolyn Davidson with 41 points. Davidson, who is a member at Patea, provided the highlight of the day when she used a driver to hole out on the 146 metre par three first hole to record her first hole in one.
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the region. The Castlecliff team pictured consisted of Ann Carroll, Amber-Rose ThompsonNewth, Barb Cornor, and Lady Captain Carol Kenny.
Woman’s CHAMP of CHAMPS Wanganui lady golfers held their season’s pinnacle event, The Champion of Champions trophy, at Castlecliff golf club. Played in late November 2013, the sun shone on all the players, as the weather was beautiful throughout, but it shone particularly on the home club which won the Best Nett Team Event event for the first time since the trophy was first played for in 1993. Clubs from throughout the region, 14 in all, send their individual champions from Silver, Bronze1 and Bronze 2 as well as their Bronze 1 runner up, to compete in a gruelling 36 hole individual and team event. Scores from the team members are used to find the individual “Champion of Champions” in each grade and then collated to find the overall “Champion Club” for
1st: E Clayton,Manawatu 156 2nd A Thompson Newth, Castlecliff 158. 1st Nett P Clark, Taihape 141 Bronze 1 1st A Carrol, Castlecliff 182 2nd C Braddick, Eketahuna 185. 1st Nett J Burgess, Apiti 142 Bronze 2. 1st T Raj, Wanganui 93 2nd J Anderson, Eketahuna 99. 1st Nett L Tipu Hawkestone 61. Champions Nett Shield, Castlecliff, A Thompson Newth, A Carrol, C Kenny 370. Gross Stableford Rosebowl 1 Marton, J Ritchie, S Jensen, R Williams. 126 2 Manawatu, E Clayton, V Worker, J Gain. 124 Most improved Junior, Katherine Paskins, Palmerston North.
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Arrowtown Defend Title The 2013 Central Otago Inter-club competition came to a close with the 8th and final round being played at Dunstan GC late
November 2013. 2012 Champions Arrowtown won the round with their 5 counting nett scores totaling 350, an average of 70 per member. They were 21 shots better than second placed Alexandra on the day and comfortably secured the title as Inter-club Champions for 2013. Going into the final round, Arrowtown held a slender lead over Cromwell. The two clubs had been locked in a close tussle throughout the season and the stage was set for a tight final round. However, on the day, Cromwell capitulated and finished in last place for the final round with a team score of 387, comfortably their worst score in 2013 season. Cromwell’s monumental stumble left them trailing 50 shots behind Arrowtown and allowed Queenstown to slip through into second place. Wanaka finished just 5 shots behind Cromwell in 4th place. The season long competition was again very popular with the players in 2013 and Arrowtown are looking forward to stamping their mark on the 2014 series when the first round is played on their home turf next month.
Keith Yorston (Hawarden), Marie Michael, Kath Adams (Greendale) and John Allan (Hawarden) (pictured above) took out the teams title at the annual Presidents and Secretaries day held at Hawarden early December on a countback from Markham Lee, Jan Stupples (CGRA), Jan Rushton and Warren Houghton (Weedons) (pictured below). Jan Rushton won the Secretaries Trophy with 39 stableford points from Fran A nderson (A k a r o a) on 35 while John Allan won the Presidents Trophy on 41 points from Hamish Kay (Akaroa) on 38 points.
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Russley were too strong for their opposition in the gross section of both the Under 19 and Under 23 Teams competition held at Russley Golf Club in early December 2013 The Under 19 team pictured from left of Adam Vining, Reid Hilton, Jacob Roberts and Connell Kilpatrick had the best gross total across the field of 436 with the Under 23’s on 439. The winning U23 team consisted of Owen Burgess, Michael McAuley, Regan Kilpatrick and Anthony Weatherhead. The Hororata Under 19 team blitzed the field in the Net competition with a best three score of 408, 18 shots better than their nearest rivals. The team consisted of Mark Wilson, Jayden Hann & Dominic Brett Kelly with Mark Weatherly absent. The Under 23 Net was won by Coringa Green comprising of Moon Hak Lee, Fiona Gebbie, Jarrod Satherley and Zhi Xing.
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The Bottle Lake team rose to the occasion on their home prior to Christmas to win the Woodward Cup Promotion/Relegation event against Pegasus and Lincoln. The Bottle Lake team of Bruce Johnston, Phil Davis, Kieran Sharvin, Steve Dallow, Jason Campbell and Tom Harding-Ilott, had a combined gross stableford score of 191. Lincoln came in on 155 and Pegasus on 149.
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