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ason Dufner’s parents must have privately been delighted when their son stumbled on golf in his teens to add some excitement to his life. The American cut a colourful figure at Clearwater Resort yesterday when he defied buffeting southerly winds to shoot a fiveunder-par 67 and claim the first round lead in the New Zealand PGA Championship. Dufner, 28, and a one-time winner on the second-tier Nationwide Tour in the US, is a curiosity in that none of his declared special interests – among them sleeping, reading, darts and bubble hockey – threaten to get pulse rates racing. While some may argue golf was a perfect fit... Those words appeared in morning newspapers on February 24, 2006, and here we are 7-1/2 years later celebrating golf’s newest majors champion after Dufner won the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill, Rochester, New York. Nothing in Dufner’s character has changed since he finished seventh in that New Zealand tournament. He remains laidback in

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Each to their own the extreme, expressionless and devoid of emotion. After sinking the winning putt at Oak Hill, he celebrated by half-raising both arms to the height of his shoulders, without even a hint of a smile crossing his facial features. The only hint that Dufner had accomplished something special was when he gently patted his wife Amanda’s rear when they hugged coming off the 18th green. Dufner’s robotic persona is anathema to those who argue golf needs all the help it can get to broaden its appeal; for players to express themselves, share their emotions and remove the masks of indifference they must don to cope with the wild fluctuations of fortune they endure on the course. But surely Dufner is/was only being him-

self. If it suits him to suffocate any semblance of emotion, who is to say he is doing the wrong thing? It really is a case of each to their own. Whatever floats your boat. If it works, don’t change it. For every extrovert like, say, Ian Poulter, there in an introvert like Dufner, even if golf’s latest majors winner seems an extreme case. Back to the press tent in Christchurch in 2006, Dufner bordered on boring when recounting his 67 in tones more suited to someone sharing the secrets to a mathematical equation. Well, his public face remains unchanged all these years later. And, good on him. He is what he is and is unwilling to change to suit others.

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New name for club By Martin Davidson


hat’s in a name? Plenty, according to Bottle Lake Golf Club. Bottle Lake? It’s the new moniker for the former Windsor Golf Club in Christchurch, which officially changed its name on September 1. It’s the third title bestowed on the course since 1942 when it began its life as Burwood Golf Club before adopting Windsor as its name in 1956. Now, the club has undergone another facelift, and one geared towards name recognition in a region stacked full of golf courses, with 32 of them within half an hour of Cathedral Square in the heart of the city. The rationale for the change emerged from the wreckage of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes which devastated large swathes of Christchurch. While the Windsor course largely escaped unscathed – save for some minor liquefaction and one or two

Bottle Lake 14th fairway


reconfigured greens – the club’s membership was hard hit. Fifty-two percent of the membership lived in the eastern suburbs that bore the brunt of the damage and many of that number have been forced to shift, either to find alternative accommodation or to be closer to relocated workplaces. Since 2010, Windsor’s membership has fallen by 110 to its present day 380, leaving officials grappling to find a solution. At a time when club numbers were already dwindling nationally, the earthquakes compounded what was already a difficult situation. Club president Don Brown said at this time last year officials began looking at alternatives. “We found ourselves looking to do something different. To keep doing the same thing is a very common business definition of stupid,’’ he told Golfer Pacific NZ. A push went on to broaden the club’s income streams, not simply raise subscription fees for present members. “We started looking at our commercial partnerships and doing things we hadn’t done before – basically starting on what is now a changed agenda.’’ Very early on in the piece feedback received by club members left them believing few people knew the geographical location of Windsor Golf Club, on the northeastern outskirts of the city. There was no suburban attachment because Windsor School is some distance away and the Windsor shopping complex is no more, thanks to the earthquakes. But within the confines of the course is a 1ha expanse known as Bottle Lake and the club is bordered on one side by Bottle Lake Forest Park, a landmark Christchurch residents know well, hence the new

Bottle Lake 5th green. Photos: Supplied linkage with the club. Members embraced the change of name at a special general meeting in June, and the official changeover was held off until this month for bookkeeping purposes because the club’s financial year ended on August 31. For interclub competitions, the new name will come into effect at the start of the new playing season on January 1. Windsor have long fought above their weight in competition, holding the Presidents Cup and Metro B titles while their women were runnersup in the Nancy McCormack national foursomes this year. The course has long stood alone in a crowded marketplace due to its topography. Unlike many of the flat Canterbury courses, its parklands-style layout, with a par of 70 and stretching to 5450m off the blue tees, is noted for its elevation changes and rolling, undulating fairways. Since the post-quakes slump, Brown said the club had recently began picking up new members who had moved to Christchurch to take part in the rebuild.

“After a wave of membership went out we are now starting to see that membership come back. We are about 40 members less than what we should be to be in a comfortable situation. “As people have realised we are doing things a little differently, and realised what we have to offer, we are now picking up people who have come to Christchurch to work in the recovery.” Off the course, more use is being made of the clubroom facilities for functions, which brings in invaluable revenue. As well, positive progress has been made on the sponsorship front, with two companies coming on board, neither of which Brown said would be considered golf-centric. “There was significant cash, up front, with that. It was based on an offer that enabled them to be identified with a club that is going through some change, but also we’ve been able to make a specific marketing offer to their employees for either casual golf or as a membership offer.’’ For all your Kean Kart, Ekart, Ranger & Sonnenschein Battery, parts, components, accessories and friendly advise, visit

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With second round cuts safely negotiated, Wilkinson came into his own, a third round scoring average of 66.80 placing him second in that category while he was 10th in final round scoring with an average of 69.00. His long-time coach Andre White, of Manawatu Golf Club, reckons Wilkinson will return to the PGA Tour a much more complete player to the one who did not look out of place when he played in the elite ranks for the first time back in 2008. “He is substantially better now, no question,” White told Golfer Pacific NZ. “Technically, he is far more sound. He’s physically stronger and hits it further than he did. He hasn’t lost any of his short game either, if anything he’s gained a bit in that area.” White said the wrist injury which inflicted Wilkinson in 2009 had hurt him both physically and mentally. “It effectively killed two seasons for him. He came back probably too early in 2010, got off to a poor start and just struggled. “Then in 2011 it was not particularly nice because he didn’t feel he wanted to be on the secondary tour. “He began to get his old self back in 2012 and this year has been very, very solid.’’ White backs Wilkinson to make his mark next year but he has never been one to of-



t’s back to business at boardroom level for Tim Wilkinson, one of two New Zealanders returning to the big show for 2014. Wilkinson and Danny Lee earned their PGA Tour stripes courtesy of their high rankings at the end of the regular season on the second tier Tour in the United States. The Palmerston North left-hander was rewarded for an ultra-consistent season, six top-10 results from 15 outings leaving him 10th among the leading 25 players to gain fully exempt status on the top tour next season. The 35-year-old Wilkinson last graced PGA Tour fairways in 2010, while Lee, 23,will also make his return for the first time since 2012 after finishing 15th. There was heartache for a third Kiwi, Steve Alker, who fell agonisingly short of guaranteeing himself a promotion for next year. Alker missed the cut at the last event of the regular season, the Cox Classic, falling from 22nd to 26th on the moneylist with tournament income of $US139,313. The 25th and final spot was filled by American Andrew Svoboda with earnings of $US140,540.

But Alker’s dream of returning to the PGA Tour fulltime for the first time since 2003 is not over. The top-75 players from the Tour and those PGA Tour players who end their season placed 126-200, play in a four-tournament swing called the Tour Finals this month, all boasting purses of $US1 million and ending with the Tour Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on September 26-29.. Another 25 cards are available for those with the most cumulative earnings from those four events. But it was Wilkinson’s consistency which most caught the eye this season. It has taken him a number of years to rediscover his top form since a wrist injury cost him his status on the PGA Tour circuit when his medical exemption expired in 2010. He’s clearly back to near his very best now, as reflected in the 2013 Tour statistics. He earned $US216,948, had a best result of second in the Stadion Classic in May, and his scoring average of 69.07 was third best on tour. His short game and weekend play were both immaculate. Wilkinson averaged just 28.45 putts per round, ranking him fourth in that category, while he was tops in scrambling at 69.19 percent.


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fer generalised predictions. “Who knows what is going to happen? The men’s game is so deep that the difference between finishing fifth and missing the cut is sometimes very, very small. “One thing I can say is that Tim’s golf is more suited to the PGA Tour than the web. com Tour. “The courses on the secondary tour are not so penalising. If you’re not so much in control of your golf ball, you can get away with it more there than you do on the PGA Tour. “The PGA Tour is more penalising so it rewards better controlled players.’’



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ydia Ko delivered a knockout blow to a world-class field as she successfully defended her Canadian Open title last month. The 16-year-old became the first amateur to win twice on the LPGA Tour when she blew her rivals away in Edmonton to vault a projected 12 places on the world rankings to seventh. Twelve months after announcing her arrival at the top table, the North Harbour phenomenon left nothing to chance, closing with a six-underpar 64 at Royal Mayfair Golf Club for a 15-under total. That left her with a five-shot buffer over second-placed Frenchwoman Karine Icher after a stunning closing round that saw her at five-under making the turn before leaving the 18th having required just 26 putts. In her wake Ko left a quality field containing the world’s top 10 players, 46 of the top 50 and 96 of this year’s top 100 current money earners. It was Ko’s fourth win in a professional event following victories in Canada a year ago, the 2013 New Zealand Open and the 2012 New South Wales Open. As well, it marked her eighth top-10 result in professional company this year and immediately sparked speculation that a switch to the pro ranks is quickly approaching. Her coach Guy Wilson admitted Ko’s latest accomplishment would aid that process.

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Ko repeats in Canada “We know how good she is, and it’s just a matter of time until she is cashing the cheques. This may make her process in applying a little easier though.” Ko herself played a straight bat to the inevitable questions from reporters at Edmonton. “I’ve always said I was thinking about it, it’s the same answer right now,’’ she said. “Nothing’s changed in the last 72 hours. I’m happy at the moment and I think this win will make us think a little better and make us think what is a good option right now.” Ko has now made the cut in all 14 of her appearances on the LPGA Tour, with her amateur status depriving her of an estimated $1.5 million in prizemoney. Her exploits on foreign soil this year have not ended yet, with Ko entered for the next major, the Evian Championship at Evian-les-Bains, France, on September 12-15, before she returns home to resume her school studies.

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Peter Lee could afford a triple bogey on the par-four 16th in his final round en route to a commanding seven-shot victory in the North Harbour strokeplay championship at Muriwai. The 18-year-old from Rotorua carded rounds of 70, 72, 70 and 68 for a 72-hole card of eightunder-par 280 on the testing coastal layout which experienced everything from torrential downpours to balmy sunshine during the three-day event. Lee began the final round level with Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui), with Tae Koh (Manukau) another four strokes back in third. The Bay of Plenty pair had fought out a playoff in the Bay of Plenty Open a fort-

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night earlier when Beard prevailed at Whakatane. This time Beard slipped back in the final round when he signed for a 75 while Lee strung together a remarkable round to claim his third title of the year. Lee, who lost the New Zealand amateur championship final last year at Mount Maunganui, made seven birdies and an eagle on the 12th to go with two bogeys and that triple bogey on 16. He believed the foundation of his win was his first round of 70 when the weather was at its worst. “I played really solid in that first round and that set it up for me,” Lee said. Lee’s win continued his ultra-consistent season. He has now recorded nine top-10 finishes from 16 events in 2013. Lee, who has also

won the South Island strokeplay and Rotorua Open this season, intends to turn professional at the end of the year. Northland’s Kadin Neho, the New Zealand amateur champion and the leading amateur at the Charles Tour’s Muriwai Open in May, finished third on 288. He was a shot behind Beard after carding a 67 in the final round. It was a number matched in the third round by Eddie Burgess (Tauranga), who won the New Zealand amateur title in 2000 at Christchurch, before a closing 76 left him in ninth place on 293.

Leading scores:-

280 – Peter Lee (Rotorua) 70 72 70 68 287 – Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui) 71 72 69 75 288 – Kadin Neho (Whangarei) 76 72 73 67 290 – Luke Toomey (Lochiel) 76 75 68 71, Brad Hayward (New Plymouth) 71 69 77 73, Tae Koh (Manukau) 74 72 70 74 291 – Victor Janin (Rotorua) 76 69 74 72 292 – Ryan Leslie (Muriwai) 72 76 72 72 293 – Eddie Burgess (Tauranga) 78 72 67 76 294 – Sam An (Titirangi) 78 77 69 70 295 – Tyler Hodge (Levin) 74 71 77 73 296 – James Davis (North Shore) 73 74 74 75

McCall dips out in US

Vaughan McCall failed to qualify for the matchplay of the US amateur championship in Massachusetts. The Southlander, who carded a five-over- par 75 in the first round at the Charles River Country Club, signed for a 76 in the second round to finish in a share of 182nd place. The first New Zealander to play in the championship since Danny Lee won it in 2008, McCall finished on an 11-over total, seven shots back from the qualifying mark of the top 64 players and ties. The New Zealand representative entered the championship feeling confident after a fine performance in qualifying three weeks earlier in Texas when he carded a five-under 31 on the back nine at the Woodlands Country Club to finish in a share of second and secure his place by finishing inside the top four qualifying spots in the 300-strong field. But he couldn’t find that magic in the main event. McCall made four bogeys and a birdie in the outward journey in his second round and made the turn in 37. He then added three more bogeys coming home to remain off the pace. He finished 17 shots back from England’s Neil Raymond and Australian Brady Watt, who shared the qualifying honours on six-under 134. Lee remains the only Kiwi to have won the championship. Five years ago he was the youngest winner in the tournament’s history, usurping the record of Tiger Woods.

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Na’s patience to be rewarded By Martin Davidson


ou often hear groans about the wheels of justice grinding too slowly. Well, the same can be said of any number of infrastructural developments in this country, and those of the golfing kind included. It’s certainly the case with the Whisper Creek course/academy project in Christchurch, which Canterbury businessman Young Hwan (Thomas) Na announced was going ahead a little more than two years ago. Now, it seems a project 12 years in the making is actually going to leave its footprint at Spencerville.

Earthworks are due to start on the site early next year, which will come as a relief for Na, who has reputedly already invested $17 million in the $160 million project, which will feature an 18-hole course, international golf academy, driving range and practice facilities. All going to plan, the course itself is scheduled to open in 2015. The course design work is being shared by Christchurch’s Kristine Kerr, who designed the Pegasus course to the north of the city, and England’s multiple majors winner Nick Faldo. Complementing the golfing facilities will be 141 high-end sections, 131 resort apartments, an

indoor sports complex and a wetlands park. Na expects the golf academy to attract 160 budding golf professionals and put $68 million into the local economy each year. The resort will create 120 parttime and fulltime jobs, including coaches, greenkeepers, and hospitality and administration staff. Originally from South Korea, Na bought the former dairying farmland in two blocks in 2003 and 2009 after receiving Overseas Investment Office approval. He selected the site over other potential locations in Seattle and Sydney, and was granted resource consent after Environment Canterbury dropped its opposition to

the project in 2011. The 6435m par-72 championship course and attached academy will be marketed throughout Australasia, North America and Scandinavia although it is expected most of the student intake will initially come from Korea, Japan and China. Most students attending the academy will be of university age and will train for careers as golfers and/or golf administrators. Na has said the academy will help other local clubs because the students will need experience on other courses. He considered the facility, along with courses such as Terrace Downs and Pegasus, would help make Christchurch an international golfing destination. Faldo, best known these days as an erudite golf analyst, has been quoted saying that he is ex-

cited about playing his part in the Whisper Creek project. “New Zealand is a country which loves sport, and I’m looking forward to adding my own contribution to the country’s sporting culture,’’ he said. “In particular, it is going to be a privilege to play a role in Christchurch’s regeneration (post-earthquakes) after such a difficult few years. “My design team does a huge amount of technical work on each hole and we enjoy getting out on site with the shapers. “Memorability, strategy and the visual ‘wow factor’ are the three things always in my mind when designing a course like Whisper Creek.’’ After such a long wait, golfers from Christchurch and farther afield can hardly wait to see what Na, Kerr and Faldo create.

Jones makes his mark Ieremia too hot to handle

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Cameron Jones has secured his best international result with a top-10 finish at the Canadian amateur championship. The 20-year-old from the Muriwai Golf Club carded rounds of 69, 75, 70 and 68 at the Royal Colwood Golf Club and Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia, to finish tied for ninth on even-par 282. The North Harbour player, who broke through earlier this year when he claimed his first national title, the New Zealand strokeplay championship at Paraparaumu Beach, finished six shots back from American Eli Cole. A former recipient of the Michael Campbell Foundation Scholarship, Jones came home strong in the final round with six birdies and four bogeys to climb inside the top 10. His win on the Kapiti Coast at the start of the year was a turning point in his confidence and now Jones is carrying that form on to the international stage. Jones earned 475 world amateur ranking points in the Canadian amateur to climb 11 spots on the world rankings to 332. He is a member of the Institute of Golf on

Auckland’s North Shore which world No 1 amateur Lydia Ko and New Zealand’s leading professional Michael Hendry have made famous through their success. Former Canterbury representative Keelan Kilpatrick and former North Shore golfer James Beale, who are now based in the United States, also had solid weeks in Victoria, finishing in a share of 31st and 57th place respectively. Two New Zealanders have won the Canadian amateur championship – the legendary Stuart Jones in 1967 and Wellington’s Gareth Paddison in 2001.

Leading scores:-

(Canadian unless stated) 276 – Eli Cole (US) 71 66 69 70 277 – Taylor Pendrith 69 71 69 68, Corey Conners 66 70 70 71 278 – Ricardo Celia (Colombia) 70 70 66 72 279 – Adam Svensson 73 69 71 66 280 – Chris Hemmerich 74 68 71 67 281 – Kevin Carrigan 72 71 69 69, Scott Secord 70 71 68 72 282 – Cameron Jones (NZ) 69 75 70 68 Also: 289 – Keelan Kilpatrick (NZ) 72 70 73 74 296 – James Beale (NZ) 74 71 76 75

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Hamilton schoolboy Denzel Ieremia has lifted his burgeoning career to new heights with a commanding win in the Cambridge Classic. The 17-year-old last month secured “one of my biggest victories” when dominating the field in the 41st edition of the 72-hole strokeplay tournament. He cleared out from his rivals in the closing two rounds after sharing the lead at the halfway stage. A superb, blemish-free third round of eight-under-par 64 put some distance on the field and Ieremia coolly capped his performance by closing with a 69 for a 16-under 272 total. Ieremia’s third round performance rated as one of the finest rounds of golf played in the 113-year history of the Cambridge Golf Club. Following success at the Waikato age group championship earlier also held at Cambridge, Ieremia’s 64 catapulted him to a five-shot lead, which he comfortably protected. Fellow New Zealand representatives Peter Lee (Rotorua) and Tyler Hodge (Levin) shared second place on 10-under 278. A very keenly contested women’s title was won by 2012 New Zealand amateur cham-

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t is an exciting time for New Zealand golf on the world stage with Tim Wilkinson, Danny Lee and potentially Steven Alker securing their PGA Tour cards for the 2014 season. Wilkinson, Lee and Alker were all outstanding representatives for New Zealand as amateurs and have earned their cards in different ways. Wilkinson has led the way. The Manawatu pro earned the nickname of “Top 15 Tim” as he racked up nine top10 finishes in an incredible run. He has been the most consistent player on the Tour without a win. Lee, who initially has struggled to convert his longheralded potential in the pro ranks, has quietly gone about his business to get the job done. His return to the big time is well deserved after missing out in qualifying by just one stroke last year. Alker left his run late and at the time of writing is right on the cusp of qualification. The 42-year-old Hamilton pro turned his season around in one week – with his win of the Utah Championship – and it is hoped he can do enough to return to the PGA Tour for the first time since 2003. As we all know, golf is a long-term development sport where talent takes time to grow. Players can take many years to reach their potential, however, for these three players, there is a growing sense their time is now and

they are ready for the big time. Being on the PGA Tour really is the very sharp end of the professional game. Apart from the multi-million dollar prize purses on offer each week, good performances on the PGA Tour see players rocket up the world rankings and become in contention to play major championships. Higher world rankings also enhance the chances of a player representing New Zealand at the Olympics in 2016. As Wilkinson recently told the web. com Tour: “I feel when I get back there I can play well. I’m a pretty down-to-earth person, and I know a lot of players out there. I won’t be overawed by it.” New Zealand has a proud record on the PGA Tour and this trio has the chance to join the seven other Kiwis who have won on the PGA Tour to continue that legacy. But what does this mean for New Zealand golf? Quite simply, it is huge. While it is often hard to directly quantify the impact, it is widely accepted that Kiwis succeeding on the world stage plays an important part in inspiring people to participate in sport in New Zealand. From a golf perspective, Michael Campbell winning

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the US Open in 2005 had a major impact on the game here. The profile of the sport grew exponentially and even managed to stop the proceedings in parliament. Lydia Ko is currently having a similar impact as she continues to consistently break records in the amateur game. Next year it is likely that every week New Zealand will have a presence on the PGA Tour television coverage. This will inject new life into the media coverage and exposure of the game here in New Zealand. It will create a buzz in the 386 golf clubs around the country every weekend and inspire new people to participate in our sport. From a purely playing perspective, it provides all New Zealand elite amateurs and aspiring professionals with the belief that Kiwi golfers can make it on the world stage. A generation of young Kiwi golfers will grow up with role models on the biggest stage, much like Wilkinson, Lee and Alker would have done when the likes of Frank Nobilo and Grant Waite were on the PGA Tour. People love winners and to be part of a success story and in 2014 all golf fans will be part of an exciting new era for New Zealand golfers on the world stage.


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Top names, top times in NZ


n celebrating 100 years of the New Zealand PGA, this article is dedicated to “foreign” major tournament winners who have played golf in New Zealand. The list was originally created by Terry Kelso (the former professional at the Titirangi Golf Club) who met many of these golfers when they played in the Air New Zealand Shell Open. By posting it on the NZPGA Centenary Facebook page, it was quickly contributed to by PGA members, former caddies and avid golfers from around the world. Yes, we all remember Tiger Woods playing in the 2002 New Zealand Open and Jack Nicklaus has been a keen visitor to the country, building Kinloch golf course although he spent most of his time, prior to that, fly fishing the back country. Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and some of the other legendary players came to NZ and played exhibition matches around the country with Sir Bob Charles in the 1960 and 1970s. Terry’s list now features 62 major winners (British Open, US Open, Masters and

US PGA), 12 senior major winners and eight ladies major winners. While this list is pretty extensive, we think there may be a few missing so at the end of this article, I have listed all the names for you to review. Some great stories have come from the Facebook page on who played where and what happened. For example, in 1996, Palmerston Golf Club hosted the NZ under-19 boys’ championship won by Adam Scott. He later came back and played in the Kiwi Challenge. Jason Dufner finished tied for seventh at the 2006 PGA Championship at Clearwater and Bubba Watson played in the 2005 PGA Championship when this event was part of the Nationwide Tour. Many of the recent major winners played their New Zealand golf rounds at the 1998 World Cup at Gulf Harbour or played in our top amateur events. Some household names played in the Eisenhower Trophy in Christchurch in 1990, including Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Annika Sorenstam. Rory McIlroy played at Royal Auckland at the Michael Bollanack

Trophy in 2006 and Justin Rose played in the 1998 NZ Open. The NZ Open always used to host one or two top players each year with the likes of Larry Nelson and Corey Pavin. I remember seeing Jose Maria Olazabal playing a sensational shot at the NZ Open when he played at the Grange in 1986. Many of the top players in the 1970s played in NZ and the walls of the St Clair Golf Club have some amazing photos of Seve Ballesteros, Johnny Miller and others who played in the Otago Charity Classic and the Garden City Classic in Christchurch. Space restrictions do not allow me to write more, but please feel free to email me if you feel we have missed anyone from the list. Could you please add where and when they played in NZ. Regular tours: Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Billy Casper, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Tony Jacklin, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Andy North, David Graham, George Archer, Tom Watson, Payne Stewart, Cur-

tis Strange, Tom Kite, Corey Pavin, Tiger Woods, Kel Nagle, Bobby Locke, Peter Thomson, Scott Simpson, Greg Norman, David Duval, Mark O’Meara, Nick Price, Nick Faldo, Ian Baker-Finch, Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Bill Rodgers, Tom Weiskopf, Sam Snead, Bernhard Langer, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Wayne Grady, Jeff Sluman, Hubert Green, Lanny Wadkins, Dave Stockton, Al Geiberger, Paul Runyan, Jose Maria Olazabal, Gene Littler, Adam Scott, John Daly, Angel Cabrera, Larry Nelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Trevor Immelman, Rory McIlroy, Ian Woosnam, Paul Lawrie, Bubba Watson, Padraig Harrington, Fred Couples, Bob Goalby, Y E Yang, Justin Rose, Todd Hamilton. Senior tour: Graham Marsh, Don Pooley, Bruce Leitzke, Allen Doyle, Loren Roberts, Ian Stanley, Brian Barnes, D A Weibring, Stewart Ginn, Bruce Crampton, Gil Morgan, Don Bies. LPGA: Laura Davies, Joanne Carner, Marilynn Smith, Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Scranton, Jan Stephenson, Anna Nordqvist, Birdie Kim.

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Coast THE Gold Coast is a Kiwi’s Golfing Mecca. We introduce to you the leading Golf Clubs and resorts on the Gold Coast. With superb Golf facilities and high quality resort’s, why not make your next Golfing holiday a Gold Coast experience. Visit Gold Coast tourism’s website to view other attractions and deals.

Welcome to Paradise Golf Tours on Queensland’s Gold Coast We are the longest established Tour Operator on the Gold Coast (1989) which means that you are dealing with a very reputable and experienced company. Over the years we have built excellent relationships with the Gold Coast’s premier resort courses and this means we can usually secure your preferred tee-time on all courses, on any day. Other benefits you obtain when you choose Paradise Golf Tours as your preferred trip planner: • Play private and exclusive courses such as Arundel Hills, Burleigh, Links Hope Island and Sanctuary Cove–The Pines, which are not available or restricted for social players. • Play Greg Norman designed courses such as Glades and Brookwater. • Play the Jack Nicklaus designed Lakelands Golf Course. • Stay at your choice of 3, 4, 4.5 or 5-star accommodation venues anywhere on the Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Sanctuary Cove). • Because of our “buying power” we obtain signifi cant discounts at all golf courses and accommodation venues. Discounts which we pass on to you, ensuring that Paradise Golf Tours represents excellent value with lower prices than you could secure yourself. • We provide secure storage (free) of your golf clubs each night, so you don’t have to lug them around with you everywhere.

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The founders of the company, John and Jill Haddow, decided that golfers needed a specialised service to ensure a totally hassle-free holiday on the Gold Coast. Today, Paradise Golf Tours has become the largest and most respected Golf Tour operator on Queensland’s Gold Coast. John and Jill have recently retired, but continue to be involved as mentors to the new owners, George Bournelis and Denise Buckingham who continue their dream with the sole purpose of providing tailored golf holidays that meet our clients’ individual needs. When you entrust your golf trip to us, your worries are over! Together, we will tailor a package that meets your needs entirely, as well as your budget. Our modern fleet of buses can transfer you to and from the Gold Coast or Brisbane Airports, as well as to and from the golf courses, each day. We’ll take care of the details, so you can focus on having a great time with your buddies. It’s why we say, ‘We cross all the tee’s for YOU’! For more information please contact us on: info@paradisegolft www.paradisegolft 0061 4 02 049 868 Gold Coast beaches

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort The Palms Golf Course has recently undergone a major redevelopment and was redesigned by renowned golf course architect Ross Watson. After its reopening in April 2011, Th e Palms is considered a championship course rivalling some of the best golf courses in Australia. It has a total length of 5904 metres off the back tees, and numerous water features and hazards. Tee placements have been de-

signed to suit a variety of playing conditions and a diverse playing membership. Visit their website to see the course layout and hole by hole layouts. For more information contact: Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort The Parkway PO Box 805 Sanctuary Cove QLD 4212 Australia Ph: 0061 7 5699 9050 Fax: 0061 7 5699 909

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Links Hope Island Located just 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 40 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Links Hope Island Golf Course is the centrepiece of Hope Island Resort. With its 5-Star facilities and consistent rankings as one of Australia’s top ten resort courses, Links Hope Island is the ultimate destination for corporate and social golf, functions and events. Your day begins with a friendly welcome from our concierge, and may include a practice session on the aquatic driving range, or a meal on the Legends Terrace. It will then involve some careful strategic thinking while you make your way around the Par 72 course, avoiding the natural and man-made hazards and the 128 challenging pot style bunkers. Heading home after a fantastic day, the signature Par 3 – Hole 17 – is a challenge for any golfer and is an experience in courage or folly. At 230m off

the black tees and 180m off the whites, most players cannot reach the green due to the prevailing head wind. So one must consider playing this par four rather than a par three, but then again, you decide! 18 provides visitors with a fantastic view and although it may be a long journey “home”, there is plenty to see and avoid. The 18th green is surrounded by bunkers and a hollow out front. A challenging end yet it is hoped you’ll not be disappointed. The Club welcomes visitors and there are plenty of opportunities for Public, Corporate and Social Golf Packages to be arranged through the Club. We look forward to welcoming you to the Club and having you experience the facilities and service Links Hope Island is renowned for. For further information please contact the Club on: Phone 0061 7 5530 9000 events@linkshopeisland.

Carved out of 65 hectares of native woodlands, with fairways lined by towering gum trees, this unique layout is unlike any resort course on the Gold Coast. Possessing maturity well beyond its years, Palmer Gold Coast has rapidly developed a reputation as one of Queensland’s best-loved resort courses. Consistently ranked in the top 30 resort courses in the country, Palmer Gold Coast is a 6078 meter, 18 hole, Par 71 championship golf course (Aust Course Rating 72), designed by the Marsh / Watson team. The rolling fairways, manicured greens, and towering eucalyptus are strikingly beautiful and blend harmoniously with the surrounding residential development. A natural water-course featuring lakes, ponds, creeks and native wildlife completes a rare golf course environment. The facility features a fleet of electric carts, driving range with sun protection cover and practice facilities, golf shop fully stocked with the latest equipment & merchandise, a club bar & bistro which includes alfresco dining on the terrace, as well as the Fairway and the Lakeview function rooms. The Lakeview Room is a smaller function room which seats 40 banquet style and 60 cocktail style and features its own outdoor deck on the lake. It is the perfect location for relax-

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ing with your guests, for a conference, wedding, party or post-golf function. The Sales Department specialises in Corporate Golf Days and group events. Palmer Gold Coast can easily accommodate golfing groups up to 144 players. From the comfort of the clubhouse to the challenge of the course, Palmer Gold Coast is a unique resort experience. Operating hours are between 6AM and 6PM QLD EST. For more information contact Palmer Gold Coast - Robina Woods: Ron Penhaligon Way Robina, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia Email

Palmer Colonial The distinguishing feature of the course is the clubhouse, with its Colonial, Queenslander design. Designed by Alan Griffith Architects, it continues to be the focus of the venue. A farmland once home to cows, weeds and bush has been transformed into a beautifully groomed course with lush fairways and meticulously manicured greens. The 6,424 metre, par 72, championship resort layout, meanders its way through 39 hectares of towering eucalyptus, picturesque lakes and serene waterways. Flowering native and exotic trees and plants abound, while ornate bridges cross watercourses in which luxuriant lilies jostle for space. Off the course, the stunning Queenslander-style clubhouse welcomes both golfers and visitors alike. Wide, breezecatching verandahs surround the building, offering wide views over the golf course and the Gold Coast Hinterland. Operating hours are between 6AM and 6PM QLD EST.

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THE GOLD COAST’S NO.1 GOLF COURSE Links Hope Island, the Gold Coast’s No.1 Golf Course*, is perfectly located, central to both Brisbane and the Gold Coast. We invite you to experience our championship golf course and first class clubhouse facilities. With its 5-Star clubhouse and practice facilities and consistent rankings as one of Australia’s top ten resort courses, Links Hope Island is the ultimate destination for corporate and social golf, functions, glamourous events or weddings. There are also a variety of membership options available from full membership, to corporate or 5 day options. Contact us today to find out more.

Links Hope Island features: • A stunning 18 Hole Championship Golf Course • The Gold Coast’s No.1 Ranked Golf Course • Brand New Fleet of Golf Carts • State of the Art Golf Pilot GPS – 1st in Australia • Driving Range with Full Practice Facilities • Annual Passes available for local residents • Excellent Tour Operator & Social Golf Packages

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ABOVE PAR Golf Tours, one of the region’s leading tour operators, is owned by a fellow Kiwi, Mike Cox. The Gold Coast is undoubtedly the favourite winter golf destination for Kiwis, and having spent 20 years in the depths of Southland, Mike can fully understand why. “Our aim is to simplify your holiday by taking over all of the accommodation, golf and transport bookings on your behalf, and at the same time using our bulk buying power to provide the package cheaper than you can do it yourself – a classic win-win situation,’’ he said. “Packages are tailormade for your individual requirements with a large selection of accommodation and courses available to suit any budget.’’ The company offers outstand-

ing value packages for small and large groups, and provides a comprehensive website with slideshows of all golf courses. The website also has a unique online quote system which means you can go on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week and construct your own dream holiday from a wide range of accommodation, resort courses, hire cars or daily transfers. Once the selections are made, a no-obligation quote is immediately emailed, saving hours of time and money contacting Australia. Mike’s sales staff then work on a one-to-one basis with you to ensure a truly memorable holiday for all. For full information visit: or call Mike on 0061 7 5522 9055

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he World Cup of Golf returns to Royal Melbourne in November and is likely to attract more than passing interest. For one thing, the criteria for entry and the conditions of the competition will be very similar to those proposed for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The field will comprise 60 players who will play four rounds of strokeplay (no cut) for $US7 million. Entry is based on world rankings as at September 23, with a maximum of four players from any one country. For countries with more than one qualifying player, a teams competition for an additional $US1m will be played alongside. On present rankings, Michael Hendry will almost certainly qualify, and Danny Lee would be on the fringe of making the field as well. If both get in, that will continue a long association between New Zealand golfers and the World Cup, stretching back to 1954. The Cup itself was the brainchild of Canadian businessman John Jay Hopkins, who saw international golf as a way of fostering international relations, and so in 1953 donated the cup which still bears his name. The tournament was initially known as the Canada Cup, becom-

The legacy of the World Cup ing the World Cup in 1967. The format was teams of two and four rounds of strokeplay, with all rounds counting. Our best result under these conditions came in 1967 in Mexico City, with Sir Bob Charles and Walter Godfrey finishing second behind the US pair of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Palmer won the individual trophy by five shots, with Sir Bob tying Nicklaus as runner-up. Over the years, New Zealand teams have recorded a series of creditable performances, finishing in the top six on several occasions, including the last World Cup at Royal Melbourne (1988) where Frank Nobilo and Greg Turner tied sixth. Nobilo and Turner are our

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most prolific pairing, having played in nine World Cups together. Nobilo leads our individual rankings with 12 appearances, followed by Turner (11), Charles and Frank Buckler (9 each), Ernie Southerden (7), and Dennis Clark and David Smail (5 apiece). In 2000, the format changed to a mixture of best ball and foursome play, and the following year in Shizuoka, Japan, New Zealand came close to victory. That was the year of the fourway playoff between the US, Denmark, South Africa and us – the US team of David Duval and Tiger Woods getting in courtesy of an incredible Woods chip in for eagle on the last, which he described in 2012 as

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Established in 1948, Raleigh Country Club boasts the last course designed by the legendary Donald Ross. The course has remained true to the original standards, as described by the Donald Ross Society, of making each hole present a different problem, making every stroke count, and taking full advantage of terrain while wasting no ground. Recently restored, the nostalgia for rediscovering the spirit of the game of yesteryear has elevated Raleigh Country Club to the finest and best golfing facility in Raleigh, North Carolina. #1 in the Triangle. #20 in the State (*2013 Rankings from the NC Golf Panel) 6,990 yards, Par 71

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Come join us in Northland for an unforgettable experience. Warm sunshine caressing the contours of perfectlygroomed fairways; vast ocean views framed by subtropical splendour; challenging holes that draw on your entire repertoire of skills golf in Northland is an unforgettable experience.


he Northland experience is one of contrast between the sophistication of Northland’s East Coast – including the resort towns and marinas of the Bay of Islands and the bustling city of Whangarei – and the magic of the west coast with its ancient forests, immense beaches and two harbours – the Hokianga and the Kaipara – both steeped in Maori and European his-

tory. Discover enormous 2000-yearold kauri trees on a forest walk, enjoy underwater scenery at some of the world’s foremost dive sights at the Poor Knights Islands, sail or cruise the shimmering water on a chartered boat, or relax in a serene bay. Visit New Zealand’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga, sacred to Maori as the traditional jumping-off point for spirits departing life and enter-

ing the after-world. The spectacular sight of the Pacific Ocean meeting the Tasman Sea in a clash of water adds to the haunting feel of this place. For further details on the history, culture, places to stay and things to see and do throughout Northland, pick up a copy of the Northland Visitor Guide at any i-SITE or visit www.

Golf Northland goes from strength to strength


Olf Northland continues to increase its focus on sustainability, introducing initiatives to help ensure the long term growth of golf and the 24 clubs in the region. Nearly two years ago The First Tee programme was introduced in Northland to entice more children into golf and combat the aging membership faced by all regions. The ‘9 core values’ of the First Tee programme sets the programme apart from other codes and has seen the programme go from strength to strength with teachers, principals and parents alike reporting positive changes in participant behaviour. The popularity of the pro-

gramme has seen the appointment of Bronwyn Winter as the regions First Tee Coordinator allowing Golf Northland to continue to meet demand as the school programme expands and club based programmes are established. “It has been heartening to see children from the Mid and Far North areas discover the benefits of The First Tee Programme – with help from Social Workers in Schools children from primary schools in Moerewa, Pakaraka, Ohaewai and Oturu have become involved. The second highlight in August was the commencement of clubbased First Tee Programmes at Waipu and Whangarei Golf Clubs with plans underway to start at The Pines and Waitangi clubs in

Term 4. Feedback from parents of our Under 13 Golf Academy squad who have completed Player Level 1 was amazing – one parent said ‘it has changed our lives for the better’ – a true sign of the success of The First Tee.” At club level Golf Northland has embraced the new National ‘Partner Club’ initiative with newly appointed Northland Golf Development Manager Michael Macdonald leading the programme. “There is no doubting the decline and ageing of golf club membership throughout the country, this programme offers clubs the opportunity to identify where they are at, where they want to be and how to get there” said Macdonald who noted this was part of a long term nationwide community golf strategy. Initially five clubs – Kaitaia, Northern Wairoa, Northland,

The First Tee programme, Waipu Girls Waipu and Waitangi are participating in the programme. To begin with the clubs are led through the Sport New Zealand ‘Warrant of Fitness’ by the GDM to get a snapshot of where the clubs strengths and weaknesses lie. A Club benchmark report is then produced giving clubs both quantitative and qualitative information from which clubs will be able to make informed deci-

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ust an hour north of Auckland and you’re teeing off on what is consistently rated as one of New Zealand’s finest courses. The Mangawhai Golf Club brilliantly mixes parkland and links golf, with manicured, sand-based fairways winding through wonderfully natural contours to reach large greens of impressive pace and consistency. No matter how – and how well – you play golf, Mangawhai will test your game. From the club tees it demands precision

and risk-and-reward options. From the Championship tees you need to be long and straight from every tee and ready to bring out your best short game on every hole. To members and visitors alike, Mangawhai is simply magnificent, every which way. Always open, always playable. Check it all out on: or contact the club on 09 431 4807. Special membership subscriptions now available.


hinking of heading North for a golf trip? Waipu Golf Club on State Highway 1, an easy drive from Auckland and conveniently situated ½ way to the Bay of Islands is a great place for your first stopover North of the Harbour Bridge. Waipu is an all-weather links style course playable in all conditions and with a great clubhouse and café is a spectacular place to end your round of golf with a meal on the deck enjoying the magnificent panoramic

views of the ocean and the off shore islands.

Play and Stay

There are several motels and homestays in the area and this month we are featuring Camp Waipu Cove only 10 minutes from the club. Their beach front location, adjacent to the Waipu Cove Surf Club on the beautiful sands of Bream Bay, boasts accommodation for all budgets. Camping, caravans & motorhomes from $34 per night for 2 people, as well as basic cabins and delux

self-contained cottages from $70 per night for 2 people, all within a very short chip of the beach and a short drive to the Golf club and local restaurants. The Clubhouse is open daily 8am-5pm. For more details, phone 09 4320259 visit the website or email For more information about accommodation and facilities at Camp Waipu Cove, visit: w w w.campwaipucove. com or phone 09 432 0410.

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NORTHLAND GOLF TRAIL SPRING STROKE PLAY The 54 hole Spring Stroke play tournament was started in 2002 to host the players who did not make the cut for the Waipu Golf Club’s elite Bream Bay Classic. Played off the Blue mid- distance course this nett tournament is open to all players with a maximum handicap 24. This year’s event is set for the weekend 19th & 20th October and as with the Bream Bay Classic will be the last on the existing course. The new par three hole currently under construction will come into play next season completely changing the course layout. Once again local sponsorship will ensure an attractive prize table. An interesting twist to this year’s competition evolved recently when the major sponsor Ian Kitchen of Northland Real Estate and partner Craig Duffus won the Northern region Pacific Golfer 4 Ball Best Ball competition committing them to head off immediately following his own tournament to take part in the final. With a practice round on Friday and plenty of local accommodation available this is a weekend not to be missed. The clubhouse café is open daily for

meals and visitors and spectators are always made welcome to enjoy great views and congenial hospitality. Entry forms are available on the website: or by contacting the clubhouse. Email Waipu@, or phone 09 4320259 for more information.

Kerikeri Cup – Flo Smith – Kaitaia; Division Four – Kawakawa Cup – Betty Southgate – Northern Wairoa; Division Five – Russell Cup – Jeanne Allen – Sherwood Park.

WAIPU’S BEST BALL A great day with a good field and reasonable weather, but extreme winds. The event results were extremely close with two pairs on 44 stableford points and five pairs on 41. Winners Craig Duffus and Ian Kitchen are pictured with organiser Bron Reynolds.


1st Ian Kitchen and Craig Duffus on a countback from 2nd Doug Shadbolt and David Hopkins. Two ladies in the field came away with 3rd place on a countback 4 other pairs; 3rd Julie Gordon and Ilsa Alison; 4th Greg Shanaghan and Dave Wistrand.

ELAINE BLEDISLOE TOURNAMENT This last weekend has seen the Waitangi Golf Club host their Annual Elaine Bledisloe 72-Hole Matchplay tournament. The weather behaved reasonably well with two fine days compared with last year’s storm. There was a field of 88 players, the top 8 handicap players with handicaps of 1 – 7 playing in a championship division off the white tees, off the stick. The youngest in this division, 14 year old Brooke Kingi played the eventual Bledisloe Cup Winner, Sjanna Bonnington from Wellsford, in a 36 Hole final. In winning the Bledisloe Cup, Sjanna adds her name to a long list of winners which includes her great-grandmother, Molly Bainbridge who won the cup in 1959, 1960 and 1962 and her grandmother, Jo Bonnington who won it in 1971. Amazingly, Jo is still playing in this Tournament along with her daughter Robyn and daughter-in-law Julie. Her son Alex, is the Waitangi Golf Club Pro so it was a real family affair. There were four more divisions playing 72 holes over the two days with some having to finish games on Sunday morning as it became too dark on Saturday night. The eventual winners of these divisions were: Division Two – Waitangi Cup – Elaine Jordon – Whangaparaoa; Division Three –

Pictured above are winners Jeanne Allen, Betty Southgate, Sjanna Bonnington, Flo Smith, Annette Wallace, and Elaine Jordan. Last year a new division was included for over 65 year old players. This was popular and repeated again this year with a field of 16 players, playing 18 holes each day with a format of Best Nett, Best Gross and Best Stableford over the two days. This Division Six – Paihia Cup was won by Annette Wallace – Wellsford. This Tournament also acts as part of the trials for the Northland Representative Team and it was wonderful to see so many young guns in the top two divisions competing for this right to represent Northland. As usual there needs to be a large thankyou given to the large band of men and women who spent two days, some out on the course, helping run this Tournament and also to our fantastic sponsors.

Results:Division 1 (Bledisloe Cup) Cup Winner – Sjanna Bonnington, Cup R/Up – Brooke Kingi, Flight Winner – Jodi McAlistair, Flight R/Up –

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NORTH HARBOUR WOMEN PERFORM CREDIBLY The North Harbour Women’s team have finished a very credible second in the annual Northern Quadrangular held between Auckland, Waikato, Northland and Harbour. The event was played at Aviation for two matches on Saturday 17th August and one round on Sunday 18th August at Pukekohe. On the first day North Harbour won 6 of the 8 matches against Waikato for a 12-4 victory. In the afternoon match however Auckland proved too strong winning by a margin of 10-6. On Sunday morning however Harbour rebounded to comprehensively beat Northland 13-3. Auckland won the event defeating all three teams. North Harbour has improved on their third place finish recorded in 2012. Well done team!

LEE DOMINATES NORTH HARBOUR STROKE PLAY Rotorua golfer Peter Lee had a triple bogey on the parfour 16th in his final round but still won the North Harbour Strokeplay at Muriwai by seven shots. He had rounds of 70, 72,70 and 68 for a four-round total of eight under par on the testing west coast layout which experienced everything from torrential downpours to balmy sunshine during the threeday event. The 18-year-old Lee began the final round level with Bay of Plenty team-mate Hayden Beard from the Mt Maunganui Club with a four-stroke break to Tae Koh (Manukau). The Bay pair had fought out a playoff in the Bay of Plenty Open a fortnight ago with Beard prevailing. But this time Beard slipped to a final round of 75 while Lee strung together seven birdies and an eagle on the 12th to go with two bogeys and that triple. The foundation of his win was his first round of two-under 70 when the weather was at its worst on Friday. He has won the South Island stroke play and Rotorua Open this season and in-



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ultimately decided on the 18th green, with Ron Jenkins and Kevin Hopkinson prevailing.


280: Peter Lee (Rotorua) 70 72 70 68. 287: Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui) 71 72 69 75. 288: Kadin Neho (Whangarei) 76 72 73 67. 290: Luke Toomey (Lochiel) 76 75 68 71, Brad Hayward (New Plymouth) 71 69 77 73, Tae Koh (Manukau) 74 72 70 74. 291: Victor Janin (Rotorua) 76 69 74 72. 292: Ryan Leslie (Muriwai) 72 76 72 72. 293: Eddie Burgess (Tauranga) 78 72 67 76. 294: Sam An (Titirangi) 78 77 69 70. 295: Tyler Hodge (Levin) 74 71 77 73. 296: James Davis (North Shore) 73 74 74 75.


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AUCKLAND GOLF TRAIL OUT OF THE ROUGH The 2nd Winger Subaru “Out of the Rough” fundraiser golf tournament held in late August was a resounding success despite inclement weather. 132 golfers participated with the highlight being a hole in one recorded on Hole 6 by Mike Woods a visitor from The Grange Golf Club. We are very happy to report that thanks to the generosity of our hole sponsors, our participant’s, together with the proceeds from a very successful auction a cheque for $25000.00 was presented to Club President Ross Baigent which will go towards the club’s Building Restoration programme. A further “Out of the Rough” is programmed for March next year.


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WENYUNG KEH TAKES TITLE The Women’s Bay of Plenty Open Champion hails from the Pakuranga Golf Club. Last weekend a field of some 30 women competed for the Bay of Plenty Strokeplay Golf Championship in Whakatane. Winning the Championship was our very own Wenyung Keh with sister Munchin coming third. Congratulations Wenyung on an outstanding performance.

THE GRANGE WIN YOUTH PENNANTS The top qualifiers from each section of Youth Pennants won their respective semi finals to contest the final of the Youth pennants competition. The Grange and Remuera fought out a thrilling final in cold and wet conditions at the Whitford Park Golf Club in early August. It came down to the final hole of the number 5’s to determine the winner. Jared Edwards (The Grange) had his par putt conceded at the 18th to halve his match with Andrew Meng (Remuera) for The Grange to win 3.5 to 2.5. Earlier, Remuera had dominated their semi final defeating Howick 6 matches to



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RESULTS FROM MARAMARUA The ‘Mixed Canadian foursomes’ calendar dates are Sunday, September 22, and Sunday, October 20. Entry is $30 per couple and there are prizes each day as well as overall winner for the three dates. Tee off is 11.30-1pm, so get your name in to join the fun. Following are the results from around the grounds.

Leading scores:-

MEN’S STABLEFORD SCRAMBLE, AUGUST 17 W Bowater 43, A Collin 38, C York 38, S Lamb 36, P Darby 36, C Benzie 35, R Ford 35, T Detmar 35, G Allen 35, B Perry 35. Two’s: I Measey WOMEN’S 9 HOLE PUTTING SCRAMBLE, AUGUST 20. M McFarlane 16, S Wallace 17, A Barnett 18, P Fitzgibbon 18. Women’s 18 hole stableford scramble. G Allen 35, L McBride 32, A Gunning 31, P Price 31, S Brice 31

MIDWEEK OPEN AT MARAMARUA After the rain on Wednesday the weather cleared in time for everyone to enjoy the midweek open. See you again next month, the fourth Thursday of the month, September 26.

Midweek Open Results:-

Men’s 1st net: K Whitelaw 66, men’s 1st stbfd: W

Bowater 40, Women’s 1st net: S Brice 69, Women’s 1st stbfd: A Thomson 40, men’s gross winner: K Whitelaw 78, Women’s gross winner: S Brice 83, net: N Jamieson 69, stbfd: J Peacock 39, net: J Black 70, stbfd: P Thomson 38, net: R Lowe 70, stbfd: S York 37, net: N York 72, stbfd: P Skinner 36, net: O Evans 72. Two’s: T Detmar, H Lynd, E McRobbie, R Ford.

100 HOLES FOR LAYNE AND GARETH Two of Pukekohe Golf Club’s up and coming members, Layne Shepherd and Gareth O’Loughlin, have taken up the challenge of playing 100 holes of golf in a day! The pair have recently signed up to the NZ Leukaemia & Blood Cancer Foundation’s “100Hole Golf Marrowthon” and have pledged to raise at least $2500 each (that’s $25 a hole) to donate to this worthy cause. The event takes place at the illustrious Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary Course in Taupo on Friday, October 18. The lads are now trying to fundraise as much as possible to reach their target. If you’re able and willing to help there will be a donations sheet upstairs Pukekohe Club House, or alternatively you can donate directly to their cause online by going to and clicking on “Make a Donation”. Search for them by entering their name and you can donate to them individually or as a group. All donations are gratefully received and the guys appreciate your contributions. They look forward to representing Pukekohe Golf Club with pride. 

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PATRONS TROPHY About forty Matamata Golf Club members turned out over three wintery Saturdays in a row to compete for the Patrons Trophy. The best combined stableford score over three rounds earns you the honour of winning the Patrons Trophy. Along with the men, there was also 13 year Jack Trower (pictured) who turned up

with a “can-do” attitude reserved for the young. That attitude paid off with a first round score of 45 points launching Jack into the lead. His second week’s score of 35 had Jack leading by only three, but he put the nail in the coffin of the rest of the field with a third round score of 39, making a grand total of 119 – 6 points ahead of his closest competition. Jack has been playing golf since around the age of 9, and is currently on a handicap of 8. Living across the road from the Matamata golf course is certainly a bonus, with Jack spending most of his waking hours practicing, when he’s not at school of course! Congratulations Jack, we shall enjoy watching your progress in future years.

SUCCESS FOR CAROL Katikati golfer Carol Leary (pictured) joined Waihi Golf Club in 2012, transferring from Manawatu-Wanganui District’s Waimarino Golf Club on 9 handicap. After


a short settling down period, familiarising herself with the course, she has gone from strength to strength, and is a wonderful asset not only to the Club, but to the Bay of Plenty Association. In late July at the Ruth Middleton Memorial Open 54-hole strokeplay tournament at Matamata, Carol finished 12th in the Nett competition in a field of 90 top-quality players from Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu, Wanganui and Taranaki. Continuing her good form, in early August she competed in the Bay of Plenty 72-hole Open Tournament at Whakatane, qualifying 16th of 28 players who made the cut in a field where the highest handicap was 9, and two-thirds were on handicaps between +1 and 4, finishing 17th in the field in the final day’s 36-hole contest. Playing at Taumaranui on August 7 and 8 in a 72-hole Matchplay competition, Carol convincingly won the Championship Division, playing consistent golf over the four rounds. Her success in these competitions has now reduced her handicap by two strokes to 6, and prompting her to trial for a place in the Bay of Plenty Interprovincial 14-player squad from which teams will be picked for the Caledonian Quadrangular

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BAY OF PLENTY GOLF TRAIL KAWERAU CLUB CHAMPS Kawerau Golf and Squash Club have just completed their club championships – congratulations to this year’s champs! Following is a table of our results also looking forward to hosting the EBOP Interclub on September 1.

Results:Strokeplay Champions: +5 – 9.6 Senior Men’s – Zane Rangihika


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A course record 61 on Saturday morning gave Mount Maunganui’s Hayden Beard the perfect start for his first 72 hole tournament victory at the Bay of Plenty Open but not before having to fend off a late challenge from Bay number one, Peter Lee. After an opening one under 69 Beard took advantage of the early tee time on Saturday with an eagle par eagle start and got it to 9 under after 14 holes and despite some near misses the 61 second round score gave him a 4 shot lead on 10 under going into the final 36 holes on Sunday from Peter Lee and Otago number one Brent McEwan. Beard struggled to maintain momentum on Sunday morning and it took several miraculous par saves to come in one un-

der. Meanwhile Lee shot 66 to reduce the margin to just one shot going into the final round. Both players had turns at getting their noses in front early in the final round before Lee’s drive on the 9th took a nasty kick to finish just millimetres out of bounds which allowed Beard to take a two shot advantage into the back nine. Birdies at 10 and 12 brought Lee back into the picture but Beard came back with a great birdie at the 15th before Lee shanked his tee shot on the Par 3 16th which allowed Beard to go back to 2 ahead. Beard then bogeyed 17 and 18 to allow Lee to force the result into a play-off back to the 18th tee. Both players found the fairway in the gathering gloom but a superb 2nd shot into the 18th backed up by an extremely well judged downhill birdie putt was enough for Beard to claim victory. The women’s championship did not have the same drama as Wenyung Keh showed her liking for the Whakatane links to claim a 5 shot victory. Pictured above are tournament winners Hayden Beard and Wenyung Keh. Keh starred at the 2011 Toro Interpro-

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6th 303 Chantelle Cassidy (Putaruru) 79 78 72 74 7th 306 Brydie Hodge (Levin) 73 81 77 75 8th 307 Joanna Kim (Manukau) 73 81 79 74 9th =308 Grace Senior (Wairakei) 83 76 73 76 Tyla Kingi (Opotiki) 72 83 74 79

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Men (Par 70) 1st 268 Hayden Beard (Mt.Maunganui) 69 61 69 69. 2nd 268 Peter Lee (Rotorua) 65 69 66 68 3rd = 271 Nick Voke (Manukau) 65 71 67 68 Brent McEwan (Otago) 67 67 68 69 5th = 274 Eddie Burgess (Tauranga) 71 70 67 66 Tadhg Campbell (Muriwai) 69 68 69 68 7th =275 Nick Coxon (Narrows) 70 72 67 66 Brad Haywood (New Plymouth) 67 73 68 67 Jonny Ratcliffe (Akarana) 68 70 65 72 10th 276 Lachie McDonald (Marton) 67 71 67 71 Women (Par 73) 1st 286 Wenyung Keh (Pakuranga) 73 71 69 73 2nd 291 Sai Ma (North Shore) 72 72 75 72 3rd 296 Munchin Keh (Titirangi) 75 76 74 71 4th =298 Jesse Hamilton (Maungakiekie) 76 78 70 74 Hanna Seifert (Lochiel) 73 75 74 76

OHOPE WIN HANDICAP PENNANTS THE results are in for this winter interclub competition with Ohope victorious over Opotiki to take out the Laing Trophy. Pictured are members of the winning Ohope team, Lindsay Kerr, Kyle Bond, John Dawe, Bill Burt, Terry Bowe, Rick Morris, Merv Green and Ray Owens.

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BEATING YOUR AGE 78 year old Tauranga golfer Ray Pittams celebrated recently his 51st time at shooting below his age with a 77 off the stick at his home Gate Pa course. Ray who at his best got down to a 6 handicap now plays off 9 or 10 and regularly proves he still has what it takes!

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The tournament included great prizes, with the majority being donated by companies around the Mt Maunganui area. Pictured above is couple Kerry and Trevor Lee, who won the auction for the Lydia Ko Signed Shirt. Pictured right is a before and after shot of Mike Pearson (Omanu) who raised $400 to have his head shave, for a very worth cause. In total, an estimated $8,000 was raised on the day for the Mainfreight Cure Kids Charity. 

Inglewood golfer Kerry Otene (72-70142) took out the Matt Cleaver Excaxating 36 hole Classic played at the Te Ngutu Golf Club in mid August. Otene shot an even par total to beat Joseph Doyle (75-69-144) and Jamie Reid (71-73-144) by two shots. Manaia’s Holly Winter (78-68-146) blitzed the women’s field, finishing 17 shots clear of Celeste McLean (81-82-163). The best men’s net in the Crowded House Taranaki Tour event went to David Simpson from Pungarehu who shot two rounds of 73 off his seven handicap for a 36 hole net total of 132, two shots clear of Pop Edgecombe (66-68-134) from Te Ngutu. The best women’s net score went to Claudia Munro (69-81-150) from Manaia.

Other leading men’s gross scores:Jarron Pittams (73-73-146), Ethan Jones (74-75-149), Murray Martin (73-76-149), Michael Sharp (73-77150), Tyla Otene (78-74-152), Neil Bryant (80-73-153), Aaron Mathieson (78-75-153), Kevan Murrell (77-76153), Tim White (75-78-153).

HAYWARD 4th IN STROKEPLAY Taranaki’s number one amateur male golfer Brad Hayward (71-69-77-73-290) finished fourth equal in the North Harbour Strokeplay Championship played at the Muriwai Links course in West Auck-

land in mid August. Hayward led after the opening 36 holes but fell off the pace on the final day to post a two over par total for the 72 hole event to finish 10 shots behind the tournament winner Peter Lee (70-7270-68-280) from Rotorua.

TE NGUTU PENNANT CHAMPS Te Ngutu are the 2013 Taranaki women’s weekend golf pennant champions. The five strong side of Gwyneth MacDonald, Donna Kerehoma, Adrienne Johnson, Kaye-Maree Mihaljevich and Erin Wilsonwon the competition for the first time. Several teams were in contention going into the final round with the Te Ngutu side finishing on 13 points, one point clear of Manukorihi who won a four team play-off to claim second place.

KAITAKE SENIORS TOURNAMENT A total of 61 players (9 ladies) turned out on a fine day, to play in the take Seniors Monthly Tournament last month. Scoring was low overall, with the mens monthly button being won by Merv Dew with 40 stableford points. The Ladies button was not contested.


Ladies:Sharyn Newsome (Fitzroy) 35 points, Pauline Gray (Kaitake) 34 points, helen Beaurepaire (Urenui) 32 points. Senior Men:Merv Dew (Inglewood) 40 points, Lloyd Phillips (Fitzroy)37 points, Ross Fah (Kaitake) 35 points, Peter Greer (Urenui) 32 points. Intermediate Men:Brian Venables (Westown) 37 points, Wayne Seed (Urenui) 36 points, Don Sole (Inglewood) 36 points, Pat Carr (Westown) 36 points, Alban Reid (Kaitake) 35 points, Ken Green (Urenui) 35 points. Junior Men:John Hymers (Urenui) 38 points, Brian Phelan (Westown) 35 points, Les Chainey (Urenui) 35 points, Mario Marinovich (Westown) 35 points.

PUMAS MAINTAIN RECORD The Taranaki Golf Centre Pumas maintained their unbeaten record in the Bunnings Taranaki Golf senior men’s matchplay competition with a 5-3 win over the Revital Fertiliser Coasters at New Plymouth in mid August. The Pumas charge was led by Chad Quinney who has a perfect record of five winds at number seven. Michael Sharp (number five) and Bernie Smith (number three) both chimed in with wins for the Pumas while Murray Martin



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HOLE IN ONE FOR CROSSAN It took 40 years but New Plymouth Golf Club member Peter Crossan has now crossed it off his golf bucket wish list – the 11 handicapper scored his first hole in August at his home course when he used a five iron to ace the 146 metre par three ninth hole. Crossan went onto record a gross 79 and the feat also completed a Crossan trifecta with older brother Don and younger brother Grant having both achieved hole in ones.

WAVERLEY TAKES OUT TITLES In a tense battle of wits, the Waverley Men’s Handicap team came from behind to claim its first Dow-Agro Taranaki Men’s Handicap Pennants golf title on the Te Ngutu links. Playing against Westown Club, after the morning foursome session Waverley were 2/1 down and needing win at least four out of the six afternoon singles matches to secure the title. Waverley then went on to win the required four matches to clinch the title. Following on from the Men’s win the Women’s team went on to play in their respective pennants final day. In weather that was wet and cold the Women travelled to Manaia Golf Club to met Urenui Golf Club in the semi final morning round. Waverley took out the win with a clean sweep of wins in the six matches. The win then put Waverley up against the Te Ngutu Wom-

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en’s team who had also won their morning semi against Westown. In the afternoon, the weather deteriorated further but Waverley came though with a 5/1 victory. This is the Women’s eight Handicap Pennants title however this is the first time that both the Men’s and Women’s teams have taken their respective titles in the same year. A feat that the club is celebrating in style.


Manaia Golf Club is situated on Bennett Drive, 15kms west of Hawera along Surf Highway 45 on the southern boundary of the Manaia Township. Located in the heart of prime dairy land with great Mountain views, this 18 hole easy walking Men’s 5469m par 71 and ladies 4871m par 72 course offers golfers an interesting and pleasant challenge. The Manaia Redoubt and an historic Maori Pa are located within the golf course along with a walkway which meanders through the course and along the banks of the Waiokura Stream. Visitors welcome, no tee booking required however please confirm course availability. Catering and the clubhouse are available for outside functions and Corporate Tour-

naments. Campervan facilities are also available. Manaia runs a very successful Junior Programme with two girls currently in the NZ development squad, as well as the following regular events; Saturday- Men’s Day; Tuesdays- Ladies Day, 9 and 18 holes; Sundays- Junior Coaching. Their monthly tournament is held the last Wednesday of every month tee off from 9am, with an $8 entry. Below are current subscription prices, please note however that subscriptions are subject to change. Monthly payment schemes are available. Full Subscription (Men and Ladies) $520; Limited $400; First Year $275; 9 Hole $275; Junior (Under 18) $180; Country Member $150; Secondary Student $60; Primary Student $30; Daylight savings $250. For any further information, please contact the club at P.O Box 117 Manaia, phone (06) 274 8325, or email manaia@golf. 




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As one of the top 10 club courses in New Zealand, Hastings Golf Club is unquestionably the premier 18 hole course on the east coast of the North Island. Located in a stunning, tranquil setting in the heart of Hawke’s Bay, Hastings Golf Club enjoys exceptional views of the Ruahine Ranges, and impeccable championship course conditions. Hastings Golf Club is only 10 minutes away from Havelock North and Hastings, and a leisurely 20 minute drive from Napier. Club and cart hire is available, as well as a fully stocked Pro Shop and gourmet cafe. Hawke’s Bay enjoys one of the finest climates in New Zealand. Come and enjoy a sun-soaked challenging round of golf at one of the best courses in the region. Please visit our website www.hastingsgolfclub. for more details. Everyone welcome!

HASTINGS SENIORS OPEN Hastings Golf Club invite you to participate in their annual Hastings Seniors Open Tournament. Taking place from 27th – 29th September, this tournament is always popular and places fill up quickly! Anyone over the age of 50 is eligible to enter, and it is only $45 per person. 54 Hole Stableford and Gross Competition for the Men, and 54 Hole Stableford Competition for the Women. Lots of prizes up for grabs! Caravan sites are also available, upon request – for only $15 per night. Please contact Hastings Golf Club for more information on or call 06 879 7206.

FABULOUS FAIRWAY FASHION Over 100 ladies were wined and dined, and treated to a spectacular fashion show at Hastings Golf Club on August 21. “It was a marvellous evening, fun atmosphere and gave our members the opportunity to check out the latest fashions in golf,” says Brett Allan, event organiser and Hastings Pro. Hastings Golf Club and SpecialTee Golf organised ‘Fashion for the Fairways’ as a unique and memorable night out for their lady members. “Every golfer wants to look smart and stylish when she is driving, chipping or putting. This event was all about looking glam and sophisticated – both on and off the course!” says Brett. “We showcased upto-the-minute fashion trends in golf attire – the designs were hot off the press! The feminine clothing that was on display was both contemporary and sophisticated.” Fashion in golf has evolved significantly in recent years. As a sport which is traditionally steeped in tradition, it has advanced from the ‘bulky and dated’ look to that of ‘comfortable and fashionable’ attire. “With high profile golfers as role models, such as Lydia Ko, the shift is more visible towards trendier and more fashionable golf outfits. It was marvellous that we could showcase the latest fashions in a fun night out,” says Brett. ‘Fashion for the Fairways’ was held in the clubhouse at Hastings Golf Club, overlooking their stunning course. Some lucky

ladies walked away with some wonderful prizes, including hampers and hairdressing vouchers, donated by the event sponsors. Everyone also enjoyed a delicious meal thanks to the talented onsite chef at the club. “We made good sales on the night, and possibly even enticed a few new members to join the club!” says Brett. “The event was very successful for our club’s exposure in the community.” Hastings Golf Club would like to thank their event sponsors; Milton Andrews Hairdressers, Trinity Hill Winery, Grande Gourmet and Hughes & Smythe Pharmacy. 

MANAWATU WANGANUI GOLF TRAIL MANAWATU WANGANUI VS WELLINGTON As has been the trend in recent years the Match vs Wellington was played on a very wet day at Levin Golf club in early August. The morning round in the end was very close with the Manawatu/Wanganui Juniors winning 5 – 1 and the Masters winning 4 – 2. A slightly weakened Manawatu Senior line up without NZ reps Josh Munn and Tyler Hodge, surprisingly went down 8.5 – 3.5. The Wellington players were showing some very good form, and clearly did not want to lose the trophy two years in a row. The home women also battled hard but trailed 5.5 – 2.5 after the morning. Some good results from some of the women was very positive, with a battling half by Amber Rose Thompson Newth and wins to Leanne Corbett and Jenny Ritchie the highlight. Emma Clayton also took National Rep Julianne Alvarez to the final hol. The total after the morning was 17 – 15 to Wellington, but still anyone’s match. The Home Junior and Masters teams with the home Senior Men and Women were looking to reverse the result from the morning. After 13 holes the home Senior Men were ahead in 7 of the 12 matches. From Manawatu/Wanganui team Trent Munn and Ewan Westergaard were both all square heading down the last, both had birdie putts holed by their opposition to swing those matches, while Josh Sedgewick and Guy Perry also had their matches swing late in the round to their opposition. In the end the home Seniors were again handed an 8.5 – 3.5 defeat by Wellington. The Wellington Junior Boys team

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WELLINGTON AND MARLBOROUGH HALVE MARWELL CUP The annual Marlborough – Wellington match for the Marwell Cup was conclude at Shandon in August with a thrilling finish

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TOWN VS COUNTRY The annual Town & Country fixture was held last month at Waimakariri Gorge Golf Club. Unfortunately due to inclement weather conditions, only the morning round was played. The Senior Men was won by Town 7 – 5, the Town Juniors prevailed 6½ – 1½ and the Men’s Masters was also won by Town 4 – 2.





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coming down to the last putt on the 18th green where Wellington’s James Jennings had a 12ft putt for par to halve his match and give Wellington the win, however the putt slid past and Marlborough’s Steve McCaa safely 2 putted to secure the win and a halved result for Marlborough. The Saturday morning foursomes started well for Marlborough with them taking a 3.5 to 1.5 lead over Wellington. Wellington’s only win was from the Miramar combo of Brad Rowland & Ryan Western. Wellington made some headway into the Marlborough lead in the pm reverse singles by winning by the narrowest margins of 5.5 to 4.5. Leaving Marlborough with a narrow 8-7 overnight lead. Wellington needing to win the Sunday am singles by 5.5-4.5 to retain the Marwell Cup and did exactly that with the result not being secured until the last 2 matches on course were completed. Wellington’s captain Brad Rowland lead from the front winning all of his 3 matches and Mike Trass and Kerry Mountcastle also remained unbeaten in their singles matches, and a halved their foursomes match.

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Sir Bob Charles returns to host the Sir Bob Charles Tournament at Masterton Golf Club on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27. Sir Bob’s original club that helped launch him on the world’s golfing stage will hold 36 hole tournament over 2 days open to all golfers. The tournament will include 18 holes played on Saturday, followed by a special dinner with Sir Bob Charles and Lady Verity and other surprise guests, and finish with the final 18 holes on Sunday. Places are limited so please register early. For more details visit or contact 


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The Town Junior team pictured is, Jarrod Satherely, Jacob Roberts, Henry Bryden, Jimmy Philip, Reid Hilton, Lewis Gillon, Adam Vining and Connor McFadzien.

KIM RECORDS FIRST PRO WIN Former Canterbury and NZ Rep Dana Kim recorded her first professional win on the Korean LPGA Tour recently. Dana spent her formative golfing years in Christchurch before leaving to pursue a pro career in 2009. Dana Kim stayed true to her vow of remaining cool under pressure last month as the South Korean fired a final round 73 to claim her first victory as a pro at the US$500,000 Kumho Tires Ladies Open in Shandong province. Holding a one-stroke lead going into the final round at Weihai Point Hotel and Golf Resort in the joint-sanctioned event between the China LPGA Tour and the LPGA Tour of Korea, the 24-year-old Seoul native finished at 8-under 208 for a one-shot victory and the US$88,000 first prize.


COURSE SET TO BECOME REALITY The new Whisper Creek Golf Resort in Spencerville is set to become reality with developers saying 18 holes will be playable in three years time. The Nick Faldo/Kristine Kerr design will be a “TPC” international standard course at 6650 metres, but will have five tee blocks per hole to accommodate all players. Facilities will include a two-storey 30 bay practice range building along with a 325 metre driving range. The following is courtesy of The proposed $160 million Christchurch golf academy and residential resort near Spencerville on the north-eastern outskirts of Christchurch has been given the green light and developers are hopeful that physical work can start in the next few months. While there are still resource consents to be gained, ECAN’s withdrawal of an appeal against the Christchurch City Council’s acceptance of Private Plan Change 45 allows the development to go ahead on the 160-hectare site.

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WOMEN’S METRO PENNANTS The Metro Women’s Mid-week and Weekend Pennant series have been completed last month and the winners of each section will play-off to find the finalist to contest the provincial finals. In the midweek section, Otago 2 were winners over Otago1, on a holes countback after both teams finished with 10 points and 131/2 games. The weekend section was awarded to Belleknowes, who finished on 9 points, tied with Chisholm Park Orange but ahead on game count by 161/2 to 16. The weekend section were unable to complete all of the rounds in the competition when weather intervened on three separate attempts to get the final round played.

CROMWELL & ARROWTOWN TIED After the winter recess, the second half of the 2013 Central Otago Inter-club competition kicked off at Cromwell last month Cromwell led the competition after 4 rounds and, with the second half of the season starting out on home turf, there was every reason to expect that lead to open up further. However, the home team faltered and allowed last years winners Arrowtown to draw level with 3 rounds to play. Wanaka won the day at Cromwell, catching up some 12 strokes on the leaders and occupying 4th place on the table, just behind Queenstown.

Following are the results of the Roxburgh 4BBB Stableford, on August 22.

Leading scores:1st Veda Troup and Coreen Halder 53; 2nd Margaret Gordon and Debbie Knapp (Omakau) 50; 3rd Penny Jennings and Zeta Burgess (Arrowtown) 49; 4th Janis Steel (Waikaka) and Kate Cross (Waik) 48 on c/b; 5th Bev Reid (Clinton) and Alexa Wallace (Clinton) 48 on c/b; 6th Heather Hiscock and Pauline Bain 48; McKenzie on Scotland NTP #18 Open Zeta Burgess (Arrowtown; NTP #10 OpenKaren Peters (Lawrence); NTP 2nd shot on #7Janis Steel (Waikaka); Longest Putt on #17Karen Peters (Lawrence); Longest Drive on # 1Barbara Chapman (Lawrence)

Alison Perkins and Neville Hazlett have been crowned the top local pair in the T4BBB Nett Tournament at Roxburgh Golf Club, on August 23. Keith Brownlie (Island Pk) and Stew Brownlie (Port Ch) took out the top visitor pair title. The event was sponsored by Ellison Aluminium.

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ROXBURGH MEN’S 36 HOLE OPEN The Roxburgh Men’s 36 Hole Open Tournament was held on August 24. Pictured is the Intermediate Championship winner, Ryan Bellamy (Port Chalmers) and Junior Championship winner, Peter Devine (Millbrook).

BROTHERS WIN FOURSOMES The Geary brothers, Kyle and Sean made the most of home course advantage to win the 2013 Otago foursomes championships at Chisholm Park last month. They led the field at lunch and finished the afternoon round a convincing 6 shots ahead of St Clair’s Andrew Hobbs and Stephen Hitchcox. The event was reinstated after a 13-year break, following the success of Brent McEwan and Michael Smith who won the silver medal at the national foursomes event earlier in the year. The fixture attracted a field of 106, including five women’s pairs, several of Otago’s club professionals and touring pro Mahal Pearce who teamed up with his brother Dean.


T4BBB Nett Tournament

SOUTH OTAGO CHAMPIONSHIPS The 2013 South Otago Championships were played over 18 holes at the Balclutha Golf Club in late July. As in 2012, the event was a dual senior and junior “Order of Merit” fixture and attracted a strong field of 70 players from throughout the province and beyond. Southland’s Matt Tautari (pictured) took the open title with a round of 71, three shots clear of Moxy Smith (Otago), Paul Davis (Balclutha) and Antony McCullough (Chisholm Park).

Nett Richard Bell (Otakau) 62; pm 1st r/up Nett Liam Judkins (Queenstown) 63; pm 2nd r/up Nett David Parker (Roxburgh) 64 on c/b

Players are from Roxburgh Golf Club unless stated. Top Local Pair Alison Perkins and Neville Hazlett 49 Top Visitor Pair Keith Brownlie (IslandPk) and Stew Brownlie (Port Ch) 54 2 Ritchie McNeish and Kathryn McNeish 49 on c/b 3 Rosemary Macnicol and Fred Parker (Heriot) 49 4 Kevin Shaw (Taieri) and Margaret Gordon 50 5 Dennis Mullally (Alex) and Gray Pannett 53 on c/b 6 Veda Troup and Jape Wanoa 53 7 Ann Hill and Margaret Deans 54 on c/b 8 Keith Brownlie (IslandPk) and Stew Brownlie (Port Ch) 54 9 Stephen Jenson and Peter Devine (Millbrook) 55 on c/b NTP #10 Women: Theresa White (Taieri) NTP #13 Men: Kiel Sheridan (St Clair) NTP Open #18: Adrian Crawford (Allan Grange) 


Results:Senior Championship:Senior Champion Brent McEwan (St Clair) 128; R/up Champion Mike Smith (Otago)132; am Nett Michael Ormondy (North Otago) 67 on c/b; am 1st r/up Nett M Tautari (Queens Park) 67 on c/b; am 2nd r/up Nett Simon Boland (Queenstown) 67; pm Nett Chadol Han (Queenstown) 65; pm 1st r/up Nett Kevin Clark (Queenstown) 66; pm 2nd r/up Nett Jamie Antiss (Otago) 67 on c/b Intermediate Championship:Intermediate Champion Ryan Bellamy (Port Chalmers) 140 on c/b; R/up Champion Granville Joynes (Arrowtown) 140 on c/b; am Nett Glen Spears (Otakau) 65; am 1st r/up Nett Phil McLean (Roxburgh) 66; am 2nd r/up Nett Brett Patterson (Arrowtown) 67 on c/b; pm Nett Nelson Youston (Island Park) 65 on c/b; pm 1st r/up Nett Kris Rush (North Otago) 65 on c/b; pm 2nd r/up Nett Josh Bailey (Queenstown) 65 Junior Championship:Junior Champion Peter Devine (Millbrook) 148; R/ up Champion Terry Kim (Queenstown) 151; am Nett Keith Brownlie (Island Park) 61; am 1st r/up Nett Logan Dunlop (North Otago) 65 on c/b; am 2nd r/up Nett Shane Hutchison (Queens Park) 65 on c/b; pm


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• $79 FREE busperson ex Melbourne metro area OR $30 per room petrol rebate per per day twin share • On Course accommodation all on ground level. Central to all Murray Courses Genuine All Inclusive • Self-serve, eat as much as you like, GOLF PACKAGE Buffet Continental Breakfast. Club evening dinners metro area OR $30 per room petrol rebate ••FREE bus ex Melbourne • Unlimited golf each day all (conditions • On Course accommodation on ground apply level. at some clubs). •Central Non golfers deduct $30 per day. to all Murray Courses Single Supplement extra per day. ••Self-serve, eat as much$20 as you like, Continental •Buffet Upgrade to Spa Breakfast. Room or Cooked Breakfast • Club evening dinners Only $7.00 per person per day! ••Unlimited golf each day–(conditions FREE Golf Prizes min. groupapply of 12at some clubs). ••Non golfers deduct $30 perHOLIDAYS day. WEEKENDS & PUBLIC • Single Supplement $20 extra per day. $10 extra day Breakfast • Upgrade to per Spa person Room orper Cooked •Only FREE Access $7.00Internet per person per day! • FREE Golf Prizes – min. group of 12 • WEEKENDS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS $10 extra per person per day • FREE Internet Access

All Murray Courses below available on our package All Murray Courses below SYDNEY


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family business foryears 15 years AA family runrun business for 18 A family run business forValue 15Value years Best Service & Best Guaranteed Best Service & Best Guaranteed Best Service & Best Value Guaranteed

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Tel: 03Fax: 5873●00613 4477 ● 5873 Fax: 4511 034511 5873 4511 Tel: 03 5873 4477 Fax: 03 5873 Golf Course Rd, Barooga NSW Golf Course Rd, Barooga NSW visit our website Contact or visitorour website


Stunning world class golf resort

Play & Stay Special

Restaurant & Bar

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Black Tee Challenge 1st Friday every month

Cost $79.00 pp Cost $218.00 pp

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