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NZ Golf launches new LOVE Golf campaign LOVE Golf ambassadors Lydia Ko and All Black Israel Dagg. Photo: Love Golf Campaign


t began with the now world-famous #KogoesPro video with Lydia Ko and All Black Israel Dagg and now New Zealand Golf launches the LOVE Golf campaign. It is the first time that New Zealand Golf has undertaken a nationwide promotion of golf with the aim of the campaign to drive people towards golf club membership and to also promote participation and change perceptions of the national game. Ko and Dagg, who featured in the video, which attracted more than 110,000 views on YouTube and global media interest, are the first of many LOVE Golf ambassadors of people from all walks of life. Jan Rowsell, the Marketing Manager of New Zealand Golf, told Golfer Pacific she hoped that the campaign would be a landmark promotion for golf in New Zealand “We have been working really hard over the last 12 months with the LOVE Golf campaign and we are really excited to launch this initiative which has the potential to change the way people perceive golf,” she said. Rowsell believed the key to the LOVE Golf campaign will be its longevity. “To have an impact of the casual player in New Zealand the LOVE Golf campaign will be on going and have a long term focus of building golf club membership and making the game we all love sustainable for the future.” Rowsell, who has recently taken up golf membership herself after a hockey career that included representing NZ, said there have been challenges in running a nationwide campaign that works for all clubs. “We are fortunate to have many different and unique courses in New Zealand however this creates its challenges when trying to do something nationally that can work for everyone. “Flexibility within the campaign was therefore the key to its success and getting support from the clubs. Feedback so far has been very positive that we have achieved this.” The LOVE Golf website has been created and is designed to be light-hearted, fun and welcoming and to show people just how affordable and accessible being a member of a golf club is. “It highlights how affordable golf can be if you break

membership down to a weekly fee, as gym membership does,” said Rowsell. “The website will also show the public how many different types of membership offerings are available at each club, giving the likes of those with busy schedules and young children the chance to look at memberships that are more tailored to their lifestyle.” The LOVE Golf website will make getting into golf a simple process with a search tool for people to search for memberships and offers.

Every club that signs up for the LOVE Golf campaign will offer golfers an introductory offer of three rounds of golf and a lesson with the club professional (if applicable). Golf clubs will receive access to a LOVE Golf tool kit where they will be able to change out stock imagery for their own use providing clubs with professional marketing collateral which is tailored to their own needs and different offerings. The LOVE Golf brand, which will be used on merchandise, is already in demand and this merchandise will be available soon. Ko and Dagg proved to be the ideal ambassadors for LOVE Golf with their natural camaraderie and banter which many casual golfers can relate to. “We were fortunate to get such a great response to the video we made with Lydia and Israel as our LOVE Golf ambassadors. The chemistry between the two is great and they tell the story of how much fun golf can be and how it can be played by all abilities. “We’re looking forward to adding more LOVE Golf ambassadors from all walks of life as the campaign rolls out and will be looking to use social media as the primary driver to again tell all the wonderful stories about the love of golf.” To view your Golf membership requirements go to

The LOVE Golf website has been created and is designed to be light-hearted, fun and welcoming and to show people just how affordable and accessible being a member of a golf club is.

Golf is fun, for all ages: youth, men and women at all levels of golf skill. Experience Golf, contact your local Golf Club today, they will have a membership package to meet your budget. LOVE GOLF Promotion • March 2014  Great benefits to join your local Golf club



Introductory offer 3 rounds of golf. Value will be deducted from initial subscription should you wish to join ($60 value). club MeMbershIps: ·$745 full playing Men & Women ·$745 Mid Week Men & Women ·$375 9 hole ·$375 country ·$349 summer (oct-March incl) ·$275 under 23 ·$140 under 18 ·$60 Kiwi back 9 ·$25 social Member

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Introductory offer

3 rounds of golf. on taking up a membership the $75 for introductory offer will be deducted from your first 12-months membership subscription. club MeMbershIps:

• $4440 ($85.38pw) Corporate • $1175 ($22.60pw) Full Playing • $875 ($16.83pw) Weekday • $670 ($12.88pw) Weekday Veteran • $462 ($8.88pw) Junior J23 • $447 ($8.60pw) Women 9 hole • $374 ($7.19pw) Restricted • $312 ($6.00pw) Junior J21 • $253 ($4.87pw) Junior J18 • $130 ($2.50pw) Junior J16 • $115 ($2.21pw) Social Golf Member • $75 ($1.44pw) Junior Restricted



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2 free rounds of Golf and 1 x 30 minute professional golf lesson. If you decide to join then the value will be deducted off your initial subscription. Booking is essential and this voucher must be presented to the Pro shop. cluB MeMBershIPs:

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• $1145 ($22.02pw) Full Playing • $720 ($13.85pw) Twelve Hole Member • $560 ($10.77pw) Overseas Visitor • $500 ($9.62pw) Social Playing • $495 ($9.52pw) Secondary Member • $440 ($8.46pw) Seasonal Resident Member • $200 ($3.85pw) Junior Full Playing • $100 ($1.92pw) Junior

About Judgeford Golf Club Judgeford is located just 25 minutes drive from the CBD, between Paremata and the Hutt Valley, on State Highway 58. We are fortunate to enjoy a unique micro-climate in terms of weather patterns where often the weather variables are subtly different from the prevailing conditions in surrounding areas. Course Features The course is set amongst rolling picturesque countryside with easy walking, tree-lined fairways. Twelve holes are located on one side of State Highway 58, the first seven presenting more of a challenge with undulating slopes and elevated tees. A further six holes, located

across the road (accessed by underground walkway) feature a flatter layout with some elevated tees. Off course practice facilities include a four bay driving net area, a practice green with bunker facility and a new putting green. Club Features The clubhouse, overlooking the first tee and the 18th green, provides a wonderful relaxing venue after your game. Cafe and bar services are available 7 days a week through VIP Home Services. A separate gaming room is available. The Club runs a well stocked shop of golf accessories, clothing, drinks and food. The shop also provides hire clubs, trundlers and 7 motorised carts Ray Lash (04) 235 7633

About Muriwai Golf Links The Muriwai Golf Club is less than 40 minutes from the Auckland CBD, travelling the North Western State Highway 16, at Waimauku turn left on Muriwai Road towards the Muriwai surf beach. First established in 1956 opened for play 1960 and redeveloped 1999/2003. A true links course situated on the ruggedly beautiful west coast. The club offers casual golf along with full membership options, to play Muriwai is to play golf as the game was intended. Course Features The Muriwai Golf Links is constructed on the rolling black iron sand dunes of the Muriwai Beach, fully irrigated for su-

perb playing conditions in the summer months and dry underfoot conditions in the winter. The subtleties of the undulating fairways and greens challenge golfers of all ability. To play Muriwai is to play the game as nature intended. Coaching, Lessons & Club Features Coaching available from NZGA Professional Gary Parkinson, this can be arranged by contacting our Golf Shop. Muriwai offers full practice facilities including driving range, short game range, practice bunkers, chipping green and putting green. Be sure to visit the club house and cafe for an excellent range of catering options. Ray Barnett (09) 411 8454

About Mt Maunganui Golf Club Mt Maunganui Golf Club is situated in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand. Mt Maunganui is New Zealand’s favourite summer holiday destination with a white sandy beach, and a safe sheltered inner harbour beach. Mount Maunganui (The Mount 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. Course Features The Mt Maunganui Golf Course offers

a challenge to all levels of golf and is aesthetically pleasing to play. After your game there is an opportunity to relax with a drink and enjoy, have a snack or meal from our cafe’ in the superbly designed clubhouse which gives a 180 degree view of the course from all lounges. Take advantage of a course that has hosted many top amateur and professional events, which has included during the 1970’s and 1980’s PGA sanctioned tour events, 2002 Asia Pacific Championship and more recently the 2012 New Zealand Men’s and Women’s Amateurs. Brian Jopson (07) 572 7044

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Introductory offer

3 rounds of golf. full Memberships from just $365. Bookings required 09 2334038 cluB MeMBershIps:

• $630 ($12.12pw) Full Playing Men - ACE • $630 ($12.12pw) Full Playing Women - ACE • $580 ($11.15pw) Vet Full Playing • $365 ($7.02pw) EAGLE • $350 ($6.73pw) 9 Hole Member - BIG BIRDIE • $350 ($6.73pw) Intermediate • $350 ($6.73pw) Vet 9 Hole • $315 ($6.06pw) Country • $90 ($1.73pw) Junior • $55 ($1.06pw) Junior Summer



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3 rounds of golf & 1 coaching lesson. to be played after 3.30pm in weekends, outside of club competitions and made by phoning 09 294 8810 to make a booking.


club MeMbershIps: • $1250 ($24.04pw) Full Member to 31 August 2015 • $1030 ($19.80pw) Midweek Member to 31 August 2015 • $695 ($13.37pw) Nine Hole Members • $625 ($12.02pw) Summer Member • $295 ($5.67pw) Limited please note: both full and Midweek memberships offer 2 complementary rounds at 5 other Auckland & Waikato clubs per year.


About Onewhero Golf Club Only 10 minutes from Mercer on SH1 and 40 minutes south of Auckland, the Onewhero Golf Club lies in a rural setting just south of Pukekawa. The mature 18 hole course is tree-lined and always well-groomed, with challenging water holes. Visitors have often stated that this is one of the most well-kept courses in Auckland. The volcanic free-draining terrain ensures that the course is truly playable all year and is rarely closed. Course Features The many tree-lined fairways and areas of native bush add to the beauty of the course and ensure that golfers are pre-

sented with a solid but fair challenge; an abundance of native birdlife (such as fantails) will also keep you entertained. Coaching, Lessons & Club Features Hire equipment and carts are available from our well stocked pro shop open 7 days a week. You can enjoy a drink and a meal in the two-storey clubhouse which overlooks the picturesque 18th green and beyond, with excellent catering and bar facilities- open on club and tournament days, weekends, public holidays and by arrangement with the Club. Also available are practice nets, practice hole, putting green, with equipment and carts for hire. Shereen Mamode (09) 2334038

About Pukekohe Golf Club This offer is about getting you to Pukekohe to enjoy the experience that we can enjoy every day. It will enable you to enjoy, what independent golfers have said, is one of the best courses in Auckland. Once started we can offer you a range of membership options will make it an easy decision to join our club. Course Features The course has 18 holes in a Parklands style layout with 80 year old trees typically aligning each fairway. These are complemented by three lakes around the course and a stream along the Northern boundary. Further, there will

be many birds including Wood Pigeon, Tuis, Fantails and the like to accompany you as you enjoy our golfing experience. Coaching, Lessons & Club Features The facilities at the club include a practice fairway and a 3 bay practice net to get you warmed up before you play one of the four tee set ups to suit your golfing ability. You will start your game at the proshop where AAA PGA rated professionals will welcome you, assist you with getting your playing card and ushering you to the tee. They will be able to give you lessons to help your game into the future. Enjoy a nice cool drink or snack in our cafe afterwards. Ian Litchfield (09) 294 8822





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t’s golf’s gulf. The gulf I am talking about is the massive gap between the game’s top earners and the game’s not so top earners. There was a classic example last month. Wellington golfer Gareth Paddison won the Victorian PGA in Melbourne. He beat New Zealand’s No 1 ranked player Michael Hendry into second and the field contained a host of Australia’s and New Zealand’s better golfers. It was far from the biggest golf tournament in the world but Paddison did win and you would expect a healthy return, wouldn’t you? But a healthy return it wasn’t. Paddison’s first prize was $A15,000. With the strong New Zealand dollar that converts to little more than $NZ16,000. Subtract from that figure costs such as airfares, accommodation, entry fee and general expenses and you can see there would not left over. The following week Auckland professional Ryan Fox was second in the Queensland PGA. One day he shot a brilliant nine-under par. All right, he didn’t win but once again the

The yawning gap in golf prizemoney earnings were not high at $A11,400. That’s little more than $NZ12,000. The Victorian PGA and Queensland PGA tournaments are part of the PGA Tour of Australasia. While both events carry little prizemoney they remain important to the players. Each dollar earned aids their chances of retaining the right to play on the tour the following year. And that is important for any aspiring New Zealand or Australian professional. It’s better to have a tour to play on than none at all. The Australasian Tour also provides some richer opportunities later on. It might only have 14 or so tournaments but amongst them are the New Zealand Open, the Australian PGA, the Australian Masters and the Australian Open. They all have purses of around $1 million or more. That brings me to the other end of scale. The world’s richest golf circuit is the PGA

Tour, played mainly in the United States. There’s a tournament virtually every week, not one is worth less than $A1 million, most are $US4-6 million and the PGA Championship carries prizemoney of $US10 million. Tim Wilkinson, from Palmerston North, is on the PGA Tour. The same week Paddison won $A15,000 in the Victoria PGA, Wilkinson played the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Wilkinson finished seventh. He earned $US205,000. That’s nearly $NZ250,000. That’s also golf’s gulf. But not for one moment do I begrudge Wilkinson or any golfer on the PGA Tour at the amount of money they make. It’s an extremely tough tour to compete on and any dollar earned is well earned. You have to play well just to make the cut and when you don’t make the cut your earnings are zero. Gareth Paddison’s $A15,000 is a whole lot better than zero.

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Record fifth win on Charles Tour for Holloway


awke’s Bay professional Doug Holloway became the most successful player in the history of The Charles Tour when he won the LawnMaster Classic in Palmerston North. The Charles Tour is a small circuit of New Zealand professional events of which Holloway has now won five. He had previously shared the honour of most wins with New Zealand’s No 1 player Michael Hendry. Holloway, 30, had rounds of 67, 68, 71 and 71 in the LawnMaster Classic for an 11-under par total at the Manawatu Golf Club at Hokowhitu for an impressive wireto-wire win. Holloway finished two strokes clear of Masterton professional Harry Bateman. Sharing third, one shot further back, were Southland No 1 Vaughan McCall, who claimed the leading amateur title, and South Korean professional Dongwoo Kang. Holloway’s fifth win was a long time coming. His fourth win was six years earlier when he took out the Wairakei Open for the third successive year. His other Charles Tour win came in the 2005 Taranaki Open when he was an amateur. Holloway’s first comment after the latest win was: ``It is pretty cool. I made hard work of it today at times but it is a huge thrill to win again on The Charles Tour. ``I had forgotten how hard it is to win

Charles Tour winners Charles Tour Hall of Fame – wins (men): 5 Doug Holloway 4 Michael Hendry 3 Josh Geary, Mark Purser 2 Josh Munn (a), Anthony Doyle, Troy Ropiha, Mark Brown, Fraser Wilkin 1 Ben Campbell, James Hamilton, Grant Moorhead, Nick Gillespie, Joshua Carmichael, David Klein, Jim Cusdin, Gareth Paddison, Brad Shilton, Brad Iles. over four rounds,” he joked. ``It was a tough battle but I am really pleased that when I was put under pressure this week I responded. ``It is pretty neat to get over the line again. It has been six long years since I won one of these so it’s nice to know my game is moving in the right direction again. Hopefully I can move forward from here.” Holloway spent the off-season working on his parent’s sheep and cattle farm which he said totally refreshed his mind and got him ready to compete again. It showed during the week as he handled the pressure of holding the lead after each of the four rounds. His 67 and 68 in the strong winds of the opening two rounds were superb and four shots better than the rest of the field. Bateman, one of New Zealand’s promis-

Doug Holloway’s tee shot down 18 during the LawnMaster Classic. Photo: Simon Watts/BW Media ing up-and-coming pros, made things interesting when he made birdies on Nos 13, 14 and 15 to get to nine-under par. Bateman, 23, said: ``I had a really good run there and I thought I was going to give

him (Holloway) a pretty good chase down the last few holes. ``I wanted to finish birdie-birdie to put the pressure on but he played pretty solid and deserved his win.”



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Keh sweeps to victory


unchin Keh completed a memorable come-from-behind win in the women’s section of the LawnMaster Classic at the Manawatu Golf Club in Palmerston North. Keh, 21, from the Titirangi Golf Club in Auckland, began the final round four shots back from overnight leader Tyla Kingi. But a brilliant a five-under 68 saw her sweep to victory by two strokes from Onyou Kim (Gulf Harbour). Alanna Campbell and Kingi, both from Bay of Plenty, finished in a share of third place, two shots back. Tied for fifth were Suyeon Yoon (Gulf Harbour Country Club) and Chantelle Cassidy (Cambridge). But the talking point was Keh’s round that included six birdies and a bogey to win for the third time on The Charles Tour. Keh opened with rounds of 79 and 75 and said that her dramatic improvement came down to course management. ``I played a lot smarter today,” said the New Zealand representative. ``If I got in trouble then I took my medicine. I managed to putt really well and I only dropped one shot all day. It was a good day.” Keh was in a share of the lead with Kim with three holes to play but the latter made

LawnMaster scores

Leading scores from the LawnMaster Classic at the Manawatu Golf Club at Hokowhitu in Palmerston North: Men (Par 72):277 Douglas Holloway (P) 67 68 71 71 279 Harry Bateman (P) 70 72 68 69 280 Dongwoo Kang (P, South Korea) 70 69 70 71, Vaughan McCall (Gore) 69 71 67 73 281 Dominic Barson (P) 69 73 69 70 282 Junior Tatana (Foxton) 77 70 68 67, Brad Shilton (P) 75 68 70 69 284 Jong Yup Kim (P, South Korea) 74 68 75 67 286 Woo In Park (P, South Korea) 75 72

a double bogey on the par 3 16th to put paid to her chances. Keh said after the win: ``This was definitely one of my better rounds that I have had [to win]. Having to shoot five under to be able to win, it is a good feeling.” Keh, who won two Charles Tour titles in 2013 (Muriwai Open and Carrus Open), said winning on the local tour was always a special feeling. “I didn’t play too good in the first two rounds so to come out today and post a good score to win - I am really happy. It was playing really hard in the first two rounds in the wind.” The New Zealand No 1, who is expected to represent her country at the Espirito Santo World Teams Championship in Japan in September, said it was important to get a win on the board early in the season. She made her first national appearance at the Worlds in Turkey in 2012, alongside Lydia Ko and Emily Perry, and is looking forward to playing the global amateur showpiece again. ``I am looking forward to trying to make the team. The first time around I gained so much experience so hopefully this time around I will be better prepared.”

70 69, Richard Lee (P) 69 71 75 71 287 Sam An (Titirangi) 69 73 74 71, Luke Toomey (Lochiel) 72 69 74 72 288 Josh Geary (P) 73 72 72 71, Lachie McDonald (Marton) 70 73 71 74 289 Blair Riordan (Takaka) 75 75 71 68, Joshua Munn (Manawatu) 72 75 71 71, Ryan Chisnall (Greenacres) 76 71 70 72, Shaun Jones (P) 74 70 70 75 290 Vikrant Chandra (P, Fiji) 77 74 70 69 291 Brad Hayward (New Plymouth Inc.) 74 74 73 70, Martin Pettigrew (P) 75 72 72 72 292 Grant Moorhead (P) 72 75 75 70, Tae Koh (Manukau) 75 73 72 72, Nathan Kim (Akarana) 77 72 71 72, Marc Jennings


Mun Chin Keh in the final round of the LawnMaster Classic. Photo: Simon Watts/BW Media

(Shandon) 76 71 71 74 293 Tyler Hodge (Levin Inc.) 76 72 74 71, Sanjay Modgill (Royal Wellington) 79 73 70 71, Bailey Smith (Mt Maunganui) 76 76 70 71, Victor Janin (P) 71 77 73 72, Troy Ropiha (P) 75 72 72 74, Nick Coxon (Narrows) 72 75 71 75, Bryce Mawhinney (P) 77 74 67 75, Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui) 73 75 68 77 294 Andrew Webber (P) 72 75 72 75, James Hamilton (P) 73 74 71 76 295 Thomas Lannie (P) 76 72 72 75, Cameron Jones (North Shore) 76 70 74 75 296 Ryan Leslie (Muriwai) 78 73 75 70, Russell Mitchell (Maraenui) 76 76 70 74, Joshua Carmichael (P) 77 71 73 75, Rhys

Harold (Palmerston North) 73 73 74 76 297 Tony Christie (P) 75 74 74 74, Denzel Ieremia (St. Andrews of Hamilton (Hamilton)) 77 72 72 76 298 Woonchul Na (P, South Korea) 76 73 74 75 299 Craig Hamilton (P) 75 74 75 75 300 Shaun Hewitt (P) 76 74 81 69, Jordan Dasler (P) 75 74 73 78, Michael Birchall (Manawatu) 74 75 70 81 302 Ben Slaven (Royal Wellington) 76 74 77 75, Stuart Smith (Manawatu) 81 70 75 76, Kadin Neho (Whangarei) 72 80 73 77, Leighton James (P) 80 70 74 78 Women (Par 73):295 Mun Chin Keh (Titirangi) 79 75 73 68 For all your Kean Kart, Ekart, Ranger & Sonnenschein Battery, parts, components, accessories and friendly advise, visit

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A decade at the top for McEwan in Otago By Michael Minty


he top end of the New Zealand amateur golf scene is typically dominated by the under 25 age group. But bucking that trend is Dunedin golfer Brent McEwan who has spent the best part of 10 years at the top of the tree in Otago. McEwan, 32, has won every major title in Otago - the Otago Matchplay and Strokeplay, Dunedin Strokeplay, Taieri Classic and an impressive seven North Otago Strokeplay titles, which includes six in a row. He also represented New Zealand over a decade ago and plays at St Clair Golf Club in Dunedin. At one point the Otago No 1 had a brief period in the world’s top 200 amateurs which earned him an invitation to the South Beach International Amateur at Miami Beach in the United States in 2013. But being the best golfer in Otago over a long period of time does not come easy, as every year new challengers emerge. Some are born and bred in Otago, while others come to town from elsewhere for various reasons, particularly to study at the local university. ``I like the challenge and think it’s healthy for everyone,’’ McEwan said. ``I don’t feel like I own the number one spot, but definitely not keen on losing it anytime soon.’’ McEwan had his challengers in the past, in particular Thomas Campbell and Duncan Croudis who both represented Otago with him. Campbell and Croudis had the potential to push for the No 1 spot had they not taken up scholarships in the United States. Croudis is playing college golf for Iowa State University while Campbell is now playing professionally on a third tier tour in the US. On a national level, McEwan has regularly figured highly. He is one of few Otago golfers to travel north seeking another level of competition. His accurate driving ability and precise short game means he is consistently on the pace against the best in the country. ``I’m never too far away and very rarely have any blow-out weeks. You see some guys shoot 15 under one week and then 15 over the next. I’m normally not too far

Brent McEwan. Photo: Supplied away from a decent result.” It hasn’t always been plain sailing though. In 2008 he was dropped from the Interprovincial team after some indiscretions including missing a tee time in the first round of the 2008 Otago Matchplay But in 2009, the desire to get back on track left him hungrier than ever, not just to make the team again but regain the No 1 spot. ``It was a learning curve, it could have gone two ways, I could have thought stuff this and gone on to do different things with my life or I could learn from my experience and how it made me feel and set better examples for people to follow. ``I’m sure everybody has made a mistake at some stage in their life. I got over it, learnt from the experience and moved on.” Ironically one of selectors that sacked

him from the Interprovincial team was Alan Rose who is now his coach, though McEwan says Rose is used more in a consulting role than concentrating on the technical side of the golf swing. ``I bounce ideas off him. I mostly look after myself nowadays, [I’m] not as worried about my technique as when I was younger. I have my basics pretty well under control and concentrate more on getting the ball around the course. ``I think people get too worried about technique at times, get your basics right and the rest just happens, keep a clear mind.” McEwan has not ruled out having a crack at the professional ranks. However he realises that finances may only give him one opportunity. He says if he goes down this path then ideally he wants to commit fully

I don’t feel like I own the number one spot, but definitely not keen on losing it anytime soon.’

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to a year of practice. ``The desire to turn pro is always there, I would seriously consider it if I ran into some money. Before I even contemplated turning pro though, there would need to be a full year’s practice to get myself up to a competitive level before qualifying school.” But any future plans to turn professional will be put on hold in the meantime as he and fiancée Shannon plan their wedding for August, while also sharing nappy duty with their 16-month old son Jordan. ``It’s definitely tough at times giving everything the appropriate amount of time but my work has been very good towards my time off. ``Shannon does a fantastic job with our wee man (Jordan) while I’m away and I know it’s tough on her sometimes not having me around, but she is very supportive of my golf.” Despite having little time to practice, he makes the most of his down time. ``I would really like to be able to put a lot more time into it, the only practice I get to do is in my lunch breaks and maybe the odd daylight saving night once Jordan has gone to bed. ``I’m a competitive person and I still see room for improvement. While my body allows me to keep playing the amount of top level golf that is required and the desire is still there I’ll continue to play representative golf.” McEwan looks set be an asset to Otago golf for many years to come, with his experience both on and off the course. He believes the key ingredient to success is a good balance in life, in particular for students finishing high school and entering their next chapter in life. ``The balance between golf and social life can be very tough in your late teens, early twenties, your just starting to make a pathway for your life. ``Friends go in different directions and it is only natural you want to dip your toes in all areas. I encourage people to have a social life away from golf and work, if that is playing a social sport or going for a beer with your mates, everyone needs a release. ``It just has to be made with smart choices, know what works for you. Sometimes you will make mistakes along the way, but learn from them.”

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Ko bows to Lee’s score of life in NZ Open


n outstanding course record by Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea thwarted Lydia Ko’s bid to win the New Zealand Women’s Open for the second year in a row. Ko won the tournament in 2013 and looked poised to repeat the dose heading into the last of the three rounds at the Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch. But the party for the local heroine was spoiled by Lee who shot the round or her life to score an amazing nine-under par. She beat Ko by one stroke. Lee, 20, was eight shots from the lead when she began the final round and had not previously won as a professional. The final threesome of Ko and Americans Beth Allen and Anya Alvarez all had the chance to force a playoff on the 54th hole but Allen and Alvarez missed the green and Ko missed her birdie chance from 25 feet. Meanwhile Lee was on the practice putting green, preparing for a play-off when she was informed by her father that she was the New Zealand Open champion. ``I came around to the clubhouse and my dad said `You won’ because Lydia missed a birdie putt and I cannot believe,” Lee recalled. She was surrounded by her former Korean amateur team-mates who poured water

Lydia Ko during Round 3 of the New Zealand Open. Photo: Simon Watts/BW Media over her head and then moments later Ko gave her a hug to congratulate her on her come-from-behind win that earned her the first prize of 30,000 euros ($NZ50,000). Lee said she did not believe she had a chance to win when she began the final round. Her 63 – which included seven bird-

ies and an eagle – broke the course record of compatriot Seon Woo Bae who shot 64 in the second round of the championship last year. ``It’s my best score in my life and I made the course record too, so I am so happy now,” said Lee who had a world ranking of


256 and like Ko had been suffering a stomach illness. ``Everything is better. Last two days my shot is not bad but my putt is so bad. I can’t concentrate because I have the sick. But I had more putting practice and it feels better. Putting is so much better. I had 26 putts today. ``I hope more tournaments I can have more good scores like 61 and 62. I got more confident and I got more good feeling in my golf.” Ko, who wasn’t feeling too good for much of the championship, paid respect to the performance of the winner. ``I think I played pretty good for my health and obviously Mi Hyang played great as well, 63 is a pretty amazing score,” said the 16-year-old. ``Luckily the winds weren’t up that much the last couple of days. So that gave us more opportunities to go lower but in saying that just because it’s calm doesn’t mean everyone can shoot 63.” Ko, who went into the tournament with a No 4 world ranking, was proud of her effort in her title defence. ``I’m feeling much better but at the halfway point I got some really bad stomach aches so that didn’t go too well. But our family’s either got the flu bug or stomach bug so it’s not really good right now.


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NEWS ``I was coming fourth or fifth until the 16th hole and then I kind of came second just by myself. So it also says you’re a little short of coming first but it also means that you’re close and you can do it next time.” Lee was also struggling with a stomach bug for most of the weekend as she struggled with the change in time zones after a 20 hour flight from the Bahamas. ``I have a stomach ache the last two days and I ate Korean food and it feels better and now it is better. I am not sick.” She got off to a perfect start when she made an eagle from around 20 feet on the second hole and with every birdie she began to believe a win was possible. ``It was a good start, but I had to be more confident about my game. Maybe No 14 I saw the scoreboard and I hope I won but the leader is so good player and I think she can win this tournament. ``Trust me. Trust everything and trust your God but most of all trust me. I played really good and I trusted me today.” With her biggest payday of her career Lee planned to buy a new backpack. ``My dad bought me a car last Christmas so I just need a new backpack.” The leading amateur, Jing Yan of China, was also smiling after she shot rounds of 73, 69 and 71 to win the Bessie Fullerton Trophy by one shot from Australian Shelley Shin.

New Zealand Women’s Open Leading scores:-

Leading scores from the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch (NZ unless otherwise noted, par 72): 207 Mi Hyang Lee (South Korea) 72 72 63 208 Lydia Ko 69 69 70 209 Seon Woo Bae (South Korea) 68 71 70, Beth Allen (United States) 71 68 70, Anya Alvarez (United States) 70 66 73 211 Sarah Jane Smith (Australia) 69 77 65, Bree Arthur (Australia) 75 70 66, Marion Ricordeau (France) 74 69 68 212 Nikki Campbell (Australia) 72 72 68, Hyun Soo Kim (South Korea) 74 66 72 213 Lorie Kane (Canada) 74 72 67, Stacey Lee Bregman (South Africa) 71 75 67, Breanna Elliot (Australia) 74 70 69, Marta Silva Zamora (Spain) 72 70 71, Charley Hull (England) 69 73 71, Jing Yan (amateur, China) 73 69 71, Jessica Speechley (Australia) 70 70 73, Kyu Jung Baek (South Korea) 70 69 74 214 Shelly Shin (amateur, Australia) 76 68 70 215 Yu Yang Zhang (China) 77 69 69, Cecilia Cho (South Korea) 73 72 70, Linda Wessberg (Sweden) 73 71 71, Christel Boeljon (Netherlands) 72 72 71, Felicity Johnson (England) 74 70 71, Vikki Laing (Scotland) 71 72 72 216 Caroline Bon 71 75 70, So Young Kim (South Korea) 73 72 71, Jean Chua (Malaysia) 71 73 72, Cathryn Bristow 72 71 73, Kristie Smith (Australia) 70 72 74 217 Viva Schlasberg (Sweden) 72 74 71, Laura Davies (England) 72 74 71, Mireia Prat (Spain) 73 71 73, Hyeji Lee (South Korea) 69 75 73, Lindsey Wright (Australia) 74 70 73, Ae Young Shin (South Korea) 70 73 74, Caroline Afonso (France) 71 71 75 218 Melissa Reid (England) 72 74 72, Danielle Montgomery (Australia) 72 74 72, Alison Whitaker (Australia) 75 71 72, Hannah Burke (England) 73 72 73, Noora Tamminen (Finland) 74 71 73, Trish Johnson (England) 74 71 73, Nikki Garrett (Australia) 72 73 73, Caroline Martens (Norway) 71 73 74, Stacey Keating (Australia) 71 72 75, Sally Watson (Scotland) 72 70 76

Mi Hyang Lee with the New Zealand Open trophy. Photo: Simon Watts/BW Media

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Michael Barltrop keeping it in the family


he name of Barltrop was added to the New Zealand Seniors Championship roll of honour for the sixth time – but this time it wasn’t Rodney Barltrop. Rodney Barltrop, of Wellington, has taken out the over-50s tournament an amazing five times but on this occasion it was his younger brother Michael, from Auckland, who won. The event was played over three rounds for the first time at Omaha Beach Golf Club in Northland and Michael Barltrop snatched victory with a birdie on the last hole. That gave him three rounds of even par 71 which saw him beat Samuel Christie from Australia by one shot. Christie had led the tournament with one-under scores of 70 on each of the first two days but slipped to 74 on the final day. Barltrop, who is a member of Royal Auckland Golf Club, is one of three New Zealand Golf national selectors for men’s teams. Sharing third at Omaha Beach were former New Zealand cricketer Stuart Duff, from Hastings, and defending champion Brent Pater-

son (Royal Auckland). Fifth was Mike Leitch, from Maungakiekie in Auckland. The New Zealand Seniors Championship had a strong international flavour with players from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, United States, Samoa and Scotland.

Leading scores:-

Leading scores for the New Zealand Seniors Championship at Omaha Beach Golf Club (par 71): 213 Michael Barltrop (Royal Auckland) 71 71 71 214 Samuel Christie (Australia) 70 70 74 215 Stuart Duff (Hastings) 73 69 73, Brent Paterson (Royal Auckland) 72 70 73 219 Mike Leitch (Maungakiekie) 73 73 73 220 John Batley (Titirangi) 75 73 72, Gregory Mckay (Australia) 77 71 72 222 Ross Bockman (Australia) 78 73 71, Andrew McKechnie (St. Andrews of Hamilton (Hamilton)) 72 75 75, Stuart Nicholls (Waitemata) 72 70 80 223 John Sanders (Christchurch) 74 78 71, Reginald Fleet (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 81 71 71, Denis Dale (Australia) 76 73 74 224 David Klaffer (Australia) 71 80 73, Martin Holman (Christchurch) 76 75 73, Murray Martin (New Plymouth Inc.) 75 74 75

225 Jeff Sims (Otaki) 74 74 77, Phillip Mosley (Muriwai) 76 72 77, Ian McPherson (Australia) 75 73 77 226 Garry Whimp (Northland) 78 75 73, Frank Borren (Paraparaumu Beach) 75 75 76 227 David Burton (Nelson Inc.) 72 79 76 228 Eric Brodie (Wairakei International Golf Course) 77 78 73, Tony Treen (Titirangi) 75 75 78 229 John Rademakers (Kaituna) 78 76 75, Graeme Barbara (Wanaka) 81 72 76, Richard Greville (Australia) 76 77 76, Ken Holyoake (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 74 76 79 230 Arthur Parkin (Maungakiekie) 76 76 78, Chris Coats (Australia) 71 80 79 231 Hugh Harrison (Takapau) 76 79 76, Al Nicholls (Whangarei) 78 77 76 232 Phillip Hunter (Ngaruawahia) 80 78 74, Glenn Neal (Wanganui) 78 78 76, Barry Shannon (Wanganui) 77 76 79 233 Garry Vui (Samoa) 84 77 72, Peter Brinsdon (Shandon) 75 80 78, Brett Gregory (Whitford Park) 78 77 78, Rick Harding (Wanganui) 76 78 79, David Izzard (Muriwai) 73 76 84 234 Rodney Barltrop (Royal Wellington) 85 76 73, Bryan Hutson (Muriwai) 75 82 77, Ken Hankin (Titirangi) 80 77 77, Stuart Reid (Ngahinepouri) 76 79 79, Martin Field (Rangitikei) 77 78 79

NZ Seniors Champion Michael Barltrop. Photo: Supplied by NZ Golf


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Paddison’s second win in Victorian PGA


ellington procially Mike Hendry, is great. fessional Gareth He has beaten me enough over Paddison birdied the years.” the last hole to ``But it’s nice to see him win his second playing well, first and second Victorian PGA Championship on the leaderboard is great for in Melbourne. New Zealand golf.” Paddison, 33, began the fiPaddison believed it was his nal round with a two stroke tournament to win, having lead and looked in control recently worked hard on his throughout the day until a bogame with Australian coach gey on the 17th hole. That left Denis McDade. him tied with compatriot Mi``I was confident and always chael Hendry on 15-under par. Gareth Paddison with the Victorian sure of myself on course. I hit But the ship was righted on PGA Trophy Photo: Paul Shire some fantastic shots,” Paddithe last hole with a good tee son added. shot and a brilliant approach that saw the ball ``I did some great work earlier in the year finish just three feet from the hole. The left- with my coach Denis McDade. He said to me, hander rolled in the uphill putt to have his that what I had now was good enough to win. name etched onto the trophy for second time. I felt that too and I came here determined to He also won in 2011. compete and felt like I should be up there.” Paddison’s bogey on the 17th came from an Weather conditions at the Heritage Golf errant tee shot. and Country Club were challenging through``I was disappointed with my tee shot on out the final day and Paddison was relieved it the 17th but I couldn’t put the whole tourna- was finally over. ment down to one shot,” Paddison said. ``The wind was so strong out there all day. ``I still had a job to do. Golf is a real men- It was very tricky. To be able to hold onto my tal battle, to birdie the last when you have to, lead and win by one shot was fantastic.” that is what all the practice is about.” The former European Tour pro has forged Paddison said that beating a good friend like a successful career on the PGA Tour of AusHendry made the win that little bit sweeter. tralasia and now he wants to go on to bigger ``Mike played exceptionally well to draw and better things. ``This is my fifth win on the PGA Tour of level with me. To beat a compatriot, espe-

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2,483.33 1,900.00 1,900.00 1,550.00 1,550.00 1,275.00 1,275.00 1,275.00 1,275.00

Par -16 -15 -14 -12 -12 -11 -11 -10 -8 -8

Score 272 273 274 276 276 277 277 278 280 280

R1 67 68 68 71 67 65 70 68 73 73

R2 68 70 67 70 69 71 70 69 71 71

R3 66 66 68 69 69 71 67 66 68 65

R4 71 69 71 66 71 70 70 75 68 71

-8 -6 -6 -5 -5 -4 -4 -4 -4

280 282 282 283 283 284 284 284 284

72 72 68 74 72 70 68 70 70

72 70 69 71 73 72 72 68 69

65 68 70 67 64 70 74 69 68

71 72 75 71 74 72 70 77 77

Leading scores table

Australasia and I feel I am overdue to win an event overseas, which is my goal for this year. It’s all out there for the taking and it’s off to a good start.” Hendry had a two-under 69 on the final day to be outright second with a

total for the four rounds of a 15-under 273. A shot back third was Jamie Arnold (NSW) and rounding out the top-five were Kurt Barnes (NSW) and Andrew Martin (VIC) on 12-under 276.


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The long and winding road from Q-school


n mid-January, 30 would-be professional golfers battled brutal conditions over three windswept rounds at Taupo’s Centennial course in attempting to qualify for a New Zealand PGA Tour card. No player broke par but in the end eight received their cards and entry to the New Zealand Pro-Am circuit. It’s the initial step on a journey thousands of golfers around the world set out on via other qualifying schools, to try and turn their prowess into a living as a professional golfer. Our local Q-school is either the last or first bus stop, depending on your point of view. The last, because it occurs following Q-schools in Europe, the USA, Asia, Japan and Australia have taken place and is therefore the last opportunity for 12 months to pick up a recognised tour card,. Or it is the first because it occurs at the start of the calendar year with a reasonable number of playing opportunities for those who are successful. With

more than 70 players on our circuit competing for total prize money of around $700,000, the chances of making a decent living here from playing professionally are clearly slim. An outstanding season might see earnings of $40,000 or so; typically, the winner of the NZ PGA order of merit (OOM) would earn much less than that. However, winning or placing well up on the OOM does offer entry rights to the New Zealand Open and PGA Championships, as well as a $5000 bonus for the Mondiale OOM winner which can be used to contribute towards the costs of playing in other Q-schools and becoming established on more lucrative circuits. Importantly, playing the local tour gives

exposure to hard competitive golf under tournament conditions, which no amount of practice can replace. Key in this area is the four-round Charles Tour events, of which there will be at least six in 2014. These are played under the same conditions as you would find in higher level tours, on golf courses set up to provide a demanding but fair challenge, with a cut after two rounds and, of course, no pay day for those who miss out. The Charles Tour is also an opportunity for elite amateur players as well as emerging and established professionals to test their ability and potential before committing to the expensive and demanding life of a tournament professional. The NZ Pro-Am circuit and the Charles

Tour have also provided chances for seasoned professionals such as Mark Brown and Josh Geary to re-establish their careers after losing status on other circuits. For others who finished in the top 10 of the OOM in 2013, it gains an automatic start in the 2014 NZ Open and the prospect – if everything clicks that week – of a result that will open doors around the golfing world and of course a pay day that will give that player time and resources to take their game literally to another level. To finish in that top 10, the players will have played not only on courses like Muriwai, Ngamotu, Bridge Pa, St Andrews, Belmont and Harewood, but will also have plied their trade at others like Eketahuna, Hawera, Kaikoura, Martinborough and Rangiora, thus covering the whole spectrum of golf in this country, probably with weather to match. The road from Q-school to Augusta might seem like an impossible dream, but in the words of 2005 graduate Michael Hendry ``dreams can come true”.


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Andrew Whiley

Resident Pro at Chisholm Park, Dunedin

Applauding our great coaches H aving attended the Westpac Halberg Awards in mid-February, it was stunning to see how New Zealanders have performed on the world sporting stage. Golf was a big winner on the night, with Lydia Ko taking out the Sports Woman of the Year and Overall Halberg winner. As a PGA Golf Professional, I was very excited to see one of our golf professionals nominated as the Coach of the Year. Unfortunately, Guy Wilson didn’t win and All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen, took out the title. However, it was terrific to see Guy nominated in this category. You may ask “What makes Guy so special”? His major achievement was meeting a six year old girl and spending ten years with her, taking her to become the fourth ranked golfer in the world! Winning backto-back Canadian Women’s Opens and several other Professional titles around the world including last year’s New Zealand Women’s Open, Lydia performed extremely well for someone her age. That

to me is the key marker of a SUCCESSFUL coach. Having spent many hours coaching and developing talent, it really is a great achievement when your players start reaching their goals and start winning. Taking a player who you saw smile with shock when they first hit that long straight shot that went more than 150 metres, or who was stunned when they holed a long putt. It is taking a raw golfer and giving them the skills to play the game at a high level. It’s a bit like when you were at school and you had a favourite teacher. That teacher who was able to motivate you, excite you about the subject and really lead

you on a great journey. That teacher may have actually led you into the occupation you have today, all because you got excited about that certain subject. So what makes a great coach? Is it their knowledge, their patience, their commitment, their communication or enthusiasm or is it some other trait? I actually think it is all of these skills and more. What I have noticed about every great coach I have met (and yes, I include Guy Wilson in this category) is that they do it for the love of it. The joy and love of coaching shines through just like that favourite teacher who clearly loved the subject they taught. No matter whether the coach is teach-

So what makes a great coach? Is it their knowledge, their patience, their commitment, their communication or enthusiasm or is it some other trait?

ing one of the best players in the world or the recreational golfer, every Pro I know is really passionate about what they do. The key is to be able to pass that joy and passion on to your players. Guy Wilson and the other talented coaches that were nominated have all excelled in their sports. In particular, it is great to see that we have so many talented golf coaches in New Zealand and these coaches are helping to develop even more talented coaches for the future. In truth, 99.5% of all coaches will never receive the recognition they deserve. So I would like to invite you to applaud the coach who teaches and encourages your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or young friend’s game and say “Thanks” for putting in their time for coaching! For without these coaches we would not have our good players, national representatives, event winners and world champions! Every one of our leading sports people at the Halberg Awards had good coaching growing up that enabled them to step up and become world class!

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Pacific Golf: It is Fiji and Hawaii for 2014


ichard Ellis from Pacific Golf Management has an impressive 2014 Golf & Holiday programme on offer to the Pacific Islands. The 18th annual Air New Zealand Airpoints Pro-Am will be held June 1st to 5th playing Fiji’s two top courses, Natadola Bay & Denarau, here’s your chance to attend this fun pro-am event. You don’t need to be a professional or lower handicap amateur to play, the event is open to men & women who have an official handicap. Five star accommodation, plenty of off course hospitality and the opportunity to play in a fun pro-am with leading golf professionals, making this a truly unique event. ••• The Starwood Golf Classic is understandably Fiji’s biggest international pro-am golf tournament with $100,000 in prize money on offer for the pro’s and $30,000 in amateur prizes. This four round event will take place June 10th to 13th and is played at the VJ Singh inspired Natadola Bay course and Denarau golf course. The winning teams in the net and gross, and individual overall amateur winners will all receive a free entry package to defend their title in 2015.

Maua Lani Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. Photos: Supplied This sounds like a great competition and opportunity to play in an exclusive four round pro-am event. ••• Richard Ellis spent many years as touring professional playing tournaments around the world and still rates HAWAII as the premium golf holiday destination. So if you are ready to get out of the NZ winter then lock in August 17 to 27. Rich-

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Boulcott’s Farm ready to tee off new holes


ith the recent opening of Royal Wellington’s new 18hole course, hard on its heels comes the introduction of Boulcott’s Farms new holes. The second Wellington club is opening seven of its new 18-holes in mid-April. The redevelopment at Boulcott’s Farm Heritage Golf Club includes the 18-hole course, the construction of a six-hole course along with new practice and coaching facilities. It is hoped the redevelopment along with a new clubhouse and maintenance facility will be completed by December 2016. Opening in mid-April are new course holes one, two, three, four, 14, 15, and 16. The holes include four par fours, one par five and two par threes. Two of the holes will be contesting to be the club’s new signature hole – the par four fourth is 390 metres played into an undulating long narrow green which is protected by bunkers and natural land terrain. The new 14th hole is a 520 metre double dogleg par five. The ap-

proach has been set up to include an undulated fairway along with bunkers and trees being used to protect the green. With all the new holes a sand carpet approach has been built which ensures consistency when playing into the greens. The new 18-hole course when

completed will incorporate a number of the existing Boulcott’s Farm holes along with new tees and greens being constructed across the entire course, while a number of the fairways are also being realigned. All fairways will be re-grassed to achieve a consistent standard across the entire facility.

The course, designed by the Singapore-based course architect Chris Pitman, off the black tees will measure 6260 metres increasing from the current par 70 to par 72 layout. Queenstown based TIC is undertaking the construction work, having previously rebuilt the Royal Welling-

ton course. Boulcott’s Farm Course Manager Brett Burgess said the collaboration across all the parties involved in the redevelopment had enabled the first stage of the work to be completed well ahead of schedule. “I believe the key here has been flexibility, when undertaking a project like this where you have to keep 18-holes open for play, construction programmes tend to be fluid to suit conditions or the maximising of potential opportunities. “The cooperation from design to construction and with our members and others playing the course has been outstanding, now the challenges we have all faced in the past will be confined to history once people start playing the new holes – they look fantastic,” said Burgess. The next stage of the development work is to complete the sixhole course which encompasses four par threes and two par fours, all built to the same USGA standard as applied to the 18-hole course.

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lay Golf Nelson offers a complete golfing experience in the beautiful Nelson –Tasman Region – an area that is, in golfing terms, relatively undiscovered. Director Philip Doyle says that Nelson is a stunning golfer’s destination. He’s currently offering a 4 for the price of 3 package deal that offers the ultimate Nelson golfing experience. “Golfing doesn’t get any better than this. Start your day with a cruise through the stunning Abel Tasman National Park and finish it playing 18 holes of Championship Golf. Maybe you will enjoy a visit to a vineyard or craft brewery along the way.” Nelson sports eight courses – a mix of Championship and picturesque – with predominantly easy walking layouts. It’s also home to world class vineyards, wine makers and craft brewers, and the newly opened Great Taste Cycle Trail. Coastal activities abound – kayaking and beach trail walking – and high quality local produce (think salmon, mussels, artisan cheeses and breads and orchard fresh fruit) plays a star turn in its notable cuisine. Plus it has a climate that makes it a great golf destination all year round. “There is so much to see and do in Nelson,” says Philip. “I’ve designed the tours to cater for the golf enthusiast or for those who want to experience other activities as well. Itineraries can be tailored to individual fitness and ability. We cater for a wide variety of tastes – it’s all here

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Go longer with Nike’s New VRS Covert 2.0 irons “If it’s good enough, then we must make it better.” - Cindy Davis, President of Nike Golf. That approach is rooted in every product crafted at The Oven, Nike Golf’s research and design facility, and the new VRS Covert 2.0 irons, available February, 2014, are no exception. Golf club engineers and designers built upon the performance benefits of the first generation of Covert irons and improved specific design elements in the 2014 model to make it easier for golfers to hit the ball farther and higher with superior stability and feel. “What’s impressive about the VRS Covert 2.0 set is that golfers can be aggressive and confident with these irons,” says Chris Savage, Nike Golf Irons Innovation Engineer. “This set utilizes our largest cavity and thinnest perimeter to deliver higher ball speed and greater distance. We have also refined our leading edge bevel to make it easier for these irons to go through the turf. Throughout development, these irons have proven to be the best distance irons we have created to date.” The Nike Golf club team shifted the

center of gravity behind the center of the face, which provides a more solid impact where golfers hit the ball most, resulting in more distance with great feel. Nike’s club engineers also lowered the center of gravity by modifying the mass in the back of the club head and shifting that weight lower and more towards the toe for a higher and more stable ball flight. A larger cavity in the VRS Covert 2.0 irons moves more metal to the perimeter of the club head and allows for a larger face, which amplifies the ‘trampoline effect’ and produces more ball speed at impact. Coupled with a larger cavity, Nike’s proprietary NexCOR variable face thickness technology allows for greater ball speed off the face, resulting in more distance. A new leading-edge bevel provides more sole area to hit through the turf. The design delivers an additional, effective bounce to the golf club, which is a crucial benefit especially in soft conditions. The VRS Covert 2.0 irons feature Dynalite 105 steel and Kuro Kage graphite shafts with Golf Pride 2G wrap grips.

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Nike Golf introduces new VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids To kick-start the creation of Nike Golf’s new line of hybrids, Nike Golf engineers re-examined the range of metal woods that golfers have in their bags. From drivers to fairway woods, the club heads decrease in size – and they followed that same strategy with the new range of VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids, available at retail in February, 2014. Tapping into what the engineers at The Oven call “Linear Transition Design”, the club team crafted the VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids with progressively smaller head sizes as loft increases, while increasing the face height on each model. The #2 and #3 hybrids, with larger heads, perform more like fairway woods to advance the ball, while the #4 and #5 hybrids are utilized for approach shots toward the green. Both the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour and VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids feature a Fly-Brace reinforced HighSpeed Cavity back design for longer and straighter shots. The cavity back design improves the moment of inertia and also helps to stiffen the back of the golf club and improve the energy transfer across the club face. “With the new VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids, the longer the shot, the more forgiving the club,” says Tony Dabbs, Nike Golf Global Product Director, Golf Clubs. “When we looked at it, we realized it makes more sense, especially with a #2 and #3 hybrid, to produce ball flight that is more

Covert 2 Tour Hybrid similar to a fairway wood. As the line progresses, the heads get smaller, and the #4 and #5 hybrids are designed to hit the green with a little higher trajectory and more shot-making precision.” In addition to the VRS Covert 2.0, the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour hybrids feature Nike’s patented FlexLoft technology, a simple pull, turn, push-and-tighten adjustment system that allows golfers to choose their loft and face angle independently of each other, providing more range and versatility in the bag. NexCOR face technology, which incorporates variable face thickness for a faster, hotter face, results in more speed at impact. The second generation of Mitsubishi Rayon’s Kuro Kage graphite shafts are the standard graphite shaft option for both models. In the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour, the Kuro Kage Silver 80 graphite shaft creates more stability and lower spin. The VRS Covert 2.0 utilizes the Kuro Kage Black HBP Graphite 70 shaft, featuring a higher balance point to allow for higher swing speeds without adding shaft length.

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Best Ball National Final: Play Cypress Lakes and The Vintage  For Golfer’s flying to Sydney Airport Sunday 2nd November, transfer bus departs for Hunter Valley at noon from Domestic Airport (approx 2 hour bus transfer) via Newcastle Airport expected arrival approx 1.15pm. Expected arrival at Cypress Lakes 2.30pm. All others make way to Cypress Lakes Resort from 2pm: Registration accommodation and welcome cocktail.

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 Tuesday 4 November 2014, The Vintage Golf Resort. Golf starts at 7am. 2014 Melbourne cup coverage in the afternoon.  Transfers to and from golf, welcome cocktail, presentation dinner. Cypress Lakes - Luxurious apartment accommodation located in the breath-taking Hunter Valley: Nestled in the Hunter Valley’s picturesque hinterland surroundings, Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts promises a tranquil and indulgent escape, ideal for a leisurely holiday with family and friends, golfing break, memorable wedding, bachelorette and bucks party, or unique conferencing experience. Coupling luxury, self-contained villa accommodation in, two bedroom quad share with thoughtful in-room appointments and elegant furnishings, each apartment features a modern kitchen, laundry facilities, fireplace, spacious living and dining areas and private balcony overlooking the resort’s verdant bushland and 18-hole championship golf course. The Vintage Golf Resort - The Vintage Golf Club features an 18-hole Greg Norman designed golf course which has been ranked among the best in Australia. The 18-hole course measures 6,310 metres with a par of 71 and is one of the only Greg Norman designed public access golf course in the Hunter Valley and NSW.

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Club Events - Australia and New Zealand • Play Club Event minimum reduced to 50 players 25 pairs • Automatic qualification for winning pair* *National final inclusions: 3 night’s accommodation, Welcome Cocktail drinks, Prize Giving Dinner, Daily Buffet Breakfasts, 2 Golf events, Golf transfers to and from Golf Days. Transfers from Sydney airport (domestic) and Newcastle airport and return on Wednesday 5th of November 2013. EXCLUSIONS: Air fares to and from local destination are excluded. $25 entry fee (minimum payment to Best Ball Challenge $1250) What happens if our club does not get the minimum 50 players? You are still eligible to enter a final team, but are required to pay $1250 • Lucky prize draw for all participants • To qualify for 2 players (1 pair) to National Final or see offer for 1 pair to attend Mitsubishi Masters Gold Coast October 2014 (Registration valued at $1800 for winning pair). - See website for full details.

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NORTHLAND GOLF TRAIL CLOSE CONTEST FOR THE FRANK FITCHETT JUNIOR TITLE Northland junior golfers were out in force for the Frank Fitchett Junior Open at the Northern Wairoa Golf Club, the first of two selection events for the Northland Junior Academy this year. Local junior Te Rina Tierney collected the Frank Fitchett trophy presented to the player with the best nett score over the field. The Northern Wairoa junior finished with a nett round of 66 to win by a single shot. Soktaera Sean (Northland) claimed the gross title in the girls division. A personal best round of even par 73 put her one shot ahead of current Northland women’s number one Brook Kingi (Whangaroa). Sean’s win will provide her with a valuable confidence boost heading into the Northland Under 21 Championship at Kerikeri, the second Academy selection event in two weeks’ time. The boy’s competition was close too, requiring a sudden death playoff to decide the gross title. Julian Fowler (Northland) posted the first 73 and was soon joined by club mate Daniel Millett (Northland) playing in the following group who birdied the

eighteenth to set up the playoff. Fowler and Millett returned to the eighteenth tee with Fowler first to play. He immediately found trouble in the right trees while Millett split the fairway leaving just a short wedge to the green. Fowlers approach ran through the back while Millett hit his approach from 70m to within three feet of the hole. A successful up and down by Fowler added some pressure to the short putt faced by Millett who was up to the task, calmly rolling in the birdie and claiming the win. The boy’s nett title went to visitor Oak Archvarin (North Shore) with a score of 67. In second place was Terreance Riini (Whangarei). For the first time the event featured a nine hole Kiwi competition played using the newly established ‘Kiwi Course’ at the Northern Wairoa Golf Club. The shorter course is part of a new initiative at the club to get younger players into the game and increase the enjoyment for youngsters. This saw a number of local kids giving golf a go for the first time. The Kiwi leaderboard was dominated by the girls with Leona Mortimore (Whangarei) first, Kendall Wyatt-Logan (Whangaroa) second and Setiny Pheng (Whangarei) third.

Results (gross scores only):-

Frank Fitchett Trophy: Te Rina Tierney (Northern Wairoa) Girls Division:-

1. Soktaera Sean, Northland, 73, 2. Brooke Kingi, Whangaroa, 74, 3. Jodi Macalister, Northern Wairoa, 83, 4. Soktaerodh Sean, Northland, 86, 5. Taimana Ngakuru, Northland, 87, 6. Taylor Wyatt-Logan, Whangaroa, 89, 7. Belinda May, Northland, 99, 8. Te Rina Tierney, Northern Wairoa, 111, 9. Danielle Ngakuru, Whangarei, 120 Boys Division:1. Daniel Millett, Northland, 73, 2. Julian Fowler, Northland, 73, 3. Christian Nitsche, Whangarei, 75, 4. Taylor GillBOI, Kerikeri, 75, 5. Steven Lang, Northland, 78, 6. Ben Kennedy, Houhora, 79, 7. Ben Bowmar, Whangarei, 79, 8. Jamie Thomas, Wellsford, 81, 9. Oak Archvarin, North Shore, 81, 10. Terreance Riini, Whangarei, 82, 11. Norton Brown, Waipu, 85, 12. Michael McRae, Waipu, 88, 13. Michael Walker, Waitangi, 90, 14. Christopher Shepherd, Whangarei, 94, 15. Tarrin Rous, Mangawhai, 100, 16. Harrison Davis, Northern Wairoa, 127 Kiwi Division:- 1. Setiny Pheng, Northland, 38, 2. Kendall Wyatt-Logan, Whangaroa, 38, 3. Leona Mortimore, Whangarei, 46, 4. Davontae Bristowe, Whangarei, 48 Also competed but scores unavailable:- Palm Archvarin (North Shore), Jayden Southgate (Northern Wairoa), Hayley Macalister (Northern Wairoa), Torin Munn (Northern Wairoa), Connor Johnson (Northern Wairoa), T Timatanga (Northern Wairoa)

U21 CHAMPIONSHIP Waipu junior Braden Keown added his name to an impressive list of champions when he won the Northland Under 21 Championship in a playoff in near perfect conditions in Kerikeri on Sunday. The 16-year-old secured his biggest re-



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GOLF TRAILS of late with rounds of 89, 79 leaving her in a tie for second with Kerikeri local Yu Rim Ha (87, 81). Setiny Pheng (Northland) won the Kiwi competition by three strokes over Kendall Wyatt-Logan (Whangaroa). Pictured is Julian Fowler (Northland GC), Braden Keown (Waipu GC), Setiny Pheng (Northland GC), Jodi Macalister (Northern Wairoa GC), Soktaera Sean (Northland GC). 

tion three foot par putt for the win which he duly made. The duo finished ten shots clear of Kerikeri local Taylor Gill (76,78) with Northland junior Steven Lang (78, 77) and Houhora member Ben Kennedy (73, 82) a further shot back in a tie for fourth. There was some consolation for Fowler, winning the net title by five strokes. After the close result in the boy’s competition Northern Wairoa junior Jodi Macalister made sure there was no repeat in the girl’s division with a dominating performance. Having finished third a year ago the 16-year-old jumped clear of the field with an opening round of three over par 76 that featured five birdies, establishing a six stroke advantage in the process; a lead that she would not relinquish. A second round 80 by Macalister extended her lead further, landing her the title by a massive 12 strokes. Soktaera Sean (Northland) a winner at the Northern Wairoa junior event two weeks ago continued her impressive form

NORTH HARBOUR GOLF TRAIL GOOD START AT GRANT CLEMENTS Top representative players Cameron Jones (North Shore) and Tadhg Campbell (Muriwai) teamed up to represent North Harbour in the teams element of the Grant Clements Memorial at Mount Maunganui. Both played very solidly for the week and North Harbour ending up finishing T2 in the teams format just two shots behind winners Bay of Plenty. Congratulations to the players on a fine start to the year.

JUNIOR REPRESENTATIVE EVENTS The start of the year offers some great opportunities for young Harbour players to display their talents and develop their games. The Junior Girls Quadrangular tournament is being held from April 27th to 29th at the Ngaruawahia golf club in Hamilton. The junior girls selected are Anushka

Jephson, Shani White, Katie Pryce-Jones, Silvia Brunotti, Anna Reinen and Bridget Connolly. The Junior Boys emerging players Triangular is being held at Fairview Golf Club on the 28th/29th of April. The players selected are Jake Meenhorst, Brian Park, Michael Li, Kit Bittle, Haki Heke, Josh Allen, Sam Yoshifuji, Kevin Koong, Leo Hong and James Hydes. Congratulations to all the junior boys and girls selected for these events and we wish them the best of luck.

MURIWAI HOSTS MAJOR EVENT The Muriwai Golf Links continues to impress, both in conditioning and layout, and has recently hosted another major national event hosting the Santuary Cove Trophy. This is a head to head battle between New Zealand and Australia’s finest male players over the age of 50. The event held over the 18th and 19th of February comprised of 12 players per team in matches of foursomes, fourball and singles. After losing in the foursomes 4.5 to 1.5 the New Zealand team stormed back in the final two formats, most noticeably the singles on the final day to win the format 9-3 and ultimately win the trophy with a 14.5 to 9.5 victory. Congratulations to the team for a great win and also to Muriwai Golf Links for once again providing an exceptional venue for top level amateur golf.

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Following messages from Golf Captain Trevor Jones and Patron Rae McKeown, Life Member Tom Kelter opened the 2014 golfing season with an exquisite drive down the 10th fairway. A very big field of 147 members participated with Club President David Clifton officiating at prize giving. He made special mention of the excellent greens and course conditions and complimented Course Superintendent Peter Boyd and his team on their hard work over recent weeks in trying weather conditions. Pictured are Tom Kelter – Life Member, Rae McKeown Patron, and Des Topp, the General Manager.


Results Teams Best stableford:-

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WAIKATO GOLF TRAIL NEWMONT QUARTZ 4 DAY The 6th annual Newmont Quartz 4 day tournament hosted by Waihi Golf Club was held on the 2nd and 5th of January. The tournament attracted a field of 115 players, both men and women, from 37 clubs throughout New Zealand, along with 2 players from Australian clubs. The handicaps ranged from 0.5 upwards with one third of the field having handicaps lower than 10. The weather conditions were excellent for all but the last 2 hours of play on the Sunday, and as with previous year’s, the course was presented in an immaculate and challenging condition. The eventual stableford winner over the 4 days with a total score of 160 points was James McHardy. The runner-up was Mark Green with 156 points. Both players are from the Waihi Golf Club. The gross winner was Lincoln Drent,

also from the Waihi club, with four consistent rounds of 76, for a total of 296. The runner-up was Rob Noffke from the Waitakere Golf Club in Auckland with a total of 298. The teams event went to ‘gaff’ which comprised of Lincoln Drent, Jason Baldwin, Mark Green & Andy Roche, all members of the Waihi Golf Club, where 3 out of the 4 best scores count each day and accumulate until day 4. The Waihi Golf Club wish to thank their sponsors Newmont Waihi Gold for their continuing and generous support. Next years tournament has been set down for Thursday the 8th – Sunday the 11th of January 2015 and will be advertised in late August 2014.

Pictured above is the winning team, ‘GAFF’, Lincoln Drent, Jason Baldwin, Mark Green & Andy Roche, photographed with the Newmont representative Phil Salmon.

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BAY OF PLENTY GOLF TRAIL EVES 5 COURSE CLASSIC The 2014 Eves 5 Course Golf Classic was played in the Western Bay of Plenty from 27 – 31 January. This is a 90 Hole Stableford Tournament for amateur players is in its 19th year and with 412 confirmed entries, was the most successful in recent years. The Eves 5 Course Classic owes much of its outstanding reputation to the expertise of the five host clubs in running a joint venture to such a high standard, and also to the commitment of principle sponsor Eves Realty, whose long association with the tournament has contributed significantly to the stature of the event in the golfing calendar. The Eves 5 Course Classic is a co-operative venture between the Tauranga,

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Golf TRAILS Omokoroa, Omanu, Te Puke and Mt Maunganui Golf Clubs. The tournament entries are divided into four playing groups, with each Group playing each course once (There is a bye for one of the five courses on each day). Players from as far afield as Canada, Cook Islands, United Kingdom and again a large representation from Australia entered the event. There were around 30% of New Zealand Golf Clubs represented with the strongest representation coming from Peninsula, Redwood Park and Judgeford Golf Clubs. This was the second year that the tournament had a pre-tournament function. This was attended by 70 players as well as a representation from Eves and some of the host clubs. This function was introduced in 2013 so players could meeting new and catch up with old friends and was enjoyed by all. Prizes are awarded in three Mens and two Women’s Handicap Grades, and the overall prize pool, daily prizes and player gifts for 2014 exceeds a retail value in excess of $36,000. The tournament teed off at Tauranga, Mt achieve. Most of the players are from outside of the BOP Region, and the tournament injects a significant dollar value in retail spending into the local business sector for the week of the event. Maunganui, Omanu and Te Puke courses at midday on Monday 27th January and the main prizegiving was held at Mt Maunganui Golf Club on the afternoon of Friday 31st January. Mt Maunganui Golf Club hosted the 2014 Eves 5 Course Classic tournament on behalf of the five clubs, and was delighted with the support and planning leading up to the event. This year’s entries exceeded the 400 allowance for entries which closed in midJanuary. A large number of the players in the Classic have not missed a tournament, and the majority have played at least once prior. The Eves 5 Course Classic is a good example of what a winning formula involving a successful joint venture between five established golf clubs partnered by a loyal principal sponsor (Eves Realty) can


Mens Division 1 1. Webb, Daniel, Cook Islands, 192, 2. Calderwood, Bruce (Eves), Tauranga, 189, 3. Crocker, Rod, Marton, 188, 4. Hopson, Trevor, Government Gardens, 186, 5, Mills, Graham, Hukanui, 186, 6. Stewart, Paul (Eves), Otago, 186, 7. Orchard, Zabe, Royal Wellington, 186, 8. Yang, Peter, Titirangi, 185, 9. Walpole, Alan, Apiti, 184, 10. Travis, Richard, Maungakiekie, 184. Mens Division 2 1. Manuela, Jordin, Cook Islands, 197, 2. Anderson, Richie, Kawerau, 187, 3. Smith, Bruce, Levin Inc., 187 4. Wairepo, Rex, Pirongia, 186, 5. Wetere, Robert,Te Awamutu, 185, 6. Baker, Richard, Paeroa Inc., 184 7. Phillips, Lauchie, Putaruru, 184, 8. Crompton, Paul, Ohariu Valley, 184, 9. Rewita, Mike, Omanu, 183, 10. Buckley, Malcolm, Tokoroa, 182. Mens Division 3 1. Johnson, Bill, Redwood Park, 196, 2. O’Brien, Michael, Peninsula, 193, 3. Lister, Paul, Australia, 191

4. Waerea, Danny, Buckley, 189, 5. Maxwell, Roger, Urenui, 187, 6. Jamieson, Neville, Onewhero, 186 7. MacMillan, John, Waihi, 185, 8. Lack, Michael, Formosa Auckland, 184, 9. Cobb, Bruce, Huntly, 183, 10. Ganzevles, Eddie, Tinwald, 183 Womens Division 4 1. Ball, Sharon, Ngunguru, 188, 2. Ferguson, Karyn, Ngunguru, 187, 3. Dewes, Harriet, Shandon, 179, 4. Willis, Donnie, Cook Islands, 178, 5. Pullman, Moira, Ngunguru, 177, 6. Penney, Angela, Pukekohe, 176, 7. Brocklehurst, Alison, Muriwai, 176, 8. Thompson, Terri, Waitemata, 175, 9. Kittelty, Shirley, Titirangi,175, 10. Woodward, Anne, Pukekohe, 174 Womens Division 5 1, Grieve, Kathy, Peninsula, 188, 2. Fogg, Laurie, Lochiel, 183, 3. Thomson, Judy, Ngaruawahia, 180, 4. Wells, Flo, Waitemata, 179, 5. Worley, Karen (Eves), Otumoetai, 177, 6. Ferguson, Lesley, Ngunguru, 174, 7. Cuming, Lynn, Otumoetai, 171, 8. Fraser, Britta, Judgeford, 170, 9. Bygrave, Elsa, Otumoetai, 168, 10. Gambitsis, Marjorie, Otaki, 168

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has been awarded, at the prize giving function last night, with the title going to New Caledonia, Taupo. Olivier Peres, a member of the La Ouenghi Golf Club, currently the highest-ranking senior player in New Caledonia, took out the coveted Air New Zealand Trophy with an impressive win over the defending champion, Rod McBride (Port Kembla GC), 6/5. The 2014 Championship was played in a new format on multiple courses, seeded match play from round one. The tournament played two rounds on Taupo’s Centennial course and two rounds on the shorter Tauhara course. Peres was seeded 4th in the top division, meeting Bill Barber from Manawatu in the first round, which he secured 4/3. His next win was over Manor Park’s Richard Gibbs 6/5, before he met one of the ‘masters of the short game’ as he acknowledged at the prize giving event, Peter Rankin, also a member of Manor Park. Rankin who was previously a member of Royal Wellington with a long history of representing his district, was the top seed going into the championship, but lost to Peres 4/2 in a close battle. Peres then met the tall Australian, Mc-



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he was extremely proud to take the title, representing New Caledonia, “ I will be back in 2015”, he said. The plate winner in the men’s top division was Greg Cowie, from, Waiuku. Miguel Sobrino, from Reefton GC, won the men’s second division, competing for the DB Trophy in handicap match play, with the runner up being Ron Gold from Howick. Sobrino had won this final, 5/4. The plate was awarded to Ross Moreton from Boulcotts Farm. Clarks’ Beach, Colin Bava won the Te Awamutu Trophy, in the men’s 3rd division, in a close battle against Vice President of the New Zealand Senior Golfers Association, Keith Hickman, 1up. Hickman is a member of the Levin Golf Club. The plate was won by Manukau’s Tim Reehal. In the special men’s Super Seniors Division, for players over 75, Gordon Taylor from the UK with a New Zealand membership at Whangaparaoa, won this division. Taylor had faced off in his final against Bill Baillie, from Maungakiekie, with a 3/2 win. Baillie is perhaps better known for his exploits on the athletic track. An Olympian, Baillie finished 6th on the 5000m track at the 1964 Olympics in Tokoyo and still holds the national record for the 20000m run. In addition to his Olympics debut, he represented New Zealand at the 1954, 1958, 1962 and 1966 Commonwealth

Games. The plate winner in the Super Seniors was Bill Platt, from Manor Park. For the third year running the tournament included women’s competition with the top division being won by Ann Hogg from Levin. Hogg had a good win over Beryl MacLeod from Sherwood Park, 7/6. Helen Beaurepaire, (Waiuku GC) won the plate in this division. Local Jill Lloyd, who is a member of the Wairakei Golf Club, won the second division 4/2 over Rosalie Groom, who is a member of the Howick Golf Club. Marilyn Christ from Australia’s Townsville GC won the plate. Competitors were also invited to compete in an optional stroke play 18 hole round at the nearby Turangi Golf Club. Peter Rankin, while not able to get into the final of the match play competition took line honours with an impressive round of 71, one under his age during the midweek Stroke competition. Best net in the men was awarded to Ray Howarth (Springfield) with a net 70, and Patrice Hasaani (New Caledonia) won the best stableford with 36 points. Jill Blenkey from Australia’s Newcastle had the best gross round in the women, 75 with Matamata’s club member Chris MacKenzie winning the best net, with a 73. Sherwood Park member, Beryl MacLeod had the top stableford points in the wom-

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en’s division, 36 points. The tournament has been managed by PaR nz Golfing Holidays for four years who announced the event will return to the Taupo Golf Club in 2015. “It is just a great option,” said Tournament Director, Denise Langdon, from PAR NZ Golfing Holidays.


Bailey Smith (Mount Maunganui) and Compton Pikari (Te Awamutu) and (both pictured) successfully defended their New Zealand Foursomes 2013 title at the Mount Maunganui Golf Club on Friday 7th February 2014. 39 pairs took part in the Foursomes Championships with a very good line up of players looking to win this New Zealand title. Starting with a par round on 72 Smith & Pikari set a target for the field only to find there were some serious challengers at their heels. A 68 by Lee Neuman (Northalnd) & Nick Coxan (Narrows) signalled their intentions by taking a 2 shot lead into the afternoon, closely followed by the pairings of Mark Brooks & James Anstiss (Otago) and Denzel Ieremia (Hamilton) & Brad Kendall (Mt Maunganui) with scores of 70 and a 72 by Tyson Tawera & Russell Mitchell (Napier). The Canterbury pairing of Oscar Cadenhead & Jordan Bakermans returned a 73. Then came the afternoon and a bit of moisture to change things. A final round charge by Pikari/Smith

placed a 68 gross (included 6 birdies) to set the target at 140 gross. Brooks/Anstiss (Otago) with a 71 for a total of 141 saw them I shot behind as were Neuman/Coxan after a 73 afternoon score. Ieremia/Kendall close behind on 142 and Cadenhead/Bakermans on 143. The NZ Foursomes Trophy has a great history featuring top golfers and golfing feats, including J.P. Mortland (a cousin of a club member) won the trophy 3 years in succession, 1934, 1935 & 1936 – A different partner with each win. Bay of Plenty players who feature as co winners of the trophy, include Owen Kendall and M Nicholson. So the trophy is again safely tucked away in the Mount Maunganui/Te Awamutu lockers until 2015 when the holders intend to again defend their title for a third time.

DISTRICT TEAMS COMPETITION Nine teams competed for the Teams Trophy in what was close from Round 1. North Harbour (Tadgh Campbell/Cameron Jones) took a 1 shot lead after the first round on 142 with Bay of Plenty (Davis/ Beard) and Waikato (Coxon/Ieremia) both with 143. Round 2 saw North Harbour with a sound 146 to total 288 after 36 holes lead by 2 shots over Bay of Plenty and Waikato on 290 and Otago 1 behind on 291. The third round saw a lead change with

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Our top juniors have made a great start to 2014 with 15 year old Alanna Campbell winning the Victoria Junior Masters and Bailey Smith winning the South Australia Junior Championship. Bailey had more success in winning the Grant Clement Memorial Tournament of his home course of Mount Maunganui by winning a sudden death play-off over fellow Mountie Hayden Beard and Lochiel‘s Sam Vincent. More good news came when Charlie Hillier won the New Zealand Under 19’s Championship by 4 shots the same week that 14 year old Tyla Kingi took out the National Maori Women’s Championship. Tyla and Alanna finished 3rd at the Charles Tour Lawnmaster Classic at Hokowhitu to add to their earlier success. Landyn Edwards made a welcome return to tournament golf by taking out the Danny Lee Open at Springfield from fellow Bay representative Victor Janin. Bay of Plenty Golf bid farewell and thanks to Peter Lee and Victor Janin who successfully gained their professional cards at the end of January. Peter and Victor have been great contributors to Bay of Plenty and we wish them every success with their professional careers.

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TWILIGHT GOLF Competing events saw a reduced field of 23 players venture out to play a winning round of 12 holes of golf at Mt Manganui Golf Club. The Eves 5 Course Classic involved golf in the morning over the various courses involved and followed by the prize giving for the 400+ competitors – so a good turn-out really. Apart from the one good women’s score – Faye Freelan 28 points 23 was next best while some of the men had little trouble with the course with 3 scoring 28 or better. There is no Twilight Golf on Friday 7th February due to the NZ Men’s Foursomes and Grant Clements 72 Hole Stroke play events. Results:- Faye Freelan 28/Jim Shabbits 29; Lynn Irving 23/Zane Winslade 29; Sandra Winhoven 23/Craig Edlin 28 45 players played the course following a rest due to the 5 Course Classic and the Grant Clements 72 Hole Tournaments. Good weather persists as does the heat plus some very good scoring. The high scores continued with countbacks required in both divisions. Peter Watson followed up his last 28 points with 30 points to win the Men’s division just ahead of Zane Winslade on 29. Sandra Winhiven with a 27 won the Women’s Division 3 shots ahead of a group on 24. Results:- Peter Watson 30/Sandra Winhoven 27; Zane Winslade 29/Merle Halligan 24; Bill Ridley 27/Julie Ridley 24; David Manniss 26 (Canada)/Joy Greer 24; James Tulloch 26/Ivana Klouka 24 (Canada); Paul Kim 26.

HISTORY OF THE OTUMOETAI GOLF CLUB - 50th Jubilee The start actually reaches back over 50 years ago. A group of enthusiasts who set up the now defunct Te Pun Golf Club in 1932 was the real starting point. In the 1950’s after being sited on many farms the then farmer wished to sever ties with the club. In 1953 the Tauranga Borough Council was in the process of setting up a 9-hole

public course on a former dairy farm in Bureta. In 1956 the public course was opened and some of the Te Puna enthusiasts took up residence. As the link to greater Tauranga was at this time via Judea, the Te Puna club struggled to keep up a viable membership and by 1964 the club folded. The council at this time suggested to the Otumoetai rate-payers that the reserve could become a park, including a lake similar to that at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth. Several residents objected strongly to the creation of a mosquito home in their area and strongly fought for a municipal golf course, which consequently won the day with the Council. The newly formed Otumoetai Golf Club elected its inaugural committee in May 1964, and immediately started competition for some trophies inherited from the defunct Te Puna club. Many of these trophies are still competed for today. The clubhouse at this time was a small wooden hut. There were 25 financial members, 11 women and 14 men, operating only on Saturdays with no sexual discrimination in the makeup of fours! Segregation came with increased numbers and affiliation with the NZLGU and NZGA in 1967, and competitions were played on a more formal basis. The clubhouse was also extended this year to include some very basic kitchen facilities. A formal ladies club was formed in 1968, with Tuesday play. Green fees at this time were 2 shillings for 9 holes and 3 shillings for 18. The golf balls cost 15 cents! The club took over a lease for the grounds in 1969, and this included them having to take over the maintenance of the course with their own green-keeper. The club had already put in a huge amount of work on drainage and development of the course and much more was to follow. Over 12000 yards of topsoil was bulldozed from the left side of today’s number 6 fairway to fill some of the more low-lying areas of the course. The club progressed quickly over the next few years to include junior sections, many clubhouse and course improvements, with the present clubhouse being built in 1978. By the 25th jubilee in 1989 the club had nearly 400 members. In the next 25 years the club has been

highly active in all aspects of golf in the Bay of Plenty. We have always had a strong junior section and regularly won the annual ‘Top of the Harbour’ trophy contested by all the bay clubs. We have a very strong Men’s Vets section, with 50+ turnouts every Wednesday in the season. They have recently included the Women’s Vets section in their Wednesday draw. The Women’s section has two playing days to accommodate those women unable to play on Tuesdays. The numbers here have dropped off in latter years with the rise of the 9-Hole golf phenomenon, which with our course being 9 holes has fitted well with the move for a shorter version of the game for people with limited time or physical ability. This has been a growth area of the club. The Men’s section reached a peak of 100 players regularly on Saturdays, which taxed the limitations of the course, but has dropped a little recently in line with the trends throughout the country. The 2005 floods were one of the reasons for this drop. Several members chose to change clubs at this time as they saw this event as spoiling their chances of playing golf with wet feet! But this has not happened. With all the major earth works and drainage initiatives undertaken as a result of the devastation caused by the floods, the course now drains quickly and efficiently in under 24 hours from a major rainfall and very few playing days have to be forfeited. Much of the work, just as it was in the early years, is done by members giving their time and money to make the many improvements. Hundreds of voluntary hour have been, and are being, given to ensure that the course and the facilities are up to the standard of any course in the country, and the members are rightly proud of what they now have. The club has been a welcome addition to the social fabric of the Otumoetai, and wider Tauranga, community, with the wonderful camaraderie and facilities. Over the years many of the junior golfers who began their golf education with the Otumoetai Golf Club have gone on to Bay of Plenty success. Unfortunately for this small club, these young players must look to their own needs and nearly all have moved on

to other clubs to get the challenges that a longer course might offer. It is debatable if the longer courses offer a greater golfing challenge, as the small greens of Otumoetai and its easy access within the community has meant that these juniors have honed their short games with hours and hours of practice in and around the small greens. The course record on the current par 67 layout is only 63 for professionals, by Rick Barker who was a resident professional at the club for a short period, which is testament to the challenges that even a short 9-hole course can provide. One of the juniors, Matthew Jupp, shot a 61 in 2004 as the official course record. Our most famous export is most definitely Josh Geary, one of New Zealand’s current stable of professionals, who is currently performing well on the US Tour and who regularly returns to Otumoetai where he has family still playing. The club is thankful for the legions of volunteers who over the years have done so much to ensure that the course and facilities are presented in top condition all year round. We are spoilt in that we have grass all year, with no need to have fairway watering, and members often struggle at other courses in the summer because of the way that they dry out so much. The many hours of work required in the early days to install an extensive drainage system and remove the myriad stones on the course, to the continued input by members into such improvements as the new 7/16th tees, tree removal and replanting, mowing the rougher areas of the course, formation and tending of the many garden areas around the course, painting and improvements to the clubhouse, sanding and helping with the coring of the greens twice a year, and so on, is never ending and the members are always willing to assist in these endeavours. The course has never looked so good as it does in this, our 50th year, and congratulations must go to the green staff we have had over the years, particularly Ces Morrell, who was the green-keeper for over 30 years and received a Distinguished Service Award from the New Zealand Golf Course Superintendents Association in 2010, and the current green-keeper Rich-



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TARANAKI GOLF TRAIL LAWNMASTER CLASSIC Dominic Barson (69-73-69-70-281) was the best of the Taranaki players competing in the Lawnmaster Classic played at the Manawatu Golf Club last month. The New Plymouth professional shot a seven under par total for the 72 hole event to finish in fifth position, four shots behind tournament winner Doug Holloway. Taranaki’s top amateur, Brad Hayward (74-74-73-70291) finished 20th equal, one shot ahead of New Plymouth professional Grant Moorhead (72-75-75-70-292) who finished in a tie for 22nd. Taranaki women representatives Celeste Mclean (87-77-164) and Holly Winter (89-84-173) both failed to make the 36 hole cut.

NZ SENIORS STROKEPLAY New Plymouth golfer Murray Martin (75-74-75-224) finished 14th = at the New Zealand Seniors (55 and over) Strokeplay Championship which was played at the Omaha Beach Golf Club last last month. The 54 hole event was won by Michael Baltrop (71-71-71-213) who shot an even par total to edge out Samuel Christie (7070-74-214) from Australia with a further

shot back to Brent Paterson (72-70-73-215) from Auckland and Stuart Duff (73-69-73215) from Hawkes Bay. Westown Classic champion Kerry Otene recently won the Coastal Strokeplay Championship, 63 years after his grandfather Heck won the inaugural event in 1951. A feature of the 27 hole event played at the Pungarehu Golf Club was a hole in one scored by Paul Haskell from The Golf Zone. Haskell, who also sponsors the Pungarehu Golf Club used a nine iron to hole out on the 145 metre par three 6th hole. Major winners of the Coastal Championships were: Senior men – Gross- Kerry Otene 102; Intermediate Gross –Allen Rothwell 116; Junior Gross- Chad Knowles 125; Limit Gross- Graham Gardner 129; WomenSenior Gross-Sharon Adamson 123; Junior Gross- Susan Crowley 144.


On Waitangi Day, Pungarehu Golf Club held it’s annual “Golf Zone 27 holes Coastal Champs” This unique 27 hole tournament was first played in 1951 and won by Heck Otene, the grandfather of Kerry Otene, the 2014 winner for the men’s division 1 section. The tournament has been played every year since 1951. A special day for our sponsor Paul Haskell from “Golf Zone” as he scored his first “hole in one” on the 6th hole, 145metres using a 9 iron.

Results:- Men’s Division: 0 – 12 Kerry Otene

Gross 102; 13 – 17 Allen Rothwell Gross 116; 18 – 24 Chad Knowles Gross 125; 25 – 33 Graham Gardner Gross 129; Ladies Division: 0 – 18 Sharon Adamson Gross 123; 19 + Susan Crowley Gross 144

GOLF TRAILS TARANAKI HANDICAP PENNANT The first round of the 2014 Taranaki men’s handicap pennant competition was played last month. The Dow AgroSciences sponsored event has attracted 23 club teams with 12 teams competing in the North Taranaki section and 11 in the Taranaki wide section. Defending champions Waverley got off to a perfect start with a convincing 6 ½ – 2 ½ win over Te Ngutu while other notable results in the Taranaki wide section played at Waverley saw Pungarehu beat Opunake 6-3 and Stratford toppled Fitzroy Two 6-3. In North Taranaki section matches played at New Plymouth, Manukorihi Two were impressive 7-2 winners over Waitara One while New Plymouth managed a rare win by edging out Kaitake One 5-4.

NZPGA TOURNAMENT BEGINS Taranaki professionals were in action last month with the start of the 2014 NZPGA tournament schedule. The $20,000 Eketahuna / Masterton Pro-am was won by Josh Geary (65-67-132) who shot a 10 under total for the 36 hole event. Taranaki professional scores and positions were: Grant Moorhead (73-67-1409th=), Dominic Barson (70-71-141-13th=), Patrick Moore (71-73-144-21st=, Blake Cowley 76-76-152-34th). The $10,000 Martinborough Pro-am was won by Josh Carmichael with a nine under par round of 63 (Dominic Barson, Blake Cowley 72-13th=, Grant Moorhead 73-17th=, Patrick Moore 76-29th=). The $10,000 Paraparaumu Pro-am was won by Harry Bateman with a four under par round of 68 (Dominic Barson 74-8th=, Blake Cowley 75-13th=, Patrick Moore 83-30th)

JONES ON A ROLL Beating your age is no mean feat but New Plymouth Golf Club member Bill Jones has done it twice since the start of last month. On the 1st February the 79 year old shot a four over par round of 76 at his home course but last Wednesday the 10 handicapper went three better to beat his age by an impressive six shots. Jones shot a one over par round of 73 at Ngamotu to record 45 stableford points and take out top prize in the Crowded House Bar & Café Wednesday club competition. His scorecard (par in brackets) was: Out-3 (4) 4 (4) 4 (4) 4 (4) 4 (4) 3 (3) 4 (5) 6 (5) 4 (3) 36 (36) In-4 (5) 5 (4) 3 (3) 4 (4) 4 (3) 4 (4) 4 (4) 4 (4) 5 (5) - 37 (36) - 73 (72).

HOLE IN ONE FOR CARRINGTON New Plymouth Golf Club member Paul Carrington knotched up his second hole in one last month. The 10 handicapper used a nine iron to hole out on the 116 metre par three 14th hole at his home course. 

HAWKE’S BAY POVERTY BAY GOLF TRAIL HASTINGS OPEN SUCCESS The revamped Hastings PAK’nSAVE Open held at Bridge Pa on 1st & 2nd February saw a large number of participants from all over the North Island. The field of 89 played in three divisions; Men Elite (black tees) & Premier (blue tees) and a women’s division. The format was changed significantly to what was played in previous years and Club Captain Kris Bower was delighted with the number of players. “The change in how we approached this year’s tournament was huge and the numbers indicated that it was a positive change”. Bower goes on to say “the club had to change its tournament formats to continue to attract the numbers, it’s not the same old tournaments anymore, and we need to cater for all golfers”. The shotgun format saw all players gather together both days in the clubhouse for lunch, which was included within the tournament entry fee. This also provided a full clubhouse for prize giving to acknowledge all winners. The Club was delighted to have local sponsorship from Hastings PAK’nSAVE for the first time this year and also acknowledges continued sponsorship from Lion, who have had a longstanding relationship with the Club. Pictured top left is Marc Jennings, Shandon with Kris Bower, Men’s Club Captain. Pictured left (bottom) is Kate Chadwick, Napier with Sally Bryan, Women’s Club Captain.

Results:Winners of Men’s Elite Division (gross): Marc Jennings, Shandon – 70 72 76, 218, Tyler Hodge, Levin – 75 77 68, 220, Stuart Duff, Hastings – 79 72 72, 223, William Brown, Waikohu – 73 74 76, 223c/b, Nicholas Brown, Royal Wellington – 71 81 74, 226, Joshua Sedgwick, Manawatu – 75 77 76, 228. Men’s Premier Division (stableford): Fred Chadwick, Napier – 37 34 35, 106, Jayden Bright, Gisborne Park, 31 40 33, 104, Christian Taylor, Royal Wellington – 38 28 36, 102, Thomas Donovan, Gisborne Park – 35 33 33, 101, Adam Winter, Maraenui – 29 34 37, 100, Chris Martin, Napier – 32 34 34, 100c/b. Women’s Division (gross): Kate Chadwick, Napier – 78 78 79, 235, Angela Jones, Hastings – 82 78 80, 240, Lucy Owen, Waipawa – 90 84 80, 254.

A FUN WAITANGI DAY Hastings Golf Club and Hawke’s Bay Golf Club got together for a two course composite competition encompassing the back 9s at each course. Played on Waitangi Day, it was literally a ‘jump the fence’ to play golf day. With 124 participants and a prize table worth in excess of $3,500 there was lots of energy and buzz around prior to tee off. The idea was thought up by Hastings Golf Club’s golf committee member Steve Dunworth and with his guidance and that of Allen Connor of Hawke’s Bay Golf Club; the SpecialTee Golf Proshop team had everyone ready to go for a 12:30 shotgun start. Everything went smoothly to plan- even if some last minute instructions had to be given on how to play the combined course and where to write each score! It was a great day and with the packed clubhouse at Hastings Golf Club for the prize giving it appeared fun was had by all. The team involved want to thank all the participants and we are looking forward to making this an annual event with the thought of expanding to use both 9s on each course a real chance given how many people we had to turn away as the field was full. 




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NEW COURSE FOR PALMERSTON In late 2013 Manawatu’s newest golf facility opened its facilities for golfers to enjoy. The Orlando Country course is situated just 1.5km from the city boundary on Rangitikei Line. The course was designed by course architect Tommy Cusnahan. While the course is short with six par 3’s and three par 4’s, it is by no means a simple test of golf. Cleverly positioned ridges, swales and water hazards, combined with the frequent Manawatu wind, is sure to be fun, but provide a test to all level of player. The facility should provide for a relatively quick game of golf, which caters nicely to players that find time to be their main obstacle to participating regularly. The lodge, or “Lake House” as it will be known, is due for completion shortly. This facility will be aimed at accommodating functions, including weddings and corporate days, where guests can also make use of the golfing facilities. Orlando also features a driving range and café which is sure to be popular among visitors.

COBRA/PUMA CHAMPIONSHIPS The annual Manawatu Wanganui Age Group Champs took place in January at Palmerston North Golf Club. The 36 hole event attracted a good field of players covering 5 different divisions. The morning round was played in ideal scoring conditions. Rhys Harold (Palmerston North GC) carded a 2 under par 70 to lead the boys field by two shots over Regan McConaghty (Manawatu GC). Brydie Hodge (Levin) carded a 4 under par round of 70 to lead the girls field by a massive eight shots. The boys competition became very close during round two, and four players, Rhys Harold, Josh Sedgwick, Michael Birchall and Nic Quantock-Holmes, all finished within two shots of eventual winner Regan McConaghty. Brydie Hodge cruised to victory in the girls section by 7 shots over Emma Clayton. Brydie won the Eagles Cup for the 2nd straight year. Greg Shaw (Manawatu GC) was the winner of the Silk Cup for Under 16 boys, by two shots from

Liam Finlayson (Feilding GC). Feilding player Jack Waller-Mott was the winner of the Under 13 boys division. Promising young player Katherine Paskins (Palmerston North GC) won the Girls Under 15 division. It was great to see some excellent performances from other up and coming players highlighted by 10 year old Tara Raj shooting her best ever round, an 87, in the afternoon. Young Manawatu player Kaleb Idemaru shooting 80 for a net 63 in the afternoon was another impressive round. Special thanks go out to Cobra/Puma for helping provide an excellent prize table, with all participants taking home a prize.


Boys U19 – Regan McConaghty (Manawatu) 72, 75 Boys U16 – Greg Shaw (Manawatu) 75, 76 Boys U13 – Jack Waller-Mott (Feilding) 89, 95 Girls U19 – Brydie Hodge (Levin) 70, 77 Girls U15 – Katherine Paskins (Palmerston North) 80, 76

RAISING FUNDS FOR CHARITY AT WANGANUI GOLF CLUB One great aspect of golf is the amount of fundraising that takes place to benefit many worthy Charities. On Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February the Wanganui Golf Club held a very successful Golf Tournament to raise funds for Relay For Life. They have entered a team of 12 for the 24 Hour Relay, called ‘Belmont Golfers’. Over 100 starters in the field and 20 nine hole players also. The Clubhouse was decorated with purple flowers and balloons for the prizegiving. $1500 was raised for the Relay for Life. Thanks to sponsors Mitre 10, New World Supermarket and the Polkinghorne family.


Best Gross – Mike Arnott 73. Mens Division 1 – Keith Slight. Division 2 – Peter Wallis. Division 3 – Joseph Redpath. Ladies Division 1 – Patty Williams. Division 2 – Robyn McKenzie.

RANGITIKEI GOLF CLUB BULLS GAINS CELEBRITY STATUS Craig Perks recently visited Rangitikei Golf Club. Perks who lives in the USA for several years rates Rangitikei as his favourite in the world, even after playing Augusta and Pebble Beach! He said when he stands on each tee at Rangitikei he feels excited, it is secluded and also such a stunning course and only half an hour from Palmerston North. Pictured is Liz Kane Club with Craig Perks and Bronwyn Meads

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(Club Secretary). In 2002 he won The Players Championship, one of the most prestigious tournaments on the PGA Tour. He played the final three holes, a par 5, a par 3 and a par 4, in only 9 shots.[1] He was the 2002 New Zealand Sportsman of the Year. It remains his only win on the PGA Tour, and after making only one cut on the PGA Tour during 2006 and 2007, he announced his retirement in November 2007. Craig William Perks is a professional golfer who was born in Palmerston North. He played college golf at University of Oklahoma and University of Southwestern Louisiana in the United States. Craig has indicated he will return to the Rangitikei Golf Club later in the year. Other celebrities to visit Rangitikei Golf club include two of New Zealand’s favourite comedians Mike King and Ewen Gilmour. The club continues to be preferred for group bookings. Last month saw some large groups come out to play. On Friday 7th March is Ladies Open Day 8 iron Tournament, which is always great fun. The idea is you use 2 clubs one being an 8 iron the other a putter. Surprise yourself you may score better than when you have a full set, what other club would you bring? Great prizes, stunning course, see you at Rangitikei Golf Club. For registrations please ring the club house on Bulls 06 3221 475 or the Club Secretary on 06 322 1434. Pictured is one of our new young golfers, starting off on a 28 handicap Ben Webb, with coach Alan Chua before going out for a round. 

HILLIER ADDS TO GROWING LIST OF TROPHIES Manor Park golfer Daniel Hillier has bounded towards the head of the Wellington order of merit table after winning the Oliver Cup at Manor Park on Waitangi Day, February 6. Hillier, 15, set up the victory with a brilliant two-under 69 in the morning round, which included six birdies. In the afternoon round, Daniel had a three-over 74 but that was sufficient to win easily by three strokes from former Manawatu player Hayden Ring.


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MEN: Division 1 – Best GrossHayden Ring 146; Division 1 – Best NettBen Slaven 148; Division 1 – Runner Up GrossHaupai Puha 148; Division 1 – Runner Up NettDarin Hiroki 149;Division 2 – Best GrossDave Clarke 154; Division 2 – Best NettDion Codyre 143; Division 2 – Runner Up GrossClinton Codyre 155; Division 2 – Runner Up NettDavid Young 144; AM Gross – Overall Mike Ursin 72; PM Gross – Overall Surgha Jang 75; AM Nett – Overall Graham Black 72; PM Nett – Overall Zach Boyle 72 WOMEN: Best Gross Lee Je-yeong 154; Best Nett Emma Hayward 154; Runner Up Gross Park Je-Yeong 163; Runner Up Nett Alanah Braybrook 169; AM Gross Anita Lawson 85; AM Nett Karen Musson 85; PM Nett Tira Habib 87; PM Gross Sam – Marie Brown, 84 




The Oliver Cup is Manor Park’s feature limited handicap event and names on the trophy that Hillier collected at the end of the day include the likes of Bob Charles (1956). Daniel has now won two Wellington Order-Of-Merit tournaments this year. The first came in the Te Marua Masters when he included a course record six-under 65. He will now be near the top of the Order Of Merit table, which is headed by Thomas Spearman-Burn who did not play at Manor Park. Daniel has had a good summer. Between his wins at Te Marua and Manor Park he came back from a disappointing opening round at the North Island under-19 championship to finish fourth with an equal best final round of even par 72.


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Firm underfoot conditions, a course looking as well as it has ever looked and a brilliantly fine weekend set the tone for the 2014 Speights Westland Classic. These factors, coupled with the thrilling sudden death playoff between Peter Fox Templeton) and Greymouth’s own Wayne Robbins (pictured) in the Senior division in the battle for the coveted Westland Classic Trophy combined to make the event held at Greymouth’s Kaiata Golf Course a memorable one. It will certainly be memorable for eventual winner Wayne Robbins. After trailing Templeton’s Peter Fox on the first days play by 3 shots after Fox had shot a fine 68 in the first round, Robbins clawed his way back into contention with a further 71 to complement the same score on Saturday, while Fox dropped a couple of shots to par in Sunday’s round. Both players registered combined 36 hole gross scores of 142, two under par. At the first playoff hole, the short 16th par 3 of 117 m, Robbins hit his tee shot just past the pin on the right, leaving a putt of approximately 4 metres. Fox’s tee shot was directly at the flag, but just short of the green. His attempted put from the edge of the green slid just past the right side of

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the cup, while Robbins’ found the bottom of the cup for a birdie and a long overdue win in this event, where he has previously been runner up 5 times, and third on another occasion. These efforts have included being on the wrong end of at one playoff requiring 6 extra holes. In a particularly moving acceptance speech, Robbins dedicated hiswin to the Club’s former hard working and good friend Club Captain David Warnes, who had passed away unexpectedly during 2013 at a young age. In the other men’s grades, Greymouth’s Liam Beirne, a promising schoolboy intermediate, took out the best men’s nett 36 holes across all men’s grades with a net score of 129, comprising a fine 76 off the bat on Saturday for a net 63. He followed this up with an excellent 79 on Sunday for a net 66, and a win by 2 shots over long time hole sponsor and grand supporter of the Club Todd Heller. In the women’s grade, another, local Nancy Watson took out the 36 holes best net, while Club President Paul Watson came to the fore in winning the Junior Best net 36 holes, and making it a memorable family weekend. A feature of the weekend was also the gifting of a fine silver jug for women’s competition by long time supporter of Greymouth Golf, Penny Robertson – Crowe., who presently lives in Christchurch. While Penny wasn’t well enough to make the trip to present the trophy herself, her Russley clubmates Bev and Maurice Ford, and brother Ian were on hand to do the honours. Pictured are Maureen Tinnion (left) and Wendy Prince - goddesses of the BBQ ! The Westland Classic has continued to attract new players together with excellent numbers of returning players. This year more than a dozen players joined the tournament from Australia and enjoyed all aspects of golf and social activities, which included a fine dinner on Saturday evening and culminated in the farewell afternoon tea featuring the tournament’s traditional whitebait patties. They have promised to return, and bring their friends.

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Senior Men:Best Gross over the field – Wayne Robbins 71, 71 – 142; Best Gross – Ian Donaldson 73, 71 – 144; R/Up Gross 36 holes – Michael Toal 70, 74 – 144; Best Net 36 holes – Peter Fox 66, 72 – 138; R/up Net 36 holes – Barry Smith 71. 68 – 139; Best Net Saturday – Earl Louw 68; Best Net Sunday – Brian Hateley 67 Intermediate Men:Best Net over all mens grades– Liam Beirne 63, 66 – 129; Best Gross – Peter McGee 80, 83 – 163; R/Up Gross 36 holes – Russell Nelson 81, 83 – 164; Best Net 36 holes – Todd Heller 64 ,67 – 131; R/up Net 36 holes – Wayne Russell 66, 73 – 139; Best Net Saturday – John McGee 68; Best Net Sunday – Mark Dixon 67 Junior Men:Best Gross – Tony McKendry 90, 90 – 180; R/Up Gross 36 holes – Steve Elwood 94, 90 – 184; Best Net 36 holes – Paul Watson 71, 72 – 143; R/up Net 36 holes – Neil Ellery 73, 71 – 144; Best Net Saturday – Danny Brown 71; Best Net Sunday – Eric Elley 68 Mens Straightest Drive Saturday – Peter Fox; Mens Straightest Drive Sunday – Jack Hamond; Mens closest Pin Saturday – Liam Beirne; Mens Closest Pin Sunday – Kenny Langan Women:Best Gross – Sue Jones 90, 88 – 178; R/Up Gross 36 holes – Judith Smith 94, 88 – 182; Best Net 36 holes – Nancy Watson 74, 70 – 144; R/up Net 36 holes – June Falconer 77, 71 – 148; 2nd R/Up 36 holes – Alison Day 75, 74 – 149; Best Net Saturday – Judy Crawford 76; Best Net Sunday – Gill Sinclair 72; Women’s Straightest Drive – Saturday and Sunday – Judy Crawford; Women’s Closest Pin – Saturday and Sunday – Kath Adams 


INTERCLUB WINNERS Christchurch were the overall victors in the Team Gross section of the Over 50’s and 60’s Men’s Interclub competition, held at Amberley Golf Club on Sunday 16 February in superb weather. They finished up with a 6 round aggregate of 1418 with Tai Tapu coming in next with a combined aggregate of 1443. Amberley took out the Team Net in the Over 50’s with 1289 and Bottle Lake B in the Over 60’s with 1276. In the individual competition, Tala Natapu (Amberley) won the Individual Gross (Best 4 of 6 Rounds) with 302 and Ian Fowler (McLeans Island A) won the Individual Net (Best 4 of 6 Rounds) with 272. For the second year running, James Angus (Coringa) reigned supreme in the “Super Seniors” with 244...age really does count in this section!

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Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort is buzzing with anticipation as it prepares to showcase its stunning 27-hole golf course during the NZ Open later this month. Up to 200 staff work daily to keep the fivestar resort ‘humming’, and it’s also a hive of activity in other – less immediately obvious – ways with building and development activity seeing 21 houses under construction, major earthworks underway, and up to 500 other construction industry staff employed indirectly at the property on a daily basis. The building and development boom is being driven by increased business confidence, ‘flying’ sales figures in December and January, and properties being bought off the plans by investors and would-be residents. “It’s fair to say that after a slow start to our

financial year from October 2013 the resort has been simply humming since the lead up to Christmas,” said Millbrook Property and Development Manager Ben O’Malley. “Construction of an $8m, 23-lot subdivision started in late December, and we’ve had $23m of offers on properties, resulting in $13.8m of sales in the last four months since the start of our financial year. “We’ve seen multiple offers on certain property types, both in new sales and resales, and of nine sales so far, seven of them have been Kiwis. “The number of people working on and around our 500-acre site is impressive, with ten private homes and 11 Millbrook properties. “The beauty of Millbrook’s wide open green spaces is that largely members of the public don’t see that hive of activity which is to a great degree behind the scenes. “It does mean though that Millbrook is a very major employer in the district and I’d have to say that this is on a par with one of our busiest times ever. “With the level of development and confidence we’re seeing in Millbrook at the moment, combined with the exposure it’s about to receive nationwide and international coverage through Sky Sports it’s a good sign that after 21 years, Millbrook has truly come of age.” Mr O’Malley said that the returning trend of buying off the plans was particularly pleasing. “It demonstrates better than anything else that Millbrook’s reputation for quality, combined with a community spirit that makes it THE place to live in the Wakatipu Basin, now precedes it. “Buyers know we’re going to deliver what we say we’re going to do because they only have to look around them to see the highest levels of quality combined with diverse products that meet market demand, whether it’s a family home, a holiday house or investment. “In recent months some buyers of re-sales and new sales have been in competitive situations with other buyers, which has required them to pay over the asking price to secure their dream property. “We’re seeing a gradual increase in the number of people living permanently at the resort, or those who are buying with a view to living here permanently in the future. “In some cases there are generations of families now living the ultimate Millbrook lifestyle.” Earthworks on the next 23-lot Stage 3B development overlooking the fourth fairway of the Coronet Nine golf course are scheduled to be completed by March 2015. “Queenstown’s one of the greatest places in New Zealand to own a second home, holiday home, or to live and work permanently, especially as internet accessibility improves,” said Mr O’Malley. He said the Millbrook lifestyle appealed very strongly to the family market in particular which had experienced good percentage growth. “I’ve said before that we have the confidence to continue construction at a faster pace than ever before and 2014 is certainly proving us right.” A Coronet Square show home is currently open for viewing at Millbrook, and a new Ski Barn will open in April as a show home. Millbrook Resort recently marked an important milestone, celebrating twenty-one years since it first opened its gates. It is the largest luxury golf and lifestyle resort in the South Island, featuring a winning combination of a stunning Central Otago location matched with magnificent architecturallydesigned homes within 20 minutes’ drive of a booming year-round destination. 




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About Rotorua Golf Club The Rotorua Golf Club 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

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About Waipu Golf Club Set on the waters edge of Bream Bay with spectacular ocean views, links course. Waipu is conveniently situated on State Highway One, half way between the Auckland Airport and Kauri Cliffs making it the perfect stopover for traveler’s heading North or South. Course Features This is a traditional links style course, hence dry underfoot during the winter conditions which make many other courses unplayable. The layout has been recently changed introducing a new par three hole with a

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MIXED OPEN DAY AT WAIPU The Mixed Open Day at Waipu Golf Club was held on Saturday, February 8. The new course layout was played for the first time and incorporated the new 17th hole. This gave the opportunity for members to play the lie and have a try for the Course Record. There was a field of 90 players. Patron Rod McKay teed the first ball off and members and visitors “played the lie” to create course records on all 5 rated courses. All records were achieved by Waipu members. Men’s Championship Black tees honour was shared between Sheldon Kearns last year’s Northland overall Champion and Braden Keown of the Whangarei Boys High School winning team with a 74. Ex New Zealand representative player Terry Pulman took the Blue with 77 and the White went to Napo Henare with 85. Ladies yellow course was taken by Jo Taylor (pictured) and as none of the single figure players opted to play the ladies white championship course, three mid handicappers took on the challenge. The dry conditions made “play the lie” extremely difficult and this record stands at 102. Recent rain has brought the fairways back to life and the new course layout is a pleasure to play.

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Ladies White Tees – Julie Gordon 102 Ladies Yellow Tees – Jo Taylor 83 Men’s Black Tees – Sheldon Kearns and Braden Keown – 74 Men’s Blue Tees – Terry Pulman – 77 Men’s White Tees – Napo Henare – 85 Scramble Results for the Competition for Best Nett went to: Ladies:White Tees: 1st Julie Gordon and R/U Suzanne Hansen Yellow Tees: 1st Jo Taylor, 2nd Helen Bradley, 3rd Wendy Legarth, 4th Margaret Pennington, 5th Denise Pilbrow, 6th Margaret Aston, 7th Betty Johns Men:White Tees: 1st Rod McKay, 2nd John Bennett, 3rd Russell Foster, 4th Bill Bamford, 5th Ross Duffus, 6th Dick Scotland, 7th Craig Duffus, 8th Paul Irwin Blue Tees: 1st Murray McFadyen, 2nd John Pennington, 3rd Norm Joule, 4th Nigel Taylor, 5th Doug Shadbolt, 6th Robert Hansen, 7th Bob Peni, 8th Graham Hawkes Black Tees: 1st Wilfred Lewin, 2nd Murray Donaldson, 3rd Rodney Dickens, 4th David Wistrand, 5th Sheldon Kearns

Nearest the Pins:(17th Hole): Eva Williamson (Ladies), Mark Churches (White tees) Laurie Bell (Blue tees) Sheldon Kearns (Black tees) Twos:Jo Taylor (2nd) Laurie Bell (17th), Bob Glen (7th), Bob Peni (13th), Terry Pulman (13th) Murray Donaldson (17th), Sheldon Kearns (13th and 17th) Course Records Won on 8th February 2014 (Course records won by each person, until the next person came in with a better score) Yellow tees: Pat Fowler 107, Wendy LeGarth 105, Helen Bradley 103, Eva Williamson & Betty Johns & Lynne Causer 101, Catherine Jenkins 94, Jo Taylor 83 Ladies white tees: Carol Jessop 105, Julie Gordon 102 Men’s white tees: Max Cullen 101, John Bennett 91, Bill Bamford 90, Rod McKay 86, Napo Henare 85 Blue tees: Graham Hawkes 97, Dennis Budd 92, Sam Howard & Bob Peni 90, Doug Shadbolt & Bob Glen 89, Laurie Bell 85, Norm Joule & Grant Weston 81, (Worth mentioning that Norm was 3 under his age !!!) John Pennington 79, Terry Pulman 77 Black tees: Rodney Dickens 81, Wilfred Lewin 78, Phil Hunter 75, Braden Keown & Sheldon Kearns 74

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GRANT CLEMENTS MEMORIAL Planned as a 72 hole stroke play event, heavy and wet course conditions on Saturday morning from overnight rain meant that round 1 of the tournament was cancelled and reduced to a 54 hole event. A full field of 90 players started (13 women and 77 men) in what was to prove a very evenly contested tournament in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Cameron Jones (North Shore) scored an excellent 68, one shot ahead of Jordan Bakermans (Canterbury) 69 and Sam Vincent (Lochiel) and Nick Coxan (Narrows) on 70.10 players followed on 71 and another 4 on par 72. Round 3 on Sunday morning provided fine and warm weather set the scene for good golf. Like Toomey obliged with an excellent 67 for a 2 round total of 140, even with Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui -69) and Jordan Bakermans (Canterbury -71). Sam Vincent one shot behind with 3 players on 142, 5 on 143 and 2 on 144. Setting up an afternoon of interesting golf. The lead changed often making it difficult for spectators and players to know who was going to take out the title. Lost balls, wayward drives and putts proved to be the difference. After the first 6 holes of the afternoon Luke Toomey and Hayden Beard were 5 under and the following field ranging from 4 to 1 under and still there with a chance. After 12 holes Hayden Beard was 6 under and looking good with his rivals one or 2 shots back. The last holes saw movement with Beard holding his lead and finished at 5 under (missed a makeable putt on the 18th). Nick Coxan (Narrows) was there and playing with Vincent had a wary eye on the gropu in fromnt and be-

hind. His final round of 70 could have been expected to be there at the finish. Jordan Bakermans (Canterbury), playing in the final group, had his chances but faltered slightly over the last 6 holes to finish with a 73, 4 under. Luke Toomey who had teed off in Group 8 had little to go on being so far ahead of the front players, saw the finishing post and had his chances with even par 72 – not quite enough to tie or take the lead. Smith playing in the 3rd group, in amongst the likely winners, made his move over the last 6 holes and playing the 18th birdied to finish equal with Beard on 211 – 5 under. Sam Vincent, playing in the group behind Smith, also finished on 211 giving a 3 way tie and requiring a sudden death play-off, the last one involved Danny Lee in. The Play-Off hole, the par 4 18th, saw Beard struggle after a wayward drive and a bogey, Vincent miss what would have been a very good putt and scoring a par. Bailey Smith sank a good putt from ab0ve the hole for a birdie and win the Men’s Division. In the women’s division, a 78 saw the early lead with Brittney Dryland (Titirangi) followed by Shanteal Ligaliga (Aviation) – 75 and Alanna Campbell (Omanu) and Onyou KIM (Gulf Harbour) both on 76. 73 scored by Onyou KIM (Gulf Harbour) and Brooke Hamilton (Maungakeikei) change the lead with Onyou Kim on 149 after 36 holes and Brooke Hamilton on 151. Shanteal Ligaliga sat 3rd on 154 and 3 on 155. The final round saw Onyou Kim score a very good 70 to set a total of 219 a clear winner. A good 73 by Alanna Campbell saw a share of 2nd place with Brooke Hamilton whose 78 resulted in a total of 229, some 10 shots behind the consistent Onyou KIM. Pictured right, are district teams winners Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui) and Sam Davis (Tauranga).

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