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s the father of a 16-year-old schoolgirl, I have some understanding of the stresses and strains felt by teenagers preparing for external school examinations. What I have no appreciation of are the conversations taking place in the Ko household at present as the family debates the right time for an outrageously precocious golf talent to take the plunge into the professional ranks. Lydia Ko last month returned from an extended overseas trip on the cusp of cutting her ties with the amateur game. Her options appear limitless after another highly successful campaign, capped by her second placing in the year’s last major, the Evian Championship in France, which saw her rise to fifth in the world rankings. At 16, the reigning New Zealand Open and Canadian Open champion will have suitors banging on the door for her to sign marketing and endorsement deals the likes of which have not before been seen in this country. Their interest has been piqued by a combination of Ko’s extraordinary talent and al-

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Ko all set to go pro ready proven ability to more than hold her own in elite company. The North Harbour teen has appeared in 25 professional tournaments over the past few years – and made the cut in each and every one of them. She has won two titles and finished in the top five on seven occasions. Her amateur status has seen her forfeit an estimated $1.8 million in tournament earnings. Before leaving France Ko dropped the broadest hint yet that she was set to fast-track her switch to the pro ranks but on arriving home she back-pedalled somewhat, saying only that she wanted first to concentrate on her school exams which end late next month. After that? Well, your guess is as good as mine. But the TAB should open a book and offer slim odds on her coming out party taking place in Christchurch on January 31-February 2 for the New Zealand Open at

Clearwater. The timing, venue and tournament all seem a perfect fit for Ko to make the switch. Not surprisingly, New Zealand Open promoter Bob Tuohy supports that theory. Tuohy believes it makes sense for Christchurch to host Ko’s entry to the pro ranks. “To turn professional ahead of defending her own national open would be a perfect way to kick-start her year before heading to Australia and the big tournaments there. I think it could happen,” Tuohy said. Of course, Tuohy is wearing his promoter’s hat, but it could well be that he is not too wide of the mark. Because of her tender years Ko would require a dispensation to play on the LPGA Tour in the United States, but that seems a formality given her proven record and attractiveness to sponsors.

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New course rankings revealed By Martin Davidson

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hey’re back – and certain to again spark plenty of chatter in clubrooms the length of the country. Dunedin-based club professional and Golfer Pacific NZ columnist Andrew Whiley has updated his New Zealand course rankings, which generated a lot of debate when first launched in 2010. His third instalment of the rankings reveals some interesting changes although the leading North Island and South Island layouts remain unaltered, with Kauri Cliffs and Jack’s Point again topping the charts. In fact, the top three South Island courses – the Queenstown trio of Jack’s Point, The Hills and Millbrook – retain their status from the last rankings compiled in 2011. In the north, Kinloch has moved from third to second, Paraparaumu Beach fifth to third and Wairakei has dropped from second to fourth. The biggest mover in the north is Royal Wellington, where a multimillion-dollar facelift has seen the Heretaunga course promoted from 12th to seventh place. Two northern courses, Mangawhai (13th) and Carrington Resort (14th), move into the top 15 after missing the cut two years ago. In the south, Oreti Sands has risen from eighth to fifth, while Invercargill (12th),

Harwood (13th) and Nelson (14th) appear for the first time. Whiley said this year’s rankings were based on the most extensive pool of respondents yet. The opinions were canvassed of 50 respondents from PGA professionals, tour professionals (including Greg Turner, Michael Hendry, Grant Moorhead, Richard Lee, Fraser Wilkin and Mahal Pearce), leading club professionals, top course superintendents and one of New Zealand’s leading course architects. Whiley asked each to rank their top 25 courses and from this the top 15 North Island and top 15 South Island courses are now being recognised. Less than 2.10 points separate the top five courses. Kinloch received the most number one votes with 16, eight second place votes and eight third place votes. Paraparaumu Beach received 10 number one votes while Kauri Cliffs had nine number one votes, eight number two votes and nine number three votes. In the South Island, Jacks Point received three number one votes and The Hills received two number first place responses. Adding up the top five rankings, Kauri Cliffs received 38 votes, Kinloch 37, Cape Kidnappers 32, and Paraparaumu Beach and Jack’s Point 30 each. It was stipulated that all rankers needed to have either played or walked over the

and play courses at home. He believes that New Zealand has some world class courses that need to be experienced before one has to travel overseas.

Rankings (2011 ranking bracketed):-

The top North Island course is again Kauri Cliffs. courses they were ranking. Paraparaumu Beach was the only course to be ranked by all 50 rankers, Wairakei and Kauri Cliffs were ranked by 48 rankers and Kinloch by 46 rankers. In the South Island, Jack’s Point and The Hills were both ranked by 47 responders. Whiley intends to do a follow-up ranking, featuring regional “club member” courses. He will be asking club golfers from throughout New Zealand for feedback to assist these rankings. The next full course rankings will be conducted in 2015 as Whiley believes these rankings are an important tool for New Zealand Golf tourism. Many golfers travelling New Zealand wonder where they are going to play golf and which are the best golf courses? Previous rankings had always been conducted by international publications, with only a small group of “rankers” and really only covered the top 10 courses. Whiley also hopes the rankings will stimulate New Zealand golfers to travel

North Island: 1 Kauri Cliffs 21.72 score (1), 2 Kinloch 21.66 (3), 3 Paraparaumu Beach 21.34 (5), 4 Wairakei 20.66 (2), 5 Cape Kidnappers 19.62 (4), 6 Titirangi 13.58 (6), 7 Royal Wellington 12.84 (12), 8 Royal Auckland 12.78 (7), 9 Gulf Harbour 10.3 (13), 10 Hastings 9.28 (9), 11 New Plymouth 9.12 (10), 12 Muriwai 6.94 (8), 13 Mangawhai 5.72 (-), 14 Carrington Resort 5.7 (-), 15 The Lakes Resort (5.54 (11). South Island: 1 Jack’s Point 19.32 (1), 2 The Hills 17.5 (2), 3 Millbrook 10.94 (3), 4 Christchurch 10.54 (5), 5 Oreti Sands 7.16 (8), 6 Clearwater 7.12 (4), 7 Terrace Downs 6.24 (6), 8 Chisholm Park 5.32 (9), 9 Pegasus 3.7 (7), 10 Otago 3.38 (13), 11 Arrowtown 3.34 (10), 12 Invercargill 2.6 12 (-), 13 Harewood 2.04 (-), 14 Nelson 2.04 (-), 15 Russley 1.84 (15). Methodology: Each ranker was asked to rank their top courses from first to 25th. Each course received 25 points for being ranked first, 24 points for being ranked second, down to one point for being ranked 25th. The total score each course received was the total then divided by 50. Each course had to have been ranked by a minimum of 10 rankers to be considered. Courses were divided between the North Island and South Island because many of the rankers were from the North Island and had not played many of the South Island courses under consideration for ranking.

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Whangarei defend schools title

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hangarei Boys’ High School have successfully defended their New Zealand secondary schools title at Templeton in Christchurch in an impressive display. The Northland side, who led by seven strokes from locals St Bede’s College and Tauranga Boys’ College after 18 holes, held on to win by two shots from the fast-finishing Palmerston North BHS. Whangarei, who won by five shots last year from St Bede’s on home turf at Waipu, became the first team to defend the title since North Harbour’s Kristin College went back to back in 2009 and 2010. “We’re rapt,’’ Whangarei manager and coach Quentin Diment said. “The boys played really well. We had one of our boys put in an unexpected performance with a 71, Ben Kennedy, and that was a big turnaround for us, it gave us the chance to do well. “To be fair when we came down we expected to do well but we knew that there were a lot of great teams here and we are pleasantly surprised to be the

champion again.” Whangarei became the sixth school, since the championship began in 1984, to defend the title after Hamilton, Nelson, Rotorua Boys, New Plymouth Boys and Kristin. “The boys are thrilled to be champions two years in a row,’’ Diment said. Houhora’s Kennedy was the star turn of the final. He opened with a two-under par 71 at Templeton, the best round from the morning by four strokes, which in the end proved to be the difference. “Ben is a latecomer to the game,” Diment said. “He has come through the ranks at Whangarei Boys High School. He comes from Houhora, as far north as you can get in New Zealand [in golfing terms]. He has performed very, very well and we are so pleased for him.” Waipu’s Braden Keown (75) and New Zealand amateur champion Kadin Neho (77) added to Kennedy’s hot start for Whangarei to open with a four-over 223 total. Neho continued their momentum in the afternoon in the format where the best three out of four scores count in each round.

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He shot a 74 in the afternoon to combine with Keown (78) and Julian Fowler or Kennedy (82). It was enough to hold off Palmerston North BHS as Jack Leenards (73) and Josh Sedgwick (72) came home strong to put the pressure on the defending champions. Tauranga BHS finished alone in third place, two strokes back from Palmerston North, and were well led by Charlie Hillier. Hillier (Te Puke) shot 73 and 75 to claim the individual honours by two shots from Leenards and St Bede’s Connell Kilpatrick.

Leading scores:-

(best three out of four scores count each round) 457 – Northland – Whangarei Boys’ High School (Kadin Neho 77 74, Braden Keown 75 78, Julian Fowler 80 82 and Ben Kennedy 71 82) 459 – Manawatu /Wanganui – Palmerston North BHS (Jack Leenards 77 73, Nick Quantock-Holmes 77 81, Josh Sedgwick 79 72, Regan McConaghty 81 83) 461 – Bay of Plenty – Tauranga Boys’ College (Wyatt Amerson 79 79, Charlie Hillier 75 73, Harry Hillier 78 80, Tyler King 77 79)

Whangarei Boys’ High School team members Kadin Neho, Braden Keown, Julian Fowler and Ben Kennedy Photo: Photosport 463 – Canterbury – St Bede’s College (Tom Hardy 75 79, Jacob Roberts 80 79, Connell Kilpatrick 75 75, Conner McFadzien 80 85, North Harbour – Westlake BHS (Harry Yang 79 77, Jared Bellas 85 81, Chang Gi Lee 79 76, Sam Reese 75 77) 466 – Auckland – St Kentigern College (Joanna Kim 75 76, Kyle Maihi 79 75, Andrew Meng 80 81, Erik Jorgenson 91 81) 468 – Waikato – Hamilton BHS (Denzel Ieremia 78 73, Bayley Waudby 79 81, Regan Kidd 80 80, Ben Murray 77 dq) 473 – Taranaki – Hawera HS (Celeste McLean 77 84, Samuel Jones 78 76, Ethan Jones 89 81, Daniel White 77 85) 487 – Tasman – Waimea College (Andrew

Drummond 78 80, Trent Inch 87 84, Nick Hanna 76 84 Hamish Drummond 87 82) 488- Aorangi – Timaru BHS (Matt McLean 78 80, Jake McLachlan 88 84, Matt Bowater 82 76, Sam Braddick 92 99) 490 – Otago – Wakatipu HS (Sungwoo Han 84 80, Edward Cochrane 77 78, Terry Kim 89 93, Jack Turner 80 91) 504 – Hawke’s Bay – St Johns College (Tyson Tawera 80 76, Kaleb Tawera 90 87, Liam Brown 86 85, Jack Maylor 96 101) 517 – Wellington – Paraparaumu College (Emma Hayward 81 85, Gray Laurenson 89 86, Ben Laurenson 90 92, Glenn Hayward 87 89) 555 – Southland – Gore HS (Blake Shirley 84 79, Jeff Popham 97 99, David Lamb 96 100, Ryan Kirk 108 109)

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Martin trumps the Aussies NZ retain title in style

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urray Martin has become the first New Zealander to win the Australian men’s senior amateur championship in four years by recording a comprehensive six-stroke victory at Royal Queensland. The New Plymouth member was consistency personified as he shot three successive rounds of 74 for a 54-hole total of sixover-par 222. Martin is only the second New Zealander to win the title for players aged 55 and over as he followed in the sprig marks of three-time champion, Royal Wellington’s Rodney Barltrop. He is now also one of only three golfers to win the Australian and New Zealand senior amateur championship crowns, joining Barltrop and Australian Stefan Albinski (Aust) in an exclusive club. “It’s great to put my name under senior greats including Rodney Barltrop and Stefan Albinski,” he said. “It’s been great to come over and play with my Austral-

ian mates and wonderful to have my family here to see me sink the last putt to win the championship.” Although the win seemed comfortable it was not a sure thing with nine holes to play. Paul Maslen, of New South Wales, played outstandingly to be two-under par through nine holes and had joined Martin in the lead. But the Kiwi responded and played almost flawless golf to break clear again while Maslen could not maintain his run for the title. Defending champion Sam Christie (Indooroopilly) stormed home in the final round to finish in a tie for second place with Kiwi Frank Borren. Christie carded a final round of 71, the best round of the championship. New Zealand’s Michael Leitch finished in a tie for fourth with

Australian Paul Maslen, while Royal Auckland’s Michael Barltrop was the next best of the Kiwis in a share of seventh.

Leading scores (Australian unless stated):-

222 – Murray Martin (NZ) 74 74 74 228 – Samuel Christie 79 78 71, Frank Borren (NZ) 76 76 76 229 – Michael Leitch (NZ) 77 78 74, Paul Maslen 77 76 76 230 – Robert Payne 78 77 75 231 – Michael Barltrop (NZ) 76 79 76 232 – Michael Maher 77 79 76, Greg Stanford 80 75 77, Roy Vandersluis 77 82 73 234 – Richard Greville 78 77 79, Ian McPherson 82 78 74, Stefan Albinski 80 80 74, David Limbach 75 80 79 235 – John Sanders (NZ) 75 82 78, Robbie Bell (NZ) 81 74 80, Sal Ballard 74 81 80, Ross Bockman 80 75 80, Steve Hartley 79, 76, 80 236 – Rodney Barltrop (NZ) 81 80 75, Chris Gordon 78 81 77

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he New Zealand seniors team defended their Sanctuary Cove Trophy in style over Australia at Sanctuary Cove in Queensland. The Kiwis won all three events (foursomes, fourball and individual) to record an overall winning margin of 14.5 to 9.5 matches. The final day was especially close, with eight of the 12 matches going to the 18th hole. New Zealand led by four points heading into the individual matches on the final afternoon and secured a 6.5 to 5.5 win in the singles to complete a memorable tournament. Taranaki’s Murray Martin won all three of his matches to follow up his victory in the Australian seniors championship. His 1 up win over Peter King in the final match of the day secured the clean-sweep in all three divisions for the New Zealanders. The only other Kiwi to win all of his matches was Ngaruawahia’s Phillip Hunter. The win gave the New Zealand the overall lead in Sanctuary Cove Trophy matches with four wins to Australia’s three titles.

Results:-

Foursomes (New Zealand 3.5 Australia 2.5) Murray Martin and Mike Leitch bt Stefan Albinski and Steve Gibson 4 and 3, Phil Hunter and Andrew McKechnie bt Groy Vandersluis and Ian McPherson 5 and 4, Arthur Parkin and Frank Borren halved with Robert Payne and Ross Bockman, Tony Treen and John Batley bt Richard Greville and Alan Bullas 3 and 2, John Sanders and Robbie Bell lost to Vince Clark and David Limbach 2 and 1, Rodney Barltrop and Michael Barltrop lost to Denis Dale and Peter King 2 and 1. Fourball (New Zealand 4.5 Australia 1.5) Parkin and Martin bt McPherson and King 2 and 1, Hunter and Leitch bt Limbach and Payne 3 and 2, M Barltrop and Borren bt Albinski and Greville 1up, Sanders and R Barltrop halved with Vandersluis and Gibson, McKechnie and Bell bt Clark and Bockman 1 up, Treen and Batley bt Dale and Bullas 6 and 4. Individual matches (New Zealand 6.5 Australia 5.5) R Barltrop halved with Limbach, Bell halved with Gibson, Hunter bt Vandersluis 6 and 5, Batley lost to Albinski 2up, Sanders bt Clark 3 and 2, Treen lost to Bockman 2 and 1, Parkin lost to Dale 3 and 2, Leitch halved with Bullas, M Barltrop bt McPherson 2 up, Borren bt Payne 1up, McKechnie lost to Greville 1up, Martin bt King 1up. Overall: New Zealand 14.5 Australia 9.5

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easoned traveller, budding photographer and keen golfer Tom Arnautovic from Western Australia recently returned from a hosted golf tour to China with Gold Coast based tour company Go Golfing and his opening line to NZ Golfer read, “If you haven’t visited China, put it on your Bucket List.” Tom and partner Glenda joined 35 golfers from all over Australia on an 18 day tour to China, staying 7 nights at Mission Hills, the world’s biggest golf club, followed by 10 days taking in China’s iconic sights, attractions and culture. The tour started in Hong Kong where the group took a one hour coach transfer across the China border to Mission Hills. Boasting 12 courses designed by golfing luminaries after which the courses are named, luxury hotels and an expansive leisure and entertainment precinct, Mission Hills has been purpose built to attract keen golfers. Our six round Mission Hills golfing indulgence saw us play the Els, Duval, Annika, VJ Singh, Norman & Olazabal courses. Spectacular

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golfers to travel to China. Following this golfing indulgence, our clubs were transferred to Hong Kong and we enjoyed 10 days touring China, starting in Shanghai. The quaint Chinese Gardens and a canal cruise through an old water town, like a small Venice, were memorable highlights.

A short flight to Yichang in central China saw us board a brand new luxury ship for a 4 day Yangtze River cruise. We walked historic 400 year old village and tribal areas of the river people, their stories truly inspiring. We disembarked in Chongqing City where our main excursion was to see the Pandas at the zoo

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Lee claims title in style

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otorua’s Peter Lee was a class above his peers at Harewood in Christchurch as he enjoyed a comfortable win at the New Zealand age group championship. The 18-year-old closed with a threeunder-par 69 for a 54-hole total of 213 to claim the title by six shots from Manawatu’s Trent Munn and North Harbour’s Tadhg Campbell. It was Lee’s fourth domestic title for 2013. “It means a lot to win this championship,” he said. “It is great to add my name to this trophy alongside the many great names who have won it before me.” Lee followed in the footsteps of the likes of Greg Turner (1981), Michael Campbell (1987), Michael Long (1988), Adam Scott (1996), Steven Bowditch (2000) and Jason Day (2004). Having started the final round with a fourshot lead, Lee made his intentions clear with a birdie at the first. “I was hitting the ball all right but I was just missing all of my putts at the start. A few of them dropped in at the end coming home which was good,” he said after posting birdies on four of the final six holes. Lee’s victory continued a top year after his wins in the South Island strokeplay championship, the Rotorua Open and the North Harbour strokeplay championship. “I am quite happy with where my game is at. I have done quite a lot of work and I did a swing change with my coach Gavin (Holder) over the

winter and I am seeing the results of that now.”

Leading scores:-

213 – Peter Lee (Rotorua) 74 70 69 219 – Trent Munn (Manawatu) 80 71 68, Tadhg Campbell (Muriwai) 75 73 71 220 – Ryan Chisnall (Greenacres) 78 75 67 223 – Charlie Hillier (Te Puke) 77 75 71, Nick Coxon (Narrows) 76 75 72, Sean Masters (Otago) 75 73 75 224 – Tom Hunt (Australia) 80 73 71, Jacob Roberts (Russley) 77 75 72, Thomas Hardy (Coringa) 77 74 73, Kadin Neho (Whangarei) 76 74 74 225 – Samuel Jones (Manaia) 77 77 71, Jamie Anstiss (Otago) 80 73 72, Taylor Gill (Bay of Islands Kerikeri) 80 73 72, Denzel Ieremia (Hamilton)) 78 74 73, Chang-Gi Lee (North Shore) 74 76 75

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ucklander Ryan Fox has claimed the biggest win of his short professional career by taking out the Jeep Pro Am in Queensland with a birdie on the first extra hole of the playoff. The 26-year-old carded a seven-under-par 65 in the final round of the $A200,000 event to post a 15-under total of 273. It wasn’t quite enough for an outright victory and a three-way playoff was required when fellow Kiwi Gareth Paddison and Anthony Brown, who birdied his final hole, joined Fox at 15-under at the completion of 72 holes. Wellington’s Paddison, who last year won the Victorian PGA in the Jeep Series, hit an errant second shot which found the back bunker on the 18th hole at Royal Pines Resort. He played a great bunker shot to recover but still had an eight-foot putt for par. Brown and Fox both found the green in regulation and while Brown’s lengthy birdie attempt came up short, Fox made

no mistake to seal victory. “I really can’t believe it,” Fox said shortly after receiving the winner’s cheque for $A36,000. “This is no doubt the biggest win of my career and to do it by beating such a quality field really does help with my confidence heading into the Australasian summer.” Fox’s fifth win as a professional was his second of 2013, after he successfully defended his Fijian Open title in June. Paddison took home $A17,300 for his joint runner-up finish.

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Taranui still going strong By Gaylene Atkins

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Leading scores:(Australian unless noted) 273 – Ryan Fox (NZ) 68 68 72 65, Anthony Brown 67 68 69 69, Gareth Paddison (NZ) 68 70 68 67. Fix won playoff at first extra hole; 275 – Stephen Leaney 68 65 69 73, Matthew Millar 68 66 70 71; 276 – Matthew Stieger 67 72 71 66; 277 – Matthew Griffin 67 73 67 70; 278 – David McKenzie 71 63 72 72; 279 – Nick Cullen 71 67 73 68, Jake Higginbottom 69 75 67 68, Andre Stolz 73 72 68 66, Christopher Wood 69 71 67 72; 280 – Kim Felton 70 69 71 70, Daniel Fox 74 66 70 70 Steven Jones 71 68 71 70

aranui Golf Club’s picturesque and ‘yes’ challenging nine-hole course at Ohura in the heart of the King Country is in fine fettle. While other small clubs in the area have closed, Taranui’s members range in age from six to 60, and all of them are excited as they prepare to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary on November 24. The club’s birth can be dated back to February 21, 1963, when an enthusiastic group of 26 locals held a public meeting in the Ohura Memorial Hall, and formed Taranui Golf Club Inc. Mr J A (Jack) Barry convened the meeting and was voted in as the president. Mr J Blyth became chairman, with Mr E J Benbow the secretary and Mr J Libline the treasurer. They also formed a ‘works committee’ of six others who were ably supported by many more volunteers. Fifty years later, the running of the course is fairly relaxed, with one mixed club day being a regular weekly event. President Geoff Bruce remains optimistic about the future of the club. “It’s still a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon.” It’s obvious that the club being operational is testament to those few stal-

warts who work tirelessly at the ‘mostly voluntary’ duties which keep the club and course alive; and dedicated to preserving what those early founding members envisioned. The highlight for many active members is their annual mystery tour, aka ‘the away trip’. This year 30 people played at Whangamata and Waihi while basing themselves at The Lakes at Pauanui. Rhondda Bruce organises and keeps ‘the destination secret’ until the day of departure (when members are given a time to meet, the event-planner, travel directions, courses and accommodation details). There are daily prizes, including ‘the dick-head’ hat, which this has been won and worn with great pride over the years. No golf competition would be complete without the overall male winner receiving a ‘green’ coat; and with more women now playing too, the introduction of ‘the cardy’ is sure to become a valued trophy highlight! At first glance an unfamiliar golfer could be forgiven for thinking Taranui is an easy course but looks can be deceiving. There are open fairways, next to no bunkers, nice trees, not a lot of water hazards, but don’t be fooled. ‘Clarks’, the fifth and 14th holes, features an

out-of-bounds on the left (commonly called ‘the pig pen’ and frequently the death of many good scorecards) while mature trees are forming a row further down on the right of the fairway. ‘Clarks’ green is out in the open and up on a knob and to make it in regulation four is a test for anyone’s skill level. The course walk of 4557 metres is good for the soul even if the golf is not up to the par of 70. And, understandably, the eco-friendly ‘fairway-ewemowers-with-off-spring’ do leave a biodegradable waste product. But as every golfer knows, you can get into ‘that stuff’ just as easily on a flash course which doesn’t have sheep grazing on it. Today, the club’s honours board features many names from the past, with the 1963 inaugural junior champion being the only person still living in Ohura. If you’re a ‘past champion or member’, please consider this your invitation to attend the 50th anniversary celebrations on November 24. This doubles as the club’s end-of-season closing and prizegiving celebrations, so you can be sure that everyone in attendance will be in fine form at the 19th. If you’d like to take that trip down memory lane, please don’t hesitate to contact Geoff Bruce – email bruces@ farmside.co.nz or phone 07 893 7879.

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ew Zealand has nearly 400 golf courses dotted across the North and South Islands. Some are among the best quality courses in the world while others are basic, volunteerrun community courses. Each has its own charm and we are so fortunate to live in such a wonderfully accessible golfing country. An estimated 500,000 New Zealanders play golf every year with over 108,000 playing as registered members of golf clubs. During 2012 club membership numbers grew 1.8 percent on 2011 levels, with over 20,000 more rounds of golf played by the members throughout the country. While these numbers reflect positive signs, it is reasonably well known that the golfing market in New Zealand features a traditional membership base that is ageing and slowly declining. While declining membership numbers are somewhat supplemented by a growing casual golf population, these participants are not engaged with the traditional club environment or its membership offerings. Golf clubs are the lifeblood of the golf industry, however throughout New Zealand many are struggling with a common set of fundamental issues. These include the decreasing traditional membership numbers and in some areas an over-capacity in the market (too many clubs), leading to price pressures and general inefficiency. In financial terms these issues are in many cases manifesting themselves in declining revenues and increasing costs, with a high percentage of clubs losing money. These economics are simply not sustainable and while these issues have been evident for at least a decade, only limited progress has been made to address them. This is

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a global trend not confined to New Zealand. As part of a new strategic approach that has been well documented, New Zealand Golf is embarking on an exciting new era of providing more support for clubs around the country. One of the first new initiatives we have launched is the 2013 NZG & ANZ Bank Golf Club Seminar Series. The series entitled ‘Reducing Your Club’s Handicap’ is being run in 15 locations around New Zealand and is focused on discussing a plan of attack for declining membership and financial hardship. The workshops have been developed by New Zealand Golf in partnership with the ANZ and are being delivered by ANZ business training managers. The material has been derived from a Victoria University study called “Cash, sinkholes and sources” and covered five topics from: maintaining financial viability, obtaining sufficient income, attracting new members, retaining existing members and being an attractive alternative in a competitive market. The workshops are helping golf club managers to look at the business of golf differently, designing business plans, helping identify roadblocks, and effectively measuring the key performance indicators for sustainability and growth. The feedback we have received from the seminar se-

ries so far has been very positive. When asked what was the most valuable points they took from the workshop, the responses from golf club managers included comments such as:“The third space concept was really interesting and beneficial,” one manager from Auckland said. “The workshop stimulated creativity for change,” said a North Harbour club manager. “It gave us plenty of stuff to think about and take back to the club. It challenged the way we do things. It is all about making our club a better place for our members to enjoy.” Another added: “Change is necessary for the game and golf club setup and these workshops were a positive step towards a sustainable future in NZ. We can’t just hope that it is all going to work out.” The seminar series continues into October and we would encourage all golf club administrators to attend if possible. In partnership with our district associations, New Zealand Golf is looking forward to engaging in more of this type of work over the coming years. These types of initiatives are tangible ways that we can provide more support that positively assists golf clubs as they navigate their way through the modern day challenges facing the game.

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he New Zealand PGA is celebrating its centenary. This article recognises the role that women have played in developing golf in this country. Gillian Bannan is a life member of the PGA, Susan Farron is a NZ PGA board member and teaching professional at the Ellerslie Golf Driving Range in Auckland, Shelley Duncan is the head professional at Otago Golf Club in Dunedin and Stephanie Johnson-Grant is the trainee professional at Omanu Golf Club in Tauranga.

Duncan: Since 2000, I wanted to become a teaching professional and have a qualification. I went through a three-year apprenticeship. I believed it was essential to be a member of the PGA to develop me as a professional. Johnson-Grant: Currently in second year of PGA apprenticeship. After uni and doing an OE I wanted a job I was passionate about. Looking at golf, combined with a coaching apprenticeship, I got excited by its uniqueness and the opportunity for females.

How long have you been a golf professional and what interested you in becoming a golf pro? Bannan: In 1975 it was not the “thing’’ to

What was your background in the game prior to turning pro? Bannan: Played for Auckland and Wel-

become a professional, especially a woman. I had recently returned from playing the British Open and signed up to be trained at Titirangi with Terry Kelso. Farron: Since 2001. I wanted to become a great golf coach and decided I needed to learn using the best education training programme available in New Zealand and the PGA brand has tremendous recognition worldwide.

lington at provincial level. I represented NZ from 1963 and competed in World Cup, Commonwealth, and Tasman Cup teams. Farron: I represented Manawatu-Wanganui, and played for NZ for five years before qualifying for the European Ladies Tour, Duncan: I played amateur golf at all levels, including a golf scholarship to the US, and playing for New Zealand. Also com-

peted as a professional in US for a couple of years and played in a US Open. Johnson-Grant: I played for Bay of Plenty and won the champion of champions for Omanu Golf Club.

What are the attributes that make good NZ PGA members? Farron: Love and passion for the game,

enthusiasm, patience, outstanding customer service and professionalism. Duncan: They need to have a good knowledge of the game and be able to communicate that to all types of golfers. They must be friendly, have great communication, be approachable and want to help golfers improve their game. Johnson-Grant: Those who have left an imprint in my knowledge are those who are passionate about what they do, excited to be where they are and have plans of becoming pioneers of the game. Respect and professionalism are also important.

Do you see any difference between what you do in the industry and what the guys do? Farron: Sometimes I might wear a skirt but, other than that, not really! Duncan: There’s no great difference. I

am in a club job and need to be able to do all the things that a male pro would do. Johnson-Grant: Our teaching styles are different in the way we approach things. Now that we are becoming more prominent in the industry we are opening up opportunity for those who play to have choices in their education. Bannan: My main focus was always with teaching the game, especially with juniors. I was the only woman member of the PGA here for 20 years. Not a very good advert for women professionals, eh? But the women did not take up the mantel of teaching back then. Only now is this area opening up for women within the association.

What do you love about your job? Duncan: Helping golfers become better

and enjoying the game more. Farron: The amazing variety of people I meet and teach, and being able to influence and inspire people to achieve their goals and objectives. Johnson-Grant: The fact that I can call my office the 18 holes that make up Omanu golf course and that I am helping people get more enjoyment out of their hobby.

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ith the PGA of New Zealand now in its second century of existence, it’s hard to resist a look into the future of golf in the next 100 years. History has a tendency to repeat itself and so the answers to what lies ahead can at least partly be drawn from the past. Take the golf ball for example. In 1924 the great Scottish golfer George Duncan wrote a fascinating letter to his friend James Watt, who had emigrated to New Zealand before World War I and was one of the 12 professionals who founded our PGA. Duncan won the 1920 Open Championship at Deal, and came close to winning again on several occasions, including in 1923 at Troon, when he finished fifth, seven shots behind Arthur Havers. The letter makes it clear that he didn’t think that Havers’ victory was entirely due to skill, but to a new Maxfli ball which Duncan considered had saved him at least two shots a round. Some of you may also have heard the 1940 interview with Andy Shaw (on www.pga.org.nz/centenary) talking about the efforts of the R&A to limit the distance the ball was travelling in those days.

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The next hundred years So when the history of the second century is written in 2113, expect to see plenty of comments on golf technology and the ball in particular. Of course, if golf is to survive and thrive by then, there will have been significant changes to the game we know today. George Duncan would have been horrified at how long it takes to play golf in the 21st century. He was one of the fastest players of his time, remembering championships then comprised 36 holes a day, with each round typically taking less than three hours. Duncan believed practice swings were a waste of time; he simply walked up to the ball, hit it and walked on. That may be extreme, but by 2113 the rule makers and golf clubs will have found ways to get back to a three-hour round, perhaps by limiting the number of clubs allowed,

the number of holes comprising a round, the time allowed for each shot, and so on. Eighteen-hole golf may no longer be the norm, except for retro-style tournaments played as a novelty, much like the hickory tournaments of today. Health and safety laws may also play their part, with golfers having to be licensed to play after fitness and skill assessments, or having to face higher ACC levies and medical insurance premiums if they are unlicensed players. However, licensed golfers may enjoy lower life insurance premiums, because of the game’s proven contribution to longevity. PGA professionals will have a wider brief to carry out these assessments as well as helping golfers to higher skill levels, and golf courses may be graded according to handicap. The courses of the future will be multi-

functional facilities, with extended conservation and sustainability obligations. Those unable to meet the standards will close, so there will be a significant reduction in the number of conventional 18hole courses. On the other hand, there will be more smaller courses, par three and pitch and putt-type facilities, with some of these integrated into public parks with free access for all. Measured by participation numbers, golf will remain the leading sport in New Zealand. Obviously, none of these ideas are new or revolutionary, but by repeatedly drawing on its heritage and the unique facets of the game, golf will be re-energised and continue to grow as a significant industry, sport and recreational activity and to truly be New Zealand’s game for life.

If golf is to survive and thrive by then, there will have been significant changes to the game we know today.

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ellington ’s Julianne Alvarez has given the Manor Park Golf Club even more reason to celebrate in their centenary year by winning the New Zealand age group championship by three shots at Templeton in Christchurch. The 16-year-old, who won the New Zealand amateur championship in April, had rounds of 75, 70 and 74 for an even par total of 219. Australian Shelly Shin was second, while Tyla Kingi (Opotiki) was third and Wenyung Keh (Pakuranga) fourth. “I am pretty happy to have won here,” Alvarez said. “It is good to see that my hard work has paid off.” She said it was nice to finally win the age group title

and live up to the hype as the tournament favourite. “Every tournament is similar and there is always expectation to play well and play to your ability. It was great to win here again.”

Leading scores:-

219 – Julianne Alvarez (Manor Park) 75 70 74; 222 – Shelly Shin (Australia) 77 74 71; 224 – Tyla Kingi (Opotiki) 75 76 73; 225 – Wenyung Keh (Pakuranga) 73 75 77; 226 – Brydie Hodge (Levin) 78 71 77; 227 – Alanna Campbell (Omanu) 76 78 73; 229 – Joanna Kim (Manukau) 77 75 77; 231 – Sai Ma (North Shore) 73 76 82; 232 – Celyn Khoo (Pakuranga) 76 74 82; 234 – Cheerie Tan (Australia) 81 79 74; 235 – Vanessa Bouvet (New Plymouth) 81 78 76, Te Rongopai Clay (Titahi) 81 78 76, Laura Hoskin (Arrowtown) 76 79 80; 237 – Celeste McLean (Manaia) 81 77 79, Emma Clayton (Manawatu) 81 76 80

Call goes out for caddies More than 150 caddies will be required for the 2014 New Zealand Open at The Hills and Millbrook near Queenstown on February 27 to March 2. With the format of the event growing to feature 132 professional players and their amateur partners teeing off at both The Hills and Millbrook on Thursday, Februay 27, and swapping courses the next day, championship organisers will require about 150 caddies. On the Friday evening there will be a Pro-Am cut of the top 30 and top 60 professionals (plus ties) who go on to play at The Hills on the Saturday and Sunday.

Caddies will need to register on site at The Hills driving range no later than 10am on February 26. They will receive jobs in order of arriving onsite at The Hills from the morning of February 24 onwards. There is a $45 cost to register as a caddie and all caddies will receive a New Zealand Open logoed golf shirt and hat to wear while caddying and to take home as a souvenir. Caddies should be social or serious golfers with a good level of fitness to carry the golf bag around The Hills and Millbrook courses. To register please contact: Andrew Whiley, caddie master by email at: caddymaster@nzopen.co.nz

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Z Golf’s flagship team amateur events, the Toro Interprovincial Championships, are heading to North Harbour in 2013. The best male and female amateur golfers in the country will do battle for their respective districts. North Shore Golf Club will be hosting the Men’s Interprovincial from the 3rd to 7th of December. North Shore Golf Club is a traditional parkland golf course and one of the premier golf facilities in the country with 27 championship holes and a truly enormous and impressive clubhouse. The tree lined and well bunkered layout offers golfers some of the quickest and smoothest putting surfaces anywhere and the event will be contested on the Championship Red course. North Harbour men last won the Interprovincial championship title in 2005 at Titrangi and have been working hard this year at North Shore to try and maximise their home course advantage after a poor performance in 2012. The 2013 defending champions are Bay of Plenty who will also be one of the favourites

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North Harbour representative Sai Ma (North Shore Golf Club) has added another major title to her resume with a close fought one up win over Auckland and NZ representative Mun Chin Keh at Omaha Beach Golf Club over the weekend to win the North Harbour Championship. It has been a very strong year for the talented player, she also earlier in the year claimed the 54 hole North Shore Classic Stroke Play title. The highlight of the day other than her lifting the trophy was her hole in one on the 125 metre par three 3rd hole in the semi-final match in the morning. Another North Harbour player Mary Chantry (Waitemata) won the Upper Harbour handicap match play division defeating Kath Clark (Peninsula) 1up in another closely contested final.

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ALBATROSS ACE AT WELLSFORD While a hole-in-one is usually the pinnacle of most average club golfer’s career, Mike Reid, the popular general manager of the Warkworth Golf Club, took it one step further last weekend during a visit to Wellsford Golf club, when the six handicapper holed his drive on the 230m Par 4, 12th hole An albatross, or double eagle as it is referred to on the US tour, is rare enough and normally associated with holing out the second shot on a par five. The fact that Mike’s score was recorded as a hole in one on a par four hole, raises his achievement above all others. “This was my second hole in one”, said

Mike, “the first was at Mangawhai, a couple of years ago, which was fantastic because I actually saw that one go in the hole, but the one on Sunday was a bit different “The 12th at Wellsford is one of those risk or reward holes, the hole is a straight away par four with out of bounds and bunkers close on the right. It’s always on to get up on or near the green, but you must hit it straight.” he said. “I knew I had got hold of it pretty well and when I got up near the green the ball was nowhere to be seen. “We spent a few minutes looking for it and I was just starting to experience that sinking feeling that it had bounced through the green, when my playing partner took a look and said it was in the hole”. My initial reaction was that he was pulling my leg, but on checking, sure enough there it was”. “ I was absolutely stoked”, he said, “ and I can assure you I will be dining out on this one for the rest of my life!”

Huapai Junior Classic The 2013 North Harbour/Huapai Junior Classic was played mid September at Huapai Golf Club. Congratulations to Jerry Ren who won the Boys Championships on a 27 hole score of 114. Jerry Ren beat Jake Meenhorst in a 3 hole play off. Sai Ma won the Girls Championship blitzing the field with an even par score of 108.

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championship title is heading out of town for the third year in a row. Titirangi member John Batley (pictured) proved too strong for the field in the 54 hole stroke play tou r na ment despite some very tough opposition. With rounds of 75, 72 and 75 at Huapai, Helensville and Muriwai, John’s 222 total was good enough for a 5 shot win over fellow Titirangi member Tony Treen, a former North Harbour masters representative. The best of the North Harbour contingent was Waitemata’s Stuart Nicholls who posted a 3 round total of 230. Congratulations to John on a fantastic victory. In the Nett competition Redwood Park’s Yung-Sen Cheng won the overall competition with a total of 219. One shot behind in second place was Steve Collins of Akarana. The tournament was well attended with 75 players in the field. The rain was present for the beginning of the first round at Huapai but cleared up towards the end of the day and the players were greeted with fine sunny conditions for Saturday and Sunday. The enormous prize table was sponsored by Nobilo Wine and TaylorMade / Adidas Golf with almost half the

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NORTHLAND GOLF TRAIL Brown defends at Waitangi The Waitangi Golf Club hosted its second annual Bay of Islands Strokeplay Championship presented by Titleist/ Footjoy and for the second consecutive year Luke Brown (The Pines) has his name etched on the winner’s trophy. After a week of heavy down pours the weather cooperated to make for a magnificent day of golf. The recent rains made for heavy course conditions lengthening the course significantly and providing a significant advantage to the big hitters. Brown, a former Northland number one entered the week in need of a big performance with the event doubling as the final senior trial for the Northland men’s representative team and he delivered just that. Having been ranked Northland number one at the 2012 Interprovincial Brown signalled a return to the form that got him there winning with a one under par total of 143, matching his winning tally from 2012.

Youngster Christian Nitsche (Whangarei) produced his first senior tournament performance of note, firing the low round of the tournament with a three under par 69 in round one to claim the halfway lead. The 15 year old Whangarei teen handled the pressure admirably and although fading to second place after a second round 76 he will be much better for the experience, having added his name to the ever growing list of talented junior golfers emerging from the Northland Academy of late. In the Net competition Waitangi’s own Darren Markin was the winner with a score of 138. Dave Hellen (Waitangi) got the ideal birthday present taking out the Intermediate division with a score of 173. Hellen finished a single stroke ahead of Paul Cheesman (BOI Kerikeri), while Pita Apiata (Waitangi) was the Intermediate Net winner with a score of 149. The Junior/D Grade title went to Eddie Prime (Kaikohe) with a score of 167. Gordon Morgan (Waitangi) took out the net title with a score of 135. Special thanks go to Waitangi Golf Club Professional Alex Bonnington who with the team from Titleist provided the trophies for the day.

Overall title eludes Northland Junior team The Northland junior boys team came agonisingly close to claiming back to back titles in the Northern Region Junior Boys

Quadrangular in mid September. The event was played at Auckland’s Maungakiekie Golf Club. Teams of four under 19 and four under 16 boys were competing for three trophies; one for each age group and an overall trophy given to the province with the most match points won over the entire event. The Northland teams in playing order: Under 19: 1.Kadin Neho (Whangarei) 2.Luke Brown (The Pines) – Captain 3.Christian Nitsche (Whangarei) 4.Norton Brown (Waipu) Under 16: 1.Taylor Gill (BOI Kerikeri) 2.Julian Fowler (Northland) – Captain 3.Ben Bowmar (Whangarei) 4.Daniel Millett (Northland) Round one got underway against Bay of Plenty, the Under 16’s getting off to a flyer with a 4-0 win, Gill being the most impressive with a 5&4 win. The Under 19’s were held to a 2-2 draw with senior representatives Brown (5&4) and Neho (2&1) winning. Next up in round two was Waikato. The 16’s suffered a close loss 1.5 – 2.5. Millett (All Square) and Fowler (2&1) scored the points. The 19’s found a similar fate with Neho (5&4) being the only player to win against his NZ Squad mate Denzel Ieremia as the team went down 1-3. The final day saw Northland up against big brother Auckland. Both teams got up to win, the 16’s by 2.5-1.5 and the 19’s with an emphatic 3.5-0.5 margin.

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GOLF TRAILS Overall this saw the Under 16 side claim their division with Waikato second. The roles were reversed in the Under 19 division with Waikato winners and Northland runner up. Unfortunatley for Northland Waikato were able to claim the overall honours by a mere half point, Waikato 15 – Northland 14.5 Particularly pleasing for selectors is the current depth of talent in the under 16 grade. Of the eight boys that played the Quad six were eligible for the 16’s team, Christian Nitsche (Whangarei) and Norton Brown (Waipu) stepped up to the 19’s side. Both boys aquitted themselves well, improving as the weekend went on to both claim wins 2&1 against Auckland in Sunday’s final round.

Winners are grinners

After wet weather the day before, Saturday, September 7, turned out lovely for the 12 teams who turned out to play in the Waitangi Golf Club Ladies Spring Teams Tournament. Although the scoring wasn’t

phenomenal the atmosphere was great. Winners are grinners and the Ladies team from Sherwood Park GC (Robin’s Girls) were certainly grinning very happily when they were announced winners of the day (Pictured above). Pictured below is anoth-

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AUCKLAND GOLF TRAIL Auckland Chinese Cup

After the success of the 2012 event, the Auckland Chinese Cup will take place at Akarana Golf Club on November 14, 2013. The event, hosted by The Golf Mart NZ, will be completed by four major Asian Golf society (Chinese, Taiwan, HK & Malay). Each club will have 20 players to represent the club, and a top 5 stableford will determine the winner. There will also 40 players from VIP and open entry to public. Individual stableford and nett will be played, with two divisions for men and one division for ladies. The total prize value is over $20,000NZD. For more information, contact Akarana Golf Club on (09) 621 0024.

Leading scores:-

(first place), Wayne Nepia (third place) and John Munro (second place).

Results:-

WINNERS – TOP DOG John Morris and Alan Dawson PUPPIES – Owen Yorke and Sid Thornton WINNERS – COLLITER CUP Sid Thornton and Owen Yorke WINNERS – FLIGHT John Bancroft and Malcolm Turner

1st – Paul Loosemore 2nd – John Munro 3rd – Wayne Nepia 4th tie – Frank McGrath – Kalvin Lowe 5th tie – Mike O’Connell – John Morris 6th tie – Phil Hunt – Graham Hira 7th tie – Phil Thompson – Ross Tindle 8th tie – Colin Thomson – Brent Dawson 9th tie – Dave Yandall – Terry Spencer 10th tie – Trevor Cleghorn – John Toogood 11th tie – Aaron Capes – Les Edwards

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The Shoot Out was an inaugural event for the Waiuku Golf and Squash Club, which proved very popular. Qualifying was over six months and the final proved to be an exciting event with a great turnout of spectators. The course is in top condition and the members are now looking forward to the Waiuku New World Pro-Am on October 13th. Pictured below are the tripumphant top three winners, Paul Loosemore

The weather again had an effect on the size of the field at the Pakuranga Golf Club’s Heineken Open, held on August 30. Unfortunately weather reduced the 138 booked to 94 players on the day with 21 visitors. Two raffles resulted in $425.00 going to the club’s Junior Support fund. The next round of the 6 round competition is on Friday, November 19, with a shotgun start from 12 noon. Remember enter 4 out of the 6 rounds and go into the draw for some tremendous prizes.

Results:-

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Best stableford- Kevin Adams- 39 points Gross – Roy Hollick -73 Men‘s:1st Stableford Edmond Lee – 39 points

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WAIKATO GOLF TRAIL Interclub at Matamata This month Matamata Golf Club hosted the MA MO TE PA Interclub between Matamata, Morrinsville, Te Aroha, and Paeroa. The event has been played since 1958 and the competition managed to attract a good field of 75 players after all these years. The competition is based on the best 10 gross scores and the best 10 net scores from the four clubs. The best individual scores came from Jason Boobyer from Morrinsville, with a gross 73, and Bradley Gould from Paeroa, with a net 66 (pictured). The home advantage saw Matamata storm home with a combined gross score of 813, followed by Morrinsville and Te Aroha tied on 841, and Paeroa on 907. In the net, Matamata was also victorious with a combined net of 702, followed by Te Aroha 716, Morrinsville 736, and Paeroa 750. The competition will move to the Morrinsville course next year and we are all looking forward to that challenge.

Captains Trophy Also played at Matamata Golf Club was the Captains Trophy in teams of four, over two weekends. The first week was the best three stableford’s from each team followed by a Russian stableford plus the best of their team’s stableford. Ten teams battled it out and coming out on top were Gerard O’Neill, Rob Colley, Brent Stewart and Ian Taylor (pictured above).

Waikato 54 Hole Chantelle Cassidy (pictured) from Putaruru Golf Club was the winner in the Women’s section of the Waikato Men’s & Women’s 54 Hole event with a gross of 215. The event was held in early September at Ngaruawahia Golf Club.

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has 3 par 4 and 6 par 3 holes. This is a very good course for a youngster or learner golfer to start playing the game. It also is no push over for the experienced golfer who may want to sharpen up on his/her irons play. It is a flat course in a very relaxed environment. The 18 hole Titoki course is situated about 1 km south of the township. When you line up your drive on No. 1 the enjoyment starts. In front of you are 3 elevated tees, 2 elevated greens, 10 fairways with a dogleg and the Wentworth river to contend with on 13 of the 18 holes, so it pays to know the water hazard rules. It is for the most part flat and set in a very picturesque valley. When you stand on the No. 9 or No.16 tee, many would comment “this beats working any day”. Visitors welcome. Ph 07 865-8479. www.whangamatagolf. net.nz email.whangamata@golf.co.nz

Hodges does it again at Taumarunui lefties In the Taumarunui Golf Club’s 64th Lefthanders Tournament held on September 7 and 8, and in rather changeable weather, Ken Hodges (Taumarunui) blitzed the field taking out the Ted O’Reilly Shield for the second time (the first time being in 2005) with a net score of 129 over 36 holes. There were 76 lefties and 8 rightie supporters in a field representing 36 clubs from around the country. Numbers were a little down on previous years as there were about 10 of our regulars over in Turkey

Bay Girls win Caledonian Quadrangular at Taupo

playing the Worlds Lefthanders Tournament. Ken is pictured holding the Ted O’Reilly Shield.

Leading scores:– Stableford Wayne Hughes, Napier; Gross - Senior Ken Shea, Raglan; Intermediate David McCrea, Urenui; Junior – Robin Britt, Mahunga; Nett:– Senior Mike O’Leary, Royal Wellington; Int Daniel Scotson, Rangitikei; Junior John Loder, Ngahinepouri; Ladies:– Gross Harriet Byelich, Taumarunui; Nett Anne Hodges, Taumarunui; Stableford Margaret Nelson, Taumarunui. 

BAY OF PLENTY GOLF TRAIL

The annual Quadrangular between Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Waikato and Taranaki was played at Taupo recently with Bay of Plenty successful in winning the Senior Trophy. The Bay of Plenty team was: Alanna Campbell, Grace Senior, Heather Keefe, Tyla Kingi, Susan Lines, Rotana Howard, Shelley McElroy & Mary Lines. 1st: Bay of Plenty 5 points 17 games; 2nd Wellington 3 points 12 games; 3rd Waikato 2 points 10 games; 4th Taranaki 2 points 5.5 games.

Bay Harbour Tauranga Golf Club hosted the annual fixture played between North Harbour and Bay of Plenty with teams of eight seniors, four under 19’s and four under 16’s playing two rounds of medal matchplay. Players played in the ranking order based on first rounds scores in the second round. Pictured below are the members of the North Harbour team.

Lee off to Japan Bay number one and New Zealand Age Group Champion Peter Lee has been selected to represent New Zealand at the AsiaPacific Open Golf Championship Panasonic Open in Osaka, Japan. This means Peter will miss the Carrus Open and the Boys Interprovincial at Cambridge but is a great opportunity for Peter to further his development.

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Interclub Golf Challenge Sunday, September 1st (Father’s Day) saw the 5th running of the Interclub Challenge between the five Eastern Bay of Plenty Golf Clubs, with Kawerau Golf Club hosting this year’s event. The day was fine but with occasional cooling southerly winds, and a great field of competitors turned up for the day, with not only the five club teams (each 20 players) turning up, but also a good number of additional supporters also keen to play in the event. The volunteer workers at Kawerau Golf Club had put a lot of effort into preparing their course to its best. The greens were running quite slick and certainly provided some players with a challenge! Each of the clubs could have a team of up to 12 men and 8 women, with the 9 best of the men’s score to count plus 6 of the women’s. All the players have taken on board well the concept of representing their club in a challenge that allows them to claim boasting rights as the “Best in the Bay,” and there was plenty of friendly “sledging” both before playing and afterwards in the clubhouse awaiting results. Scores for the teams in order of overall best results as follows: Club-Women-Men-Team Total Kawerau-188-321-509; Whakatane-200-280-480; Ohope-184-287-471; Opotiki-187-282-469; Te Teko-173-272-445 Home club advantage triumphed again with Kawerau carrying the day, and with next year’s host Whakatane Golf Club showing good performances in their women’s team, they should again be odds on favourite for the 2014 challenge. Once again the winning Club members were tremendously pleased to have won for their club the prize of golf balls, green fee vouchers, plus a special voucher for 2 players to attend the Best Ball Challenge finals in Auckland, all generously sponsored by the Golfer Pacific magazine. All players present at the prize giving were generous in their thanks for the organizers and much appreciative of the Golfer Pacific’s sponsorship, and are al-

ready looking forward to having a go again next year at Whakatane.

Twilight Golf The Mount Maunganui Golf Club is embarking on changes to its popular Twilight Golf for 2013/2014. An enthusiastic and enterprising new organising team of Colleen Noble and Lynn Irving (pictured) will lead the competition with solid support of really good number of members. The management change, is but one of the changes for Twilight competition. Other changes are: – A move from Thursday to a Friday evening to compliment an already very popular Friday golf afternoon. - An extension to the Twilight season by commencing on Friday 1st November 2013. - Inclusion of sponsors and sponsored prizes to add to the Twilight experience. An emphasis will focus on attracting players new or returning to golf while also providing a competitive and social golf experience for Golf Club members. All of this is topped off with an evening meal after golf, a great finish to the working week.

Challenge at Ohope The inaugural Ohope Beach Resort – Ohiwa Harbour Ladies Challenge being held on Labour Day Weekend in October is now open for entries. This challenge is 3 x 9 hole event played over 2 days, 18 holes Saturday and 9 holes Sunday. The event consists of 9 holes Stableford, 9 holes Nett and the final 9 holes V’s par. There are prizes for each 9 hole event with the eventual Champion being the player with the most accumulated points. The points are awarded on a basis of 36 points for the winner of a section counting down to 1 point. As an example a player runs 3rd for the first 9 competition she would receive 34 points, last on the 2nd competition she would receive 1 point (current total 35 points) and

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Rotorua Vet’s Tournament Several seasons of weather were experienced by the entrants over the four days of the Match Play Tournament. However, the finals were held on Friday 13th with all veterans enjoying perfect golfing conditions. Twenty six clubs were represented at the Tournament this year. The winner of the Group One N.Z. Veterans’ Cup was Bill Coughlan (Helensville). Bill has been attending the tournament for nine years and this was the first time he has walked off with this cup, which was first played for in 1928. Runner-up was David Strawbridge (Pirongia) who was a flight winner last year. Group Two winner of the Arikikapakapa Cup was Tony Kunac (Taupo), who has also been attending this tournament

for a number of years. The winner of the Ladies Group, the Spicers’ Cup, was Margot Thom a visitor from Sherwood Park, Whangarei. Marie Roberts (Lake View) was runner-up in this section.

Results:-

Prize for the most Senior Veteran: Norman Crowe, Pakuranga. LADIES VETERANS PRIZE WINNERS:Spicer’s Trophy Winner: Margot Thom, Sherwood Park Spicer’s Trophy Runner Up: Marie Roberts, Lake View Flight 1 Winner: Kay Gooch, Tirau Flight 2 Winner: Susan Atkinson, Lake View Stableford Winner: Margot Thom, Sherwood Park Stableford Runner Up: Brenda Keir, Rotorua MEN VETERANS PRIZE WINNERS:GROUP 1 N.Z. Veterans Cup Winner: Bill Coughlan, Helensville N.Z. Veterans Cup R/Up: David Strawbridge, Pirongia Consolation Winner: Yoshua Yang, Tauranga Consolation Runner Up: Ken Smith, Springfield Flight 1 Winner: Don Campbell, Cambridge Flight 2 Winner: Melton Hows, Lake View GROUP 2 Arikikapakapa Cup Winner: Tony Kunac, Taupo Arikikapakapa Runner Up: Wayne Gooch, Tirau

Consolation Winner: Harvey Welsh, Porangahau Consolation Runner Up: Norman Crowe, Pakuranga Flight 1 Winner: Glenn Stafford, Rotorua Flight 2 Winner: Sam Smith, Lake View

Kawerau’s special member At the ever youthful age of 95, Trixie Fitzsimons is a long time member of the Kawerau Golf club. She moved from Wellington to Kawerau in the early days of the town’s creation with her husband. She started playing golf at around 50 years of age and says she was a late starter. She has always been an 18 hole golfer, with a brief period some years ago where she only played nine holes due to recovering from an operation. She says she hated playing only nine holes and states that you may as well be practising. Trixie still plays 18 holes on a Wednesday at Kawerau but uses a cart these days. This has only a new development as she

has only been using a cart for the past few years. She has played an integral part over the years at the Kawerau Golf Club and even though her handicap has gone out over time, still enjoys catching up and playing a round with the ladies. 

TARANAKI GOLF TRAIL Wanganui Pro-am New Plymouth professional Grant Moorhead (68-71-139) was beaten in a sudden death play-off by Nick Gillespie (67-72-139) to finish second in the $20,000 Pin High Craigs Investment Partners Wanganui Pro-am played in mid September. After both players tied at one under par for the 36-hole event, Moorhead lost the title when he bogied the 18th hole at the Belmont course. Fellow New Plymouth professional Dominic Barson (70-70-140) tied for third with Mark Brown (69-71-1400) while former Taranaki Open winner Troy Ropiha (70-72-142) tied for fifth with Josh Geary (69-73-142). Other Taranaki scores were:

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Martin’s influence

Taranaki Golf Development Manager Murray Martin played an important part in the New Zealand Seniors golf team win over Australia in the Sanctuary Cove Trophy played in mid September. The 60 year old who won the Australian Seniors title at Royal Queensland the preceding week, was unbeaten with three wins in the Kiwi’s 14.5 – 9.5 winning score line.

Hayward takes out Classic

Taranaki’s number one amateur Brad Hayward (71-71-217) took out the 54 hole Ngaruawahia Classic played on the 7th and 8th September with a two shot win over Daniel Graham (69-74-76-217) and a further two shots back to Luke Toomey (7673-72-221). Fellow New Plymouth member Zach Lewis (77-77-76-230) finished 9th equal.

Jones wins Championship

A field of 80 players teed it up in the Tag Oil Egmont Championship at the Stratford Golf Club played in early September. The 36 hole men’s championship was won by Sam Jones (76-72-148) from Manaia who defeated Opunake’s Aarun Langton (7771-148) with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden death play-off. Tim White (75-74149) finished in third place while Jamie

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play champions were completed recently. The senior men’s division was won by Carey Hobbs (71-72-70-75-288), the intermediate title went to Richard Hamel (77-8483-78-322), the junior division was won by Don Bowers (93-90-98-89-370) and the limit division was won by Graeme Parsons (97-96-95-100-388). The women’s Bronze One division was won by Jo Foreman, the Bronze Two division went to Kath Alvis and the Bronze Three division was shared by Carol Allen and Robyn Chamberlain. The nine hole champion for 2013 is Bev Hall.

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New Plymouth golfer Brad Hayward (71-70-71-74-286) put in another consistent performance to finish 2nd in the Kapi Tareha Memorial tournament played at the Napier Golf Club in mid September. The Taranaki number one fired a two under par total for the 72 hole event to finish one shot behind Manawatu golfer Josh Munn (71-72-71-71-285). Other Taranaki scores –Kerry Otene (73-73-79-75-300), Jamie Reid (74-74-73-80-301), Tim White (75-73-81-79-308), Fletcher Broderick (7783-75-78-313), Joseph Doyle (84-78-81-74317), Zach Lewis (85-76-82-77-320), Ben Joseph ( 81-78-82-82-323).

Several thousand dollars’ worth of prizes attracted 129 golfers to the Young, Carrington and Ussher sponsored open tournament at the Waitara Golf Club played in mid September. Waitara’s Shane Grylls recorded the best gross score with a two over par round of 69 while Ron Donghi (75-1164) from Inglewood had the best net score in the senior men’s division. The best net in the intermediate division went to Bruce Taylor (77-13-64) with Daniel Hanscombe (80-15-65) one shot behind. In the junior division, Peter Cullen came out on top with 40 stableford points while Rhonda McFarlane (102 -31-71) won the women’s best net and Maree Van Praagh the best stableford with 32 points.

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Niwa (64-70-134) who finished three shots clear of 15 handicapper Kevin Stott (6869-137). Other leading men’s gross scores were: Tony Hardy (74-77-151), Craig Webby (73-79-152), Dean Baldock (78-74-152), Grant MacKay (73-80-153), Robbie Sim (72-82-154(, John Newland (77-77-154).

Taranaki women’s club 15 teams from throughout Taranaki competed in the Taranaki women’s club teams event at the Manaia Golf Club played in mid September. The 18 hole stableford event was won by Patea (Gareth Hughes, Pam Hawken, Barbara Hill, Janice Huston) with at team total of 99 points, one point clear of Stratford (Ann Braithwaite, Diane Morresey, Jill Evans, Debbie Volzke). 

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Results:-

LADIES:- Gross Winner of Audrey Mullany Salver: Kate Chadwick, Napier, 298 Gross 77,74,74,73; Gross Runner-Up: Tessa McDonald, Gisborne Park, 318 Gross 74,84,79,81; Nett Winner: Sara Deam, Napier, 300 Nett 75,76,77,72; Nett Runner-Up: Lucy Owen, Waipawa, 310 Nett 79,77,78,76; Stableford Winner: Kathy Olsen, Maraenui; 126 Stbfd 30,33,31,32 MEN:Gross Winner of Kapi Tareha Memorial Salver: Joshua Munn, Manawatu, 285 Gross 71,72,71,71; Gross Runner-up: Brad Hayward, New Plymouth, 286 Gross 71,70,71,74; Gross Third: Thomas Brockelsby, Hamilton, 290 Gross 73,70,72,75; Gross Fourth: Richard Squire, Onga Onga, 294 Gross 71,76,78,69 Nett Winner: Stuart De Stacpoole, Napier, 291 Nett 75,72,75,69; Nett Runner-Up: Carlos Tawera, Maraenui, 293 Nett 68,73,75,77; Nett Third: Tony Brosnan, Napier, 294 Nett 70,73,74,77; Nett Fourth: Malcolm Wells, Feilding, 296 Nett 74,77,73,72

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In 2008 and 2009 Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs hosted the Kiwi Challenge, our PGA TOUR Challenge event featuring four of the top PGA TOUR players under the age of 30. Hunter Mahan won the 2008 event, beating Anthony Kim in a playoff. In 2009, Anthony Kim was victorious in a playoff over Sean O’Hair. 

MANAWATU WANGANUI WELLINGTON TRAIL McDonald in hot form Lachie McDonald from Marton Golf Club has continued his great form by winning the Wanganui Open by a massive 11 shots, with an impressive 10 under par total. After shooting a 6 under par 64 in the morning, Lachie backed this up with a 4 under par 66 in the afternoon. For Lachie backing up with a 66 was even more satisfying than the morning round. After winning the Waikato Winter Strokeplay four weeks ago. Second in the mens section was Stu Duff from Hastings with a 1 over par total after rounds of 71 and 70. NZ Rep Josh Munn finished another shot back at 2 over par. Masters player Stuart Smith (+3), was the next best player, followed by Malcolm Wells, Mike Birchall, Guy Perry and Junior Tatana all at plus 5 for the day. In the womens division Levin’s Bydie Hodge continued her good run in local events with a huge 14 shot victory with rounds of 76 and 73. Manawatu’s Emma Clayton was second with rounds of 82 and 81. 82 players competed this year.

prodigal son returns Sir Bob Charles returns to host the Sir Bob Charles Tournament at Masterton Golf club Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27. Sir Bob’s original club that helped launch him on the world’s golfing stage will hold 36 hole tournament over 2 days open to all golfers.18 holes on Saturday October, 26, followed by a special dinner with Sir Bob Charles and Lady Verity and other

surprise guests, and finishes with final 18 holes on the Sunday, October 27. Places are limited so please register early. For more details visit www.mastertongolfclub.co.nz or contact enquires@mastergolf.org

Alvarez wins Championship Julianne Alvarez has held on to her overnight lead to win the NZ Womens U19 Championship at Templeton GC in Christchurch played in early September. Her final round 1 over par 74 was enough to maintain her overnight margin of 3 shots and take out the title for her first time. Julianne’s playing partners, Wenyung Keh and Brydie Hodge fell off the pace, both carding +4 78’s. Australian Shelley Shin fired a -2 71, the low round of the day, to take out second place. Julianne got off to a shaky start with a bogey on the first and a double bogey on the second but steadied the ship with a birdie on the third. Two more birdies and 1 more bogey saw her turn in 1 over par. A solid back 9 with just 1 birdie on 16 and bogey on 17 saw her though to the finish.

Cardplus Wellington On TOP Cardplus Wellington Men and Womens teams headed to Taupo to play their annual match against Auckland in late August 2013. The Cardplus Wellington men who have not beaten Auckland for five years needed to start better in the foursomes than previous years and did just that with Carl Tupangaia and Daniel Hillier recording a big win and James Donnelly & Ben Slaven winning 1 up over their opponents and Marc Jennings and Adam Church halving their match giving Wellington a 2.5-1.5 advantage. The Reverse singles were tied at 4 all with wins for Wellington coming from James Donnelly, Ben Slaven, James Donnelly and Marc Jennings. Wellington got off to a slow start being behind in 5 matches at the turn but fighting back to square the game at 4 all. Wins coming from Daniel Hillier, James Donnelly and when Captain Adam Church halved his last hole against Tae Ko Wellington had secured the victory and beaten Auckland

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for the first time in 5 years by the score of 10.5-9.5 The Cardplus Wellington Women were looking at retaining the trophy they won last year against a Keh dominated Auckland team. Siyi Keh being the youngest joining her oldest sisters Munchin and Wenyung. Te Rongopai Clay and Lucy Davis were the first pairing out and they dominated their match from the outset against. The two combined well to secure the first point of the day. Juliane Alvarez and Anita Harkerss on the other hand had a tough match against Joanna Kim and Siyi Keh. The pair didn’t make the most of the opportunities around the greens. With the foursomes tied Wellington were looking to take an upper hand, No 1 Juliane Alvarez struggled off the tee mid round being 1 down after the 11th Alvarez fought back and dug deep to win her match on 18th hole.

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The Nelson Festival of Golf’s inaugural event has sold out. The event scheduled for October 21 to October 25 inclusive is a 4 day Ambrose event playing Nelson (twice), Greenacres, and Motueka Golf courses. Event Co-ordinator Derek Drysdale said “It was always in our plans to double numbers, so knowing we have sold out this year, confirms that we are on the right track”.For registration for 2014 contact Nelson Golf club 03-548 5029. Manager @nelsongolf.co.nz. or www.nelsongolf.co.nz/festivalofgolf 

CANTERBURY GOLF TRAIL Canterbury Interclub The Canterbury North Women’s Interclub competition concluded recently at Amuri. The competition has been running on a monthly basis from March – September and was played in two zones.

Canterbury vs Otago Canterbury played against Otago in a match held at Terrace Downs in early September. Three teams were matched up with foursomes played in the morning and singles matchplay in the afternoon. Conditions were a good test for the players with the wind playing it’s part in the day. The U19 Girls team took on a mixed team from Otago, Fiona Gebbie & Amelia Garvey fought back in the foursomes against senior interprovincial players Laura Hoskin and Rebecca Tsai, but Otago proved too strong winning 3/1. Hillary O’Connor & Zhantel Weekes were challenged against two U19 boys from Otago who made up number in the team for Otago, the match was closely fough with Otago winning 1 up. Momoka Kobori & Jessica Crosbie played two longer handicapped players from Otago giving shots in the spirit of the game, a very close match also went Otago’s way 2up. In the afternoon matches there was some good golf played, Otago again proved too strong winning 5 of 6 singles matches, Momoka Kobori was successful at No.5 winning her match against Abigael Crawford. The U19 Men’s team combined well in the morning to led the foursomes 2-1 at lunch with wins from Tom Hardy & Jacob


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Roberts 2/1 and Marcel Boet & Reid Hilton 4/2. In the afternoon the Canterbury team continued to put their foot down winning four of the six matches. Jake Hallinan and Lewis Gillon reversed their loss from the morning with great wins over the No.1 & 2 for Otago. Jacob Roberts going down the last all square managed to win the hole for 1up victory and Marcel Boet played one of the best shots of the day also going down 18 all square, from the back bunker to an almost unplayable pin, Boet holed his bunker shot for birdie to win 1 up. This gave the U19 Canterbury Team an overall result of 6-3. The Canterbury U16 team got off to a flyer in the mornings foursomes matches with all three foursomes matches going Canterbury’s way. Paul Gebbie & Dominic Brettkelly won 4/2, Jimmy Philip & Hiroki Miya (who holed out for Eagles on their last hole) won 6/4 and Austin Hamilton & Tom Parker hung in up the last to win 1up. Full credit to the Otago team who rallied in the afternoon’s singles matches winning

Zach May (Russley) endured extremely challenging conditions along with 158 other golfers at last month’s NZ U19 Championships held at Harewood Golf Club. Zach won the NZ U13’s title after rounds of 89 and 85. Hayato Miya also of Russley finished in second position. 

OTAGO/SOUTHLAND GOLF TRAIL Brooks wins Open The Queenstown Open contested over the weekend was won by amateur Mark Brooks taking out the title with an even card 74. 73. 70 71 =288. “Brooksy” who birdied the 72nd hole to win by one shot from Invercargill professional Cody Harper really showed grit and determination to hold out charges from not only Cody but also from Frankton professional Jared Armstrong (291), Hills pro Craig Palmer (291) and Otago number 1 Brent Mcewan (292). Near perfect conditions greeted the full field which included a 36 hole Masters division which was taken out once again by Millbrook’s Less Nelson with two

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1 288 BROOKS Mark Queenstown 73 74 70 71 2 289 HARPER Cody(P) Invercargill 73 73 71 72 (3) 291 PALMER Craig(P) THE HILLS 77 71 73 70 (3) 291 Armstrong Jared(P) Frankton 69 77 73 72 5 292 MCEWAN Brent St Clair 71 75 76 70

Double celebration for Cromwell golfers

Some people play for years before having a hole in one – and others are lucky to have one much sooner. Ian Giller (pictured) has been playing golf for 45 years but just recently he had his first hole-in-one – with an ace on the 123metre par three 17th hole on Cromwell golf course. Then just a few weeks later Vicky Topping (pictured top right) aced the same hole at the best possible time – during the final of the club’s women’s singles knockout... and in her first year of playing regular club competitions. Ian Giller, a club stalwart says he hit a ‘reasonably good” 6 iron off the tee but

neither he, nor his playing partners, realised it had been the perfect shot at first. That was probably because of the sun in their eyes... or just possibly it had something to with the eyesight of the aging golfers, he said. Ian is 73. “We walked up to the green where there were three balls. I thought mine had gone past the pin,” Ian said. The others located theirs before his was found in the hole. Ian began playing golf at Winton and has been a member at Cromwell for 23 years, filling a variety of committee roles – from grounds to match and as club captain. He now plays off a 14 handicap with his bestever 18-hole gross score a 67 achieved the day before he turned 60. He’s got some good company in the holein-one club as his mother, brother and wife Jean have all had them. Vicky Topping who plays off a 35 handicap was playing 18 handicapper Siggi Keis and was one down after 16. Hole 17 is stroke hole number 18 but Vicky didn’t need any help with an ace. Vicky says she usually uses a 6 iron on this hole but on match day she “wasn’t feeling that confident” and took out her 5 wood. The ball bounced up past the pin and she

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GOLF TRAILS turned her back thinking “well that wasn’t a good shot, it’s too long”. Unbeknown to Vicky, Siggi saw the ball go past the pin up the hill a little and then roll back into the hole. Vicky has been playing golf “on and off” for about five years but this is the first year she has played in this type of competition. Unfortunately she lost the match on the 18th but no doubt her perfect shot has given her the incentive she needs to play much more.

Elder WINS Wanaka Open Daniel Elder put paid to Brent McEwan’s grand slam hopes by beating him with a par 3 on the second playoff hole to win the Wanaka tournament in windy conditions in early September. McEwan, the Otago No 1, won the first two men’s trial events and had set a personal goal of winning all five. But Elder (Otago) played some of his best golf since his school days, finishing 2-overpar for the day with a 2-under 68 in the morning and a 74 in the afternoon. This tied him with McEwan (St Clair), who carded 69 in the morning and 73 in the second round. The pair halved the first playoff hole but, despite hitting a thin tee shot on the second, Elder held the inside running when he chipped to within a metre of the hole. McEwan blocked his tee shot right and faced an almost impossible up-and-down with the pin hard right and he made a bogey 4. The playoff pair were not the lowest scorers on the day as The Hills professional Craig Palmer came in two shots better with 67 and 73. Although he cannot claim a prize, Palmer enjoys competing against Otago’s best amateurs and relishes the challenge. “Playing in these events helps me prepare for professional and pro-am tournaments,” he said. Windy conditions with firm greens made putting difficult in the afternoon round and many paid the price when getting above the hole on sloping greens. The 36 hole men’s championship completed a big week of golf at Wanaka with this year’s annual series of tournaments sponsored by “ANZ Private”. The Women’s championship, held earlier in September was also a trial event, this time for women golfers seeking selection for the Otago teams to contest the SIIP and Toro events. Liz McRae took full advantage of home course knowledge to post a 158 total, win-

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McEwan Wins Chisholm Park Brent McEwan (St Clair) made it two wins from two trials when he finished on a score of 3-under-par 139 to win the Chisholm Park tournament over 36 holes on the 1st of September. He finished two shots clear of former Queenstown golfer Jamie Anstiss, who scored 72 in the morning and, with the help of six birdies, finished strongly on 69 in the second round. Daniel Barnett (Otago) was third on 142 while Kris Rush (Otago) carded 69 and 74 for fourth place. Not all of the field found scoring easy but there were five sub-par rounds in the event. Barnett set the early pace, turning 5-under on 30 for the front nine with birdies at two, four, six, seven and eight. With a birdie-3 on the 292m par-4 11th and another birdie on the par-5 14th, Barnett held a healthy lead at 7-under. Despite a disastrous finish with three bogeys in the final four holes, Barnett was the lunchtime leader by one shot over McEwan. McEwan made five birdies in his morning 68 but dropped shots to par at the 11th and 18th holes. Rush has been in a form trough in recent months but returned in style with a sub-par 69 to be third at lunch. McEwan’s steady golf helped him home in the afternoon while Anstiss was the big mover, getting up to second. Barnett was in contention for gross honours tied with McEwan with four holes to play. But in a repeat of his morning finish, Barnett dropped three shots on the final four holes to slide to third. In keeping with a recently established trend, it was pleasing to see two women joining the field for 2013. The recent Otago foursomes Championships was open to women and a small, but strong contingent of women golfers entered. Tracey Storer (Belleknowes) and Rachel Lissaman (Chisholm Park) played in the Chisholm Park Open.

Progression at Cromwell Cromwell Golf Club has taken another giant leap forward in its development by appointing its first professional coach. Peter Smith (pictured top right) is set to join the club as its first Director of Golf later this month, following the retirement of club manager Graham Mercer and his wife

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Irene. The club’s board chairman Trevor McKinlay says the club is ready to make the step up following a million dollar upgrade of the course over the past three years. “Cromwell Golf Club, with the generous help of the Cromwell Community Board and with Greg Turner’s Design skills has developed into a top-class golf course. It’s now attracting increasing numbers of visitors and holding its membership numbers when other clubs around New Zealand are struggling to do that,” Mr McKinlay said. “The quality of the course has won it nationally-ranked events such as the qualifying rounds for the NZPGA championship at The Hills, and the New Zealand Women’s Autumn Foursomes in 2014. It has also attracted the attention of the SKY/TV3 golf programme.” All this coupled with the development of the Motorsport Park, the huge growth in the wine industry and predicted population increases in this area had encouraged the golf club to appoint a director who was not only a coach but also a top player, with management and marketing skills. “Peter’s appointment is an exciting move for us, but it should also benefit the whole district,” Mr McKinlay said. Mr Smith has previously worked in golf In Aberdeen, the Netherlands and in Central Otago. He was head professional at Millbrook for 2 years before becoming that resort’s golf manager in 2003. He spent two years as head professional at Wanaka Golf Club and after seven years in the Netherlands and Scotland is keen to return to New Zealand. Throughout his career he’s been involved in youth development programmes and corporate golf, and coached groups ranging from the Paul Lawrie Golf Foundation to the Otago Senior Men’s team and Cromwell Golf Academy. He is an experienced events and tournament co-ordinator and has also played on the Senior golf Pro Tour,

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GOLF TRAILS In the last 10 years Otago has only made it to finals day once, back in 2010 which was the last time we saw Duncan Croudis and Hamish Ireland donning the blue and gold. But it was the emergence of former player turned Coach Ben Gallie who became team manager/coach in 2008. We had a bunch of green-keepers and 16 year old Duncan Croudis who got a chance after some indiscretions from a couple of senior players at the time. Despite finishing a distant 11th place, knocking over Canterbury and Wellington were highlights and became the blueprint for future Interprovincials. The return of Smith in 2011 combined with the maturing Croudis and McEwan saw Otago featuring on finals day and finally brought home a medal after being knocked out by hosts and eventual winners Wellington in the morning. This was Otago’s best result in 10 years. After that performance, public expectation rose in 2012 as Balmacewan hosted the event. Despite home advantage and the return of former representatives Mark Collie and Tony Giles, the team could not build on the 2011 effort and finished in 10th place. But in this region, it seems there is more rotation than in All Black rugby but the difference being the lack of young guys stepping up on a consistent basis demanding spots in the 6-man travelling team. Instead Otago has relied on the older guys for experience, but one can only prioritise golf over work and family commitments for so long before something has got to give. With Wakatipu High School now dominating the schools scene, it seems the balance of power may now in fact be in Queenstown. The

golferpacific.co.nz once proud Otago Boys High teams now seem to playing second fiddle which would be unfamiliar territory to the city lads. This year Otago needs to blood some new talent. For example the successful Bay of Plenty team whose average age appears to be dropping every year. The Bay finally won their first title in 2002 and since then dominated the event with another 6 titles. Some of the more recent winning teams were filled with young guys who could hardly grow hair on their chin. For many years players have been selected on fair form but at the end of the day the standard of golf at times has been mediocre compared to the top provinces, the exception being McEwan who has always been miles ahead of the pack. It was only the emergence of Croudis who threatened to snatch the number 1 spot. But these kids have to put their hands up during trials, which is no walk in the park. The fire still burns for former rep Phil Bungard who will be available for selection at the end of the month after a short stint as a trainee professional, while Mark Collie will also push for a place in the 6-man travelling squad. It’s time to indentify talentented, driven and determined kids who will represent Otago with pride both on and off the course. With Craig Palmer now taking over as manager as Gallie takes a back seat role, and Smith now on the selection panel hopefully these 3 former Otago representatives will look to the future and create a new dynasty. The Toro men’s Interprovincial is the Ranfurly shield of Otago golf and it’s time to start working towards bringing that cup back home to where the game was born. 

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