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LONG SECURES WIN IN WA
HOLDER TAKES THE HELM
A changing of the guard has
taken place with the coaching
set-up for Bay of Plenty Golf.
After 5 years at the helm,
Jay Carter has resigned as
Head Coach and with 3 Men's
Interprovincial titles under his
watch he can be justly proud of
the contribution he has made.
with Waiariki Institute of
Technology, Academy of
Sport are well underway and
this move will see Rotorua
Professional Gavin Holder, an
NZPGA professional, take over
the position as head coach
of the Men's & Women's elite
The facilities and resources
accessible through the Institute
should be of great value to the
Additional changes are also
happening in the Bay of Plenty
with the appointment of a
CoachForce O icer who will
be responsible for coaching
volunteer coaches and
junior convenors along the
lines of the NZPGA Gateway
programme that Murray
Macklin has been re ining as
well as the appointment of a
Golf Development Manager
to implement the Community
Golf Initiative that National
Community Golf Manager,
Kenny Halliday has introduced.
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS
New Zealand Golf Board
member and ex Auckland
Golf Board member Adrienne
Greenwood received the
Order of New Zealand Merit
(ONZM) in the Queen's Birthday
Honours list for her work in the
sport of sailing including being
a member of the NZ Olympic
Committee. Richly deserved.
"The challengers lined up for the chance to get closer to the pin
than Mark Brown in one of the highlights of the recent Cancer
Society Golf Tournament at Shandon Golf Club.
Brown has become an ambassador for the Cancer Society and will
carry their da odil logo on his bag at the British Open next month.
As a co-host of the event at his club he agreed to face all-comers
on the par 3 16th and there were plenty in the ield of 32 teams who
willingly paid for the opportunity to take him on. Every now and then
a loud cheer could be heard from the 16th as somebody in the ield
did manage to beat him.
"There was hardly time for me to draw breath before more
challengers were lining up. But it was a heck of a lot of fun and very
productive for the Cancer Society" said Brown as he tried to relax in
the clubhouse afterwards.
The winning performance in the Ambrose tournament come
from a TAB team. Their captain, Mark Sta ord, accepted the unique
trophy with a speech which perfectly summed up the importance of
the tournament. He and one other member of his team are cancer
survivors. Mark succinctly emphasised the wonderful work of the
Cancer Society and why he and his team will be back next year.
Sports commentator John McBeth, who works for the Cancer
Society's national o ice, initiated the tournament and was thrilled
that over $20,000 was raised. The money will be used speci ically
for men's health programmes within the Society. McBeth was
overwhelmed at the response from individuals and businesses
who contributed to the tournament and was impressed that
many approached him afterwards to secure places for the next
Burnham Greenkeeper George Pokoina stole the show
at the recent Canterbury Golf Annual Awards at Russley.
Pokoina won the PGF Volunteer of the Year Award for his
50 60 hours a week volunteer work keeping the course in
tip-top condition. Harewood General Manager Rod Latham
was named Administrator of the Year, recognised for his
work over the last year, particularly bringing the Charles
Tour Harewood Open to fruition at short notice, and being
the principal organiser of the NZ Golf Manager's Conference
last August. The club's membership has also increased 13%
against the national downward trend. Rod was also the
driver behind the club's business restructure, and managing
the course redesign and land sale to the airport.
Pat Rennell was awarded a Life Membership at the dinner
after more than a decade of dedication to the management
and advancement of women's Golf. The former President of
the Canterbury District Ladies Golf Association was heavily
involved with the administration of women's golf at both
district and national level.
BRINGS THE HOUSE DOWN
DAY AT SHANDON
New Zealand professional Michael Long is back in the
The former New Zealand Open champion has won the
$60,000 Mitchell & Brown Spalding Park Open, with a
steady inal round 72 and tournament total nine-under
Long started the day tied for the lead with Tasmanian
Craig Hancock. It was Long though who managed to limit
his mistakes on the closing holes and went on to take the
Spalding Park victory for the irst time.
"I'm really pleased with the win and to now add my name
to the quality list of past winners here at Spalding Park,
I've never really contended in the past," said Long of his
name joining past champions at Spalding Park.
"Today turned out to be a great battle with Craig, he had
an unfortunate break on the seventh hole where he hit a
sprinkler head and went out of bounds but bounced back
well. I thought this was a turning point for him.
"It wasn't until the 10th hole where I made a great save
for par and backed up with a birdie on the 11th that I
thought I was in the mix again. Craig made a few bogeys
and I knew if I stayed steady I'd have a chance."
José María Olazábal has been
announced as the recipient
of the 2013 Prince of Asturias
Award for Sports, Spain's most prestigious sports award.
Describing Olazábal as "one of the greatest golfers in
history," the award jury pointed to the Spaniard's two
Masters wins and four Ryder Cups, "a competition in
which he also demonstrated his leadership ability when
captaining the European team to an epic comeback
The 47 year old is a "worthy successor to the spirit of the
legendary Severiano Ballesteros," the late Spanish gol ing
great who won the Asturias Award in 1989, the jury said.
TOP SPANISH AWARD
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