Stroke of genuis

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Morgan

Keith Plow­man’s golf game is of­fi­cially world class.

The Mt Roskill res­i­dent was re­cently ac­knowl­edged by Guin­ness World Records for equalling the low­est golf score be­low an in­di­vid­ual’s age.

His to­tal of 72, shot in Novem­ber last year at the Maun­gakiekie Golf Club, was 17 shots un­der his 89 years.

Mr Plow­man says he was on “a bit of a roll” when he matched the record of James Mor­ton of Ten­nesee, set in 2001, af­ter ear­lier hit­ting rounds of 74 and 78.

The achieve­ment comes on top of Mr Plow­man be­ing the first per­son to reach 1000 rounds be­low their age in 2006.

While he doesn’t hold the record for most rounds un­der his age at present, he has been ac­knowl­edged twice in the past for achiev­ing the feat.

But Mr Plow­man isn’t in it for the glory.

“It’s just what I do – I play golf and I’m just for­tu­nate enough to be still play­ing.”

And be­cause he lives next door to the Maun- gakiekie course, Mr Plow­man is able to in­dulge in a round at least three times a week.

“If I see a break on the field, I’ll go out and have a hit.”

Maun­gakiekie Golf Club mem­ber Trevor MacLach­lan, who alerted Guin­ness World Records to Mr Plow­man’s achieve­ments, says he de­serves all the ac­co­lades in the world.

“He’s such a lovely, re­tir­ing fel­low, I thought this guy needs to be recog­nised,” he says.

“It’s ab­so­lutely re­mark­able – he’s in­cred­i­bly con­sis­tent.”

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Tee­ing off: Keith Plow­man, 89, equalled the low­est golf score be­low an in­di­vid­ual’s age.

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