Win­ner had best of lead-ups to con­test

No nerves but in-the-zone at­ti­tude helped to be part of tri­umphant combo

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Living on a golf course, play­ing the sport for 52 years and a prac­tice round with World Num­ber one fe­male golfer Ly­dia Ko could have all con­trib­uted to Ar­row­town woman Maryanne Mar­low be­ing part of the win­ning pair of the Pro-Am tour­na­ment at the New Zealand Open.

Mar­low, along with team-mate 23-year-old Aus­tralian Jor­dan Zu­nic - who went on to win the Open - were named the cham­pi­ons of the tour­na­ment held at Mill­brook and the Hills re­sorts last week.

Mar­low won the ‘‘Sun­day Hag­gle’’ com­pe­ti­tion at her home club at the Hills, beat­ing three male mem­bers in a play-off, to take a spot in the Pro-Am com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘Women don’t usu­ally play in the last end, in the last four, in a men’s com­pe­ti­tion,’’ she said.

Mar­low, who has had a hip re­place­ment, said she then stepped up train­ing with her per­sonal trainer and took ex­tra golf lessons at Mill­brook, where she has resided for the past year

The Hills Golf Club mem­bers Maryanne Mar­low, of Ar­row­town, who - with team-mate 23-year-old Aus­tralian Jor­dan Zu­nic – won the Pro-Am tour­na­ment at the New Zealand Open at the week­end.

Zu­nic also said if it had not been for the hard work of the vol­un­teers, who searched and found sev­eral of his balls he had hit into the hay, ‘‘it could have been the dif­fer­ence in the end’’.

He said he en­joyed play­ing with Mar­low and spend­ing time with her on and off the course.

Photo: AN­DREW CORNAGE/PHOTOSPORT

Golf pro: Aus­tralian golfer Jor­dan Zu­nic, who won two tro­phies dur­ing the New Zealand Open.

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