Winner had best of lead-ups to contest
No nerves but in-the-zone attitude helped to be part of triumphant combo
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.
Golf pro: Australian golfer Jordan Zunic, who won two trophies during the New Zealand Open.