Anstiss making name in US golf
Former Queenstown golfer James Anstiss has had a stellar start to his first season in the United States being named Newcomer of the Year at the Southland Conference.
Anstiss, aged 20, plays for Southeastern Louisiana University after taking up a golf scholarship in January, which could see him play for the uni team, dubbed the Lions, for three years while studying for a finance degree.
He was awarded the prize after only playing three months of the year and was the first player in the school’s history to receive the honour.
Anstiss said it was a surprise to win the award but hard work had been paying off.
‘‘I didn’t expect to come here and play so well. I have made a good initial impact and hope to keep it going.
‘‘The courses here are much more demanding, a lot longer and a lot more hazards, so I amhappy with the way I have started.
‘‘There is a big difference between the grass they use too. So I have had to adjust my game, but have adapted quickly.’’
In 18 rounds this season, Anstiss has a 73.5 stroke average.
He finished 10th in the Bayou City Collegiate in his Lion debut and shot a tournament-record 64 in the opening round of the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio.
He also earned a spot in the thirdteam at the Southland conference.
His next goal as an individual was to win an event and have his team qualify for nationals.
His mother Julie said he was loving the scholarship and playing in the United States.
Anstiss would be returning to Queenstown next month to spend time in New Zealand during the United States summer holidays.
Former Queenstown golf pro James Anstiss in action in the Untied States.