Anstiss mak­ing name in US golf

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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