All golfing Betts are back on
Whitby golfer James Betts defied the odds to finish second equal at the Wairakei Open in Taupo, five shots behind Europe-based professional Gareth Paddison.
Betts said it was great to finally be back in form after a rough patch.
‘‘Every golfer suffers a rough period, but I think it is how you come through it that shows your real colours,’’ he said.
‘‘I have worked really hard and hadn’t given up, so to play well at this tournament is a really big boost. I’ve got my confidence back.’’
Betts, 21, has not been playing in many tournaments of late due to his poor form, but now plans on playing as many as his work commitments will allow.
‘‘I think after this I might try and play some tournaments in Australia next year, just to see how I play against players of that calibre.’’
Finishing tied with Tauranga pro Jared Pender at three under par and ahead of a host of other professional players gave him a boost, Betts said.
He took up golf 11 years ago, playing at Judgeford Golf Club near Pauatahanui, but switched to play interclub golf for Paraparaumu Beach in 2007.
Betts won travel and accommodation vouchers to assist in attending more tournaments for taking out the amateur section of the Wairakei Open.