All golf­ing Betts are back on

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By BEN STRANG

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.

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