In­ter­club spot con­firmed for Adam Church

Kapi-Mana News - - WHAT’S ON - KRIS DANDO

Adam Church may only be 35, but he can con­sider him­self an el­der statesman of the No 1 Judge­ford in­ter­club golf side.

The for­mer Welling­ton in­ter­provin­cial cap­tain will spearhead Judge­ford’s third sea­son at the top ta­ble of the re­gion’s in­ter­club com­pe­ti­tion.

The Porirua club’s course su­per­in­ten­dent since May 2015, Church re­mained ini­tially loyal to Mi­ra­mar, which he has turned out for in in­ter­club golf since 2003.

His move to Judge­ford’s com­pet­i­tive colours was kept quiet un­til the first round of the Otaki Cup on Jan­uary 28.

’’It wasn’t an easy de­ci­sion to make,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m still a mem­ber at Mi­ra­mar, but Judge­ford is what I’m about now.’’

Al­though Church lives on the Kapiti Coast, it won’t be long be­fore his com­mute to work be­comes the envy of ev­ery­one he knows - he and his young fam­ily will shortly take up res­i­dence in the Judge­ford green­keeper’s house close to the No 1 fair­way.

He said Mi­ra­mar and Judge­ford were poles apart in terms of his work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘Judge­ford is a dif­fer­ent beast. I have a lot more hills to mow. Mi­ra­mar was sandy, but here it’s wet­ter.

‘‘But I’m lov­ing the chal­lenge and I’m get­ting a lot of pos­i­tive feedback about what I’m do­ing.

‘‘Mem­bers here will be hon­est with you, but they’re in­cred­i­bly friendly.’’

Judge­ford has a young in­ter­club side, with the likes of Trey Shed­lock, Qualen Asi and Jay­den Ford making Church feel his 35 years.

They were a wel­com­ing bunch to be around, he said.

One of the stand­out teams this sea­son will be from Royal Welling­ton, which de­feated Judge­ford 10.5 to 4.5 in round one.

Church and Ford, rated as the No 1 pair, fin­ished their match against Bray­den Mazey and Welling­ton rep Jonathan Cane all square and Church de­feated Cane 2 & 1 in their sin­gles match.

Not bad for some­one who ad­mit­ted he needed more prac­tice.

‘‘Now that I’ll be liv­ing at the course, I’ll get more of that,’’ Church said.

‘‘Yes, it wasn’t the best re­sult [against Royal], but they have a fan­tas­tic team all the way through - them and Para­pa­raumu will prob­a­bly be fron­trun­ners this year.’’

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