Interclub spot confirmed for Adam Church
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.’’