MOORE GOLF

This month we talk to Wil­lie Moore, a young NZPGA pro­fes­sional with big plans based at Cromwell Golf Club.

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Like many golfers Wil­lie Moore was in­tro­duced to golf by one of his par­ents, in his case his fa­ther. His golf­ing life started at the age of 11 with him cad­dy­ing for his fa­ther on the 9-hole Tar­ras course in Cen­tral Otago.

Like all kids who want to be do­ing things he soon got sick of cad­dy­ing and started play­ing with a few of his mates from pri­mary school.

In­stantly hooked by the game he spent his af­ter­noons af­ter school hit­ting golf balls in the pad­docks of the fam­ily's farm. Within four years he had reached a scratch hand­i­cap.

“I have al­ways had fairly good hand-eye co-or­di­na­tion, so I think that helped me to be­come de­cent pretty quickly. I es­pe­cially en­joyed the short-game (putting & chip­ping), and felt like that was an ad­van­tage even though I didn't hit the ball very far”

Dur­ing his teenage years, he played most of his golf at Cromwell where he went to high school. Lit­tle did he know then that Cromwell and its Golf Course were go­ing to be­come a very big part of his life.

As a typ­i­cal boy in­ter­ested in, and do­ing well at his cho­sen sport he en­joyed his prac­tice time and looked for­ward to it, it wasn't a

chore. And, like any­one ob­sessed with their sport he spent many hours prac­tic­ing.

He dreamed of one day be­com­ing a Pro Golfer so in 2010 and in his early 20's he turned that dream into a re­al­ity and moved to Mel­bourne to ex­pand his golf­ing hori­zons and be­come a Tour Pro.

Once there and af­ter speak­ing to some peo­ple in the golf in­dus­try his plans and fo­cus changed slightly.

“I de­cided on start­ing a PGA Trainee­ship un­der the Aus­tralian PGA. This way I could play pro­fes­sional tour­na­ments whilst gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the golf in­dus­try. This was the best de­ci­sion I ever made, as I learnt so much dur­ing my 3-year Trainee­ship.”

While liv­ing in Mel­bourne and fol­low­ing his dream Wil­lie played the Pro-Am cir­cuit in Vic­to­ria and man­aged to travel around Aus­tralia a lit­tle as well.

His tour­na­ment high­lights dur­ing this time were play­ing in the Vic­to­rian Open, Western Aus­tralian Open & Western Aus­tralian PGA tour­na­ments. He also got to play in the NZ Open.

As a trainee work­ing in the proshop and then teach­ing at Spring Valley Golf Club in the Mel­bourne ‘Sand­belt', play­ing tour­na­ment golf started tak­ing a back seat.

“This [work­ing in the Pro-shop] was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for me, as I re­al­ized my pas­sion was work­ing at a club help­ing golfers en­joy the game more - whether it be through coach­ing, club-fit­ting, or sim­ply book­ing a tee time.”

In 2014 Wil­lie de­cided it was time to come home. On his re­turn, he trans­ferred his mem­ber­ship with the Aus­tralian PGA to the New

“I de­cided on start­ing a PGA Trainee­ship un­der the Aus­tralian PGA. This way I could play pro­fes­sional tour­na­ments whilst gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the golf in­dus­try. This was the best de­ci­sion I ever made, as I learnt so much dur­ing my 3-year Trainee­ship.”

Zealand PGA and started work­ing as the Head Teach­ing Pro­fes­sional at The Hills Golf Course in Ar­row­town where he spent a year.

When the po­si­tion of Di­rec­tor of Golf at Cromwell Golf Club be­came avail­able in 2015, Wil­lie took the op­por­tu­nity to move back to his roots with his young fam­ily and set up his own busi­ness ‘Moore Golf' where he can put more into help­ing peo­ple en­joy play­ing golf. He does ad­mit to some frus­tra­tions with the game though.

“Some of the tra­di­tional rules that are out-date. We need to

When the po­si­tion of Di­rec­tor of Golf at Cromwell Golf Club be­came avail­able in 2015, Wil­lie took the op­por­tu­nity to move back to his roots with his young fam­ily and set up his own busi­ness ‘Moore Golf’ where he can put more into help­ing peo­ple en­joy play­ing golf.

break down some of th­ese bar­ri­ers to en­cour­age more peo­ple to play this great game!”

Now that he has well and truly es­tab­lished him­self in Cromwell and at the Club Wil­lie wants to grow his busi­ness which of­fers coach­ing, re­tail shop, club fit­ting and club re­pair ser­vices.

He is also look­ing fur­ther afield than just build­ing his busi­ness and is work­ing with other busi­nesses to pro­mote Cromwell and Cromwell Golf Club as a golf­ing des­ti­na­tion for vis­i­tors and as a mem­ber friendly club for lo­cals.

Wil­lie Moore.

Wil­lie Moore Play­ing at Cromwell Golf Club.

Wil­lie Moore at the 2008 Un­der 23 Cham­pi­onship.

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