Ge­off Smart

This month we sit down with Ge­off Smart, Na­tional Events Man­ager for the NZ PGA.

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - QUICK ROUND -

Did you ever as­pire to be­ing a top player on tour or did you al­ways want to be a coach?

I have al­ways loved play­ing and played two stints as a tour pro­fes­sional dur­ing the 1970's

You have done many things dur­ing your ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional golfer in­clud­ing BOP coach, Women’s Golf New Zealand Coach, Pres­i­dent of the NZPGA and now Na­tional Events Man­ager. If you had to pick one thing you got the most sat­is­fac­tion out of in all that time what would it be (event, re­sult or achieve­ment)?

I have been for­tu­nate to gain sat­is­fac­tion in all of these roles but two things that are dear to me are to have been a part of the BOP de­vel­op­ment into a dom­i­nant prov­ince and also to be part of a rare Womens Tas­man Cup vic­tory over Aus­tralia in 2005

How old were you when you started play­ing golf and who got you started?

We moved home when I was 10 years old right by a golf course. I started by cad­dy­ing and sell­ing golf balls.

How old were you when you turned pro­fes­sional and where were you first based?

I turned pro­fes­sional at 16 as a trainee at Cabra­matta Golf Club in Sydney.

If you could pick any three peo­ple, alive or dead, to play in a four­ball with, who would they be – and the rea­sons for your choices?

Ben Ho­gan, hard work­ing and dis­ci­plined. John Daly in his prime, a rare in­di­vid­ual tal­ent. Peter Thom­son, one of the greats and a true gen­tle­man.

What is your long­est hole out and where?

Three wood for al­ba­tross at the 12th Hole at The Grange.

Who would you get the most sat­is­fac­tion out of beat­ing on a golf course?

Do­minic Bar­son, my old trainee from The Grange.

Who is your favourite player to watch and why?

I miss watch­ing Tiger do the im­pos­si­ble.

And the three peo­ple you would least like to play with and why?

Don­ald Trump, I can't be­lieve he would have any eti­quette. I think I could play with ev­ery­one else!

What is the low­est score you have ever had in a round of golf, on what course and was there any­thing about the round that stood out?

63 at Wairakei. (Blue tees) I fin­ished birdie, birdie, ea­gle and had nine 3's on the card

And your least favourite?

Any­one who doesn't look happy to be out there.

What is the best piece of ad­vice you have ever been given and who by?

Pic­ture in your mind what you want NOT what you don't want. Chuck Ho­gan.

What is the fun­ni­est thing you have seen or ex­pe­ri­enced on a golf course.

Aussie Pro­fes­sional (can't name) He was hav­ing a bad day and gave him­self an up­per­cut to the jaw, knock­ing him­self to the ground.

Of all the cour­ses you have played which one is your favourite and why?

Kingston Heath, Mel­bourne. Near per­fect design.

Is there a par­tic­u­lar rule of golf that you would like to see changed?

No rak­ing of bunkers al­lowed. They should be a hazard and I get an­noyed when play­ers com­plain about a mi­nor blem­ish in the sand.

What is your favourite re­gion of New Zealand for play­ing golf and why?

Queen­stown - Mill­brook, The Hills, Jacks Point, Wanaka, Ar­row­town etc great cli­mate, great wine and food, what more could you ask for?

If you had not been able to be a golf pro­fes­sional what pro­fes­sion would you have cho­sen?

Prob­a­bly a School teacher, I some­times feel close to it in my cur­rent role

What do you en­joy most about golf?

Golf is a unique game you can play for a life­time. You can play by your­self or with play­ers of any age and abil­ity level and have a com­pet­i­tive round if the hand­i­caps are set cor­rectly, Four hours on a golf course also gives you a deeper in­sight into a per­sons' na­ture and char­ac­ter.

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