FIRST WORD

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Ge­off Wit­ton casts his eye over what is go­ing on this month.

Thank good­ness win­ter is com­ing to an end. It has been par­tic­u­larly wet and we know of quite a few cour­ses that had to ad­just ac­cord­ingly.

In­side we cover the re­mark­able achieve­ments of one Michael Gold­stein who with pas­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion brought the LPGA to New Zealand with great suc­cess. Well as much suc­cess as the very in­clement weather al­lowed. How­ever, mov­ing for­wards we note that the change of govern­ment may well af­fect both fu­ture LPGA and Men's events as they are a pri­mary source of fund­ing. There are cur­rently three-year bind­ing con­tracts in place but I do hope the com­mit­ment and en­thu­si­asm re­mains. The events, and the coun­try, de­serve top level golf.

Then of course we con­grat­u­late Greg Turner and Frank No­bilo for gain­ing en­try into the New Zealand Golf Hall of Fame in Oc­to­ber. This was well de­served for two very fine golfers and gen­tle­men.

Host­ing ma­jor golf events is hor­ren­dously ex­pen­sive. So, it was with great plea­sure that we learned that Manawatu Golf Club had com­mit­ted to pre­sent­ing the 2018 NZ PGA Cham­pi­onship again next Fe­bru­ary. This will be a fan­tas­tic in­tro­duc­tion to the Men's Open in Queen­stown which is in week one of March. So, get along to Palmer­ston North and watch a lot of class golf.

Last month's Fi­nal Word cer­tainly cre­ated a lot of feed­back. Where do you best buy golf clubs from? To bal­ance mat­ters out we in­vited a re­sponse from the owner of new mega re­tailer Pro Drive. Thought pro­vok­ing. I would never buy a new set of qual­ity clubs with­out them be­ing prop­erly fit­ted now!

Ly­dia is cer­tainly show­ing good signs of im­prove­ment but the whole class of 2017 has moved up a few notches. The cur­rent qual­ity of the LPGA golf is just sub­lime. Ko shot 67 in her fi­nal round in Kuala Lumpur at the Sime Darby in Kuala Lumpar, but was four shots off the win­ner Cristie Kerr of the United States, who fin­ished 15-un­der par, one shot in front of Danielle Kang, Jac­qui Con­col­ino and Shan­shan Feng.

Then of course we have re­ports, pho­to­graphs and video of Tiger get­ting back to work. The claims are that that all the op­er­a­tions (is it 4?) have worked and he is get­ting back to full strength. Only time will tell on this.

We doubt it. En­joy this mag­a­zine

Greg Turner (L) and Frank No­bilo en­ter the Golf Hall of Fame.

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