This month we sit down with Nick Gillespie, NZPGA member and Tournament Director of the upcoming NZ Masters.
We have a round with Nick Gillespie – Tournament Director for the NZ Masters.
How far can you hit your 7 iron?
170 on a good day
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?
Winx (the racehorse – she has won me a couple of dollars over her career so had to include her!), Frank Sinatra & James Bond.
And the three people you would least like to play with and why?
Any Kardashian (except Kendall) Donald Trump & anyone with iron covers.
What is the strongest part of your game?
Iron play and wedge game- now strengths are driving the golf cart!
What is your longest hole out and where?
12th at Nga Motu -180 with a 6 iron while my old man was giving me stick about the putt I missed previously.
What frustrates you about golf?
It's an emotional roller coaster that will break you like a wild horse!
Tell us about your best round.
1st round 2013 Victoria Open at the 13th Beach Golf Links. Shot a 65 in the wind to have a 3 shot lead.
Tell us about your worst round?
1st round 2013 Victoria Open at the 13th Beach Golf Links. Didn't sign my card so o DQ'd and was on the plane home that evening! ning!
How old were you when you started playing golf and who got you started?
11 years old- Poppa and Dad
When did you turn professional?
Who is your favourite player to watch and why?
Adam Scott, drives the ball like a god & looks like one too.
And your least favourite?
Anyone slow... I've got the attention span of a 6 year old after a bottle of Fanta so don't go so well with slow players.
If you couldn’t work in the golf industry what profession would you choose?
Events or luxury cars, I'm lucky enough to be involved in both at the moment!
Of the courses you have played around the world, which one is your favourite and why?
Tara Iti north of Auckland because of the design aspect. I'm a golf nerd so enjoy the mix of holes and layout, also the setting is pretty special too!
Who would you get the most satisfaction out of beating on a golf course?
Ryan Fox - hands down.
What is the funniest thing you have seen or experienced on a golf course.
Too many that one doesn't jump out and most I can't say without someone getting a breach from one of the tours!!
What is your favourite holiday destination in the world?
It's a toss-up between Queenstown and Las Vegas - both for the golf courses obviously
What do you enjoy most about golf?
Cash games with mates- you find out really quickly who your friends are when you have a 4 footer to win the cash on that hole