Geoff Witton casts his eye over what is going on this month.
t was mentioned to us a few days
Iago that we have developed into New Zealand's, and maybe even Australasia's most authoritative and relevant Golf Magazine. This was somewhat sobering and gave us cause to reflect. Our National and International team of professionals that publish inside are amongst the best and we congratulate them.
We can recall many years wondering what would happen when Lydia Ko matured and grew into an adult. She grew up believing that golf was fun and easy, she was encouraged to believe in that, her original coach Guy Wilson, was almost fanatic in ensuring that fun was ingrained in her attitude. We wondered whether that would continue as the grind of the Tour became a reality, the continuous pressure to perform, the travelling and the peer pressure from all whom surround her.
Watching her now and her demeanour does not reflect the fun. The spontaneous spark is missing and life appears tough. Reality has maybe poked its nose in. The smile is missing.
However, all elite sports men and women, go through these phases. Ko will emerge and dominate again. If she wants to. She is too good. Go KO. Tiger Woods is in the same type of situation. The Masters which is being played out as we speak may re define Golf at the very top. However, he is surrounded by a top rate field and we for one would not put money on the result. The winner will be the game of golf though, that is for sure.
Dom Sainsbury, CEO of the PGA of New Zealand, has written the Final Word for this month and he talks about Golf being the Greatest Game of Them All. He is right of course, and even more demonstrated by the shenanigans surrounding the overall behaviour of the Australian Cricket Team. They all play Golf so maybe they ought to transfer their attention to our sport!!
Dominic also talks about the sports injury costs to the taxpayer and Cricket and Golf did not enter the top 10 Table.
Cricket aside, and in all seriousness, though we looked further at the ACC cost of Sport and with Rugby Union costing our country a massive $78 million dollars in 2016. Even Snowboarding cost over $6 million. So how much did Golf injuries cost New Zealand in 2016?
A relatively tiny, $3 million. So, a per capita cost of approximately $27 per club golfer and if you include social golfers it comes down to just $6 per player per annum. Cheap indeed. Enjoy this magazine