FIRST WORD

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - PGA OF NZ - Geoff Wit­ton / Pub­lisher

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

Ifirst met Peter Thom­son many years ago when he was vis­it­ing New Zealand to at­tend the NZ Open. At that time, we were rea­son­ably new to the Mag­a­zine and the golf in­dus­try and were still get­ting to grips with some of the In­dus­try Lead­ers. I had no real idea who Peter was when first in­tro­duced but was im­me­di­ately struck by his pres­ence and gen­uine warmth. First im­pres­sions were very strong.

Some years later we were at the Aus­tralian PGA at what was then the Hy­att at Coolum and we were in­vited to the pre-event din­ner. We were chat­ting to Peter Se­nior and we were rein­tro­duced to Peter. Even though he - not un­ex­pect­edly – didn't re­mem­ber who we were, he very quickly caught on that we were from New Zealand and ran this Mag­a­zine. He was el­e­gant and very strong in char­ac­ter. Ev­ery so often you meet some­one and think “this per­son is spe­cial”- Peter Thom­son was cer­tainly one of those.

We have been watch­ing the an­nounce­ments over the last 3 years about his gen­eral health de­cline and it was of no sur­prise to be told of his death. How­ever, it was one of sad­ness and Golf is a lesser sport with­out him.

Peter Thorn­ton has penned a su­perb obit­u­ary on Thommo so read in­side for the full story.

Over the last cou­ple of years, we have been read­ing a lot of news­pa­per ar­ti­cles on the use of land by golf cour­ses from around the coun­try and have been struck by the sheer sim­plic­ity and shal­low­ness of re­port­ing in many of them. Ex­cept for the Cham­ber­lain Park ar­gu­ment most of the jour­nal­ists have failed to prop­erly re­search the is­sues and write ac­cord­ingly. In our opin­ion that is!

So, it was very re­fresh­ing to re­ceive a well-con­structed, bal­anced and knowl­edge­able piece on the place of golf clubs in our so­ci­ety and put some bal­ance into the old ar­gu­ment sur­round­ing the proper use of land. Carl Fen­ton from New Zealand Golf Inc. has ob­vi­ously put a great deal of thought into the writ­ing of this and has done his re­search!!

Nice to read some bal­ance into this emo­tive ar­gu­ment.

The US Open is done for an­other year, and again it leaves carnage in its wake. Per­son­ally - Shin­necock Hills worked for me as one can get a bit tired of the +20 type win­ning scores with the repet­i­tive­ness that springs from that. Course con­di­tions of course vary with the weather but by and large the con­di­tions are the same for the en­tire field. Some han­dled it bet­ter than oth­ers!

En­joy this Mag­a­zine

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