We talk to Mike Hes­son, for­mer Black Caps coach

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - PGA OF NZ -

We have a round with Mike Hes­son, for­mer Black­caps coach.

How old were you when you started playing golf and who got you started? I was 7 or 8 when I started cad­dy­ing for my dad, I learnt to play the game muck­ing around when he was in the 19th.

Where did you start playing golf? Tar­ras in Cen­tral Otago when on sum­mer hol­i­days and St Clair in Dunedin.

What is the low­est hand­i­cap you have ever played off? Four

My low­est round was? 69 at Bal­macewen (Otago Golf Club), qual­ity golf course.

How many holes in one have you had? Two, both in 1995, not even close since.

How far do you hit your 7-iron? 145m. →

Your big­gest fear on the golf course? Out of bounds any­where on the right.

What is big­gest frus­tra­tion (pet peeve) when playing golf? Not be­ing able to get off the tee slow golfers can also ruin a nice round.

What do you most love about playing golf? Get­ting away and clear­ing the head while en­joy­ing the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of a hag­gle with mates.

What is your most mem­o­rable mo­ment in golf? My first time beat­ing Craig McMil­lan and get­ting him to open his wal­let.

My favourite golf movie is? Tin Cup.

What is your favourite golf course? Steyn City (South Africa) but the views at St Clair golf course at home are hard to beat.

Who is the most fa­mous per­son or best golfer you have played with? Sir Richard Hadlee.

What is your favourite golf des­ti­na­tion? Au­gusta (bucket list).

If you could pick any three peo­ple, alive or dead, to play in a four­ball with, who would they be? My only brother Karl who passed away 12 years ago (al­ways great com­pany, more en­ter­tain­ing than me), Michael Jor­dan (one of my sport­ing idols grow­ing up - lit­er­ally), Tiger Woods (would have some good chat)

What is the most mem­o­rable time/ex­pe­ri­ence you have had on the golf course? Dur­ing the 2015 Cricket World Cup we had a week be­tween matches dur­ing the pool play and to get away and re­lax we played some great golf cour­ses through­out New Zealand, of course when you get com­pet­i­tive peo­ple to­gether you al­ways chal­lenged for the black­caps well sought af­ter "yel­low caps".

Which crick­eter would you get the most sat­is­fac­tion out of beat­ing on the golf course? Tim Southee, he has an an­swer for ev­ery­thing.

What is your favourite thing to do away from the golf course? Take my girls Holly and Char­lie to school sports.

Sir Richard Hadlee.

Au­gusta Na­tional Golf Club.

Michael Jor­dan.

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