Char­lie Smail

New Zealand Listener - - THIS LIFE -

The golfer has bet­tered his fa­ther David Smail’s am­a­teur golf­ing record by win­ning the 2018 New Zealand Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship.

You’ve qual­i­fied for the 2019 NZ Open, at Mill­brook and The Hills, near Queen­stown, with your win. Is this the first time you’ll play in the same field as your dad at a com­pet­i­tive event? I’ve played in sev­eral Charles Tour events that Dad also played in. But this one will be spe­cial be­cause it’s the 100th an­niver­sary of the NZ Open and Dad has won it be­fore, in 2001.

What’s a favourite child­hood food mem­ory? I loved the food in Ja­pan, where we trav­elled with Dad on the golf tour when I was young. Food such as sashimi and Ja­panese bread and bar­be­cues. Grow­ing up with a va­ri­ety of food in Hamil­ton and Narita, Ja­pan, I en­joy all types of cui­sine, such as Ja­panese, Chi­nese, Mex­i­can, Ital­ian and home­cooked food, such as Mum’s lamb roast and Dad’s bar­be­cues.

Do you avoid any foods be­fore com­pet­i­tive golf? I avoid all fast foods be­fore and while com­pet­ing.

What type of foods do you eat dur­ing a game? I have pro­tein bars, scrog­gin, ba­nanas, some­times a sand­wich and lots of water.

Have you faced any di­etary chal­lenges while com­pet­ing over­seas? I strug­gled to find food in Malaysia when I played there, es­pe­cially for break­fast. The break­fast sta­ple was fish curry; I found that dif­fi­cult and craved ce­real and fruit.

How would you de­scribe your diet and life­style? It’s fo­cused around my golf and train­ing. I try to main­tain a bal­ance, so I still en­joy what I’m do­ing.

What is your typ­i­cal break­fast? To­day, I had a pro­tein shake that in­cluded mixed berries, greek yo­gurt, pro­tein pow­der and low-fat milk. I also had two ba­nanas.

What about lunch? It was sushi.

What is a typ­i­cal even­ing meal at home for you? Mum usu­ally cooks, but, as it’s sum­mer, we’re hav­ing bar­be­cues quite of­ten and Dad cooks the meat. Usu­ally, we have steak, pork, lamb or chicken with sal­ads and veges.

Will your mum, Sheree, also a for­mer pro­fes­sional golfer, be car­ry­ing your bag at the NZ Open? I hope so – that’s the plan!

The 100th New Zealand Open is at Mill­brook Re­sort and The Hills, Fe­bru­ary 28-March 3, 2019.

Char­lie Smail

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