In November, Waimairi Beach Golf Club played host to the 2016 New Zealand Amputee Golf Open. Although playing numbers were slightly down on previous years, the tournament was a big success with a field of 24 players enjoying the two days of golf in hot, sunny conditions in the Garden City. There was some solid scoring with Wayne Eder winning the gross in dominant fashion on his home track with scores of 80 and 79 for gross total of 159. Wayne was one of three kiwis that played in the inaugural World Cup of Disabled Golf held in South Africa in 2014. The best net was won by Joe Keogan with 135 net and the best net for a non-amputee was won by James Palmer with 135 net.
The business community in Christchurch were generous in their support of the event donating over 50 prizes for the tournament. Every player also received a trophy as recognition of their participation in the event.
Next year’s event will have a strong field with players traveling from both Australia and America to participate. The 2017 event will be held in Auckland at Aviation Golf Club in late October.