Liz Newman, Avondale Golf Club 9 Holer, recently competed in the World Masters Games with distinction and this is her story.
The World Masters Games is held every 4 years, it started in Canada in 1985 with the goal to encourage people to play sport throughout life. In 2017 Auckland was host to 28,000 people competing in 28 different sports. My golf buddy suggested that this was a not-to-be-missed opportunity to play golf with people from all around the world on some amazing courses. Golf was one of the first sports to sell out, with around 600 men and women spread over 5 age divisions 35-44yrs, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75+.
The format was a 72-hole stroke play competition with a gross and net stableford division. We played at 3 courses: Muriwai which is a links course which was very windy and hilly, plus alot of pot bunkers (35 stblfds) , Pakuranga had a lot of trees and gulleys (28 stblfds), and Akarana had a lot of water and hills (39 stblfds). The top finshers then went to Remuera for the finals and after a very nervous start having to pick up after finding water, I came right and managed to not get in to too much trouble(36stblfds). I ended up with 138 pts to win the silver medal, 1 point away from the gold medallist, a lady from Germany.
The whole tournament was well organised and it was great to play with women from different parts of the world. I’ve secured beds and games for when I travel to Canada & Australia.
Now back at my home course of Avondale, it’s nice to be back on the flat and not have to contend with any water! I’m also glad to be back to playing 9-holes, so that I can fit it in to my busy schedule.
I’d recommend people who want to give the World Masters Games a go, to start saving and planning with your friends now, the next one is in 4 years time in Japan!