Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. Fairway Watering Upgrade

White Dragon Golf Very happy to pass on the report from the General Manager of the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Leo Barber, of the upgrade to fairway the watering system. If you enjoyed playing here before, next summer will be a real treat.

It is only fair to also report that Leo himself has devote many hours of hard labor to this project.

Irrigation Upgrade, Progress Report

We have enjoyed a great week with good support from our volunteers and accordingly have completed the majority of the planned

work with sprinklers and mainlines installed to 6, 7, 13 and 15 and other associated connections complete. With the surplus pipe

from our planned work, we intend to continue the mainline around to the 12th fairway where it will terminate awaiting the next stage.

Testing and flushing of the lines will be undertaken next week and a couple of minor tidy ups.

The finishing touches being applied to the 13th fairway by staff and the many volunteers

Wyndham Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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Kevin Na and  Rafa Cabrera Bello are the two players tied at the top of the Wyndham Championship leaderboard, as play was suspended due to darkness.

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Both Kevin and Rafa shot -7 under par 63 in the first round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, to sit on top of the leaderboard.

Rafa was returning from the Olympics, and said he needed a rest;

“Last week was a big adrenaline week.”

 “It was the first time I was really not playing for myself, just playing for my country and obviously it’s a huge honor, but also big responsibility.”

“I wanted to do good and I was pleased with my result.”

” Coming into this week, I felt the game was good, just needed a bit of rest.”

“There was a chance of me not making it through the money list and making it through the world ranking points list, that’s what I wanted to focus on.”

“I’m pretty sure this week has a stronger world ranking than the one in Europe and I also felt that it was going to be easier to travel south to north than from Rio to Czech Republic, jet lag-wise.”

Kevin was happy to see the putts get in the hole;

“Hit it well, made a lot of putts.”

“That putter has not been all that hot this year and it was nice to see a lot of putts go in.”

“It’s usually over the years been my strong part of game but I felt like I really found something.”

Five players share third place with opening rounds of -5 under par 65, Danny Lee, Derek Fathauer, Peter Malnati, Brandt Snedeker and a name from the past Luke Donald.

Luke carded a hole in one on the par three 16th, and loves the holiday for life he got for the effort;

“Had a perfect number, downhill a little bit, 159 yards,  and it was playing straight downwind and good nine iron for me and looked good all the way.”

“Hit a foot short and went in the hole.”

“Bonus when it goes in, obviously, and nice to win a holiday for life. Apparently that’s what I got for it.”

 

 

 

 

Rio Olympics. Ladies Golf. Inbee In Charge.

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Inbee Park, from South Korea, is in charge of the Rio Olympics Ladies Golf tournament after 36 holes in Brasil.

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Inbee carded a second round -5 under par 66 to sit on top of the Rio Olympic leaderboard in Brasil, with a -10 under par total;

 “I think first coming here, I didn’t really know whether I was going to play this week or not due to the injury.”

” Obviously didn’t expect much of a result.  It was more of, you know, whether I can play or not.  So I mean, a good result is a great gift.”

Charging into second place was Stacy Lewis, from the U.S.A. scoring a fantastic -8 under par 63, an Olympic record, which gave her a -9 under par Ladies Tournament total;

“I was excited from the get‑go with the announcement of the Olympics.”

” There are probably a lot of reasons why we shouldn’t have come and shouldn’t have done this, whether it was Zika or other issues.”

“I just did my homework and nobody gave me a good reason why I shouldn’t come.”

” You’d have to ; I mean, there’d have to be something seriously wrong with me to not come play in the Olympics.  This has been so cool.  Just a different feel about it.”

Sharing third place are Brooke Henderson, Canada, with -7 under 64 today and Charley Hull of England, -5 under 66. Both ladies have -8 under par totals.

Brooke said;

“I feel Britt (her sister and caddie) and I came up with a really good strategy for this course over the last week or so, along with Team Canada.”

“I think so far, it’s been pretty good.”

” But like I say, there’s still lots of golf left and hopefully I’ll just continue to play smart but take advantage when I can.”

Charley is looking for another good round tomorrow;

“I don’t really look at what I do.  I just kind of get off the golf course and go to the gym. “

“I don’t really analyse where I am.  I just kind of think, oh, yeah, I played decent, another round tomorrow.”

World number one Lydia Ko has dropped back, -1 under 70 today giving her a -3 under total, and a lot to do tomorrow to get into contention for a medal, she is correctly T22.

Rio Olympic Ladies Golf. Ariya Jutanugarn 1st Round Leader.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, is the 1st round leader of the Ladies Tournament at the Rio Olympics.

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Ariya cruised to a first round -6 under par 65 in the opening round of the Rio Olympics, which gave her a one shot advantage over the field,

 “I think I’m going to be really excited, because I like to represent Thailand.”

“We want to be the best and have the Gold Medal for Thailand. I think it’s going to be great if I have it.”

“I like the Village a lot, before I came here I had no idea what it’s going to be like.”

” When I got into the village, I liked it. I love it a lot.  I’m a roommate with the badminton players from Thailand and I have had a chance to watch them play a few matches.”

“Pretty good.”

Sharing second place with -5 under par opening rounds of 66 are Inbee Park, and Sei Young Kim, both ladies from South Korea.

Inbee has recovered from her recent injury problems;

“I first started feeling it in the off‑season in January. Some weeks it was good. Some weeks it was bad.’
‘I tried to rest it and tried to play again. Didn’t really work. When I tried to play again, it just didn’t work.”

“I felt like still perform well and I can still play with injury, but it just didn’t happen. It was just my mistake. Now I feel much better than before. “

“Bogey‑free round, been awhile. Feels great.”

“It wasn’t too windy out there this morning, so I had a lot of opportunities at birdie.”

 “I had a really good ball‑striking day. I had a lot of opportunities and there was probably two or three more putts that I possible could have made.”

“But yeah, I’m very satisfied with today’s round. I felt quite nervous this morning, teeing off, and being able to overcome that kind of nerves feels great.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand is T11 with her opening effort of -2 under 69, courtesy of holing her nine iron second shot from 136 yards for an Eagle  on the par four 15th;

“It was my first eagle at the Olympics, so I think it’s great.”

” At the men’s last week, I think there were two hole‑in‑ones and a few eagles, and I put my contribution to golf by making an eagle, I think is a really good feeling, and especially since I was even par at that point in my round.”

“So to go from zero to two‑under-par was a great turnaround.”

Brazilian Miriam Nagl teed off first, hitting the  first Olympic women’s tee shot in 116 years, she recorded a round of +8 over 79;

 “It was nerve‑wracking, to be honest.  I was very nervous, but what an honor that I could be hitting this shot.”

” It means so much to me,  being in my home country and golf being back in the Olympic Games, and the fact that I have a little daughter now.”

“It was just very special to me.”

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Miriam Nagl 

 

U.S. Senior Open. Gene Sauers Wins.

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Gene Sauers wins the U.S. Senior Open, on the Monday finish, his first Senior Tour win,

 

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Ten years ago Gene was incorrectly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, it has taken a long while to battle back to fitness, so this win is especially special. The win came at a dramatic last hole, where Gene sunk a par putt for a round of -1 under par 69 and a winning U.S. Senior Open total of -3 under par, and a one shot victory;

“It hasn’t sunk in yet, it’s been a long time, and I’m at a loss for words right now.”

“It means the world to me, I saw the light at the end of that tunnel, and I was heading there.”

“The good Lord stopped me and backed me up and said, no, you’re not done yet.”

“It’s just unbelievable to not play golf, not touch a golf club for seven years and to come out and to win a major golf tournament on a hard golf course.”

“Being back to playing with these guys, it’s a pleasure, I didn’t think I’d ever be here.”

“I told my wife, when I was in the hospital, I didn’t think I was ever coming out. She kept me strong.”

Sharing second place were Billy Mayfair and Miguel Angel Jimenez, both with -2 under par totals.

Billy had a -3 under par 67, while the Cigar chomping, Ferrari driving, wine drinking Miguel sadly carded +1 over 71, with back to back bogey’s on 17 and 18.

It must have been heartbreaking for Miguel to come so close;

“I’m human, you know, I’m going to make bogeys.”

“I’m going to make birdies. It’s the way it’s coming. That moment is not on my side.”

Billy spoke about the different set of playing standards they encountered during the rain delayed tournament;

“All four days we saw different golf courses.”

“Kind of medium on Thursday. It wasn’t all that bad, that windy, but it was still hard to play on Friday.”

“Of course, Saturday the wind started blowing. It was blowing all over the place.”

“Today it was wet and soft and hardly any wind. We got to see Scioto in four different ways on four different days.”

 

 

U.S. Senior Open. Miguel Angel Jimenez Leads Rain Delayed Open.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez leads rain delayed U.S. Senior Open, as the finish is moved to Monday.

Miguel Angel Jimenez heads into the final round with the lead at the U.S. Senior Open. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Miguel has a one shot lead to defend on Monday morning, with a 54 hole total of -3 under par at the U.S. Senior Open;

“I like to play here, I have some compromises.”

“After this week, I’m going to play a couple of tournaments in Europe.”

“And then probably going to come in to play maybe one and then play the last four also.”

“Of course, you have to enjoy yourself, and I enjoy myself.”

 “You look at my office, no? It’s a great life, no? That’s what I want to do in my life is play golf.”

“I will do what I want to do in my life for a living, and golf is not my job. It’s also my hobby.”

“Of course, when I finish here, I’m going to have a big fat cigar with a nice glass of wine and enjoy my wife and my family and my people who are here.”

Gene Sauers is in second place at -2 under par for the tournament, he discussed the situation over breakfast with some very influential friends;

“I ate breakfast, and then I had lunch, and then we just kind of sat around the table and just talked about old times.”

 “I was in there with Tom Watson and Larry Mize and Scott Verplank, Bob Tway. We were just in there discussing our lives and what was going on and the future of the game, you name it. Everything was coming up.”

“Why they cancelled it is because they said if you had to take casual water, you’d have to go over to the end of the rough to drop it.”

“I don’t know if it will be lift, clean, and place Monday  or not.”

“If you get a lot of mud on your balls, that could be treacherous. I know USGA doesn’t like to play lift, clean and play. We don’t either, but sometimes you have to.”

Sharing third place are Billy Mayfair, Loren Roberts and Ian Woosnam, all at +1 over for the 54 holes of the competition.

John Deere Classic. Ryan Moore Wins.

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Ryan Moore wins the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

Moore cruises to victory

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A -4 under par 67 final round was good enough to give Ryan Moore victory at the John Deere Classic with a -22 under par tournament total, a two shot winning margin;

Ryan put his victory down to caddie J.J. Jakovac, he had not played the tournament since 2009;

“In that two-year break is when I hired J.J.  right after that, a couple years I had not played, and he kind of said to me like, ‘Man, I think that’s a really good tournament for you, in his experience of being here.”

 “I kind of thought about it, you know what, you’re probably right.’So we put it back in the schedule.”

“It was great to have another perspective, he’s a great golfer himself and has a really good understanding of tournament golf.”

“He was a great tournament golfer in college and amateur golf.”

“I played so steady the whole week, but to say at any point today I was comfortable would not be true.”

“I know I got a four- or five-shot lead or something at some point. I actually wasn’t paying attention to that at all, but someone said that afterwards.”

“I like that my body is feeling good this time of year, instead of the other way around.”

“I’ve been in the top 30 going into the Playoffs or in the 30s the last few years, and I haven’t made it to the TOUR Championship.”

“I’ve kind of plateaued a couple weeks before and haven’t played great going into them.”

“That’s a huge victory for me to just feel good.”

“I want to keep getting better. I think I can accomplish great things in this game and I keep trying to make the decisions to help me do that.”

Ben Martin was in second place at -20 under par, a last round -3 under 68 not quite good enough to put any pressure on the leader, he spoke about his FedExCup standing and how his putting made him feel good;

“I came into this week at 121, so I really needed to have a good week to take pressure off next week.”

 “I felt Thursday out there, ‘Man, this is the best I’ve felt all year, standing over the ball, over putts.’ I like the course next week.”

“Hopefully take a little momentum into the Wyndham, and then two weeks from now, the points, four times what they normally are.”

“So my best golf, I feel is coming, and this could be the start of a good run.”

“I was back and forth on the front nine, never got a whole lot going.”

“I think that hitting it tight on 12, and then rolled a good one in on 13, knocked it close again on 14.”

“unfortunately just never gave myself great opportunities on the way in. But yeah, I was happy to be able to bounce back there on the back nine.”

Sharing third place at -17 under par were Whee Kim, -4 under 67 today and Morgan Hoffman who stumbled to a last round of even par 71.