Stevie Williams on Lydia, Tiger and Adam.

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On Tuesday night White Dragon Golf attended an evening with the Worlds number one caddie Stevie Williams, at his home club, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, the event was also supported by Paper Plus, the premier book shop in Paraparaumu.

One of the first questions he was asked was about the phenomenal rise of New Zealand’s lady wonder Lydia Ko, who currently sits at the top of the Rolex World Rankings.

Leo Barber, the General Manager of Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club asked the question  about Lydia; here is what Stevie had to say;

Affable sports interviewer for this event, Matt Buck, then quizzed Steve about his relationship with Adam Scott. One fact we should all know is that when Steve signs a contract with a player, in that contract there is a clause requiring that the player will come and play at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

Tiger was brought to the Param golf club to honor that agreement, in 2002, to participate in the New Zealand Open.

Adam Scott will grace our links in the near future, it would be great if that were also a New Zealand Open.

There was a lot of controversy about some of the things Stevie said about his book, Out of the Rough, about his relationship with Tiger Woods, but on the night he was full  of praise for the best golfer in the world;


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The Greenbrier Classic. Danny Lee Gets Play-Off Win.

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Danny Lee, from New Zealand wins The Greenbrier Classic at Old White TPC in a play-off at West Virginia.

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Danny shot a final round -3 under par 67, to get into a four-way play-off for The Greenbrier Classic title, at -13 under par. He won on the second extra hole with a par on the par five 17th.

Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner were eliminated on the first extra hole, which left Danny and David Hearn to fight it out on the par five 17th.

Danny spoke about the motions involved in winning, and getting into St Andrews;

“I was just trying to calm down, I was so nervous. My head was blank and I was just trying to breathe.”

“As soon as I stand on the 18th tee box, first playoff hole, I felt ready.”

“I felt like I could really win this thing.”

“The reason I played so many events was I was really trying to make it into the Presidents Cup this year.”

“It’s back in Korea. That’s where I’m born. I kind of feel like I was playing good but not good enough to win a golf tournament, but this week for some reason I just felt right.” 

“It’s my fourth time playing here, and I liked it every single year. Only one wish I had was if I had a girlfriend, it wouldn’t be as lonely in the room.”

“I always wanted to play there, I cannot wait.”

David was proud of the effort he put in trying to win this event, but was also happy to have qualified for St Andrews;

“Real proud of the way I made the putt to extend the playoff and continued to give myself a chance.”

“Just didn’t go my way on that 17th hole. I hit a bad tee shot. That was probably the only bad tee shot I hit all day.”

“I’ve just got to keep giving myself chances like this, and it’s going to happen soon.”

Kevin hit the same club in the play-off at the 18th, it just did not come off the same;

“I thought it was good in the air, probably just a little pumped up. But I was glad to be in that situation.”







N.Z. Open. Four-Way Tie after 1st Round.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of  the New Zealand Open after the first rounds, being played on two courses, Millbrook and The Hills, on the South Island in New Zealand.

Andrew Boult, Terry Pilkadaris, Jake Stirling and Scott Strange all shot -6 under par 66, for their first rounds of the tournament. All four of these players were on the Millbrook course, the best score on The Hills course was Andrew Martin at -5 under par. Andrew shares second place with four other players.

Andrew Dodt, Australia, rigt and his caddy talk tactics. Photo / Dianne Mason.

Andrew Boult / Dianne Mason

Andrew said he was excited;

“Yeah, I am. I’m not really excited about the weather, though, and what’s to come. To get off to a good start, you feel like you’re in front of the field a bit. If the weather is pretty ordinary, a good round today makes up for that. I played four years in Europe so hopefully I go alright.”

To be honest with you I am not a fan of these competitions which play on multiple courses for the opening rounds. A change in the weather, or in New Zealand a change in the wind direction, could easily alter the way a course plays, favoring one group or another.

The best course for the New Zealand Open has always been Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, a links course which has hosted 12  N.Z. Open’s in the past. The last competition there attracted no less a player than World Number One Tiger Woods. As always money does the talking, the result was a partnership agreement between Michael Hill Tournaments Limited and the Japanese Golf Tour Organisation.

An aside;

Sir  Bob Charles, who won the event in 1954, as an 18-year-old amateur, he also won again in 1966, 1971 and 1973 and became the only New Zealander to win a major championship in the 20th century,  at the British Open. Sir Bob also  became the first left-handed golfer to win a major championship.

A few facts about Sir Bob;

• Champions Tour money leader, 1988-90
• Champions Tour scoring leader, 1988-89, 1993
• Recipient, Order of the British Empire, 1972
• Recipient, Commander of the British Empire, 1992
• Recipient, Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, 1999
• Recipient, European Seniors Tour Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002

He also knows nothing about Facebook, offering this comment when asked if they could take his picture;

“Do you mind if we take your picture for Facebook, Sir Bob?”

“Sure… what’s that?” 

Australian Amateur Championships, Lydia Ko Beaten

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Lydia Ko, the Worlds Number 1 ranked amateur women’s player has been beaten in the second round of matchplay at the Australian Amateur Championships.  Lydia lost 2&1 to Aussie Jo Charlton, an unexpected result, and one which means this has been a disappointing start to the season for Lydia. It is also a worrying result for all of Lydia’s fans, especially the people of New Zealand, who thought she was invincible. Brilliant yes, but invincible, no.

I hope this defeat does not have too much of a damaging effect on the brightest star in New Zealand golf.

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The 2013 Australian Amateur Championships,  presented by Audi are underway in fine and sunny conditions in Melbourne at the Commonwealth and Woodlands Golf Clubs. All players will play 36 holes Stroke Play qualifying across both courses on Tuesday and Wednesday before moving to Commonwealth for knock out Match Play from Thursday to Sunday.

On the Womens side, Australian  Minjee Lee leads after an opening round -5 under par 68  at the Woodlands Golf Club. Minjee is  a former runner-up at the Championships, and she leads qualifying by one stroke from New Zealander and World Number 1 amateur Lydia Ko and another Aussie,  Tatiana Wijaya who both shot -4 under par rounds of 69.

Victorian Grace Lennon and Kiwi Munchin Keh are tied fourth at 3-under par, with Western Australia’s Hannah Green, China’s Jing Yan and Japan’s Asuka Kashiwabara tied in sixth place after -2 under rounds of par 71.

The second round of qualifying is be contested on Wednesday.

Death on the Beach, He was Murdered









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I found this wonderful example of giant marine life lying dead on our beach at the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. I was walking the dogs, Cooper and Poppy early in the morning, when we saw this amazing animal half buried by the retreating tide. The dogs were really not interested, but I was, how could such a magnificent creature suddenly appear dead on the shoreline.

An expert from the Te Papa Museum from Wellington confirmed that is was an adult male Sperm Whale, but had no idea why or how the creature became washed up here.

I took some more pictures with my phone camera, and at the same time touched the sad remains, I knew I probably would never again in my lifetime get the chance to touch a marine leviathan. He was still warm, something I did not expect, so he surely had not been dead for long.

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On further examination I found a puncture wound half way down his back, he had been murdered, probably harpooned.  What possesses a human being to kill such a magnificent creature. There are cultures in the World who desire to eat these wonderful creatures, Japan being the top of the list in this area. Surely the decent Governments of the World can do something to protect the giant marine life of the world, they were here long before us, and will still be here long after we are gone, they deserve some respect.

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If you look closely you can see the deadly puncture wound,left,  and opposite the sadly closed eye. He beached himself and died in agony.

Shame on you, the whale hunters, killers of innocent victims.


Lydia Ko, 2013 Season Starts at Australia Amateur Championships.

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Lydia Ko the New Zealand World Number One Amateur player, and winner of last years LPGA Tour Canadian Open, starts her 2013 season off at the Australia Amateur Championships, in Melbourne tomorrow. Lydia is the defending Champion.

The 15-year-old New Zealand sportswoman of the year candidate, and world’s leading female amateur, has not played a tournament since the Swinging Skirts Ladies World Masters in Taipei early last December. But according to her coach, Guy Wilson, the director of instruction at the New Zealand Institute of Golf, Lydia has been hard at it and not relaxing too much;

” The only reason she got a day off on Christmas Day was because the courses were closed. She had New Year’s Day off as well, otherwise there’s been no real relaxing, it’s been eight hours a day, seven days a week.”

Lydia has received funding from High Performance Sport New Zealand, it amounts to $230,000 NZ over the next two years. This cash injection makes it easier for her to participate in some of the  prestigious tournaments in the United States and Europe. Coach Wilson is delighted;

“She will play in all the Majors this year.”

He also stated that Lydia was looking forward to the challenges this year, and remaining the Ladies World Number One Amateur, but importantly continuing her education at her chosen college in the United States;

“It’s all important for her to continue to be the world No.1 amateur and have really good finishes so when she does turn pro she is as marketable as she is now. The good thing is she’s playing in a lot more events with real profile, which should help her as well.” 

Good Luck Lydia, we will be watching you !!!