Kevin Smith, Wins Wellington Sports Person Coach of the Year.

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PGA Professional and Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club member, golf coach Kevin Smith,  has the won the Wellington Sports Person Coach of the Year award.




Kevin is a high performance coach who has worked with many of the really top golfers over some years.

He is also passionate about growing and supporting the game of golf at all levels .Kevin has a unique approach to his craft, using his method of  people first approach to coaching.

Kevin is a very good coach and dedicated coach, as many members of Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, and other local clubs where he also teaches, will gladly tell you, and will recommend  his personal approach to easy learning, of golf drills to improve your game.

Contact Kevin if you need advice on how to improve your game, or indeed if  you are a beginner:

Would be great if you just wanted to email him Congrats.

Captain v President Tournament at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

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Captain v President tournament, is the highlight of the men’s golfing program at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, where the 24 qualifiers play “par” for the overall winner. This event is played over the week-end, and the overall winner this year was Brent Hartridge, who to our delight uses a White Dragon Putter.

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Brent Hartridge and winners Cup. On the left is Club Captain Glen Mitchell, with President Paul De Bernardo in the middle.

Congratulations to Brent, who claimed the title of 2015 Capt v President Champion , and with it the coveted Sam Frankpitt Cup, with an inspiring +5 Sunday Par round, we hope he has many more wins in store for next year.

Second place went to Paul Wronski and in third place was Brett Smith, after a hotly contested five-way playoff.

Brett also claimed the top qualifying spot on the Saturday and the Alick Loveridge Salver with the best Nett.

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President Paul De Bernardo, Brett Smith and Club Captain Glenn Mitchell.

Captains team V Presidents team competition, the winning team is awarded the Ido De Bernardo Trophy, and the Presidents Team won again, so Paul gets the trophy which was donated by his father.

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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Par three 2nd Green, and 3rd hole White tee. The Pine forest to the right has now been removed.


Greenkeepers view of Chambers Bay Greens.

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Mr Leo Barber is the General Manager of Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, and has long been renowned as the top Greenkeeper in New Zealand.

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Leo Barber

Below is his professional assessment of the Chambers Bay greens, and the mistake that had been made in trying to mould two very different grasses together;

“It is not in doubt in my opinion that the greens were indeed of questionable composition and therefore rolled less than ideally.

Fescue greens are a completely different animal, beautiful to putt on in their own right but add the sometimes dreaded

Poa Annua into the mix and you have a diabolical collaboration between two grasses that thrive at different ends of the spectrum.

One grass needs to be cut low and worked vigorously to produce a good surface and the other cut higher and finessed.

It was always going to be a difficult task for the Superintendent brought in to address the growing concerns, only a couple

of years prior to the event, and even more difficult when that Superintendent lost control of his tools as happens in major

events, with the governing body taking over, and in this instance a governing body that had a strong desire to push the

agronomical boundaries.”

So you have to ask yourself, why did they do it ?





New Zealand Stroke Play Championships. 18 Year-Old Julianne Alvarez Wins

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Julianne Alvarez has won the women’s section of the New Zealand Stroke Play Championships played at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

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Julianne Alvarez


Julianne won the women’s New Zealand Stroke Play Championships title, shooting a final round course record of -7 under par 67 on the World famous Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club course.

She reported that she was very proud of her achievement;

” I’m very proud of myself, I went out thinking I have to play solidly, and I did that all week. I enjoy the difficulty and challenge of this course, and links golf.”

“I shot seven under in the last round of the Lawnmaster, but this feels like a lot better round. So I guess you could say this is my best round ever.”

“On a course like Paraparaumu Beach you have to keep yourself in play, and in the right position, and I did that today.”

Julianne is coached at Paraparaumu Beach by professional Kevin Smith, he has been guiding her to success since she was seven years-old, he had this so say of his pupil:

“She’s won the New Zealand Amateur in 2013, ans she’s won a couple of Bob Charles events, but definitely the New Zealand Stroke Play is one of the pinnacle events for New Zealand golf.”

” For me personally, because with professional golf it’s all about stroke play. So I would tend to favor winning the New Zealand Stroke Play, especially at a great golf course like Paraparaumu.”

The men’s section was won by another 18 year-old, Toshiki Ishitoku, from Japan. His win came by way of a play-off against Nick Coxon from New Zealand after they both completed the tournament at -10 under par.

Toshiki was playing on a links course for the very first time, and rated this victory;

“Biggest of my career.” 

We wish Julianne all the best for a successful Professional career.





1st Hole in One.

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Hi guys just had to report that had my first ever hole in one today, on the 14th hole at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, in New Zealand.

Unfortunately there are no good pictures of this 150 yard par three, to the back of the green, where the pin was today, but who cares, it went in.

Virtually all carry to a generously-sized green for a par 3 guarded by bunker left and right at the front, and out of bounds very close to back of green. The tee is a little sheltered so judging the wind here is paramount.Today the wind speed and direction was not a factor, a very unusual occurrence on this ocean side links course. The safe play on this hole is to play for the center of the green and not always the pin, but what the hell, I went for it, because my opponent was within an easy short put for a two. The hole in one was a generous gift, especially as it was my first one, although I will say I struck the tee shot wonderfully well, it felt good, and turned out perfect. It certainly upstaged the opponents who thought a two would win the hole.

My playing partner was Terry McNamara, we were battling against the very low handicapper Cliff Moore and the long hitting Kevin Gatfield. We finished the day all square, and really enjoyed the free drinks in the 19th afterwards.

Not to be out-done on the day, my close neighbor, and friend Tony Gibbons also had a hole in one today, at the par three 5th, a bugger of a hole at 140 yards, that you can not miss left, right or long.

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Me and Tony

For the advertisers information I am wearing a Breast Cancer Awareness pink Oakley shirt, Phil Mickelson inspired Callaway shorts, a Dragon Golf belt and Nike Shoes. { I know you can not see the shoes, but trust me they are there.}

Not sure what Tony was wearing, we had imbibed a few drinks by the time this picture was taken. He did ask me why it was that if I made the best putter in the world, why would I not use it !!!



Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. Just a little Windy

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Hi Guys,

Thought I would just pass on this message I received from my golf club about yesterdays five club wind. Today is even worse with rain lashing down in the howling wind. Happy Days .


Dear Peter,
Welcome to this week’s edition of Course Clippings.  Golfers are a unique breed, and on days like we are experiencing today, I am acutely reminded of this.  Such is the passion for this game that those that engage in its allure are often drawn to its pursuit despite the occasional barrier, of say…..”a five club wind”, to quote one of our Australian guests this morning.  Our Scottish forefathers who developed this wonderful game had a beautiful expression, “if there’s nae wind, it’s nae gawf”.  I am sure the Scots among our membership would have a tear in their eye today.  Blown hats off to all the bravehearts out on the links today who took on the “5 club wind” and succeeded.  Whilst there were a few defeated faces out there today, mainly from those who failed to even make the first tee, the invigoration and enthusiasm from those who gave it a nudge was infectious and displayed all those characteristics of what makes both this game and its participants great.  As our Australian guests so succinctly put it when met off the 18th, “yesterday at Kidnappers was good, but today….that was golf”
It seems apt to wish the “Hurricanes” all the best for Saturday.
Have a great weekend
Leo Barber
This picture is of the tricky par 5 7th hole at Paraparaumu Beach. Good luck staying on that fairway.

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