• Patrick McBride

Balls flying Coastwide

Golf matches resume after 7 week break.

17th fairway at the Greymouth Golf Course.

PHOTO: Patrick McBride

Balls were flying left and right at the Kaiata Links this afternoon with more timber being hit than with the winter axe as players attempted to find their pre Covid-19 form.

New guidelines were set out for clubs during the week with social distancing the number one focus and anyone looking for the 19th (Club House Bar) after the round were out of luck.

It was a somewhat different feel to the usual golf banter pre round. Some of the keen golfers were sighted early chipping and putting to get the edge on their competition before the round to no avail.

Senior golfer Mike Osborne started well and looked to be in the money early but the wheels fell off after the 13th. Local club champ, Michael Scholes appeared to be showing up for a rock concert supporting a bandana with his black and grey locks flowing in the light Omoto breeze. His form somewhat missing, not helped by the fact he left his putter at home.

The long spell did Lyn Bruning well, blasting the perfect drives off the tee block.

"I guess watching all the golf on TV over the break has helped" A humble Bruning said.

Canterbury raider Steve Harold enjoyed the visit striking the ball well and sinking some deathly putts to be in the money. Consistent local, Graham Sinclair hardly put a foot wrong, ending the day with a fine 80 off the stick and 40 stableford points.

The new World Golf Handicapping system was rolled out during level 2 setting a level playing field no matter what course players attend across the globe.