Prime Minister John Key took some time out from his busy
schedule to brush up on his golf game at the Otago Golf Club
at Balmacewen, Dunedin, yesterday.
Mr Key returned to the course yesterday after shooting a
respectable 33 stableford points there last month, as part of
a charity event to raise funds for the Edgar National Centre
for Diabetes Research. Shelley Duncan, the professional at
the Otago Golf Club, yesterday took Mr Key round the course
for about two hours to help improve his game''We just went
and played probably about 12 holes.
''It was a playing lesson really. He got a lot better.
''He drove the 16th green which is a par four, which was
pretty cool, and then two putted for birdie,'' she said.
Ms Duncan said it was a very ''low-key, no pun intended'' -
affair, with Mr Key wanting to brush up on his golfing skills
before he headed to Hawaii after Parliament breaks for the
''It was very relaxed, just the two of us and his security
people, obviously. It was a good afternoon.''
She said Mr Key seemed to be having a good time.
''I think a couple of hours on the golf course not talking
politics was probably a nice relief.''
Ms Duncan said she came away with a good impression of the
''It was nice to see him a bit more himself, because as I
said to him, you see him on TV and he has obviously got a job
to do, so it was nice to see a bit more of the man.''
Mr Key was in town attending a National Party southern region
function, which was held at St Margaret's College yesterday.