Correct me if I'm wrong, but, officially yesterday was
supposed to be the last day of summer, right?
So, how come there were nearly as many woollen beanies as
golf caps and hats at The Hills and Millbrook on day two of
the $900,000 New Zealand Open?
And why am I sitting in the media centre with two
turbo-charged heaters blasting out hot air as I write this?
Well, for the answers I only had to look to the freshly
snow-capped peaks of the Remarkables and, briefly Coronet
Or talk through chattering teeth to the many rainjacket-clad,
glove-wearing golf fans huddled under trees or umbrellas as
an icy southerly wind hurled showers of freezing rain across
both golf courses throughout the day.
Intermittently, there were patches of blue sky and irregular
respites from the numbing winds.
But mainly it was a day for dedicated, hard-bitten,
golf-loving spectators to be out supporting the golfers -
amateurs, celebrities and professionals alike.
in Queenstown and Dunedin reached a maximum of 13degC.
Parts of the coast were also drenched in one last summer
downpour. The southwester brought at least 25mm of rain to
Oamaru, and 20.6mm to Dunedin in the 24 hours to 8pm
The good news is a forecast for improved conditions today and
tomorrow, although (gulp!) I'm told there's a chance of late
showers for the final day. Wahoo. Pass me the sunblock