They first walked the Balmacewen fairways in representative
action 30 years ago.
Yesterday, Kim McDonald and Owen Kendall were back at the
Otago Golf Club in their provincial colours, measuring
yardage and reading the greens.
But this time, the two former New Zealand representatives
were on the bags, rather than swinging the clubs.
McDonald has been caddying at the interprovincial
championships throughout the week for Otago No 1 Brent
McEwan, while Kendall was caddying for his son, Bay of Plenty
No 1 Brad Kendall.
At the tournament in 1982, McDonald played No 1 for Otago and
Kendall was at No 1 for Bay of Plenty.
Otago ended up winning the tournament, with McDonald leading
''That was back in the days where you didn't have a final and
semifinals. You just played the week against other teams and
whoever had the most points won,'' he said.
Kendall (59) and McDonald (60) have a lifelong friendship
through the sport and McDonald hosted Kendall at his house
Neither man has particularly strong memories of the week 30
years ago when Otago last prevailed at the national
''To be honest, I'm not even sure we played against Otago,''
''I can't remember a lot about it ... but the course hasn't
changed much. They have knocked a few trees down, as you do,
but it is pretty much the same.''
Kendall has been helping his son out for the past few years
and still plays golf, off a three handicap, at Mt Maunganui.
He played amateur golf for Bay of Plenty for many years and
his brother, Terry, was a touring professional for many
McDonald is enjoying the caddying role and, though he could
not recall much about the victory in 1982, he said local
knowledge of the course was important.
''Local knowledge is a real key, as is having a good team
culture. That seems to be working pretty well so far,'' he
McDonald, a member at St Clair, still plays golf and has just
gone out to a one handicap after many years playing off
Yesterday, the pair's golfers could not be separated. McEwan
and the younger Kendall finished all square after 18 holes,
although Bay of Plenty won the match 3 to 1.