Wellington No 5 Peter Brinsdon chips on to the sixth green
at the interprovincal championship at the Otago Golf Club
yesterday. Photo by Jane Dawber
They say 40 is the new 30. In golf - amateur golf, anyway
- 40 is probably like 60.
Take a look around the interprovincial championship at the
Otago Golf Club this week and it feels more like a 21st party
than a golf tournament.
It really is a young man's game. The gym gets more of a
workout than the bar.
The Auckland team does not have anyone aged over 21.
Hawkes Bay has a 14-year-old in its ranks, and Bay of Plenty
has a team of youngsters.
Otago, with an average age of 30, has the oldest of the teams
at the tournament, while Peter Brinsdon (49), who has played
at No 5 this week for Wellington, is the oldest among the 75
players lining up.
He has racked up a couple of wins and three losses at the
''It does make me feel young, playing against these guys. But
it is pretty much a young person's sport now,'' he said.
''A lot of these guys practise a hell of a lot and that is
all they do, or they have a job built around their golf. When
you get a bit older, you find you don't have that time.
You've got a job or family to look after.''
Brinsdon, the general manager of Wellington Golf, said
experience did help during the week, and it was a tough
physical task playing on such a hilly course.
He first went to a interprovincial tournament in 1985,
playing for Aorangi, and admitted he felt everyone was older
then, although he ''was a lot younger back then''.
''At the elite level, guys are getting a lot younger and
getting that international experience. But the standard of
masters golf is getting higher all the time.''
Hawkes Bay youngster Max Gill played at No 4 for his side,
and is believed to be the youngest at the championship.
The 14-year-old was born in Korea but moved to New Zealand
when he was 3 and started playing golf when he was 7.
Auckland selection convener Warren Leitch had a team which
varied in age from 18 to 21 and was the youngest the province
had picked. It was selected with an eye to the future, he