New Zealand amputee golf champion Tony Wilson shows his
golfing style yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
He is left-handed but he plays golf right-handed and hits
with his left hand back-handed.
Tony Wilson isn't. He is the New Zealand amputee golf
champion and is a pretty handy with a golf club.
Wilson, who is a member of the Twelve Oaks Golf Club and
plays off a 29 handicap, has been playing for the past five
He won the New Zealand championship for amputees over two
rounds in Christchurch, at the Windsor Golf Club.
He finished at the front in a field of 24 golfers, after he
had finished runner-up in a couple of the previous
He uses right-handed clubs but with no right arm below his
shoulder, he can only hold the club with his left hand and he
hits back-handed. It is the only way he can hit, as
left-handed clubs would be too difficult to control.
He said ball control was not too bad but the main problem was
getting enough power with his driver. His longest drive is
just under 200m.
''You can't use a driver as well. Just quite can't get the
control with it and be able to get all the power into it,''
He said his short game was the best part of his game, and he
used a conventional putter.
He lost his right arm in an accident in May 1978 when a truck
he was driving collided with another truckin the Manuka
Wilson (58), a Dunedin beneficiary, is also a handy sportsmen
in other fields.
He won a multisport competition for amputees from the
southern South Island earlier this month.
Competitors had to play pool,golf and tenpin bowling.
Wilson, who played tenpin bowling to a serious level a few
years ago, was a clear winner.