Sports legends gather for golf

Cromwell Golf Club golf pro and Legends tournament director Willie Moore and club president...
Cromwell Golf Club golf pro and Legends tournament director Willie Moore and club president Noeline Lister look out for the stars at the Legends tournament in Cromwell on Saturday. Photo: Pam Jones
Golfers at the  weekend’s Legends tournament in Cromwell could have been forgiven for thinking they were in the wrong place.

Sportsmen and women of many sporting codes were competing in the event, which has a rule that one member of each four-member team must be a "legend" in their sport.

But it can be any sport, not just golf, and the weekend’s players included former All Black captain Sir Brian Lochore and well-known cricketer former Black Cap Nathan McCullum.Some "golfing greats" were also there, including New Zealand representative Kim McDonald, Cromwell Golf Club president Noeline Lister said.

Mrs Lister said Sir Brian had been attending the Cromwell Golf Club tournament for about five years. Previous "big names" who had taken part included national cricketer Sir Richard Hadlee.

She said that, seven weeks into her first term as club president, it was a "big thing" to help organise the tournament. She has been a member of the Cromwell club since she moved from Milton in 2003, and has been a golfer for about 40 years.

The club’s "golf pro" and director of golf, Willie Moore, was the tournament director and the club was fortunate to have his services and talent, Mrs Lister said. Moore had played in Australia, including in Pro-Am circuits and PGA tournaments, before training as a pro golfer.

Two hundred and forty people took part in the two-day tournament, which was an Ambrose format on Saturday and three-ball, best-ball yesterday.

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