Munro's target 80 before 80

Golfer Corran Munro has shot his age or better 79 times and wants to make it 80 before his 80th birthday. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Golfer Corran Munro has shot his age or better 79 times and wants to make it 80 before his 80th birthday. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Age does not appear to be slowing Corran Munro down.

The former Otago captain is still handy with his golf clubs and relishes new challenges on the course.

Munro (79), a retired dentist, first played for Otago in 1960 and made the team eight more times, including as captain in 1967-70.

Although he restricts his golf outings to Wednesdays and Fridays, he has achieved his goal of shooting his age or better a staggering 79 times.

Munro turns 80 in July and his immediate aim is to increase his total to 80 before then.

''It will not be easy as the game gets harder for me when the fairways get wetter and when the greens are cored,'' he said.

Munro boosted his tally last week, shooting 76 on Wednesday followed by a 4-over 75 on Friday.

He lives beside the fifth fairway on the Balmacewen course at the Otago Golf Club and has been on a single-figure handicap since he was 17.

Asked about his length off the tee, Munro admitted he hit much shorter now and sometimes needs two wood shots to reach some of the par-4 greens.

His biggest bugbear is the long uphill 18th hole at the Otago Golf Club which he gets up to in regulation about once a year.

Munro intends to keep playing the game he loves and, on form, should shoot under his age many more times.

He has a rival at Chisholm Links in Gordon Moore (85) who has achieved the same goal countless times.

Moore's best rounds were eight shots under his age, a feat which he has achieved twice.

He still plays off a 17 handicap but has hung up his clubs temporarily because of an ongoing foot injury.

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