Young Otago golfer wins national award

Young golfer Parker Aluesi at the St Clair Golf Club yesterday. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Young golfer Parker Aluesi at the St Clair Golf Club yesterday. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Young Otago golfer Parker Aluesi has just won an award he does not think he deserves.

Aluesi (16), a year 12 pupil at Otago Boys' High School, has been named as New Zealand Golf's all disabilities golfer of 2018.

But he does not think his disability hampers him at all.

Aluesi had an accident when he was 6, losing the sight in his left eye, but has overcome his handicap, and with considerable success last year.

He received the award, along with a trophy and certificate, at the captains' dinner at the Remuera Golf Club in Auckland on Monday night.

He was named the Otago Eagles Junior Golfer of the year in 2018 and has represented Otago in age-level golf.

Aluesi, a member of the St Clair Golf Club, is also a member of his club's senior A pennant team, as well as being one of his school's top golfers.

He first started playing golf nine years ago with his dad, Mike, and instantly loved the game.

He said as he was a right-hander, his glass eye made it virtually impossible for him to see what he was hitting when in his stance. But he had become used to it, and it had not stopped him becoming a plus one golfer.

He hoped to make a living out of golf, and spent plenty of time playing the game.

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