Special Olympics: Golf skills earn points for novice from Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay golfer Robert Robinson demonstrates his skills on the putting green at the Chisholm...
Hawkes Bay golfer Robert Robinson demonstrates his skills on the putting green at the Chisholm Park course yesterday. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Robery Robinson (Hawkes Bay) is a novice golfer but he proved he can foot it with the best by qualifying in the National Summer Games golf skills yesterday.

Golfers gain points for mastering the skills of the game and are marked in a series of practical tests.

Robinson (41), who works for New World in Hastings, showed he had mastered the short putt with a score of 15.

He also demonstrated skills by scoring nine points with the chip and the iron at the Chisholm Park course.

''I like the challenge of mastering the difficult skills,'' Robinson said.

''The hardest part of my game is the chipping.''

He can smack the golf ball 100m with his favourite shot, the long drive.

Robinson is enjoying his first Summer Games.

''I enjoy meeting people from other teams, especially the girls,'' he said.

Margaret Baker, the manager of the Hawkes Bay team, was elected a life member of the Special Olympics volunteer group this week.

Her interest in the movement started in 1985 when her son, who had Down syndrome, joined.

She has been a busy worker for Special Olympics in Hawkes Bay for the past 28 years.

''I enjoy seeing the athletes get better skills,'' Baker said, ''The sport improves their lifestyle and their relationships with other athletes.''

Judy Cossey, the Hawkes Bay bocce coach, was also elected a life member of Special Olympics New Zealand.

Hawkes Bay has a team of 45 athletes and 15 supervisors in Dunedin this week.

Swimming is the province's biggest sport with 15 competitors.

There are nine playing football and eight in tenpin bowling.


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