Lam keeps golf a hobby

KERRY GALLAGHER
Last updated 05:00 07/12/2012
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TROPHY TIME: North Harbour Women’s president Helen Chegwin, left, with Julitta Lam.

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Despite double success at the North Harbour Champion of Champions tournament, golf still comes second to studies for Julitta Lam.

As a club champion at the Muriwai and North Shore clubs, Lam, 18, represented both at the North Harbour Champion of Champions golf tournament at Whenuapai on November 25.

The West Harbour resident won the individual title, shooting a 36-hole total of 148 to win by six shots.

Individual scores were then taken for the team Rosebowl competition and Lam's North Shore team also won, with her Muriwai team finishing second.

But she is not counting on golf for her future.

Lam has just finished at Kristin School in Albany and plans to study architecture at Auckland University.

She says that is still more important, after having already decided to concentrate on her schoolwork and keep golf as a hobby.

"I'm just keen to get a degree. I've heard architecture is really tough so we'll just have to see how that goes.

"But I'll definitely just keep playing golf and representing North Harbour. But long term, I don't have any plans at the moment."

Originally from Hong Kong, the Lam family moved to New Zealand when Julitta was two, and she has been at the Muriwai club since she started playing golf at the age of eight.

Her father Joe is a keen golfer and got the whole family to join.

Julitta practises at the Institute of Golf in Albany, next to her school, where she is coached by Craig Dixon. But she only practises about four or five hours a week.

"I enjoy it - I love to go out and play rather than practising," she says.

Alongside Muriwai clubmate Rebekah Brownlee, Lam will compete for North Harbour at the Women's Interprovincial matchplay championships at the St Clair course in Dunedin next week.

The North Harbour team is: Kristin Farrell (Waitakere), Lita Guo and Sai Ma (North Shore), Julitta Lam and Rebekah Brownlee (Muriwai), Jessica Murray (Huapai).

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