Lynnette Brooky turns back the clock to play in the New Zealand Open
Lynnette Brooky wants to turn back the clock when she plays in the in the NZ$1.8 million New Zealand Women's Open in September.
Brooky was New Zealand's most successful female golfer until Lydia Ko emerged to become the world number one.
These days the 49 year-old concentrates on coaching at Manor Park Sanctuary and travelling with husband Ian Godleman, who coaches in Europe.
Brooky and 1996 Halberg Sportswoman of the year, Marnie McGuire were offered invites, in recognition of their success on the world stage. McGuire declined, noting that she retired 12 years ago.
Brooky jumped at the opportunity and is looking forward to testing her own game and watching Ko play.
Never short of confidence, Brooky believes she can do well, against what will be a top field.
"Realistically I can do anything. I have been there and done that. I just have to have the mind in the right frame and feel positive."
Her plan is to travel overseas with Godleman, which will take her to some of the top courses in Britain and Switzerland, and sharpen up her short game.
"I am going to work hard and I mean work hard."
As well as impressing Ko, Brooky has another reason to do well in the open.
"I want to show the kids that I teach, that I can still play."
The open is being played on the new Windross Farm Golf Club. It is the first time the world's most prestigious women's tour, the LPGA, has ventured to New Zealand. Brooky is excited about taking part.
"I wanted to watch this event from inside the ropes, so why not just play in it. I'm extremely thankful for the opportunity," said Brooky.
Brooky played on the Ladies European Tour, claiming four titles against some of the best players in the game with victories in 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2006.
She also had four wins in Australia to finish with combined career earnings in excess of NZ$1 million.
Her impressive record will count for nothing in Auckland, where she knows she will have to be at the top of her game to compete against some of the best players in the world.
"I feel great, I feel young and I am happy with where my body is at. I'm going away overseas for a month and I will be hitting golf balls every day and give myself the best chance of getting the ball in the hole."