Busy Munn set to check South Africa off play list

23:00, Dec 18 2012

Josh Munn barely gets time to sort out his air points before flitting off with another New Zealand team.

He and fellow Manawatu-Wanganui star Tyler Hodge will be part of a four-man New Zealand team heading to the Ten Nations Cup in South Africa in February.

The others are New Zealand's top two, Vaughan McCall (Gore), and Blair Riordan (Takaka); Munn beat Riordan at the national interprovincial at Otago two weeks ago.

This year Munn has been to Australia numerous times - to Austria, Spain and Argentina. Hodge has been to Australia and Scotland.

The downside this time is both men will miss the first professional LawnMaster Classic at Hokowhitu from January 31 to February 3. Munn is hoping to play the pro-am before he flies out.

"I was disappointed when I heard that but you can't miss a trip overseas," he said.


"This is what you practice for, what golf is all about and I've always wanted to go to South Africa."

Before that they will be on another aircraft with the New Zealand team to Australia on January 5.

NZ Golf have got them into the prestigious Masters of the Amateurs against the world's best at Royal Melbourne. Then they play nearby at the Australian Amateur at Commonwealth and Woodlands, in Melbourne, and the Lake MacQuarie Amateur in Newcastle. Munn had his best interprovincial at Dunedin (only two losses) and he just wants to keep working up the ladder.

"Just keep winning and doing all the same stuff because obviously it's all working," he said.

McCall was the first golfer in 24 years to win the NZ Amateur and NZ Strokeplay in the same year. He was runnerup at the Welsh Strokeplay and 13th individual at the Eisenhower world teams' championship in Turkey.

In South Africa they will play two resort style courses, the Ten Nations at Kingswood Golf Estate and the South African Strokeplay at Oubaai Golf Club, both at George in the western Cape.

Manawatu Standard