Flying the 'garish' flag not enough to make the cut

23:57, Feb 04 2013

The professional golfers brought colour to Hokowhitu in the past week - none more so than Manawatu club pro Oliver Maxwell.

He is always espousing his Australian heritage, so for the LawnMaster Classic opening round he did an Ian Poulter - the eccentric dresser who is the world No 12 - and wore trousers bedecked with the Australian flag. Maxwell's day two blue-and-white outfit was just as garish.

Sadly for fashion plates, he didn't make the halfway cut.

The organisers were lucky getting five hot, calm days for the tournament in balmy Palmy. If it returns next year all we ask from NZ Golf is they install an outside scoreboard for the first two days.

■ We discovered that many of the course records set over the years at the Manawatu Golf Club were set during the LawnMaster Classics.

But back in 1954, Allan Johns, also a NZ squash player, shot 65. Wellington's Stu Thompson shot 64 in the 1990 LawnMaster before two 63s, by Mark Smith in the 2002 Lawnmaster and Michael Sim in the 2005 NZ Amateur.


On the women's side, both in LawnMasters, Manawatu's Susan Farron shot 66 (8 under par) in 1991 and Sarah Nicholson 67 in 2001.

■ MotorSport NZ events manager Amanda Tollemache will be running the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting at Manfeild next weekend.

Her name is not the most common but we discovered there is also a Blenheim playwright-actress of the same name, and a British equestrian rider and an American actress. Our Wellington woman has tried rally driving but has never appeared in Xena, Warrior Princess, as has her namesake.

■ YoungHeart Manawatu footballer Alex Rufer is already having his talents noticed at 16.

The midfielder was named in the team of the month after only two national league games, including one where he received a red card, but he impressed enough against Waitakere United last week.

On top of that he was in Australia last week, with a group of 60 of the best under-17 footballers from around Asia at the Australian Institute of Sport All Asia Football Camp in Canberra. Rufer is one of three Kiwis, who were selected by Nike to take part.

■ It turns out polo may not always be a summer sport, because the Rangitikei had a man playing in the snow polo world cup in China last week.

Rangitikei's Glenn Sherriff was in the New Zealand team at the snow tournament at Tianjin, in northern China.

New Zealand were knocked out in the quarterfinals by Hong Kong, losing 3-2 on penalties, but did beat England 4-2 and the United States 4-1.

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