Could Lydia Ko be heading to Manawatu?

PETER LAMPP
Last updated 12:00 25/02/2013

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Don't hold your breath, but it is possible that super golfer Lydia Ko could grace the Manawatu Golf Club's fairways in April.

Hokowhitu will be hosting the New Zealand Amateur championships. They might be small cheese compared with the big pro events she is playing, but if her schedule allows, she might not want to bypass the prestigious amateur.

With the pro events, she can request payment of expenses and accommodation and flights. Fair enough, but that might not extend to this one. ■ There were fireworks after the 50-years-of-stockcars meeting at Arena Manawatu on Saturday and Dion Mooney provided more on the track during the event.

It was unprecedented that anyone could roll four cars in one race, but Mooney did, all Palmerston North cars, despite being attacked throughout the 25-lap stockcar race. He had been upended in the preceding superstocks race by Keven Roberts.

All of that equalled anything seen in the past 50 years and had the crowd of about 4000 on their feet.

The Manawatu Standard liftout penned by Tony Coffin proved so popular that anyone who got a copy might have a collector's item on their hands in the next few years. ■ We hear much overdue work has been done on the cricket pitches at Fitzherbert Park.

Apparently all of the remaining Marton clay has been taken out of the block as well as the strip of dark Kakanui clay, brought in from Oamaru in 2002.

So now it will all be Patumahoe soil, which we hope will be good enough to get first-class cricket back in Palmerston North.

Pop-up watering has been installed all over the field. It is still undulating and might have been better being ploughed up and levelled. ■ The funeral is being held today of Gerald Nesdale, one of the trio of rugby Nesdales who played in the front row for Oroua and Manawatu.

A rugged hooker, he played 66 games for Manawatu between 1960 and 1964 until an accident on his farm at Kimbolton, when he was dragged by a horse, ended his rugby career.

He was a sheep and beef farmer and for a time, a market gardener. He was the father of Ross Nesdale, who played hooker for Auckland and Ireland.

Gerald died last week aged 75 and is survived by his equally illustrious brothers, Vin and Kevin.

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