Big travel schedule no sweat for Munn

PETER LAMPP
Last updated 12:00 26/02/2013

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Josh Munn is adamant his world travels with the New Zealand team haven't worn him out.

It is almost the more the merrier for Manawatu's New Zealand player, who said he would rather play on weekends than sit around resting.

He had a couple of rogue rounds when the Manawatu-Whanganui team finished second at the Southland Invitational at the weekend, and they could be blamed on his recent trip to the Ten Nations Cup in South Africa.

There the two courses were treeless so he was able to blaze away off the tee with his driver. He tried that at Otatara, Invercargill, and four or five times found himself marooned behind trees, got a little down on himself and paid the price.

He is figuring out how to sleep on international flights, and when to take sleeping tablets, to reduce the effects of jetlag.

"This what I want to do," Munn said. "The pros play 35 weeks a year and you've got to get used to playing week in, week out.

"I can't keep using that excuse."

However, he has slept in his own own bed in Palmerston North only 10 nights this year.

As well as numerous trips to Australia, last year Munn travelled to Mexico, Austria, Spain and Argentina.

After returning from South Africa last week and embarking for Invercargill a few days later, now he is in Gore staying with New Zealand team-mate Vaughan McCall. They are the two amateurs selected to play the NZPGA Championship at Michael Hill's private course.

"It will be my first time there," Munn said. "I have heard it's pretty demanding so I want to do a couple of practice rounds.

"I don't need a rest. I'm ready to go.

"It should be a good week for me, although you can't play well every week."

The South African experience was an eye-opener, playing on resort courses with mountain backdrops and being allocated caddys who had holes in their shirts.

His caddy had to walk 1 hours to work at the course each day and carried a knife because he had recently been mugged and had his shoes stolen.

The players were accommodated in a luxurious gated community outside the town of George. Munn excelled in the South African strokeplay tournament, was placed in the top five after two rounds, but faltered in the final round.

On Monday he and Tyler Hodge fly off in New Zealand colours to the Riversdale Cup in Melbourne to play on ultra-fast greens. Then they return for the New Zealand strokeplay at Paraparaumu Beach, then the NZ amateur at Manawatu . . .

It never stops. Munn, though, wants to spend a week soon making pizzas at the family's shop to give his mother a spell.

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- Manawatu Standard

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