Teenager claims 'incredible' course record

16:00, Mar 16 2014
Inia Logan
SHARP SHOOTER: Fifteen-year-old Cromwell boy Inia Logan shot a course record 59 at the Roxburgh Golf Club on Friday.

A 15-year-old boy has played a "once-in-a-lifetime" round of golf, scoring a nine-under-par 59 at a tournament in Roxburgh.

Inia Logan, of Cromwell, said he was still coming off the high of achieving the rare, sought-after score on the par-68 course at Roxburgh Golf Club, where he was competing at the Eagles intercollegiate tournament on Friday.

"It was a pretty big deal because not many people shoot in the 50s. I knew I was getting close to the 50s - I knew I had to get a couple of birdies down the last five holes and I did that so it was pretty good.

"There was a scoreboard up there and after 12 holes I was seven under so, as people started to finish, they came and watched, which was pretty cool. I don't think I could play any better than what I did."

The teenager's scorecard now hangs on the clubroom wall after he broke the course record.

Inia, who plays off a zero handicap, said he had played golf since he was 4 years old and hoped to become a professional golfer and win the NZ PGA or NZ Open before he was 21.

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Golf Otago development manager Michael Smith said Inia's achievement was incredible.

"It is probably - even for the top golfer in the world - a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. To shoot nine-under par at 15 is an incredible achievement. Fifty-nine is a sought-after number by many golfers, because it is not done too many times . . . I don't know anyone who has done it.

"We have a tournament there every year for the top golfers in Otago. We've had a couple of 61s, 62s and 64s - but no 59s - so it's quite incredible."

Inia has been known as a golfer to keep an eye on since he was about 6 years old. "He had a 10 handicap when he was about 10 years old so he's always been tracking really well. I think he finished in the top 10 at the South Island Men's Championships in Dunedin last month."

Inia was also a keen hunter and fisherman and, at age 12, climbed to the first base camp of Mt Everest with his father.

The Southland Times