Commitment key to success – Pullar

Robyn Pullar puts the success of the Southland women's masters golf team down to one key component: commitment.

Clearly, talent also plays a large part - you don't win four national titles and finish runners-up twice in six years without it - but it's the commitment of all four players that Pullar says has the biggest influence on the team and its continued success over the years.

Southland have also won the national individual title at the tournament for the past six years, with Pullar picking it up on her home course - Invercargill - in 2012, and Robyn Boniface winning it from 2008-11, and again last year.

In short, it is a tournament Southland have dominated in recent years and that is a trend the team is keen to see continue when the 2014 New Zealand Women's Masters tournament tees off at Springfield Golf Club in Rotorua today.

''I think the success of the team is probably because of the commitment of everyone to the team, as well as the passion we all have for the game of golf,'' Pullar said.

''Everyone that comes into the team fits in really well, we have a really good, positive team atmosphere and everyone plays for the team rather than themselves.''

There is also a strong desire to win.

At last year's national women's masters tournament Southland finished runners-up to a strong Waikato team.

This year they don't want to settle for second again.

''We are definitely striving for the win. No-one wants to be runner-up; we want to have that title back and we'll be striving to get there,'' Pullar said.

For this year's national tournament, Pullar will be joined by Boniface, Kerry Mariu and Fiona Murray; an unchanged lineup from last year's tournament, albeit a year wiser with plenty of lessons learned from last year's second-place finish.

''I think what we took from last year was that we need to accept the course the way it is, look at what's in front of us and develop a plan for the course,'' Pullar said.

''If you get a bad lie, you just have to accept it and get on with it.

''We've been getting together for the past couple of weeks for team practices. Robyn has played the Springfield course before so knows what to expect. It's probably a course where you won't need to be aggressive off the tee, and it's a relatively short course, so I might have to leave the driver in the bag.''

Regardless of what happens this week, Pullar admits being part of a team with this much success under its belt is ''pretty special''.

''We're always working as a team, working for each other, everybody is committed to the team and to each other,'' she said.

The New Zealand Women's Masters tournament starts today in Rotorua and finishes with finals on Sunday.

The Southland Times