Golfing brothers make their mark
A bit of sibling rivalry between a pair of South Taranaki golfers has Sam and Ethan Jones emerging as rising stars.
Seventeen-year-old Sam and his 14-year-old brother Ethan are talented members of the Manaia Golf Club.
Sam is still bigger than his younger brother so has the upper-hand, but he is the first to admit his brother's lengthening swing will be a challenge in the future.
Sam was recently selected for the Taranaki Men's Team and played in the 72 hole G.B.S Southland last month.
A couple of weeks later his younger brother matched a club record, at the same time beating his brother's, by playing the course in 64 shots.
Despite being the youngest player to equal the record, he's realistic about the odds of setting a new record any time soon.
"That's seven under par," explained Ethan. "I'm not aiming to beat it for a while."
He admits beating his older brother felt pretty special but said he tried not to gloat too much.
It is one better than Sam has ever shot during a round.
As with most sibling relationships, whichever brother wins a round has bragging rights at home.
"I don't do it to him but when he beats me, which doesn't happen very often, we hear about it for a bit," Sam said.
While the opportunity to head to the deep south and play didn't afford Sam any big wins, he said it was a unique opportunity to see some of New Zealand's best golfers in action.
"It was a big step up from what I've been doing, really."