Bill Jones a shooting star on the course

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 15/02/2014

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New Plymouth golfer Bill Jones has beaten his age twice since the start of the month.

On February 1, the 79-year-old shot a four-over par round of 76 at Ngamotu, then four days later the 10 handicapper went three better to beat his age by an impressive six shots.

His one-over par round of 73 gave him 45 stableford points and the top prize in the Wednesday club competition.

The news wasn't so good this week, with Jones shooting 85 on Wednesday.

"Three shanks and a ball out of bounds," he said yesterday.

"It happens or it doesn't. It all depends who falls out of bed . . . Jekyll or Hyde . . . I never know. Sometimes you play well, other times you don't."

Jones has been playing golf for 50 years.

"It's the first time in 50 years that I haven't been on a single-figure handicap.

"I went out to 10 a month ago . . . it made me cry."

Jones said he started his golf at the Westown course, then had three years at New Plymouth before moving to Stratford for 10 years.

"I came back here in the late 80s and been here since," he said. "It's not my best score at Ngamotu. I had a 68 in the Ivon Watkins Dow three-day tournament . . . that was quite a few years ago."

For the record, his scorecard (par in brackets) was:

Front nine: 3 (4), 4 (4), 4 (4), 4 (4), 4 (4), 3 (3), 4 (5), 6 (5), 4 (3), 36 (36).

Back nine: 4 (5), 5 (4), 3 (3), 4 (4), 4 (3), 4 (4), 4 (4), 4 (4), 5 (5), 37 (36).

Total, 73 (72).

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