'Nana' Turner proves she's not over the hill

Kate Turner is the "nana" of the Canterbury women's golf team, but is just as excited as a girl half her age.

Turner, 35, was yesterday selected in Canterbury's five-strong team to play in next month's national interprovincial teams competition in Dunedin.

She calls herself the nana and with Coringa's Zhantel Weekes in her second interprovincial team at just 16, Turner has a point.

It's the Rawhiti golfer's second shot at nationals. Her first was 13 years ago when the Canterbury side finished mid-table.

Time off to have her two children - Amber-Rose and Bradley - put on hold what had been a promising young career, but when Bradley started school, Turner started playing again.

She is also a member of the Christchurch club and when asked to fill in the the local Pollock Cup, Turner was intrigued.

"I was curious to see if I could still compete with the Canterbury girls," she said.

She could.

She did enough to make the wide Canterbury squad and that's when her form got red hot.

Turner has lost just one match for Canterbury in a series or matchplay events including two wins from two games against Wellington last weekend in the capital.

"I'm just really enjoying golf at the moment," she said.

That enjoyment clearly equals form and it's form the Canterbury selectors and her team-mates will hope she continues with in the national tournament at Dunedin's St Clair.

She'll need to find some more time to practice before the December 11-15 tournament, but said she's was lucky to have such amazing people around her to offer support.

"My mum and dad, Margaret and Dave have been amazing and my husband Nigel, he's a golfer too so he knows what it's all about."

Canterbury have four golfers returning from last year's team that finished ninth including reserve from that tournament, Weekes, who will join the playing five alongside Turner, Elisha Crosbie, Sylvie Williams and Jess Guenzerodt. Coringa's Fiona Gebbie will the side's reserve.

Canterbury have drawn defending champions Auckland in their pool along side beaten semifinalists from last year's event in Whakatane, Waikato.


Sylvie Williams - Age: 20 - Waimairi Beach - 0.7 - Fourth interprovincial

Elisha Crosbie - Age: 20 - Russley - 1.4 - Fifth interprovincial

Jess Guenzerodt - Age: 23 - Russley - 1.3 - Fourth interprovincial

Kate Turner - Age: 35 - Rawhiti - 2.2 - Second interprovincial

Zhantel Weekes - Age: 16 - Coringa - 4.7 - Second interprovincial

Fiona Gebbie - Age:18 - Coringa - 3.7 - First interprovincial (reserve)