Amateur leftie gets the right clubs

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 22/11/2012

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Christchurch amateur Tom Turner had no idea qualifying for this week's New Zealand Open would be so stressful.

The Canterbury interprovincial golfer cruised through Monday's qualifying tournament at Russley with a two-under 70 but that's when the drama started.

His TaylorMade clubs were legal for an amateur and legal for qualifying but not legal for the New Zealand Open which begins today at the Clearwater course.

A rule change by the Royal & Ancient - golf's gatekeepers - has changed the type of grooves needed to make clubs legal.

The rule doesn't come into effect for amateurs for another few years.

For Turner, a new set of clubs isn't just a case of whipping down to a pro shop and grabbing another set, because he's a leftie.

"It's been a real mission trying to get conforming clubs," he said.

"Left-handed clubs in Christchurch are like blood diamonds."

He eventually got the problem sorted, with plenty of help, and yesterday picked up a new set.

They're a different brand and he hits them a different length. "I've got to go out and sort some distances out now on the range, and hopefully I'll be used to them by tomorrow," Turner said.

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