Wairarapa News : January 25th 2012
36 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 25, 2012 Railway Crescent off Lincoln Road Masterton Ph 06 370 6060 Mon-Fri:7am-5pm Sat: 8am - 1pm Solagard Exterior 8ltr White Low Sheen/Semi Gloss & Gloss. New 15yr Guarantee (Tinting extra) Decking $82.25 EXCL. GST INCL. GST $94.58 $99.00 EXCL. GST INCL. GST $113.85 $2.77 EXCL. GST INCL. GST $3.18 100mmx40mm Premium $1.83 EXCL. GST INCL. GST $2.10 100mmx25mm Premium $1.73 EXCL. GST INCL. GST $1.99 100mmx40mm Merch Extendable Ladders Contractors' Wheelbarrow The most versatile ladder you can own. Converts to four different ladders and has a 135kg industrial loading 4.5mt $189.95 EXCL. GST INCL. GST $218.44 3596089BU ROMANOS A sham national title34 Strong field ready for Pro-Am Mark Brown Gareth Paddison A strong field of professional golfers will be contesting the DHL Global Forwarding and Rec- reational Services Masterton- Eketahuna Pro-Am this weekend. Of real interest will be the return of Wellington's Mark Brown, winner of the event in 2008, kick-starting what was to become a great year for him on the European Tour. After his Wairarapa win, in late February he won his first Asian Tour event at the SAIL Open Golf Championship at Jaypee Greens in India. The next week in India he won the Johnnie Walker Classic which was co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia. This victory propelled Brown to 64th in the Official World Golf Rankings and he became the highest-ranked golfer from New Zealand. He finished 2008 by winning the PGA Tour of Australasia's Order of Merit. He will not have it all to himself this weekend however, with the likes of fellow Wellingtonian and 2011 NZPGA World Cup player Gareth Paddison also in the field. Paddison won the 2010 Charles Tour Wairakei Open by five shots, and last year took out the Queens- land PGA Championship in Toowoomba when he birdied the last two holes. He has recently earned his Japan Tour card and will join fel- low Kiwis Richard Lee and David Smail on that tour this year. Other returning champions of this event are Auckland's Marcus Wheelhouse, 2007, North Harbour's Richard Lee, 2009, who is also the PGA 2011 Order of Merit winner, Wellington's Andrew Green, 2010, and joint winners from last year, Hawkes Bay's Doug Holloway and North Harbour's Josh Carmichael. On the rookie front it will be interesting to see how Auckland's Ryan Fox goes in what may well be his first professional event, although other young guns such as Nick Gillespie, winner of the 2011 Charles Tour Shirley Open as well as both the Vanuatu and Fiji Opens in the South Pacific, and Pieter Zwart from Waipuk- urau, who won the lucrative Starwood Classic in Fiji, will be looking to make him work hard. And let us not forget the quality of many others in the field. Grant Moorhead from New Ply- mouth has gone back to competing in a full-time role and with many wins on his resume must com- mand respect, along with Asian Tour player Mark Purser and Waikato's 2011 Charles Tour Tau- ranga Open winner Jim Cusdin. And it is no certainty that the winner will come from among these names, with many other quality players in the field of 35 professionals. Such is the strength of entries that there is a waiting list of eight hoping for a late call-up. Organisers are delighted to have secured former All Black Christian Cullen as the guest celebrity-player for the weekend. Cullen, 35, who officially retired from rugby in 2007, is a handy golfer now playing out of the Para- paraumu Golf Club on a projected 5.5 handicap. Play starts at the Eketahuna Golf Club at 11am on Saturday and the Masterton Golf Club at 10am on Sunday. Spectators are welcome at both courses.
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