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Te Anau golfer David Klein has got
a taste of playing worldwide after
joining the professional circuit just
over a year ago.
He recently returned from
Australia where he participated
in the 2011 Queensland
Cellarbrations PGA Championships
with 150 players. The four-day
event saw him in 31st place after
two days but he fell just behind
It was Mr Klein’s first tournament
in Australia and he said he
expected it to be much harder.
New Zealand golf tournaments
allow only New Zealand residents
to play, whereas Australia allows
all nationalities to compete, which
means bigger tournaments and
potentially bigger prize pools.
The Australian tour was one of
the biggest in the world, he said,
adding that there could be 20
tournaments in New Zealand
compared to 500 in Australia.
“If you go to Australia you can
pretty much play every second
day,” he said.
Last year Mr Klein travelled to
China where he participated in
the OneAsia tour. He said he was
hoping to do better; although his
last few rounds went very well, his
first one was apparently not up to
Funding his trips to Australia
and China had been under his
own steam but he also received
support from his family. Although
he had won some money from his
recent golfing stints, it was not
always enough to cover the cost
of travel. It depended not only on
his placing, but on the size of the
tournament and the amount in the
prize pool, he said.
He has been playing golf for 15
years, and always wanted to
go pro - the process for which
involves competing in qualifying
school tournaments where
participants are ranked. Mr Klein
finished within the top 40 in
Australia, which qualified him to
play professionally last year. There
are not many pro golfers in New
Zealand and only the top eight
qualify, he said.
Golf is no longer just a hobby
for Mr Klein, who said it was a
lot better than playing amateur -
which doesn’t allow participants
to take prize money - said he felt
he was improving all the time and
that his playing ability was towards
the good side.
“I’m definitely glad to have gone
pro,” he said.
Pro golfer enjoying circuit
David Klein of Te Anau who became a professional golfer last year.
PHOTO: Linda Jane Keegan
By Linda Jane Keegan
The fourth annual
Gowan Hill Classic
mountain bike ride
took place last
Saturday with rave
reviews from riders.
The 48km course,
first raced in 2010,
was rated as an
“awesome” ride with
extreme technical and
and has been
those participating to
be included as a must
do event for all keen mountain
A new course record of 2 hours,
18 minutes and 33 seconds was
recorded by the winner of the
Ultimate Challenge Open Event,
Reon Carroll of Invercargill.
Last year’s defending champion,
Andrew Ballantyne of Invercargill,
once again blitzed the rest of
the field in his Veteran event to
complete the race in his best time
Mr Ballantyne also won the White
Hill mountain bike classic earlier
Organised by the Ohai Nightcaps
Lions Club, this year’s Gowan Hill
race was held in kind weather
and on a damp track on the forest
roads and farmland at Opio,
Although numbers entered were
back on previous years, once
again the day proved popular
for family groups, recreational
riders and the more experienced
mountain bike riders.
Full results can be found on the
Gowan Hill Classic website:
Gowan Hill going strong
Reon Carroll of Invercargill, who won and set a
new record in the Gowan Hill Classic on Saturday.
By Linda Jane Keegan
Sheena Smith, the first woman to
complete the 25km Classic Open
mountain bike ride in the Gowan Hill
Classic last weekend.
PHOTO: Lionel Benjamin
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