A team of veteran Nelson golfers made history earlier this month.
The Tasman Masters men side finished second at the New Zealand Freyberg Masters held in Taupo from December 12-18, the team’s best finish in its 40 plus year history.
The team, Glenn Drummmond, Craig Newman, John Murray, Corey Taylor, Blair Bavin and Mark Le Compte, represented Nelson, Marlborough and the West Coast
Team manager Lynden Murray says the tournament pits 16 associations from across New Zealand against each other in a week-long tournament playing up to 36 holes a day.
“The format is based on match play and you have to win your game either 3-2, 4-1 or 5-0.”
The minimum age to enter the Masters is 40 with some players in their mid-50’s still boasting scratch handicaps.
“We had our best finish last year at 3rd equal and this year we only came second by half a point, we were only a couple of putts away from away from winning the whole thing.”
Tasman managed to knock off southern rivals Canterbury, who had handed them a hiding earlier in the year, as well as three time defending champions, Auckland.
“We weren’t underdogs but were crowd favorites, everyone wanted us to win or just really anyone but Auckland.”
Manawatu/Wanganui eventually claimed the title as Tasman fell short against Waikato on the final day of play.
“There was a really good feel about the whole team, they mixed well on and off the course,” Lynden says.
He says it was mentally straining for the men playing from 7-7 every day.
“They needed a bit of running repair, they were rapt but shattered. They did a lot of fitness stuff, not usually the master’s way but they put a lot of work into it.”
He says the side will look to go one better at the 2019 Masters in Timaru.