It is true. The older you get the faster the year flies by. 2017 certainly has been quick with a lot happening in the golf world. Inside this issue acclaimed writer Peter Thornton has a critical view of 2017 and sums the year up very nicely.
From this desk, the highlight of the year was the inaugural LPGA event at Windross Farm in October. To see the crème de la crème of the ladies golfing stars here in New Zealand was a fantastic feat albeit a tad weather affected. It costs millions of dollars to promote and underwrite this level of golf event and the weather gods were not kind.
However, the change in government needs to be carefully analysed. Whilst the LPGA is a three year event contract with government, the secondary funders, ATEED (Auckland Council), have already expressed some disquiet about the change of dates announced by the LPGA to February 2019. So, careful diplomacy is probably going to be the strategy here.
The 2018 Men’s Open and the PGA Championship planning is in full swing. Queenstown is going to be very busy so accommodation will be at a premium and scarce. Plan it this side of Xmas.
How nice it was to see Josh Geary finally make it on to the 2018 European Tour. Josh has enormous latent talent with both a solid long and short game. At aged over 30 he now has the chance to earn some serious money, so Josh, keep it cool and play well.
Lydia Ko did not have the stellar year she was probably planning on. Even with change of equipment, caddy and lots of other issues she actually finished the year on a financially successful basis. The real issue is the massive improvement by some of her juniors (Ko is only 20!). The competition on the LPGA is massive and scores really reflect that. She keeps on smiling though through thick and thin.
So, it falls to me to wish all our readers a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. May the weather be kind to you all.