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Good education a top start
Top golfer passes on life lessons to Blue Mountain students. Elysia Tilbrook reports.
Learning from champ: Blue Mountain College students, from left, Sam Peirce,
Ashleigh White and Tony Johnstone with golfer Vaughan McCall.
Eyeing it up: Vaughan McCall in
New Zealand's number one ama-
teur golfer Vaughan McCall spoke
to students at Blue Mountain
College this week, recalling the
times when he attended the
The Gore golfing star told
students that, unlike his brothers
who were academically minded,
he always knew he wanted to play
''But you need your own career
path and you need to keep your
options open,'' he said.
''Get a good education and you
have to be driven.''
Tomorrow McCall heads to Japan
where he will compete in the
Japan Open against tough profes-
''If I make the cut I am doing
really well. It is one tier down
from the PGA tour so it is very
prestigious,'' he said.
McCall will then have a couple of
days to rest before heading to
Turkey to play in the 2012
Eisenhower Trophy, which will
be contested from October 1 to 4 at
the Antalya and Cornelia golf
It is a strokeplay international
teams event in which the best two
individual scores from three
players in each team count
towards the final score.
McCall is understood to be the
first Southlander to represent the
province at the event, although
former Southland champion Liz
Douglas represented New Zealand
at the Espirito Santo, the women's
equivalent, including the 1982
event in Geneva where she,
Brenda Ormsby and Janice
Arnold finished second. At the
time that was the best New
Zealand finish since the event
started in 1964.
''It will be tough,'' McCall said.
''I know who will be there.''
His biggest competition will be
players from the United States,
the Netherlands, China and
Japan, he said.
''But I want to do well. I have set
my expectations high but I know I
am competing against the best.''
Balclutha Golf club results from
Saturday, September 8.
Joan Bisset 40
Men stablefords and first round of
Didam Dodds 39; Dan Groen 38;
John Sutherland 38; Stephen
Harrold 37; Rini Niovara-Dave 36;
Roger Munro 36; Jason Davis 34;
Bing Crosby 33.
Twos 1, 3, 14, Jason Davis, Kelvin
Stratford, Brad Paterson, Gavin
Scott, Noel Edwards.
Hidden Birdie Senior: Noel
Edwards, Peter Ross, Dave Carson
Hidden Birdie Junior: Not struck
Sumpter Moore Longest Putt:
Chisholm Park Golf Nearest the
Pin: Gavin Scott second week in a
Balclutha Night 'n Day Best Gross:
Roger Munro 79; Louies Rambler,
Guest Mug, Dan Groen after
beating Louies Rambler last week.
First round Club Championships.
Semifinalists for Saturday,
September 15 -- Finals September
16. Senior, Jeff Bisset v Kelvin
Stratford, Brad Paterson v Danny
Intermediate, Tank Mills v Glen
Paterson, Murray Nyhon v Noel
Junior, Charlie Ollerenshaw v
Gavin Scott v Tim Morrell.
Novice, Fraser Morrison v Jack
Hoekstra, Paul Mineur v Lyall
College boy seeking
Blue Mountain College student
Gavin Stark is a talented
Not only has he competed in
national events for swimming,
athletics and rugby, but he is
the sole Southlander selected to
attend a rugby scenario camp
in Rotorua for year 12 to 14
students this weekend.
From the 60 players attending
the camp, up to six year 12
students could be selected for
the New Zealand Barbarian
Schools team, which is Stark's
A New Zealand Secondary
Schools year 13 team will also be
selected, but Stark is too young to
qualify. ''It would be amazing to
make it into the Barbarians team,
so fingers crossed,'' he said.
''I have been doing quite a bit of
training, including running and
rugby training. Also, athletics
helps with my speed.''
Stark has played rugby since he
''I was brought up playing it. I
always watch it on TV, no matter
who is playing.''
Stark also looks forward to
competing in the New Zealand
Secondary Schools Athletics
Championship in December, with
his best event the 100m sprint.
What a moment: Pupils from St Joseph's School in Dunedin, Rosebank School in Balclutha and Romahapa School at
the Forsyth Bar Stadium in Dunedin. The pupils met All Blacks Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks and
Hosea Gear ahead of Saturday's test against South Africa. They got to meet some All Blacks in the changing rooms
before heading out and playing a game of Rippa Rugby. Rosebank School played St Joseph's, with Messam the
referee. Afterwards, pupils had their pictures taken with the All Blacks and collected autographs. The schools won a
Blackout Day competition last week where pupils all wore black to show their support for the All Blacks before last
Saturday's test against Argentina.
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