The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
is a delightful country course in one of New Zealand’s most spectacular settings. Truly wonderful was time spent with Bob Glading, just a few weeks before his death in 2014, when he revealed the rather humble circumstances of his upbringing and how his introduction to golf at the age of 10 was the catalyst for “a life that was bigger, brighter and undoubtedly better than what his parents had, and which they expected for their youngest child”. Juggling writing this book with my full-time job as editor of The Cut took some doing and it’s the reason why hard choices had to be made as to who to include and, equally, who to leave out. There are so many brilliant stories out there! The book consists of 20 chapters, each one a complete story in its own right, and my hope is that it highlights the sport’s amplitude, from those involved in its governance, coaches and club managers, to a golf tour operator, the world’s best-known caddy and a vintage golf club collector. Also included are inspirational stories of people who overcame huge challenges – cancer and a road accident – for whom golf is so much more than just a game. My Life in Golf – Inspiring Kiwi Stories, published by David Bateman Ltd, is due for release in early August. involves completing his education at a US college, courtesy of a golf scholarship. Winning the 1992 Eisenhower Trophy was a major stepping stone to a life in golf for the New Zealand team’s four players, Michael Campbell, Phil Tataurangi (who was also the event’s top individual performer) and Stephen Scahill and Grant Moorhead. The book charts the careers of Campbell, who, of course, went on to win the 2005 US Open – a life-changing event – and Tataurangi, who played the pro circuit for 18 years before opting for a life behind the ropes, working in the media and as a course designer. One of New Zealand’s most renowned course designers is John Darby, whose work includes the original Millbrook course, Formosa, The Hills, Jack’s Point and Clearwater. His passion for his craft, the emphasis he places on working with what nature has provided in terms of landscape and the environment in which a proposed course sits, shines through. Equally passionate are a less well-known duo, brothers-in-law Barry Johnston and Andrew Simpson, who teamed up to create a nine-hole course in Tekapo. It’s been a labour of love, along with a tremendous amount of hard graft. Johnston, a keen golfer and former club captain of Clearwater, was the brains behind the design – which he drew up on the back of an envelope – while Simpson provided the land and the brawn. The result US Open winner Michael Campbell is among the New Zealand golf personalities touched and inspired by Sir Bob Charles.
The Cut - Spring 2016