The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
68 THE CUT jumped in the water in my undies. It was absolutely magnificent. After a few minutes I got out, put my clothes back on and wandered back to the tee. Everyone looked at me and said, ‘Have you been for a swim?’ They couldn’t believe it.” After he’d dried himself off with his golf towel, Rufer grabbed his 3-iron out of the bag and readied himself for a swing at the longest par-3 on the course. “I hadn’t hit my 3-iron for about two months because it’s such a difficult club to hit,” he says. “It was 190 metres to the pin and so I grabbed my 3-iron and whacked the ball three feet from the hole. There was a guy behind me filming it and he was jumping up and down because he thought it was going in the hole. If I had got a hole in one I’d have driven away with a Porsche 718 Boxster S. But hey, at least I enjoyed the swim!” The Kiwi team shared some good times together on and off the course. “From the time we got together in Spain we all just clicked,” says Rufer. “I guess Kiwis are pretty laid-back and it was great to share such a magical experience with some really cool New Zealanders.” Rufer is one of the best-known New Zealanders in Germany, the home of Porsche. He spent seven years playing with Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga and the week before the Porsche golf tournament he watched his old team beat Stuttgart 6-2, a defeat that saw Stuttgart relegated for the first time in 41 years. Stuttgart is home to Porsche HQ, so there were quite a few disappointed Porsche representatives at the golf tournament in Majorca. “The Germans are all football nutters so it was quite funny,” says Rufer. “ The guys from Porsche were all giving me a hard time, but in a nice way. There was a lot of healthy banter, put it that way.” One of the highlights of the tournament for Paterson was shooting 28 on the front nine in his opening round. Off the course he was a little envious of his wife, who got treated to a Porsche driving experience. “I was tempted to swap places with her,” jokes Paterson. “She said it was just sensational and like being in the movies. I did get a chance to take a Carrera soft-top for a drive and it was some experience. I’ve told all my friends to go out and buy a Porsche and enter the next qualifying tournament in New Zealand in November 2017 because the level of hospitality was just outstanding. It was a very special trip.” RIGHT: Brent Paterson tees off. BELOW LEFT: Hole in one prize, a Porsche 718 Boxster S. BELOW: Brent Paterson, John Bardebes, Glenn Attewell, Gina Omundson, Wynton Rufer and Jamie Taylor.
The Cut - Spring 2016