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Adam Scott has parted ways with
New Zealand caddy Steve Williams,
the bagman who helped him claim
Australia’s first green jacket in 2013 and
pushed the Australian to world No 1.
Williams, who formerly caddied for
Greg Norman and Tiger Woods in a
stellar career was hoping to remain on
Scott ’s bag in a part-time capacity but
the Q ueenslander decided the situation
would not be ideal.
The world No 2 announced the news
via a statement yesterday, just days after
the Tour Championship where he was
tied ninth in his US PGA Tour finale.
“Steve has been an integral part of my
team in a period where I have fulfilled
some of my lifetime golfing goals,” Scott
“ His dedication and professionalism
have been without question, and his
friendship is highly valued.
“O ur priorities and stages of life are
different now, and so we decided that
this is the best time to end our
Williams, 50, has long hinted at
retirement to spend more time in New
Zealand with his wife and eight-year-
old son but was hoping to continue
with Scott next year from March to
September, almost all of the Australian’s
“ My initial plan for the future was to
reduce the amount of tournaments I
caddied in,” Williams said.
“After discussing this in detail with
Adam it became evident that my
plan was not going to fit with Adam’s
requirements and so we decided to end
“ Having caddied for the first Australian
to win the masters is a career highlight
and a memory I will cherish forever.
“ If the right opportunity arose I would
consider caddying on a part-time basis
in the future.”
In three seasons together the pair won
the 2011 World Golf Championship
Bridgestone Invitational, the Australian
Masters in 2012 and 2013, the
Barclays in 2013, the Australian PGA
Championship in 2013, the Crowne
Plaza Invitational in 2014 and his first
major championship, the masters in
Scott also spent 11 weeks as world
No 1 earlier this year, just the second
Australian to reach the milestone behind
Scott ’s next event is in Japan next
month before he heads to Australia
for the triple crown in November and
Buller made it a clean sweep of
silver ware over Westland in the final
round of the 2014 inter-district golf
competition, in Westport on Sunday,
maintaining its hold on the Dalgleish
Shield, King George Plate and the Allan
Buller had an impressive 7-1 win in
the Dalgleish Shield, won 6-2 in the
Allan Smith Shield and 12-4 in the King
George Plate competition.
The sole win for Westland in the
Dalgleish competition came from Ian
Cooper, who beat Buller star golfer Glen
In the other divisions, Westland ’s Geoff
and Alison Day shared bragging rights
with wins for their respective teams in
the King George Plate and Allan Smith
In the final mix up, Greymouth finished
second in the Dalgleish Shield on 13.5
points, third in the Allan Smith Shield
on 16.5 points and second in the King
George Plate on 32 points.
Buller 23, Greymouth 13.5, Westland
11.5 . Allan Smith Shield: Buller 21,
Westland 16.5, Greymouth 10.5 . King
George Plate: Buller 41, Greymouth 32,
Dalgleish Shield: Buller 7, Westland 1.
Glen Drummond 2, Ian Cooper 4; John
Murray 3, Stephen Clarke 2; Carl Forbes
3, Murray Marsh 2; Jamie Burnett 2 up
over Matt Childs; Nick Berry 5, Peter
Foster 3; Brian Hateley 5, Tony Reynolds
3; Nick Thom 5, Neville Johnson 4;
Lindsay Marsh 2, Gary Lee 1.
Allan Smith Shield: Buller 6, Westland
2. Jodi Wooding 7, Therese McMullan 5;
Chris Thom and Maryanne Glasson all
square, Bev Hajdu 2, Maryanne Thorpe
1; Pat Simpson 5, Alison Day 4; Sharon
Marsh and Pauline Adams all square,
Fiona Cooper 3, Marg Curtain 1; Diane
Hansen 5, Glenice Purcell 4; Joy Forsyth
2, Liz Scott 1.
King George Plate: Buller 12, Westland
4. Arthur Willman 6, Robert Horrocks
5; Terry Archer 7, Robbo O’Connell 5;
Callum L ennon 2, Doug King 1; Ian
Forsyth 1, Geoff Day 2; Allan Wratten 1,
Leo McIntyre 2; Rob Barnes 1 up over
Allan Bradley; Paul Chambers 2, Russell
Clarke 1; Peter Hawes 7, Paul Bares 6;
Lional Shaw 2, Stu Glasson 3; Rhys
James 4, John Bourgeois 3; Greg Hateley
2, John Hutchison 1; Mark Dobson 1,
Dave Shaw 3; Henk van Vuuren 5, Ben
Grant Elwood claimed the Wilkinson
Cup in Greymouth Golf Club play at the
weekend, despite Paul Kaye winning the
final round with a score of 44 points.
Wayne Robbins finished the day ’s play
in second place on 43, while Murray
MacGibbon was third on 41. Robbins
also equalled the lowest gross round of
the season with a 68. Raymond Blair
scored a two.
On Sunday, school teacher Kieran
Stone taught the rest of the field a thing
or two in claiming the single par match
with a plus 9 win. Jack Hammond came
runner-up with plus 6, while Raymond
Blair scored plus 5. Twos were also scored
by Liam Beirne and John McGee.
A match will be held on Saturday, K
Lee on duty, while there will also be a
match on Sunday, K Williams on duty.
There will also be a practice round
for players, taking part in the LVA
Tournament on Monday through to
Wednesday. Volunteers are needed to
help with the running of the tournament.
Anyone interested in lending a hand is
asked to contact Paul Watson on 027 431
Carrole Smith emerged victorious in
the second round of the Greymouth
women’s golf Ellery Cup competition on
Sunday, with 37 stableford points. Anne
Watts was second on 35.
Smith also led the field in the Tuesday
stableford with 33 points, followed by
Judy Crawford on 31.
The final round of the Ellery Ccup will
be played on Saturday, Glenda Torrance
on duty; Carolyn Williams on duty on
There will be no match next Wednesday
due to the LVA tournament being played.
Colin Growcott took the top prize in
the Hokitika Golf Club stableford on
Sunday with a score of 46, followed by
Stan Naylor on 38 and Harry Keenan
and Brian Dow 37.
Keenan claimed the Wednesday
stableford on September 10 with 47
points. Alan Wilson also had a great
round of 45, followed by Dave Palmer
on 43 and Jim Cross, Ian McMillan and
Peter Reynolds, all 41.
Naylor, Wilson, McMillan, Russell
Gugich and Brian Wilkinson all scored
The women’s golfers travelled to
Westport for their annual tournament
last Saturday, with Pauline Adams picking
up a prize for best gross in bronze 1.
A nine-hole eclectic stableford is
scheduled for Saturday, while on Sunday
the Beachfront Hotel $5 Stableford
and the final round of the Stumpers
Challenge will be held.
A Stevenson Swing 4BBB with drawn
partners will also be played.
Simon van Velthooven has cut short
his competitive sojourn in Japan to line
up in the first Rio 2016 qualifying event
in Cambridge starting today.
The Manawatu rider, who has been
competing in the prestigious Japan
Keirin League, was initially not
expected to be available for the Avanti
BikeNZ Cup competition, a three-day
UCI-sanctioned competition which is
the first opportunity to earn qualifying
points for the Rio Olympics.
However, the London Olympic
bronze medallist wants to now focus
his attentions back home, based with
the rest of the high-performance squad
at the Avantidrome.
With his Japan racing experience
behind him, van Velthooven believes it
is time to knuckle down to key training
at the centralised base in Cambridge.
“This facility is outstanding. While I
have enjoyed the travelling, the racing
and the whole experience in Japan, it is
now time to get serious about Rio,” van
Velthooven said. “ We are so fortunate
to have this amazing facility here and
I know the Australians will be envious
when they see it this week.”
The Avanti Bike NZ Cup and Bike
NZ Classic is a three-day competition
with sprint and keirin competition,
the omnium and also bunch racing
involving riders from Australia,
Malaysia, US and Canada.
Most of the Glasgow medallists will
be in action to take on the international
competition, as well as press claims for
next month’s Oceania Championships
While the riders enjoyed record
success at the Commonwealth Games,
Bike NZ High Performance director
Mark Elliott said the focus has quickly
“This event is the first stepping
stone, which will determine selection
to what will be an important Oceania
Championship next month, and
performances there lead to the World
Championships and ultimately to Rio.”
The three-day meet also comprises
with points, scratch and Madison
competition. — APNZ
Rio in van Velthooven’s sights
Former All Blacks halfback Jimmy
Cowan has signed with the Blues
for next season, a move coach John
Kirwan says will help make up for
Piri Weepu’s departure.
Bryn Hall will remain the Blues’
No 1 halfback after his strong
season this year, but the addition
of Cowan strengthens the position
considerably. With Simon Hickey
and Ihaia West two inexperienced
first-fives, 32-year-old Cowan’s
experience will be invaluable.
“Jimmy brings competitiveness,
plenty of experience and great game
awareness which is something we
were really looking for,” Kirwan said.
“ We’ve got some good young guys
coming through in Bryn Hall, Ihaia
West and Simon Hickey coupled
with Dan Bowden coming back,
but we still felt we were lacking
a bit of experience through that
combination. Piri Weepu left a bit
of a hole but we think Jimmy ’s really
going to step into that role and be
fundamental to the growth of this
Former Southland and High-
landers player Cowan, who now
represents Tasman in the ITM
Cup, said he was looking for ward to
returning to Super Rugby following
a two-year stint in England with
“I had a great time overseas but
I’m really happy to be back in New
Zealand and I still have a real hunger
and desire to prove myself at the
next level,” Cowan said. “I’m excited
about moving up to Auckland to
join the Blues and feel I can really
contribute towards helping them
achieve success.” — APNZ
The West Indies have convincingly
beaten the White Ferns by eight
wickets in their third one day
international at Warner Park in St
Kitts, taking a 3-0 lead in the best
of four series.
A dominant display with the ball
from Shakera Selman (5-15) saw
the White Ferns dismissed for just
69 from 32.2 overs. The West Indies
wasted little time in hauling that
target in, wrapping up the victory
after 17.2 overs.
Having opted to bat first, the
White Ferns top order failed to fire,
with Selman devastating early on. At
38-6 things were looking dire, but
there was some resistance from the
lower order in Rachel Priest (19) and
Maddy Green (14). Unfortunately
though it was too little too late, with
the White Ferns bundled out well
short of a competitive target.
In reply, Stafanie Taylor (23 not
out) and Deandra Dottin (21 not
out) cruised to a comfortable win
and series victory The fourth ODI
will be played on Saturday morning.
Jimmy Cowan signs with Blues
Windies convincing over White Ferns
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Steve Williams gives golfer Adam Scott advice.
Williams, Scott part ways
Buller clean sweep
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