On Weds 5 September 2018 four of the current All Blacks team took a break from their test match preparations to have a quiet round of golf at Nelson Golf Club. Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Beauden Barrett and Damian McKenzie arrived early in the morning and were kitted out by Sean, Blair and Nick in the Pro Shop before taking to the practice green. Interestingly two of the four are lefties…Anton and Beauden. Yes, Beauden kicks with his right and plays golf left handed.
Beauden and Jordie are both off a 4 handicap. Damian is off 8, and Anton is off 26.
The boys were very kind in allowing us to take as many photos as we wanted. They couldn’t have been kinder, even giving some putting coaching to those present.
So on the day, Damian shot 86. Jordie shot 82, with birdies on 10 and 18 (into the wind that day). Jordie hits it miles. On 16 he was slightly down the right off the tee, past where the big tree used to be just short of the green. But.. Beauden took the honours with a 77. That included a birdie on 18 as well. Not sure how Anton went but he was enjoying himself and hit a belter down 12.
Beauden and Damian were three down after 11 but must have clawed back to level at the end because they were last seen going up the 1st again..
Update: Beaudy and Damo won it on the 19th…after Anton missed a chance to close it out for the win on the 17th. It can happen to anybody…
It certainly seems the boys enjoyed the day and we would like to say thank you to them for choosing Nelson Golf Club, and for being so approachable. They are welcome back to Nelson Golf Club any time. With the team or individually.
Here are a few pictures we snapped on the day…