Friday morning, and Juan Under, the Mangere Bridge Mexican
had offered to drop the Auckland Freaky Styley crew to the airport
.. What a surprise .. ‘not’ .. to arrive a his place
to find him and Debbie Natural also packed and primed for the trip
to the ‘Classic’ celebration ..
Even the taxi ride was a blast!
The Mini bus arrived the gear was loaded and Juan,
Deb, Jim, Leigh, Arthur the Dutch international, the GM and Toby
Checking in at the airport we ran into Waiheke’s
Brett Hailstone and family heading south for the Queenstown experience.
The flight down was awesome, fine weather made for great views,
with our pilot taking a few deviations to give us all a good look
at notable points of interest.
A room with a view...
The Queenstown weekend started with the usual dinner
at the ‘Lone Star’, where you order pork and get served
a pig. During dinner a few of the regular faces are seen making
the most of the last chance to carbo-load before the trip up to
Glenorchy, and ‘Paradise’ the next morning.
The next morning saw us running into even more
regular Queenstown golfers, as we picked up our morning coffees
and some supplies for the day, at that supurb bakery on Shotover
Wow !! This could be the biggest Paradise event
The Paradise Putters.
As we drove that fantastic Glenorchy road along
side Lake Wakatipu, all I could hear was the Dutch Tourist in the
back seat exclaiming “Woooooh, dis es beeeeeeaaaautiful “.
Every now and then we’d stop to stash another
bottle of water for the Beast to drink, on his Rotorua Marathon
training programme 27k run back into town that evening.
There was also the usual stop at the high vantage
point overlooking the lake and mountains for the annual photo of
the ‘Freaky Styley’ crew on our way to Paradise.
Stopping for a stunning preview of what was
As we we’re taking our shots the Christchurch
crew of Neil Gardner, Sammy Neilson, Dave Sanders and company pulled
in with cameras blazing as well.
As we pulled into base camp in the awesome Paradise
Valley, once again the beaming face of James Smithells was there
to welcome us all to what was shaping up to be a record 20 players
at ‘the plate’.
Briefing at Paradise.
The weather had also come to the party with very
little wind, clear skies and southern sunlight predicted for the
entire weekend, …….. and it stayed that way!!!!
The traditional flag designating that a Paradise
tournament is under way.
The morning round of Doubles is always a social
event, and a good way for any body who’s never played the
course to have a good look at the multitude of places you can loose
Well done to Simon Feasey and the ‘Mainfreight
sponsored’ Chris Kingsnorth who took out the doubles for 2005.
For the 12 tour players in the field of 20, the
first singles round at Paradise was where the weekend started, with
everyone keen to head to the gardens the next day with a slight