Talented teen takes title

by Kent Caddick

Selwyn teenager Cameron Harker has become the youngest senior club champion in the history of the Lincoln Golf Club.

Not bad for a 14-year-old who only picked up a golf club just over two years ago. Even more impressive was the fact that the pupil needed to beat the master in the final as he came up against his coach, and six-time Lincoln senior club champ, Mike Bond.

Harker and Bond faced up in the 36-hole senior final when the Lincoln Golf Club, founded in 1931, held its annual club championships day recently.

Things didn’t start well for Harker and after 18 holes the teenager was trailing his more experienced opponent by seven shots in less than ideal conditions.

However, the second 18 holes was a different story as Harker clawed his way back into the match and after 36 holes the two players were even, forcing a play-off.

“I was a lot more solid on the second 18 holes and he made a few mistakes,” Harker said.

Those mistakes would came back to haunt his opponent on the second playoff hole as Bond missed a 10 foot putt to give Harker his maiden senior title.

“To be honest just getting to the final was pretty good but it was cool to win the match,” Harker said.

Harker’s rapid rise in the golfing world has been noticed by those outside the club with the Lincoln High School student being selected to represent Central Canterbury along with another junior development player at the club, Taylor Holland.

Harker said he wants to take the game as far as he can go but is realistic about emulating the feats of some of the pro-players he looks up to like Jason Day and Jordan Spieth.

“It’s extremely competitive and there are so many good players out there.”

Other results from the Lincoln Golf Club finals day were: 

Ladies Silver Champion: Joanne Bond;

Men’s Intermediate Champion: Andrew Wallace; 

Ladies Bronze I Champion: Jane Anderson; 

Men’s Junior A Champion: Trevor Sievers;

Ladies Bronze II Champion: Angela Fowler; 

Men’s Junior B Champion: Geoff Baldwin; 

Ladies Bronze III Champion: Val Gourlay.