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Golf in Godzone: “Plonker Of The Year”

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

“…how could anyone get close to this intellectually challenged Kiwi?" writes John Huggan discussing his annual “Huggy” awards.

Every year at this time I look forward to two things. Hogmanay and the Huggys and being well aware of Huggie’s long-standing dislike for Steve it comes as no surprise to read, “Plonker of the year…As ever, when the Huggy ceremony comes round again, the despicable Steve Williams, a perennial contender, is to the fore. Yet again, the world’s most prominent luggage handler has seen off all challengers to make this category all but his own. To be honest, no one else was even considered. I mean, how could anyone get close to this intellectually challenged Kiwi?”

John cites, the “laughably self-delusional outburst in the wake of the despicable one’s “150th victory” in August” and the racial abuse of his formal employer, as justification for the award.

In previous posts I’ve mentioned Steve’s great work with Starship Children's Hospital and I’ll leave it at that.
John also has something to say about charitable matters and yet again he’s having a go at “the suits” who see golf as way of displaying their opulence.

“Most offensive waste of money…The Presidents Cup, like all events that fall under the PGA Tour umbrella, prides itself on the contribution it makes to charity. Which is great. But oh my, how much more could have been passed to deserving causes had a veritable tribe of golf officials from across the globe – there must have been at least 40 of them – not been expensively kitted out in cashmere suits and jackets for the opening and closing ceremonies at Royal Melbourne last month?”

On a more positive note, “Breakthrough of the year…It has always been easy to accuse a game ruled by an all-male club of rampant misogynism but 2011 did bring one ray of hope to the fuddy-duddy world inhabited by golf. Step forward Isabelle Beiseigel, the first woman ever to earn a playing card on a men’s professional tour.”

Isabelle Beiseigel won the right to compete on the Canadian Tour and good luck to her.


Here’s the link to John Huggan

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“It's hard to find a greater collection of courses than Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers, Paraparaumu and Jack's Point. I still have fresh memories of my amazing visit to Queenstown. I hope to return some day to this great country.” – Top 100 Golfer reviewing his golfing travels in 2011 

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