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New direction for Howick Golf

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Howick Golf club’s new general manager Rory Moor. Photo supplied

New direction for the Howick Golf Club in 2018 has seen the employment of Rory Moor as the general manager.

A previous Head Professional, elite golf coach, mentor, ex PGA Tour player and board member of the NZPGA, Moor brings a wealth of golfing knowledge management to the position.

The illustrious Wentworth Golf Club, the site of the World Matchplay and European Masters is where he started the game in the UK moving onto the emerging European Tour with the likes of Nicklaus, Trevino, Palmer and also competed alongside so many of the greatest players of the 80s and 90s that included New Zealanders Sir Bob Charles, John Lister, Frank Nobilo and Greg Turner.

Working at Wentworth was a great experience alongside ex Ryder Cup player and Captain Bernard Gallacher, playing with the elite of the game and the likes of TV personality Bruce Forsythe and International soccer guru Danny Blanchflower before spending years perusing a professional playing career in Europe and Down Under.

Some small event victories came through a 10 year playing career during which time he emigrated to New Zealand and found his home in Howick where he has remained, time during the 80s in fact included a position as Head Professional at Howick.

Stints at Formosa, Pukekohe, North Shore, Whitford, Titirangi and Remuera among his clubs, he stated: “It may be easier to say where I have not worked in Auckland rather than where but all have given an invaluable insight to the game and club life.”

These factors were seen as a key asset to his appointment and aligned with the clubs new directive.

“We have a great team here at Howick and our new developments include our East Auckland Golf Academy which will be lead by Dan Rutlley our professional,” he said.

“Both Macleans College and Saint Kentigern College are taking advantage of the services, as are many of the local community who are looking to get into the sport.”

Improved practice areas and supporting services are planned and are seen as a key to the growth of the game promoting members of the future.

“The overall ethos is to develop the facility with more native flora and fauna along with creating a course that can be played all year round.

He also paid tribute to the previous manager Annette Smart and wished to build on the “great structure” that she had created.

“We have an amazing situation here on the peninsula with some of the best views in the world with a course that is so accessible. From the beginner to the elite player Howick Golf Club just a great place to be,” said Moor.

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