‘Awesome’ first win for Zach

Nerves of reinforced steel make for a dramatic win.

Nerves of reinforced steel make for a dramatic win.

Zach Rolls

ASK jason day, Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy, any top sportsperson for the matter, and most, if not all, will agree: You never forget your first trophy.

For Gisborne golfing star Zach Rolls, it came last weekend, and the 10-year-old is thirsty for more.

Mangapapa School student Rolls made the first entry in a ledger destined to be filled with successes. The little left-hander won the division 2 matchplay final of the men’s handicap cup at the Gisborne Park course.

Battling rain, an experienced opponent in veteran Mike Hutton and the pressure of being in his first final, Zach showed nerves of reinforced steel to win in dramatic style.

With father Stephen on his bag, mother Jess, his brother and grandparents watching on, Zach triumphed on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Zach, off a 27-handicap and receiving three shots from Hutton, had a 2-up lead after 12 holes only for Hutton to reel off four wins on the trot.

The youngster didn’t panic and won the next two to force extra holes.

Hutton concedes

He then took full advantage of the shot he was getting on the 19th (the par-5 first), putting a gap wedge to four-feet from the pin for five, and Hutton conceded.

Hutton, the 2007 champion and 55 years Zach’s senior, wasn’t too disappointed to lose to a player with an exciting future if he sticks with it.

“All credit to him. He’s going to be a very good little golfer.”

Zach described the win as “awesome” while proud dad said it was “a really good battle”.

As the division 2 cup champion, Zach was presented the K.K.K Trophy, which dates back to 1968 — the year before his father was born.

Stephen was a little disturbed at first to see K.K.K. on it before being informed it stood for Kandid Kamera Kraft, a prominent Gisborne photography business back in the day.

The plan for Zach from now on is simple. Keep practising. Keep playing. And if all goes well, keep winning.

ASK jason day, Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy, any top sportsperson for the matter, and most, if not all, will agree: You never forget your first trophy.

For Gisborne golfing star Zach Rolls, it came last weekend, and the 10-year-old is thirsty for more.

Mangapapa School student Rolls made the first entry in a ledger destined to be filled with successes. The little left-hander won the division 2 matchplay final of the men’s handicap cup at the Gisborne Park course.

Battling rain, an experienced opponent in veteran Mike Hutton and the pressure of being in his first final, Zach showed nerves of reinforced steel to win in dramatic style.

With father Stephen on his bag, mother Jess, his brother and grandparents watching on, Zach triumphed on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Zach, off a 27-handicap and receiving three shots from Hutton, had a 2-up lead after 12 holes only for Hutton to reel off four wins on the trot.

The youngster didn’t panic and won the next two to force extra holes.

Hutton concedes

He then took full advantage of the shot he was getting on the 19th (the par-5 first), putting a gap wedge to four-feet from the pin for five, and Hutton conceded.

Hutton, the 2007 champion and 55 years Zach’s senior, wasn’t too disappointed to lose to a player with an exciting future if he sticks with it.

“All credit to him. He’s going to be a very good little golfer.”

Zach described the win as “awesome” while proud dad said it was “a really good battle”.

As the division 2 cup champion, Zach was presented the K.K.K Trophy, which dates back to 1968 — the year before his father was born.

Stephen was a little disturbed at first to see K.K.K. on it before being informed it stood for Kandid Kamera Kraft, a prominent Gisborne photography business back in the day.

The plan for Zach from now on is simple. Keep practising. Keep playing. And if all goes well, keep winning.

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