‘Mean streets’ replaced by lush fairways

Dave Pirimona holes out on the 167-metre par-3 11th hole at the Bay for a career-first ace.

Dave Pirimona holes out on the 167-metre par-3 11th hole at the Bay for a career-first ace.

IT’S GOT TO BE . . . PERFECT: Dave Pirimona, minus the “woohoos”, re-enacts the moment he pulled the ball out of the cup after a hole-in-one. Pirimona aced the 167-metre 11th at his Poverty Bay home course last weekend. Picture by Paul Rickard

THE fairways of Poverty Bay are a long way from the “mean streets of east Auckland” and the fields of Australian semi-professional rugby league.

But that’s where Dave Pirimona can be found most of his spare time nowadays and that’s where he experienced one of his sporting highs last weekend.

Armed with relatively new TaylorMade PSi clubs, Pirimona holed out on the 167-metre par-3 11th hole at the Bay for a career-first ace.

Pirimona, a member of the Bay’s not-so-notorious “Sunday School”, hit a 4-iron from the tee while playing with fellow “Sunday Schoolers” Mark Norman, Brad Morgan and Kenny White.

“Brad said to me, ‘You’ve hit that hot’,” Pirimona said.

“The ball took one bounce on the green, jumped up and I didn’t see it after that.”

He suspected it was behind the flag, or possibly through the back, but when he saw nothing on the green, he looked in the hole.

“Up to then I’d been a bit quiet but I let rip with a few woohoos.”

The one earned him five stableford points but perhaps the “surreal” feeling affected his game from then on, as he did not make a par for the rest of the round.

Pirimona, born and bred “on the mean streets of east Auckland”, has been playing the game about 20 years. He “cut his teeth” at the Chamberlain Park public course in Auckland then joined Muriwai.

He has a rugby and rugby league background, although he never actually played league in New Zealand.

While in Aussie “with a heap of other guys”, he ended up befriending a fellow “leaguie” and the pair travelled up and down the coast of New South Wales playing the game semi-professionally. Pirimona played “anywhere in the forwards”.

He returned to New Zealand in 1995 — the year the Warriors were formed — but eventually got sick of Auckland and decided it was time to move on.

He applied for a job with Carpet One in Gisborne, got it and shifted here in 2008.

The first day he got here, his new boss took him for nine holes at Poverty Bay.

“I liked it that much, I joined up there and then,” said Pirimona, who has been working as a storeman at Carpet Court for two and a half years.

His handicap has been as low as nine but he currently bats off 15. His best round is 75.

Pirimona enjoys golf for many reasons . . . “being out there, being active, the challenge, the money you play for, the bragging rights if you win”, although he insists, “it’s not about the winning, it’s about competing”.

And achieving feats like the perfect shot.

THE fairways of Poverty Bay are a long way from the “mean streets of east Auckland” and the fields of Australian semi-professional rugby league.

But that’s where Dave Pirimona can be found most of his spare time nowadays and that’s where he experienced one of his sporting highs last weekend.

Armed with relatively new TaylorMade PSi clubs, Pirimona holed out on the 167-metre par-3 11th hole at the Bay for a career-first ace.

Pirimona, a member of the Bay’s not-so-notorious “Sunday School”, hit a 4-iron from the tee while playing with fellow “Sunday Schoolers” Mark Norman, Brad Morgan and Kenny White.

“Brad said to me, ‘You’ve hit that hot’,” Pirimona said.

“The ball took one bounce on the green, jumped up and I didn’t see it after that.”

He suspected it was behind the flag, or possibly through the back, but when he saw nothing on the green, he looked in the hole.

“Up to then I’d been a bit quiet but I let rip with a few woohoos.”

The one earned him five stableford points but perhaps the “surreal” feeling affected his game from then on, as he did not make a par for the rest of the round.

Pirimona, born and bred “on the mean streets of east Auckland”, has been playing the game about 20 years. He “cut his teeth” at the Chamberlain Park public course in Auckland then joined Muriwai.

He has a rugby and rugby league background, although he never actually played league in New Zealand.

While in Aussie “with a heap of other guys”, he ended up befriending a fellow “leaguie” and the pair travelled up and down the coast of New South Wales playing the game semi-professionally. Pirimona played “anywhere in the forwards”.

He returned to New Zealand in 1995 — the year the Warriors were formed — but eventually got sick of Auckland and decided it was time to move on.

He applied for a job with Carpet One in Gisborne, got it and shifted here in 2008.

The first day he got here, his new boss took him for nine holes at Poverty Bay.

“I liked it that much, I joined up there and then,” said Pirimona, who has been working as a storeman at Carpet Court for two and a half years.

His handicap has been as low as nine but he currently bats off 15. His best round is 75.

Pirimona enjoys golf for many reasons . . . “being out there, being active, the challenge, the money you play for, the bragging rights if you win”, although he insists, “it’s not about the winning, it’s about competing”.

And achieving feats like the perfect shot.

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