Golf club to athletics community: hands off

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Wakatipu Athletics Club doesn’t want to be forgotten in the fight for Frankton’s nine-holer – but Queenstown Golf Club says hands off. 

Athletics Club president Hamish McCrostie says the athletics community has had a hand up for its own space at the Events Centre for a “long time”. 

Space is set aside in an Events Centre masterplan for a track and field facility that unfortunately overlaps on to part of the existing golf course, McCrostie says. 

“We don’t want to go into battle with Frankton Golf Club. 

“We just want to get it out there that we’re another part of the community that has a need.” 

Queenstown Golf Club has so far amassed more than 3000 signatures in a petition to save Frankton Golf Course. 
The golf club’s lease at the course expires in 2012 and the land is earmarked for Events Centre expansion. 

McCrostie says he can understand the golf club’s position. 

“But we’re an organisation that has no facility – golf has a plethora of facilities.” 

McCrostie says a dedicated track with associated long jump pits, throwing bays and high jump area will be a great community asset. 

Queenstown Golf Club chair Peter Adam says he first heard about the athletics club space last year when Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Lakes Leisure presented its masterplan. 

“We agree it’d be nice for athletics to have an athletics track but why do away with a facility so widely used by all levels of the community? There must be other land. Don’t take ours.”

Sir Bob signs on to save course 

Kiwi great Sir Bob Charles has signed up to save Frankton Golf Course. 

Sir Bob inked the petition while competing in the Club Car Legends Pro-Am at Kelvin Heights on Tuesday. 

It wasn’t his only show of support for golf in the south – he took on 14-year-old Wakatipu High pupil and aspiring player Joel Pollock as his caddy. 

|Aussie professionals David Saunders and Graham Banister were joint winners of the $10,000 tournament, posting rounds of 4-under-par 68. 

Charles finished seven shots back – tied for 20th – with 75.