Matt Tautari has played 100 games for Southland's representative men's golf team.

John Hawkins

Matt Tautari has performed 100 video games for Southland’s consultant males’s golfing staff.

Matt Tautari’s love of golfing and representing his province is unquestionable.

For over part of Tautari’s existence he has been striding New Zealand golfing direction fairways looking to win fits for Southland.

It began in 2002 as a 15-year-old when he changed into one of the most youngest gamers ever to line up in New Zealand interprovincial novice groups match.

He was once named as Southland’s Number 1 for the match and made a right away impact successful six of his 8 fits.

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Rapid ahead the clock 17 years, the now 33-year-old Tautari has simply joined but any other uncommon membership in New Zealand’s novice ranks.

He has remodeled from one of the most youngest ever to line up within the interprovincials to one of the most few golfers who’ve performed 100 fits for his province.

The milestone fit for Southland got here on Friday on the 2019 New Zealand Males’s Interprovincials on the Hastings Golfing Membership.

Fittingly fit No 100 was once towards his long-time rival and just right mate Tim Leonard from South Canterbury.

“We went the entire strategy to the closing and he made me putt a one-foot putt at the closing.”

Naturally, the particular milestone has brought about some reflecting, and for Tautari it is onerous to appear previous 2011 when he remembers a spotlight.

In 2011 Southland received the lads’s interprovincial name for the primary time in 61 years with Tautari named participant of the match.

“It was once Cody Harper’s closing novice match sooner than he became professional, to be able to see a just right mate like that flatter a win, which we hadn’t finished for [61 years].”

Tautari has noticed many golfers come and cross during the novice ranks all over his time taking part in, together with the likes Ryan Fox and Danny Lee who’ve moved directly to the arena degree within the professional ranks.

“Cunning despatched me a message congratulating me [on the 100th]. All of them give me stick, “are you continue to taking part in? you continue to at it?,” Tautari joked.

Tautari admits the considered additionally transferring into the professional ranks has crossed his thoughts.

There’s a qualifying match at Pukekohe in January which he has a watch on, alternatively including to his 100 Southland caps additionally nonetheless holds some attraction.

So simply what assists in keeping him coming again for extra?

“Only a love of the sport, I really like golfing that a lot. Additionally it is a superb opportunity to peer a large number of New Zealand, we get to commute everywhere New Zealand.”

Tautari was once a member of the Southland Golfing Membership sooner than the closure of the Oreti Sands golfing direction intended it merged with the Invercargill Golfing Membership.

Tautari held the Oreti Sands direction report, 62, when the direction was once closed for just right closing yr.

Whilst it’s at the golfing direction the place the 33-year-old has made his identify, he has any other wearing love and skill he’s fostering.

For the previous 4 years, he has additionally taken to the bowling vegetables.

“That is something I am in reality excited about is bowls. They would like me to play bowls for Southland however it is onerous juggling my golfing at the moment of the yr looking to play golfing and bowls for Southland.

“Golfers do appear to make just right bowlers as a result of it is all line and weight, it is like setting up some way.”


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