FREE TUESday OCTOBER 24 2017 379 7100 Selwyn GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthur’s Pass, Kirwee Brettkelly after amateur title Retail • By Gordon Findlater HORORATA GOLF Club’s Dominic Brettkelly will go into next week’s New Zealand amateur championship at Russley with a genuine chance of stamping his mark in NZ golf history. Brettkelly, 17, would be amongst the genuine contenders no matter where the tournament is being played. However, being at Russley Golf Club the expectations are high. The left-handed golfer practises at the Russley course after finishing school at Christchurch Boys’ High School most days. He also won the senior club championship at Russley last year. “It’s a massive advantage and I feel pretty confident. I’ve got a decent chance to go deep at the tournament but you can’t really think about that,” said Brettkelly. “If I win something like the New Zealand Amateur Championship it opens a lot of doors. My world amateur golf ranking would go up and I’d get exposed to bigger tournaments.” The future is looking bright for Brettkelly, who was introduced to golf as a four-year-old when his grandfather made him a left-handed golf club from an old cattle prod with the head of a five iron attached. Brettkelly is all but confirmed to attend Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green next year. He will head stateside in August, giving him plenty ACE: Dominic Brettkelly will look to win the NZ Amateur Golf Championship before taking his game to Kentucky. PHOTO CREDIT: BW MEDIA of time to concentrate on golf after he finishes his final year at CBHS next month. “I’ll be able to play a lot of tournaments around New Zealand for seven or eight months which will be awesome. I’ll have more time to prepare for tournaments instead of rushing away from school,” said Brettkelly. Western Kentucky is a division one college and compete in Conference USA. The most prominent golfing name to come out of the college is Kenny Perry, who had a successful career during the 1990s and 2000s resulting in 14 PGA Tour victories. Next week’s amateur championship consist of 32 holes of stroke play over the first two days to decide the top 32 qualifying players. The final 32 golfers then compete against each other in an elimination match play format to decide a champion. •Turn to page 17 spend up in district • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding RETAIL SPENDING in Selwyn is on the increase – driven by a growing population, the farming industry, the post-earthquake rebuild and tourism. Latest data shows electronic card retail spending in the district has increased by seven per cent in the year to June. Rolleston Square property manager Rebecca Gregg said it is seeing a positive turnover growth from comparing its year on year sales. “(Selwyn) is the second fastest growing region in New Zealand and there are a lot more people living in the area and there are more subdivisions being built,” she said. Selwyn’s population of close to 59,000 is growing quickly. In 2013 it was 44,595 and by 2025 it will reach almost 70,000. The figures compare with an 1.5 per cent increase for Canterbury and 3.6 per cent increase for the whole country. •Turn to page 3 NEWS THAT’S CLOSE TO HOME… FHN LIVE Faringdon is the biggest show in town! Building the biggest show home village in the South Island is big news. Our village lets you walk through and experience firsthand the quality that our preferred building partners bring to the Faringdon landscape. Join our news team for a walk through of one of the homes right now at faringdon.co.nz. FHN LIVE Faringdon Home News Team FRD31539-90x266 Stage 22 now selling. Sections 400 to 907m 2 from $164,000. Call Bruce Harvey 0800 667 849 or visit www.faringdon.co.nz You’re home. Local lad, Ethan Hunt walks you through one of the new show homes from Faringdon’s awesome building partners. Visit our info centre, corner Goulds and East Maddisons Rds. Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm - 4pm.