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Club: Takaka Handicap: +0.9
District: Tasman OOM: 117.22
WAGR Rank: 360  This: 360, Last: 354, Change: -6, Country: NZL, Divisor: 58, Pts Avg: 844.83.
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Blair Riordan (8/3/1990)

Takaka’s Blair Riordan has been one of the most consistent performers the past couple of seasons for New Zealand both home and abroad. In more recent time, he has confirmed his class as a player of real maturity. The Tasman No.1 won his first national title at the North Island Stroke Play Championship this year at the Akarana Open and backed that up in qualifying for the NZ Amateur in his home province. Riordan carded rounds of 64 and 67 at the Nelson Golf Club for an 11-under par total to finish as the No.1 seed by six shots. Blair follows in the footsteps of his older brother Sean in joining the National Academy. The younger Riordan began to show his ability back in 2011. He came within one match of making the New Zealand Amateur Final in Russley when Mathew Perry beat him on the 20th hole. He also won the Bay of Plenty Open in 2011 and finished third at the Shirley Open on the Charles Tour. He has enjoyed success on the international stage too. Riordan was part of the New Zealand team who won the Sloan Morpeth Trophy in Melbourne as part of the 2012 Trans-Tasman Cup. At the start of 2013 Riordan played well for New Zealand at the inaugural Ten Nations Cup. The Kiwis came within one shot of winning the trophy and Riordan was a consistent contributor in the best three-out-of-four scores format in South Africa.

Age began golf:

10 years

Why you began golf:

On holiday near gore with Uncle and start playing and got the golf bug.

Why you began golf:

On holiday near gore with Uncle and start playing and got the golf bug.

Golfer most admired:

Luke Donald, Sean Riordan

Hours practice per week:

15 hours

Warm up routine:

Get to the course 45 minutes before tee off, stretches 5-10 minutes, putting and chipping and then driving range at end

Most spectacular shot:

Hole in one, 9 Iron on par 3 - Waitikiri

Strongest part of your game:


Most satisfying golf moment:

Winning Sloen Morpheth at Trans Tasman 2012 Winning SBS Invitation 2012

Best thing about golf:

It's challenges

Best golfing tip:

Taking dead aim


To be the best that I can be

Advice for new players:

Keep at it because it's tough, but the rewards are so much better than other sports

Other interests:

Any Sports - Outdoors tramping, Physcology

Dream Foursome:

Charlie Sheen, Tiger Woods, Luke Donald

Favourite Course:

Bridge Pa

Best competitive score:

65 at SBS Invitational 2011

Best non-competitive score:

62 at Takaka

Best tournament result:

SBS Invitational 2012 BOP Open 2011 Sloen Morpheth Trophy 2012

What's in your bag:

Favourite non-golfing activity:

Table Tennis

Latest Download:

Watching You Tube Clips

Favourite band/music:

Cold Play

Favourite Movie:


Favourite TV Programme:

Two and a Half Men

Favourite Food:


Favourite way of keeping fit:

Playing sports, team activities



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