Nor West News : December 9th 2010
www.nor-westnews.co.nz Thursday, December 9, 2010 Tiger's pal all go By CAROLYN THOMAS Different course: Speedway racing is Steve William's other interest away from the golf course. A team: Steve Williams is caddie to and a close friend of American golfing legend Tiger Woods. Photo: MARTIN HUNTER/DOMINION POST CONTINUED Page 3 MULTI-TALENTED sportsman Steve Williams is a busy man whether he s defending a New Zea- land speedway title or helping Tiger Woods reclaim golf s number one spot. But he also loves kicking back at home in Kumeu. I m a New Zealander through and through, Williams says. It has been a tough year for Wil- liams, the caddie of the American golfing legend since 1999. He stood by Woods through his very public outing of marital affairs and subsequent marriage breakup. The father-of-one is glad Woods is back on the greens after a short break from golf. A constant and high level compe- tition is what Williams thrives on. He says it is a privilege to be part of Woods unprecedented golfing achievements. I m very fortunate to be playing with one of the best sportsman of all time, Williams says. Basically his dedication and drive to be the best is like nothing I ve ever seen before. Woods almost got his first 2010 win at the Chevron World Chal- lenge in California on Monday but lost to Irish golfer Graeme McDowell in the play-offs. Williams, who donated $1 million to the Starship children s hospital in 2008, expects a full comeback from Woods. His game is slowly been coming around, Williams says. I d be sur- prised if Tiger wasn t back in 2011. Cash raised for miners By CAROLYN THOMAS Steve Williams was about to hit the track when he heard of the second explosion at the Pike River mine on November 24. His immediate thought was of how he could help those affected by the Greymouth tragedy. So he and his Caddyshack Racing crew set about raising $16,422 for the families of the 29 men who died. He was in Dunedin for round four of the DHL Interislander South Island Speedweek. The seven-night racing event from November 20 to 28 was also in Cromwell, Christchurch, Greymouth and Blenheim. Collection buckets were organised and passed through the crowds at races in Dunedin and Christchurch. A raffle was also organised. Williams presented a cheque to Greymouth mayor Tony Kokshoorn on November 27. Williams says the atmosphere there was surreal. It is difficult to explain. It was something I ve never experienced before. He says the appreciation from the crowd was amazing. Visit www.pikeriverdonations. org.nz to make a donation. See Steve Williams speaking at his favourite track, Huntly Speedway at www.nor-west news.co.nz.
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