Golf: Kiwi sports stars join champion golfer Ryan Fox for fundraising tournament at Waihi

Some of the big names of New Zealand sport have converged on the Waihi Golf Club as part of Ryan Fox's annual fundraiser for lifegaurds and surf lifesaving.

While the golf wasn't always pretty, there was plenty of talent on display, as the fourth running of 'The Fox' once again proved a success.

Fresh from another successful year on the DP World Tour, world No. 29 Fox was calling the shots with and without his clubs.

Ben O'Keeffe plays out of a bunker at Waihi.
Ben O'Keeffe plays out of a bunker at Waihi. Photo credit: Newshub

"I hit some good shot today, which was nice," he told Newshub. "I haven't played golf in three weeks, thanks to some tennis elbow, so it's been nice to hit a few shots again."

Other big names were out in force, with international rugby referee Ben O'Keeffe trading his whistle for a driver.

"I haven't really contributed for the first few holes, but once we get some hydration on board and get better, it's just good fun," he said.

The stars clearly held their own on course, even if having Fox alongside them was been somewhat daunting.

"Fox, man, that guy can swing it and he's an incredible golfer," said Olympic champion rower Tom Mackintosh. "It's just awesome to see him in the flesh do his work."

O'Keeffe's form wasn't always precise, finding himself in the bunker at one stage. The irony of that wasn't lost on the Kiwi whistleblower.

"Normally, we have the bunker on the rugby field to get us out of sticky situations, but it's up to me on the course to get out of my own bunker," he chuckled. "I'd rather have my own mate in the bunker to help me out."

Quipped Fox: "Thankfully, it didnt go to the TMO for review."

No shortage of highlights on a day when golf was probably the winner.

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