Ranked number one in the world for women’s long drive, Phillis Meti and her mother Phillis visit Rarotonga and purchase ei at the Punanga Nui Market. PC: MELINA ETCHES. 23012302
Ranked number one in the world for women’s long drive, Cook Islander Phillis Meti MNZM, a New Zealand golfer, visited Rarotonga last week with her mother Phillis Sr.
Amidst her full on golfing schedule, Meti made the
trip home to attend the unveiling of her beloved grandmother Tina Roriki from
Meti hit drives of 386 yards, 371 yards and then 408
yards. Then in 2018 she broke her previous world record with her
out-of-this-world 413-yard drive. In 2019, she broke her own world record twice
in the same set 408 yards followed by 414 yards - three victories and three
runner-up finishes of six events left Meti as World #1 and World record holder.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Meti was introduced to
golf by her late father Teremoana Meti, her mother Phillis is from the Pittman
Meti is now based back in the USA competing and laying
new paving stones for herself and her future.
During her time away (due to Covid) in New Zealand,
she joined the PGA of New Zealand, “I could have another accreditation behind
my back,” she says.
What Meti ultimately wants to do is to go back to
America, to have a facility for young ones from New Zealand, the Cook Islands
and anywhere in the Pacific.
“To come over and look at the pathway of perhaps
university sport, having a student,
“Having an option and also knowing that there is
someone like them on the other side - especially for the parents where they
feel a little bit more comfortable.”
One reason Meti wasn’t able to attend college in
America was because it was too far for her late father - who would say “if
something happened I can’t get to you”, “so hopefully I can narrow that gap and
give our kids more options so that they can go and experience things,” she
Which doesn’t necessarily mean that one has to become
a professional, “ go qualify yourself and come back and share your experiences,”
A professional golfer at the age of 35, Meti says,
“it’s an interesting juggle at this moment of life, but, the older I get, the
less I’ll compete the more I’ll wanna put my hands in the mix of being a part
of that recruiting process.”
Because of the Covid pandemic, golf has taken off
again, during the pandemic people stayed home and had to find something new to
do, she adds.
plus or minus golf is up about 40%, in participation and equipment sold and
everything, with that being said, long drive took a bit of a back seat,” but events
were still held last year and of the seven events she hit in - she won five of
Meti was invested as MNZM, for services to sport,
particularly golf, at Government House, Auckland, on 17 February 2022.