It’s on for young and old

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Hill Top Golf and Coun­try Club will host a unique tour­na­ment later this year.

The four-ball best-ball sta­ble­ford will have ju­niors and adults pair up in the 18-hole event on Oc­to­ber 29, with only one other com­pe­ti­tion like it in Aus­tralia.

Each pair must con­sist of one adult and one ju­nior par­tic­i­pant and event or­gan­iser and vol­un­teer ju­nior coach Julie Gregg be­lieves it is a great way to in­clude the two age groups in one com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘I have coached ju­niors for a long time and you can see the en­joy­ment in their faces, and now for them to com­pete with fam­ily, friends and adults will be fan­tas­tic,’’ Ms Gregg said.

‘‘We en­cour­age par­tic­i­pants from far and wide to give it a go and sup­port the event. All you need to play is a Golflink num­ber.’’

With $4000 to be won in prizes and even a golf cart, the ju­nior must be above eight years old to com­pete, while adults are con­sid­ered to be those 19 or older.

Bud­ding star Tate Tartaglia, 11, is ex­cited to par­tic­i­pate in the tour­na­ment with his grand­fa­ther Carlo. He be­lieves more young­sters should take up the ‘‘awe­some’’ sport.

‘‘Chil­dren should be play­ing golf be­cause it is a great sport, it keeps you ac­tive,’’ Tartaglia said.

‘‘It does not mat­ter how old you are, it is a sport for ev­ery age and it doesn’t even mat­ter if you have dis­abil­i­ties be­cause golf is a sport for ev­ery­one.’’

Golf is often per­ceived as an older per­son’s sport, how­ever Gregg be­lieves that is not the case.

‘‘Young adults, chil­dren and teens are time-poor so they do not have the lux­ury to go out and have a hit when­ever they want,’’ Gregg said,

‘‘In say­ing that, we still get plenty of young peo­ple out here hav­ing a hit and play­ing with their friends.’’

The event will also have two divisions based on age, with A rep­re­sent­ing play­ers aged 15 to 18, while B con­sists of chil­dren aged be­tween eight and 14 years old. En­tries for the com­pe­ti­tion close on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

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Eyes on the prize (right): Bud­ding star Tate Tartaglia is hop­ing he can get a hole -in-one

to win a golf cart.

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