Teen steps up for national training camp
A 15-year-old Cromwell golf ace has captured the attention of New Zealand Golf eager to groom ‘‘representatives of the future’’.
Inia Logan has been selected for a New Zealand Golf national junior boy’s training camp next month.
Inia received a letter from New Zealand Golf last week saying he had been identified as an ‘‘emerging talented player within New Zealand Golf’s national development programme’’.
The objective of the national development programme is to provide a player pathway for potential New Zealand representatives, it says.
‘‘The level you have been selected for is called the national junior boy’s training camp. Bringing this group of players together allows New Zealand Golf to monitor and assist the development of the next generation of New Zealand representatives.’’
The goal was to identify and support potential representatives for the Trans-Tasman, Ten Nations Cup, Nomura Cup and Eisenhower Trophy representatives of the future that were not already in the national academy or who might not have previously attended a national junior training camp, it says.
Inia said his selection was ‘‘pretty amazing’’ and would take his golfing path to the next level.
‘‘I was pretty happy when I received the letter. This is the first time I have been selected— it’s quite a big thing.’’
Golf Otago executive officer Doug Harradine said Inia was the only player from the OtagoSouthland area to be selected for the camp which was the first step in the ladder to making New Zealand squads.
Inia had showed a special talent since he was young, and had a dedication ‘‘way beyond his years’’.
‘‘He showed that right from when he first picked up a golf club. I can remember when he was 10 years old, standing out on the practice field hour after hour hitting golf balls working at getting better.
‘‘Quite often I would be locking up the club in winter, it would be dark, and you could hear him chipping away still practising.’’
The camp will be held next month at St Peter’s School in Cambridge.
Two PGA of New Zealand coaches, Jay Carter and Reon Sayer, will take part, as well as Golf Australia’s sport science coordinator Ryan Lumsden; and Golf Australia service provider and co-developer of Shots to Hole Stuart Leong. Sports psychologist David Galbraith will also deliver a workshop titled Making a Performance Mindset Habit.
Developing: Inia Logan, 15, is
selected to attend aNew Zealand Golf national junior boy’s training camp.