Young guns of golfing
‘‘When I was a kid, I had to go down to the golf course with my parents and I used to think it was an old people’s sport,’’ Titahi Golf Club manager Ollie Adams says, as she rallies youngsters for the Titahi Golf Nine-Hole Junior Classic.
Some of the bay’s pint-sized putters will give their older competitors a run for their money when they tee off this Saturday at the open tournament for six to 17-year-olds.
Nineteen young golfers will take each other on, and some hope to gain a handicap.
‘‘It’s quite a big thing for junior golfers to get a handicap, because they have to go right round the course and play 18 holes five times, and hand in five cards before they can get one. The tournament has been tailored for kids with and without handicaps to participate in some healthy competition, and to encourage juniors that do not have handicaps to work towards getting one,’’ Ms Adams says.
Local member Cruize Wawatai, 16, has a slender handicap of 0.9, while Jayden Ford, 6, and Ethan Adams, 10, both play off a 36.4 handicap. All will play at the upcoming junior classic.
Prizes will be awarded for best gross score, nett score after the handicap has been deducted, best stableford, or points per hole and longest drive.
Ms Adams says the sport is taking off in the area, and the number of junior players at tournaments is ‘‘just astounding’’.
Titahi Golf Club will hold an open day on November 6 to inspire more young people to have a go.