In­au­gu­ral tour­na­ment for younger golfers

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Aw­hole new con­cept in golf­ing tees off at the Gore Golf course on Sun­day July 24 when the MLT Ju­nior Clas­sic takes to the fair­way. Golf South­land De­vel­op­ment Man­ager Jenna Gain­ford says they are ex­cited about this in­au­gu­ral tour­na­ment for younger golfers which will give them the first of many fu­ture chances to make a name for them­selves on the golf­ing scene.

The event will be run over three lev­els, with 27, 18 and 9 hole cour­ses set up for the day. It’s sched­uled for the school hol­i­days and Golf South­land are hop­ing this adds to the event draw­card.

‘‘It’s some­thing ex­cit­ing and new for our younger golfers to be in­volved in, will give them a few chal­lenges, and en­able them to play against and meet a range of new peo­ple in­volved in the sport.’’

Mrs Gain­ford says the 27 hole course is for the more com­pet­i­tive and elite golfers up to the age of about 22, while the smaller rounds are for the less ex­pe­ri­enced.

‘‘We ex­pect the 18 hole round to be at­trac­tive to golfers who love the sport but aren’t yet ready for com­pet­ing at the tour­na­ment level,’’ she said.

‘‘The nine hole course is a short­ened course set out specif­i­cally for our younger golfers, around the ages of 6 to 7, but it gives them the chance to get out and play, and they can ac­tu­ally be­gin to achieve a hand­i­cap.

‘‘As they grow up and get the strength and grow in con­fi­dence, they are then able to hit longer dis­tances and can move onto longer cour­ses.

‘‘Gore Golf Club cur­rently has 27 Ju­niors in the Sport and a Ju­nior course set up, along­side Te Anau which has 18 ju­niors.

‘‘Sonny Ruru, a vol­un­teer coach, has done an amaz­ing job with Ju­niors in Golf, and work­ing in schools and with Sport South­land is also high­light­ing young tal­ent and

Above: Scott An­der­son and Aaron Ruru on the fair­way.

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