Inaugural tournament for younger golfers
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.