Cas­sidy takes on world’s best

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RON­GORONGO - By EMMA JAMES

Chantelle Cas­sidy’s golf ca­reer is in full swing af­ter be­ing in­vited to com­pete along­side the world’s elite women pro­fes­sional golfers in the 2015 Ladies World Cham­pi­onship.

The event will be played at Mis­sion Hills Golf Club in China from March 9 till 15.

As the world cham­pi­onship event is held at the same time as the Australian Rivers­dale Cup tour­na­ment, Toko­roa- born Cas­sidy has had to turn down the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent her coun­try in favour of this in­ter­na­tional event.

The Cam­bridge Golf Club mem­ber said she was thrilled to have re­ceived the in­vi­ta­tion be­cause it gave her the op­por­tu­nity to as­sess her own golf­ing abil­ity.

‘‘It’s not only the op­por­tu­nity to gain valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s play­ing with some of the world’s best women pro­fes­sional golfers.

‘‘It’s my am­bi­tion to join the pro­fes­sional cir­cuit at some time in the near fu­ture.’’

Cas­sidy is part of a five-woman squad which is part of the New Zealand Golf High Performance Academy.

Al­though the 22-year-old had been work­ing part time, her na­tional and in­ter­na­tional play­ing pro­gramme along with her prac­tise and train­ing over the past six months had been dif­fi­cult fi­nan­cially.

It was only the ex­tra fund­ing she had re­ceived from do­na­tions that had al­lowed her to com­pete in tour­na­ments such as this.

Un­der the rules of am­a­teur golf a player can only re­ceive do­na­tions and schol­ar­ships, they can­not re­ceive any form of spon­sor­ship.

‘‘I’m ex­tremely grate­ful for the do­na­tions and sup­port I have re­ceived so far,’’ she said.

The next few events Cas­sidy is at­tend­ing are self-funded, in­clud­ing the trip to China, the New Zealand Open in Christchurch and nu­mer­ous Australian events. She is hop­ing to get fur­ther do­na­tions.

Any­one wish­ing to make a do­na­tion can con­tact Cas­sidy’s man­ager Garry Thomas on 021 116 6455.

SWING­ING SUC­CESS: Chantelle Cas­sidy will head off to China next month to com­pete in the 2015 Ladies World Cham­pi­onship

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