Weather dashes Kiwi hopes

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A ty­phoon that roared through Hong Kong washed away any hopes New Zealand’s top am­a­teurs had of chal­leng­ing for the Asia-Pa­cific

Ama­teur Cham­pi­onship ti­tle. Ki­wis Josh Munn and Tae Koh were well placed go­ing into the fi­nal day, both of them tied eighth, six shots be­hind third-round leader, Jin Cheng of China. But the fi­nal day’s play at the Clear­wa­ter Coun­try Club had barely be­gun be­fore it was all over and

Cheng de­clared the win­ner. New Zealand Golf’s high per­for­mance man­ager Gregg Thorpe was pleased with how the Kiwi team per­formed. “Josh and Tae were in with a chance at the end of the third round so it was

dis­ap­point­ing that the last day got rained out and they were not able to

vie for the win,” he said. The cham­pi­onship, es­tab­lished by the R&A and the Mas­ters to pro­mote

youth golf, has been part of the ama­teur golf cal­en­dar since 2009.

“For our play­ers, the tour­na­ment of­fers a chance to pre­pare and be com­fort­able in an en­vi­ron­ment at that level, to see how they man­age and cope with tour­na­ment golf play­ing for some pretty big car­rots, a place in the Mas­ters and Open Cham­pi­onship

qual­i­fy­ing,” said Thorpe. “The op­por­tu­nity also of­fers them

an insight into the world of pro­fes­sional golf. Most of the play­ers who take part in the Asia-Pa­cific are look­ing to turn pro and this event

helps to pre­pare them for that.” Two years from now the Asia-Pa­cific

Cham­pi­onship will be held in New Zealand, the tour­na­ment to be hosted

by Royal Welling­ton. “It’s a pretty ex­cit­ing prospect,” says Thorpe. “As host coun­try it is likely we will have

ten play­ers in­volved. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case the new de­sign of Royal Welling­ton and to

show off New Zealand it­self.” The NZ team to the 2015 Asia-Pa­cific

Cham­pi­onship was: Josh Munn, Tae Koh, Nick Voke, Ryan Chis­nall, Luke Toomey and Ni­cholas Coxon. amie Curry, one of the world’s most recog­nis­able teenagers with some 10 mil­lion so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers, is an am­bas­sador for New Zealand Golf’s She Loves Golf cam­paign launched this Novem­ber to en­cour­age women to give golf a go.

Curry (pic­tured above, sec­ond right, with Am­ber Peebles, Laura McGoldrick and Toni Street) has a gen­uine love of the game, hav­ing grown up liv­ing just down the road from the Napier course where she had lessons and played as a young­ster. She will un­der­take a tai­lored coach­ing pack­age at the In­sti­tute of Golf, cur­rently also train­ing fel­low She Loves Golf Am­bas­sadors Toni Street (Seven Sharp) and Laura McGoldrick (Holden Golf Show).

To date, She Loves Golf has seen four na­tion­wide pop­ups take place in Dunedin, Auck­land, Christchurch and Welling­ton. Pop-ups give the pub­lic an op­por­tu­nity to give golf a go via the likes of first touch pro­gramme SNAG golf and be re­warded with She Loves Golf part­ner prod­uct and golf of­fers.

New Zealand Golf mar­ket­ing man­ager Jan Rowsell said: “We’ve al­ready seen ex­cel­lent tan­gi­ble re­sults with clubs across the coun­try re­port­ing well­sub­scribed events and even new mem­ber­ships, an out­come that while longer term is nonethe­less the cam­paign’s ul­ti­mate goal.”

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