Teeing off in support of men
The Movember Foundation New Zealand is launching Mo Masters in an attempt to help men open up about their health.
Mo Masters is a new initiative designed to help get men active, whilst encouraging them to get talking with their mates with a round of golf.
The competition is headed to the deep south, reaching Invercargill Golf Club on December 3.
Professional golfer at the club Scott Riodan said the club was pleased to support men’s health and to promote golf as a sport.
‘‘We’re looking forward to it.’’ It was a fun event for all golfers. Movember Foundation NZ country manager Robert Dunne said events had already started last month in other parts of the country.
‘‘It’s the first year we’re having the series and hope it’s the first of many.’’
Movember was already a popular initiative with moustache growing, but the tournament was about offering new ways to show support for the cause and something that would last longer than just the month of November, he said.
‘‘Mo Masters is about being the reason to get in touch with your mates, connect over an enjoyable afternoon on the golf course while being involved in a series designed to support men in New Zealand.
‘‘When it comes to their health, too many men don’t talk, don’t take action and die too young.’’
Men did not ‘‘catch up’’ with, or talk about issues as much as women, he said.
Each tournament will include a barbecue on course, drinks in the clubrooms along with some competitive on-course activities including long drive, closest to the pin, pro challenge and the hype hole with prizes to be won.
The first Mo Master event kicked off at Akarana Golf Club, Auckland on September 22 with 30 teams taking part. Regional tournaments are being held throughout the country until April 2018.
The winning team of each event, along with their club professional, PGA representative or top club player, will be invited to compete in the finals for the title of the Mo Masters Champion Team in Queenstown.
To register a team of three to participate in Mo Masters, head to nz.movember.com/get-involved/momasters.
Invercargill Golf Club member and keen golfer Anthony Ferguson takes a shot.