Tee­ing off in sup­port of men

The Invercargill Eye - - CONVERSATIONS - RE­BECCA MOORE

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.

RE­BECCA MOORE/STUFF

In­ver­cargill Golf Club mem­ber and keen golfer An­thony Fer­gu­son takes a shot.

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