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Extra coaching available for promising golfers

JERRIE VALLI
Last updated 05:00 07/06/2014

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Golf Southland is calling on clubs Southland-wide to let them know of any talented and promising young golfers who could benefit from additional coaching.

PGA trainee Cody Harper has been working with a group of identified young golfers on a regular basis, and Golf Southland is keen to open up that opportunity to other promising golfers from the region so they can also reap the benefits of this. So if clubs know of young talent, contact Golf Southland by emailing golfsouthland@woosh.co.nz.

★★★ The rescheduled Golf Southland AGM will be held on Sunday, June 22, with a revised format. It will be held at Otautau Golf Club, a light lunch will be served from noon and the meeting will start at 1pm. All clubs are to have representatives attend and anyone with any questions is welcome to contact Golf Southland.

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The Dipton Golf Clubs Men's Annual Tournament will be held tomorrow over 18 holes.

The start time is noon and entries can be made to Dave Stuart on 027 228 2044 or by emailing djs40@hotmail.com.

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Mossburn Golf Club had a good day out at the Drummond Golf Club Meat Tournament at Queen's Birthday Weekend. The Mossburn team of Lindsay Muir, Warren Davis and Andrew Pardoe-Burnett won the tournament with a nett score of 54.3. Another Mossburn team (Lindsay Houliston, Nick Hamilton and Daniel Astle) finished second with a nett 55.7.

The popular tournament was said to be a great day out.

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Bad weather delayed the start of the Northern Southland Pennants competition, with the first round scheduled for Mossburn a couple of weeks back postponed because of snow. The next round will be played at Lumsden on June 22.

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The following story came in this week from Christene Dennison, of Tuatapere Golf Club.

A while back, Tuatapere Golf Course had three Irish visitors, Duncan Harvie and Ivan and Marie Morris. They asked to play nine holes so I offered to walk around with them. We had much discussion, with me promoting our little golf course, which they really liked, especially our No 7 named Bellbird Terrace, which has a big blue gum on the right and a limestone terrace at the back. The course certainly left a lasting impression on them.

Going around our courses over here reminded Ivan of what golf was like back in Ireland when he first started playing more than 50 years ago.

Ivan has written four books, with his latest published, Life As A Way of Golf, being an insight into what he thinks about a game that he has thought a lot about. He is currently writing on nine-hole golf courses - who knows, maybe our Tuatapere Golf Course may get a mention in his book?

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- The Southland Times

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