Strong Southland team for U19 golf event

Last updated 05:00 23/04/2014

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The South Island Under-19 tournament will tee off at Cromwell next Wednesday, with a strong Southland contingent named to represent the province.

Sam McCracken, Blake Shirley, Liam Hewitt, Daniel Price and Joshua Bailey will play in the Southland team in the competition, with James Ng as reserve. The team will be managed by Cody Harper, who has plenty of experience representing Southland.

All six players will play as a team, but will also contest the individual titles, alongside four other Southland juniors also playing in the tournament, Sara McDonald, Jack Barrett, David Lamb and Spencer McIntosh.

★★★ There will also be a chance for other juniors in the region to get a taste of tournament golf next week, along with the opportunity for some coaching.

On May 1, Golf Southland's golf development manager Jenna Gainford and Invercargill pro Scott Riordan will be taking coaching sessions at SBS Bank Invercargill Golf Club between 9am and 10am open to all golfers aged under 19.

That will be followed by 9- and 18-hole fun junior tournaments, aimed at juniors of all levels and abilities.

The day is a chance for junior golfers to learn more about their game and to have a fun game of golf.

There are various prices whether you wish to take part in the coaching and games, or the games only, so contact either Jenna or Scott at the SBS Bank Invercargill Golf Club or email Golf Southland ( for an entry form.

★★★ Plenty of Southland golf clubs are holding local tournaments on Anzac Day.

Among the lengthy list is the Lions Club of Mataura, which is holding its annual charity tournament with a 12.30 start. The tournament includes men's and ladies' competitions, and profits go to Camp Quality.

Southland Golf Club (Oreti Sands) is holding an open four-person ambrose tournament, with a noon start. Entries can be made on the day, and more information can be found by contacting the club.

Many other clubs are also holding tournaments, including Queens Park and Greenacres, so make sure you contact your local club to see what is happening in your area this Anzac Day.

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- The Southland Times

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