Golfers drive for record attempt

18:52, Feb 13 2013
Golfers
BIG SWINGS: Christchurch golfers came en masse to join a tee off event at the Hagley Golf Club yesterday.

Christchurch golfers came to the fore during a world-record attempt to help improve club membership levels in the city.

Eighty golfers turned out at the Hagley Golf Club yesterday evening to try to set a record for the most people teeing off at once.

The golfers did not have an official mark to beat, but organiser Canterbury Golf got the rub of the green after the attempt was approved by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Canterbury Golf chief executive Grant Lewis said he was happy with the turnout.

"Considering the weather, I'm pretty happy with it. People were really excited and really getting into it."

Lewis said an official register of the participants would be sent to Guinness officials, along with photographic evidence of the event taking place.

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The world record attempt doubled as the launch of the organisation's Hook Into Golf month, which was a five-week programme to boost flagging membership levels and revitalise the city's golf clubs.

Lewis said the initiative, which would include club days with free coaching, was about encouraging casual golfers to make a long-term commitment.

"We know people are still playing casually, but we want them to join because members are the lifeblood of clubs."

The Press