Nelson ladies from left, Heather Bryant, Vianne Wessels and Margaret Whitehead give golf a go at Greenacres on Sunday, part of the national She Loves Golf initiative. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

‘She Loves Golf’

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Greenacres Golf Club hosted several local ladies for a ‘She Loves Golf’ day on Sunday, aimed at encouraging more women to give golf a go and maybe even get hooked.

The event was organised by Chris Pugh, club capability manager for Tasman Golf Inc., and was attended by approximately 20 ladies. Representatives from five different golf clubs in Nelson and Tasman were also there to help participants pick up some skills and discover the appeal of golf.

Llara MacGilloway from Hope was among those taking part and says it was a great opportunity to get out and join a new club, having played the sport before.

“It gets you out in the fresh air, you meet lots of people, it’s active, and when you hit that sweet shot it makes the difference, it’s awesome.”

Mapua’s Sue Adamson had never played golf before but decided to head along on Sunday as her dad had suggested it, being a player himself, while Vianne Wessels of Nelson was also following a recommendation from her uncle.

Margaret Whitehead was after some practice before joining a friend in a charity nine-hole golf tournament, “I didn’t want to make a fool of myself, she might get me hooked, you never know.”

A game of snag, using velcro targets, was also set up for children, with the adults taking to the green for some putting and hitting, before playing two rounds of the course.

The clubs that took part in the joint event on Sunday were Greenacres, Tasman Golf Club, Totaradale Golf Club, Nelson Golf Club and Waahi Taakaro Golf Club.

Each these clubs will now hold their own individual follow-up events. For more information on these, contact your nearest club.