Tasman golfers look to impress at SI age-groups

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Tasman Golf is sending a 13-strong team to the Under-16 and Under-19 South Island Junior Interprovincial in Ashburton starting tomorrow.

The team had one of its last training sessions at Nelson Golf Club with club pro Glyn Delany last week.

Tasman will put five man teams in both age groups and will compete against Canterbury Aorangi, Otago and Southland.

The best four scored for each of three rounds will go towards deciding a winner.

The event doubles as the South Island Age Group Championships for individual golfers, which is played over a three round strokeplay format.

Tasman’s two female golfers Lizzie Neale, 12, and Eve Clarke, 16, will compete in their respective girls age-group sections.

Tasman Golf development manager Chris Pugh says the team has experience, with just one debutante in 15-year-old Josh Wright, but it will be important to get used to the Tinwald course. “We’ve never won the event but we have finished second in both age groups a few times.

“We are always very strong in this age. Our boys should do well because we have some strong players here, but getting used to a new course will be a major factor.”

Chris says 18-year-old Greenacres golfer Andrew Drummond will be one to watch, along with Nelson Golf Club’s Sam Nichol

“Andrew’s an experienced golfer now who has represented Tasman at a senior level and so has Sam. I think if the rest of the boys can front up and produce what they are capable of in their handicaps then the team will go well,” Chris says.

Nelson will host the New Zealand Secondary Schools and Age-Group Championships in August, where Nelson College golfers will represent the district.

A number of individuals will also compete in the event.