Children enjoy challenge

by Ann van Engelen

Young golf players joined together at McLeans Island Golf Club on Sunday to compete in the first round of the Futures Canterbury Selwyn Hub Spring Challenge.

“The Selwyn Hub, golf for children and families, has been going since February this year. Currently, we have 62 children signed up and seven clubs across Selwyn participating in the programme,” says play golf coordinator Pip Denes.

Golf clubs involved in the programme are Charteris Bay, Ellesmere, Greendale, Hororata, Lincoln, Mcleans Island and Tai Tapu.

“It was a beautiful day, and the dads came out and caddied as part of Father’s Day. The children played really well and enjoyed a time of upskilling as they walked around the course. The Spring Challenge was introduced to encourage children to play nine holes, and it helps them to practise their skills.

“This is not only open to Hub members but all Canterbury Juniors. There are seven events scheduled over the next couple of months, with each of the Hub courses holding and event. Scores are accumulated over the series for some great prizes.

“Sunday’s game was at McLeans Island, and we had 23 participants, five players were from clubs outside the Hub. There are four grades, girls, boys 5–10 and 11–15, from the shortened purple course and then boys 12–15, generally, those that have handicaps play from the white tees. Each grade plays nine holes with the next round at Ellesmere Golf Club on Sunday, September 8.”

The event is sponsored by Callaway Golf and Chinny Dipper Children’s Clothing.

For more information go to futurescanterbury.co.nz.