Manawatu Wanganui golfer Tyler Hodge has recently made the decision to turn professional and has just played his first event on the newly establish Kiwi Pro Tour - a small tour of around 10 events to give aspiring NZ professionals more events to take part in. This is a pay to play arrangement which requires an entry fee to take part in each event - no qualifying is required.
While information on results is not easily obtainable on the tours website, we did hear that Hodge made a good start to be tied leader after day one with a 6 under 66 in the Hastings event. Hodge finished with a 2 round total of 8 under to finish 3rd overall. So a really good start in the professional ranks. We look forward to reading further great results as Tyler becomes more established and has more events to play in.
What that means however is another loss of a quality representative player for our district rep teams, which this year is going to create a big hole in the team that has been so successful in recent years. It is also expected that Josh Munn will also turn professional either this year or early next year. No word yet on Lachie McDonalds intentions to turn professional yet, but the loss of Hodge and Munn will mean our senior team will be less competitive while up and coming players develop more experience.
We wish Tyler all the very best as a professional player, and thank him for his commitment to Manawatu Wanganui teams as an Amateur, which included being a team member in the winning Toro Interprovincial team in 2013.