The 2016 tournament season starts this week for a number of local players on both the international and national stage.
Manawatu's Josh Munn will be in action starting today at the China PGA Tour Global Qualifying tournament, in Kunming, Yunnan Province. This tour is popular amongst international players, because the top players at years end qualify directly into the Web.com tour in the USA, a feat which Josh Geary achieved in 2015, finishing 2nd in the OOM.
Marton's Lachie McDonald is preparing for the final stage of the Australasian PGA Q School, by playing in this weeks Australian Amateur Championship at the Metropolitan Course in Melbourne.
The Australian Amateur is a highly prestigious event with many winners going on to succeed in the professional ranks. The top 64 after 2 rounds of strokeplay head into the elimination matchplay rounds to follow. Last year Levin's Tyler Hodge made the final and eventually went down in extra holes sudden death after being all square after 36 holes in regulation.
Next week Lachie McDonald, Josh Munn and Tyler Hodge will compete in final qualifying for the Australasian PGA Tour, in Melbourne.
Closer to home some of our up and coming junior golfers will be competing in the North Island Boys' and Girls' Championships, in Hamilton this week. Manawatu's Greg Shaw, Jamie Connell and Kaleb Idemaru, along with Feilding's Liam Finlayson, Jayden Hunter and Ryan Rooney are competing in the Boys Championship. Wanganui's Tara Raj and Manawatu's Mudra Lakhani will compete in the Girls championship.
This event tees off tomorrow, and is played over 54 holes finishing on Friday.