Charity golf tournament for men’s health

Pro golfer Mark Brown running the ‘Putt for your Nuts’ fundraiser at the Tauranga Golf Club today. Photo: Tony Breeds.

A charity golf tournament has been held in Tauranga today, all to assist the Movember Foundation in their quest to improve men's health in New Zealand.

Tauranga Golf Club hosted the ninth of 16 events being held around the country as part of ‘The Mo Masters' Men's Health Golf Series 2017/18.

Movember Foundation country manager Robert Dunne says there's been a great turnout today, with 34 teams taking part in the Tauranga leg.

“The format is three-man Ambrose, with two teams of three playing a hole. It has a few unique features, such as the ability to play to both holes on the green. We also have pro golfer Mark Brown on course who golfers can challenge, as well as the New Zealand Long Driving team, from whom players can buy one of their drivers,” says Robert.

Each player in a team tees off, with the best shot being played. However, whoever hit that initial shot is not allowed to play it - another team member must take it, ensuring it is a team effort reaching the green.

Teams pay a $200 fee to enter, which is the main source of fundraising. There is a complimentary barbecue on the course, as well as drinks and food available.

“It's about making it as much fun as it possibly can be. We think of ourselves as a non-traditional, fun charity, and that's how we want to approach the tournament.

“I think with the teams and the on-course fundraising we do, we could raise close to $10,000, which would be fantastic.”

The series started in September, and will conclude with a finals weekend in early May. Next Sunday the tournament will be played in Remuera, while previously Ohope has hosted a round here in the Bay of Plenty.

“We'd love to have three rounds in the region next year, as they've proved very popular,” says Robert.


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