Junior golfers take part in tournament

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The annual Tony Tourrell Golf tournament was held last Friday and Heriot Primary school took top spot.

The tournament was held at four different golf courses: Milton, Clinton, Balclutha and Tapanui.

Teams competed in groups of four.

Clutha Sports co-ordinator Mitch McRae said members played off “tiger tees” (shortened fairways) and played six holes per team.

Year 5-8 pupils from Blue Mountain College, Waikoikoi School, Tapanui School, Heriot and South Otago High School were among those to compete.

“It’s an awesome tournament; over 300 children get the chance to play golf. They really enjoyed it, too.”

McRae said the tournament had been running for nearly 10 years now. It was named for the late Tony Tourell, who started the original tournament.

“Tony Tourell was a big driver of junior golf, so we carried on his legacy.”

Heriot School winning team members Jimmy Affleck, Lucy McHutchon, Hayden Pringle and Molly Pryde all said they had a great time.

“We all enjoyed working as a team .. we had fun and had some laughs on the way through the course,” Lucy said.

“The most fun thing was when you did a big swing and you missed,” Molly said.

Hayden said the highlight of the day was using the driver.

“It was cool because we could smack the ball very far,” Hayden said.

Hayden, Molly and Lucy will be at Blue Mountain College next year and are all keen to be a part of the tournament again.