Some of the best junior golfers in the county will tee off at the North Harbour Lydia Ko Age Group Championship at Gulf Harbour Country Club this weekend.
This is the second time that the event has been run, with the country’s top professional golfer, Lydia Ko, supporting it with prizes and tournament expenses.
She also records a video message that is played at the prizegiving.
The tournament, on June 4 and 5 is in demand, with more than 100 players in boys and girls U14, U16 and U19 divisions signed up and others on a waiting list.
Players from all around NZ will take part, as well as five international players from the Hills Academy in Australia.
Hills Academy donates two one-month scholarships to winning players to practice, train and compete at their academy in Queensland.
This academy was the building ground of some top players, including Jason Day.
Andrew Leventis of North Harbour Golf says the tournament is a tremendous opportunity for the top juniors in the country to play 36 holes of competition on a world-class course.
“From these players will come other New Zealand champions and hopefully successful professional golfers in the future,” he says.