The New Zealand Age Group Championship in Northland this week presents an exciting opportunity for young New Zealand golfers looking to press their claims for the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2013.

The tournament, which is run by Golf Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee, sees golf return into the stable of Olympic sports for the first time since 1904.

Golf was an Olympic sport in only two Games – 1900 and 1904 – and in 2009, the International Olympic Committee decided to reinstate the sport for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

“Seeing golf back at the Olympics is a very exciting time for the sport,” said Gregg Thorpe, the New Zealand Golf High Performance Manager.

“The Australian Youth Olympic Festival is a great opportunity for our young golfers to get a taste of what competing at the Olympics would be like.

“It is a great initiative from the Australian Olympic Committee and it provides an opportunity to introduce New Zealand’s emerging talent to international competition.

“New Zealand Golf believes that golf being reinstated in the Olympic movement will be a big motivator for young people to take up the game.”

Nine teams of the best age group golfers from around the world will compete at the Twin Creeks Golf Club from January 17 – 20 with an eye on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The invited nations include Argentina, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, China, Great Britain and Chinese Taipei while hosts Australia will enter two teams into the event.

The event format will include competitions for men’s individual, women’s individual and a team event (two men and two women) in 72 holes of Stroke Play.

Golfers must be under the age of 18 at 17 January 2013 and there is a handicap limit of 3.4 for the men and 6.4 for the women at the time of entry.

There will be a maximum of 90 golfers playing in the event with a limit of 10 golfers per team (five men and five women).

For further information on the Australian Youth Olympic Festival contact:

Jennifer Anson

AYOF Sport & Athlete Services Manager

Australian Olympic Committee



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