THE INAUGURAL CHRISTIES FLOORINGS MOUNT OPEN

11/12/2019

It’s a week of milestones for Mt Maunganui Golf Club who are set to host the inaugural Christies Floorings Mount Open on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour this week.

Not only is it the final event of the Jennian Homes Charles Tour year where the winner of the season-long Jennian Homes Trophy will be crowned, a new name will be etched on a brand-new trophy for the first ever Jennian Homes Charles Tour event held at Mt Maunganui.

Prior to the tournament starting, a Futures Pro-Am will also be held for the first ever time on the circuit. Young people have been given the opportunity to play with their favourite New Zealand professionals to grow the sport and get more young people playing the game.

Mt Maunganui General Manager Michael Williams says the club are excited at the new initiative.

“We’ve been working closely with New Zealand Golf in being active in the junior golf space. Our Pro Shop has done a really good job over the last few years, and they came up with the idea to have a Futures Pro-Am where we run a mini version of what happens on the Wednesday of a regular four-round tour event.

“Hopefully this generates some interest and encourages a few more young people to give the game a go,” says Williams.

24 young golfers will tee it up alongside 12 professionals over nine-holes. Various sets of tees will also be laid out to cater for different course lengths to cover golfers all abilities.

Following the curtain raiser is the inaugural Christies Floorings Mount Open which gets underway on Thursday.

Local professional Luke Toomey can win three Jennian Homes Charles Tour events on the trot with a victory in his backyard.

He’ll also take the Jennian Homes Trophy; a season-long points trophy that James Anstiss has had in his grasp for much of the year. Anstiss isn’t teeing it up this week, and if Toomey finishes in a three-way tie for second or better, the trophy is his.

“It’d be pretty cool to take out that season-long title. It’s New Zealand Golf’s version of the FedEx Cup I guess and it’s definitely something I’d like to be involved in.

“It’d be wicked to have James [Anstiss] here this week. When you want to win these things, you want to beat the guy who’s leading head-to-head and when they’re at the best. But the equation is pretty simple, win here and I win the Jennian Homes Trophy as well.

“It’s a challenge I’m very much looking forward to,” says Toomey.

Denzel Ieremia will also be an attraction this week after his hot form of late. He’s coming off a tie for fifth at his maiden Australian Open.

The leading amateurs will also win the Grant Clements Memorial at the end of the tournament.

Play gets underway on Thursday morning at 8 o’clock.

 

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