As we are in the midst of unprecedented times it pays to reflect and remember positive times and memories, golf has so many great stories of communities coming together to share our love and passion for our game.

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak we have seen communities come together and so many people connected by our game, a great example of this was the inaugural Expol Waihi Pro-am played over a weekend in February earlier this year with over 100 professional and amateur competitors, this was a tournament put together by an organising committee of over 12 passionate and dedicated local volunteers and one very excited and proud club that wanted to raised money for charity and promoted golf in a positive aspect to the heartland communities of the northern Bay of Plenty and eastern Waikato areas. The tournament was an overwhelming success with the Professional players provided stories of playing golf on the world stage, Richard Lee sharing times of playing on tour with the former world number 1 Greg Norman, Kieran Muir spoke about his maiden victory on the China Tour in 2019 and a host of other PGA professionals provided inspirational insights as to the glamourise an exciting aspects of a playing a professional sport at the tournament dinner on Saturday evening. The golf was outstanding with Daniel Pearce firing a 10 under par 62 in the final round with amateur players being entertained both on and off the course, not just with a shot making but also the chance to ask questions and learn from 10 hours playing with a professional.

We have so many great Pro-ams each year and so many great relationships have been formed as a result of our Pro-am circuit. Although we are on hold right now it will not be long until we are back on the course playing and growing new relationships, until then we recommend you use the time as most professional players will, work on your physical game and mental game, reach out to your local PGA professional through email, social media or by the phone and seek help on what you can do to work on your game while in isolation, become the best putter inside 10 feet on your carpet at home, develop a short game chipping course around your house, be proactive and stay connected to your local pro as they are still there for you.

Now more than ever we need to come together and support each other and look forward to that day very soon when we are all back in the course enjoying each other’s company and focusing on what is really important and it is not the score.

Stay safe and stay strong New Zealand