Guy Harrison, is relishing the opportunity to be playing alongside the professionals at the New Zealand Open, as he tees off this morning in the first ever New Zealand All Abilities Championship.
The New Zealand Amputee and Disability Open champion is one of 14 golfers with a physical and/or mental disability who will play at Jacks Point for the opening round of the new All Abilities event.
The 18-year-old who has spastic diplegia and is also a Halberg Youth Councillor plays off a single figure handicap can’t wait to hit his opening tee shot.
“I’ve been looking forward to the opportunity of playing this event for what feels like a long time now,” Harrison said.
“We get to play some really impressive courses under the same tournament conditions as the pro’s, so I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
Harrison said it’s a very special feeling being here and hopes it golfing form will rise to the occasion.
“I have a good chance at playing well I think, but there are so many variables in golf, so we’ll just see what happens each day,” he said.
Thiem Nguyen, New Zealand Golf Participation Manager said the inclusion of All Abilities golfers at this year’s New Zealand Open is a huge win for New Zealand Golf.
“We’re proud to be the first country in the world to use this tournament format which will be an experience all players will remember for the rest of their lives,” Nguyen said.
“I’ve spoken to all of the players and they can’t wait to get underway. They’re all looking forward to the opportunity and challenge ahead.”
The three-round event is will be played at Jacks Point, The Hills, and Millbrook Resort.
The leading six golfers will make the cut for Sunday at Millbrook, and they’ll lead the field off for the final day at the 101st New Zealand Open.