Olympic rowing gold medallist Mahe Drysdale has been
announced as the latest drawcard playing in the 2013 NZ PGA
Pro-Am at The Hills, in Arrowtown.
Fresh from his announcement he will defend his Olympic rowing
title in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Drysdale accepted an
invitation from tournament partner Milford Track Walks to
play in the second PGA at The Hills, from February 28 to
Drysdale is a keen golfer, but had to cut down his time on
course since injuring his back in 2010.
However, he still plays off a useful handicap of 15.7 and is
looking forward to teeing up alongside the pros.
Organising committee chairman John Hart said it was
"fantastic news" for the event.
"We are delighted we are to have such an iconic sportsman
join our list of celebrity golfers.
"Mahe is an inspiration to young athletes around the country
and he will be a huge drawcard on the fairways at The Hills."
Other sporting celebrities confirmed in the tournament
include cricketers Sir Ian Botham, Tony Greig and Mark
Richardson, rugby stars Justin Marshall, George Gregan and
Nick Farr-Jones as well as teenage golfing sensation Lydia