Enthusiastic response to NO legends event

The North Otago Legends tour event, scheduled for next month, is bursting at the seams.

The tournament, a one-day tournament at the North Otago Golf Club on February 24, has attracted a full field of amateurs with a waiting list.

About 50 to 60 professionals, all aged 50 or above, will play an 18-hole strokeplay event.

Prize money for the professionals is about $11,000.

One of the organisers, Stan Ruddenklau, said the event used to take place at the Tokarahi course in North Otago but the small club had pulled out of the event.

The North Otago club did not want to the tournament to leave the area so had come up with its own version which had received plenty of support from the community.

The amateur field was bulging with 34 teams of three players to be joined by one or possibly two professionals in each team.

There was a waiting list of just under a dozen for the amateur field. The amateurs would play a stableford tournament.

Ruddenklau said he was very happy with the response from the community and was looking forward to a good tournament.

The 18-hole course was dry - as was to be expected at this time of year - but club members were watering the greens and the course should be in a good condition.

There were good prizes for amateur players, he said.

The tournament is sandwiched between a Legends event in Wanaka on the Friday and then the start of New Zealand Legends Masters at Chisholm Links the following day.

The links tournament will take place over two days.

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