Another club launches nine-hole event to attract juniors

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim April 11, 2016 12:40

Reigate Heath Golf Club in Surrey has become the latest golf club to launch a nine-hole golf event to attract youngsters.

On May 5, 22 teams of girls and boys from state and private schools will compete in the first Southern Schools Invitational around the nine-hole course.

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Reigate Heath GC

The tournament will be attended by the new president of the Ladies Golf Union, Diane Bailey and the mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Joan Spiers.

Club member and treasurer John Warbey said: “For over 100 years Reigate Heath GC has always been a big supporter of junior golf and especially ladies’ golf. Nowadays with so many of us leading time pressured lifestyles with little time to spare for 18 holes of golf, we’re finding that more and more people are coming to play nine holes, so it’s a way of playing golf that is increasingly popular.

“We wanted a way of celebrating junior golf, ladies golf and nine holes, and so the Southern Schools Invitational was born. The huge interest shown by the schools, our council and our members has been very encouraging, and we’re working hard to make sure it’s going to be a memorable event. The involvement of the specialist insurer Hiscox and our club sponsor Brewin Dolphin is making this a lot more possible.

Southern Schools Invitational logo

“One of the unique features of the Southern Schools Invitational tournament is that it’s run over nine as opposed to the traditional 18 holes. With the pressure of modern lifestyles making so many people ‘time-poor’, playing 18 holes is increasingly proving too demanding on the time people have. At Reigate Heath we have the perfect solution: a nine-hole course. This tournament is all part of our promoting the idea that golf can be both fun for everyone, healthy and most importantly, that it doesn’t have to take all day!”



Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim April 11, 2016 12:40
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