Rural Games Golf Cup will kick off New Zealand’s greatest rural sporting weekend

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The 2021 Ford Ranger New Zealand Rural Games has a new sporting event on the agenda, with the announcement of the inaugural Rural Golf Challenge.

The golfing championship, run by VSL Golf, will be held before the Games on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of March, kicking off a weekend of rural sports.

VSL Golf have been running golf events around the world since 2007, including tours and events in South Africa, Thailand, Australia, Portugal, Spain, Fiji and the USA.

Director of VSL Golf, Mike Godinet, says the Cup will be a celebration of rural New Zealand. It’ll be a unique event as it is spread over two courses at both the Manawatū Golf and the Palmerston North Golf Club.

“We’re a pretty unique golf obsessed country. You can find a golf course in nearly every town and settlement across the country and even some in the middle of nowhere.”

Founder of the New Zealand Rural Games, Steve Hollander, says that the 2021 Games will continue to shine a spotlight on the country’s rural heritage.

“We’re New Zealand’s premier rural sports event, and in our seventh year. More than 40,000 people attend the games to see rural athletes battle it out for bragging rights.”

Steve says the Rural Golf Challenge joins the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards and the Clash of the Colleges as sister events to the Rural Games.

“Golf is a big part of rural life, so it feels right to create the New Zealand Rural Games Golf Cup.”

The Rural Golf Challenge will be held on Thursday 11 – Friday 12 March 2021 at the Manawatū Golf Club and Palmerston North Golf Club, with a $5000 prize table. Open to all mens and womens grades, players must have official NZ Golf handicaps.

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Rural Games Golf Cup will kick off New Zealand’s greatest rural sporting weekend

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