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Regions converge on Mornington for accessible golf tourney By Jamie Adams

It had already held a tournament for local special needs youth last month, now Mornington Golf Club went one better on Saturday with an inter-regional event. Organised by the club’s disability coach Ray Tuffin and his wife Suzie, the accessible golf tournament involved “a very strong field” of teams from Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Kapiti, and Hutt Valley. The aim of the event wasn’t winning but rather to empower the 54 players who turned out, as for many it was their first taste of a live tournament, Ray says. As with the local tournament, the special needs players were paired with other members who served as mentors throughout the day. “All of the Wellington players were from the Mornington Club, which is a club that caters specifically to people with special needs and disabilities,” Ray says. “We started two years ago with two

Players gather before the start of the accessible golf tournament at Mornington Golf Club in Berhampore on Saturday. PHOTO: Supplied

golfers. Now we have 17.” Mornington president Vince Burke says the club has proven to be accessible to a range of ethnicities, as well as those with disabilities. “We have amputee players, partially blind players, and we also

have big Polynesian, Maori and Asian memberships,” Vince says. He believes the mayor’s recent call to ensure the council-owned course retains 18 holes is due to its unique importance to the community. “A hundred years ago that was

part of the reason for setting the club up.” Apart from being significantly cheaper to use, Vince says the Berhampore Golf Course is in a prime location, given its proximity to the sheltering Town Belt. The clubrooms aren’t just the

home of golfers either - tai-chi classes, indoor bowls games, a children’s play group and community functions are also held there. The club even has a bocce area, which coincidentally was used for a Special Olympics regional tournament on Sunday.

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