Over the last couple of years it has become increasingly difficult to gain local coverage of golf in The Press newspaper.
This is despite Canterbury Golf staff going out of their way to communicate with sports reporting staff, and providing full information and images for events and tournaments.
Most recently we were particularly disappointed with coverage of our Toro Interprovincial teams despite our efforts to gain in-depth coverage for both our men's and women's teams.
We have been told that Fairfax Media (owners of The Press) have restructured their staff several times and changed their policy about coverage of local sport.
This has been confirmed recently by a local reporter. To quote:
“Just for your information there has been pretty massive changes in Fairfax/Stuff sport, which will impact heavily on local golf and sport. Eleven regional sport reporters have been disestablished, starting next week, and the company want to focus on ''major national sports stories'' moving forward......that's the vision and priority for the company......Losing that many reporters, we won't be able to cover everything we've previously done.”
This information has been distributed to inform the golfing community of the current situation. We have been receiving feedback in the office from time-to-time expressing disappointment in coverage of certain tournaments and players, with the inference that Canterbury Golf “aren’t doing enough”.
You can be assured that Canterbury Golf will continue to be proactive in trying to promote golf through The Press (and other media) despite this setback.
We encourage all keen followers of local golf to continue checking our website and Facebook pages for the latest news.