New Zealand Golf has selected an experienced boys side to compete at the 2017 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup at the Chukyo Golf Club in Japan next month. The 2017 team has just one change from last year with Daniel Hillier (Wellington), Henry Spring (BOP) and Inia Logan (Otago) all returning, while in-form debutant Tom Parker (Canterbury) will join them.
Teeing off on June 13, the Junior Golf World Cup is run over four days of stroke play competition. The format of this event takes the three best of the four scores each day to produce a daily total. The New Zealand side will compete against 14 other very strong nations in their quest to win the cup. So far France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Korea, Japan, Thailand and the USA have qualified to compete with several more countries from South America, North America and Africa to be confirmed. At last year’s event USA ended up as dominant winners by nine shots on a team total of 36 under par. The Kiwis were slow to start and improved each day, finishing mid-table in a tie for ninth. They will be looking to utilize that experience this year as they contend for the title. The week begins with a cultural exchange, highlighting one of the key purposes for the event, which is to bring the competing nations together and to learn more about the Japanese culture. The competitive element of the tournament gets underway with a long drive competition after the first practice round, again bringing all of the competitors together to further forge their international relationships, in the spirit of event.
New Zealand qualified through winning the Claire Higson Trophy in 2016. The qualification for the 2018 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup will take place during the New Zealand Age Group Championships this September, where both the Australian boys and girls teams will take on their New Zealand counter parts.