Shepparton Golf Club will host the Jarrod Lyle Junior Classic on Monday with players under 18 being eligible to compete.By Hannah Driscoll
Shepparton Golf Club will kick off the September school holidays with the inaugural Jarrod Lyle Junior Classic on Monday.
This competition is open to all juniors under 18 years of age at the time of competition and is catering to competitors of all abilities.
The event is named after Shepparton-raised golfer Jarrod Lyle, a US PGA Tour player who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia for the second time in March last year.
Lyle was given the all-clear by doctors in June and announced in July he was preparing to make his comeback.
He will play the first of five warm-up events his US PGA Tour medical exemption allows him at the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne from November 14 to 17.
‘‘He’s prepared to put his name to it to promote junior golf between the Goulburn Valley and you never know, we might unearth some raw talent that might one day make it to the PGA Tour as well,’’ Shepparton Golf Club’s Brad McMennemin said.
For the experienced golfers, the competition is an 18-hole scratch event and handicap for boys and girls, with a shotgun start from noon.
Age groups will be dependent upon the number of entries received.
Nearest the pins will be on all par-three holes and there will also be a competition for the longest drive.
There will also be a nine-hole non-handicap event on a shortened course for beginners.
Entry is $15 including lunch and must be received by Friday.
If there are insufficient numbers the event will be cancelled and all entrants notified.
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