Teens fundraising for elite golf Stateside

Elite athletes (from left) Ryan Forde (16), Henry Wang (16) and Jordan Jones (13).

Three local teenagers will be going on a 19-day tour of California and Texas in July.

Ryan Forde, Henry Wang and Jordan Jones out of the Pakuranga Golf Club hope to gain valuable knowledge and information on college golf in America.

They will be playing two elite junior tournaments and attending a three-day college golf camp.

The three day training camp is being run by over 16 of the best university golf coaches in the USA, including Stanford, Duke and Notre Dame and is limited to 50 players from around the world.

The young men will gain invaluable golf and life experience and an understanding of what it will take to get to college/university golf in America after they finish high school here in New Zealand.

With the trip costing around $14,000 each, the boys and their families and the club are frantically fundraising.

As well as a Givealittle page, there is a Cheeky Niner golf day planned for Friday afternoon May 24, or a movie evening on June 6 (contact Dion Jones 021723377).

“We are all very grateful for the support being shown for this trip of a lifetime,” said Dion, Jordan’s dad.

“ Ryan, Henry and Jordan could not do it without the kind generosity of many people.”

Kerryn Jamieson of Kerryn Jamieson Golf said he has been building the junior development programme at Pakuranga Golf Club over the past three years.

“Within our programme I have a development group that now has the skills and maturity to come with me to America in July,” he said.

“We are going to be taking three young men – Henry Wang, the current senior club champion; Ryan Forde, who is on a hot streak, just shot 67 and 65 at Pakuranga in the past two weeks; Jordan Jones, who just made the Auckland Junior development squad.

“We are asking for your help. We have had some great support on Saturday mornings at our BBQs and we will be running a 9 Hole Corporate Golf Day on Friday May 24. We are also running movie nights, quiz nights and taking donations.

“Please help support these young men in a trip of a lifetime. Donations can made through the page: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/collegegolfexposuretour#.”