20 Mar 2008

New Oceania Golf Union opens new pathways for junior golfers

10:56 am on 20 March 2008

The new Oceania Golf union will open opportunities for the development of sport in the region, according to the President of the Rarotonga Golf Club, George Hoskings.

The plan for a union has been in the pipeline for some years, and last week in Fiji delegates from Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, American Samoa, Guam, Marshalls established the body spearheaded by the Cook Islands and Fiji.

Hosking says forming the union will be good for the future.

"It will be a pathway for our young junior golfers because forming a body like Oceania which will be recognisable with the Olympic Solidarity Movement which is the ONOC National Olympic Committee and this will be recognised in this part of the Pacific Islands states because most of the sporting codes in the Pacific are aligned to Oceania."

The Constitution of the OGU was also accepted at last weekends meeting and a review of the eligibility clause for members in the French and US territories are to be refined so as not to exclude their input or participation.