Waikato golfer selected for national academy


New Zealand number one amateur golfer Luke Toomey has had the call-up for the National Academy after an outstanding few months on the course.

The Lochiel golfer caught the attention of the New Zealand selectors by winning the qualifying round at the New Zealand Amateur by 11 shots.


BRIGHT FUTURE: Luke Toomey is encouraged by his call-up to the NZ academy. Photo: Olivia Johnstone
BRIGHT FUTURE: Luke Toomey is encouraged by his call-up to the NZ Academy. Photo: Olivia Johnstone

“It’s always nice to tick off your goals, the New Zealand Academy being one of them so it’s encouraging. I’m pretty happy,” said Toomey.

With the support of New Zealand Golf behind him, he hopes to gain international experience by playing better golfers on different courses around the world.

“It will be really good to get to know the team within New Zealand golf. The more people I can have supporting me, the easier the transition from amateur to professional,” he said.

Gregg Thorpe, the high performance manager at NZ Golf, believes those selected for the squad have successful careers ahead of them.

“We believe these players have the ability to be successful on the international stage as New Zealand reps and in time become successful professionals. This is an important step in their development,” he said.

The National Academy and national development squads will assemble for a camp on May 17-19 at the New Zealand Golf Academy at the St Peter’s College in Cambridge.

Waikato has four golfers in the national development squad: Compton Pikari (Te Awamutu) Nick Coxon (Narrows) Denzel Ieremia (St Andrews) and Hanna Seifert (Lochiel).

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