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MEN’S health is the driving force for a new golfing event being held in conjunction with Movember.

As well as the annual moustache-growing challenge to raise awareness about men’s health, the Movember Foundation charity is running a series of golf tournaments, the Mo Masters Series, throughout New Zealand.

It started in Auckland in September and will run to March, culminating in the championship finals in Queenstown. The Invercargill tournament will be held at the Invercargill Golf Club in Otatara on December 3.

New Zealand country manager for the Movember Foundation Robert Dunne said the Mo Masters was aimed at getting men active and talking with their friends over a round of golf, hopefully with men’s health at the forefront of that.

“Sometimes people may not want to grow a moustache, so this is another fantastic way to support Movember.

“When it comes to their health, too many men don’t talk, don’t take action and die too young. There is no better platform than golf to get Kiwi men physically active, socially connected and talking about their health,” Mr Dunne said.

Movember Foundation is a men’s health charity which funds more than 1200 projects in 21 countries worldwide focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Invercargill Golf Club golf professional Scott Riordan said the club was happy to support the event.

“It is a good opportunity for the players in the club to support an event that promotes men’s health and the format is a good, fun teams event, a good opportunity for golfers and non-golfers to give it a go.”

The Mo Master series is a three-person Ambrose competition over 18 holes.

Each tournament includes a complimentary barbecue on-course, and beverages in the clubrooms, along with some competitive on-course activities such as long drive, closest to the pin, pro challenge and the hype hole with prizes valued up to $3000.

The winning team at each tournament will be invited to play in the finals weekend at the Millbrook Resort, near Arrowtown, to determine the overall Mo Master champion team.

Mo Masters, Invercargill Golf Club, 190 Dunns Rd, Otatara, December 3. To register, go to nz.movember.com/get-involved/mo-masters

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