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Sunday drivers . . . The team organising the Legends Pro-Am at the North Otago Golf Club is eager for Sunday's tee-off: (from left) club president David McKenzie, Stan Ruddenklau, Hiflo Plumbing owner Peter Ryder, and greenkeeper Gary Creedy. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

The North Otago Golf Club course looks a picture before Sunday’s big event.

For the second consecutive year the club is hosting a leg of the legends pro-am tournament. It involves professional golfers each playing with a team of three amateurs to complete a round of golf.

Nearly 30 professionals will attend, including players from Australia and France.

Last year’s champion, Glenn Joiner, is back to defend his title.

Thirty-one teams of amateurs have also signed up, both local and from further afield.

Club officials will draw names to decide which professional goes with which amateurs.

Greenkeeper Gary Creedy said preparation for the pro-am included a wee bit of extra mowing.

There had been a lot of grass growth earlier in the summer but conditions had now dried off.

The soil moisture was “just holding on”, so he had not needed to irrigate the course.

Mr Creedy was pleased with its appearance.

Club president David McKenzie described it as “absolutely stunning”.

The undulating course was “for golfers”, testing their skills with its challenges and terrain.

Peter Ryder, of Hiflo Plumbing, the main sponsor, said he welcomed the opportunity to support the golf club and help it attract major events.

The pro-am was “right up there”, he said.

A shot-gun tee off is timed for 10.30am on Sunday.

The public was welcome to go along and watch the action, convener Stan Ruddenklau said.

There were some great vantage points, which club members would be happy to point out on the day.

With the weather forecast to be a big improvement on last year’s rainy day, the club was hoping to show itself in a good light.