Manawatu Golf Club's Josh Munn has recieved a distinct honour on being awarded the Michael Campbell Foundation Scholarship.
Read NZ Golf's press release about Josh's latest achivement below.
NZ Golf names three Michael Campbell Foundation Scholarship winners
New Zealand Golf is pleased to name Emily Perry, Sarah Bradley and Joshua Munn as the three winners of the Michael Campbell Foundation Scholarship in 2012.
They will travel to meet with the New Zealand Golf Hall of Fame member in Europe and work alongside him over two days to discover what is required to become successful professionals on the world stage.
The trio has all impressed in the past year and a half and New Zealand Golf and the Michael Campbell Foundation believe this trio of players will benefit from the experience of working alongside the 2005 US Open Champion.
Perry, the 21-year-old from the Lochiel Golf Club, recently won the New Zealand Stroke Play, defeating Lydia Ko in a playoff, and the North Island Stroke Play at her home club.
Bradley, the 22-year-old from Cambridge, made the semi-finals of New Zealand Amateur and is returning to elite level amateur golf in NZ after playing on a golf scholarship at Oklahoma State University.
Munn, the 21-year-old from Manawatu, made headlines in 2011 when he became only the fourth amateur to win on the Charles Tour when he claimed the ask>metro Muriwai Open by one shot from Hamish Roberston.
Ken Douglas, the Chairman of the Michael Campbell Foundation, believed these three golfers will benefit hugely from the experience.
“Quite a significant issue for our top amateur golfers is the void between that and their aspirations for the professional game,” said Douglas.
“The scholarships are intended to give them a first-hand experience to work with Michael for a short time to have the experience of his career available to them.”
Douglas said the applications in 2012 were of a very high standard and these three golfers had the qualities they were looking for.
“All of the applicants impressed with the level of their preparation, work programme and determination. It’s a great reflection on where New Zealand Golf and their development work are at. It was quite difficult to separate three from the six who were shortlisted.”
The MCF Scholarship has proved to be a winner. Previous recipients of the award like Vaughan McCall (2011) and Ben Campbell (2010) have taken their game to a new level with tips from a major champion.
“It’s great to see the progress continuing to be made generally. Ben Campbell and Vaughan McCall, whose unique successes this year with his double are a significant stimulation for all amateurs. Our Foundation hopes this success will create an Alumnus, whether individually or collectively, which will in turn, be able to contribute to the next generation of talent.”
The MCF has built a proud legacy since it was first established in 2006. When Cambo won the US Open in 2005 he talked about giving back and providing the inspiration he enjoyed as an amateur growing up playing golf in New Zealand.
“The Foundation seeks to express, in a practical way, Tumanako. In Maoridom this principle of receiving with one hand and giving with the other has been a huge part of Michael’s life and values. Having received from so many in his own career, it’s natural that the giving back and seeing others forging ahead to achieve their own dreams is becoming another aspect of growing their individual talent and recognition for our sport and country.”