Golf magician coming to Tauranga

Golf magician Henry Epstein will be opening the Carrus Tauranga Open with a unique magic show. File photo.

The Carrus Tauranga Open will kick-off with a kind of golfing magic show on Wednesday, when Henry Epstein comes to the Lakes Oval.

The golf pro is known for his skills with a golf ball, including juggling one between the faces of two sand irons for a record-breaking 33 minutes and 33 seconds.

He also holds the world record for longest time an individual can keep a golf ball spinning on the face of a putter, at two minutes and 22 seconds.

It will be a great spectacle for the kids, although adults and fellow golfers are welcome to attend as well.

The free show will be held at 2pm, and precedes the Carrus Tauranga Open, which is also the final event of the Jennian Homes Charles Tour.

Sir Bob Charles – whom President Donald Trump regards as New Zealand's best golfer – will also be at the open, to play the first shot of the tournament.

Tournament director Chris McAlpine says the event has been very popular this year, and they've had to turn 20 people away.

“There's 120 golfers in the field, mostly without handicaps. Golfers with a two handicap or higher did not make the field. We've also got four past winners of the open coming back as well.”

The Carrus Tauranga Open is now in its tenth year, and takes place at the Tauranga golf course from April 19-23. Entry is free for spectators, who can follow Sir Bob around for the Pro Am on Wednesday and see the golfing legend in action.



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