Liverpool golfer too strong for women's clubs

GOLFER Kura Poko threw away the women's clubs because she broke too many. Her swing was just too powerful for them.

The promising player switched to the men's clubs and it worked. Kura, 16, won a series of junior events last year and she is one of the emerging talents in the Jack Newton Golf Foundation tournaments. "I broke a few clubs so I changed to men's clubs," she said. "I can hit the ball 250 metres off the tee with the driver. I find the men's clubs are better balanced for me and I can hit the ball better."

Kura said she watches a lot of the top men's and women's golf on TV to learn as much as she can.

Her interest in golf began when her dad, Matt, took her along to a driving range where she watched him practise.

Kura, then 9, said she was hooked on the sport from that moment. "It's the only sport I play now."

The year 11 Westfields Sports High School student trains at Liverpool Golf Club at Lansvale once a week as part of the school golf program.

Liverpool Golf Club professional Brent Dale is her coach.

Kura is one of five students in the Westfields group. She also gets individual lessons with Dale as he takes her through all aspects of the game, working on her driving, putting, chipping and iron shots.

"We're going to get serious with Kura this year," Dale said.

"She has a lot of ability and loves her golf. But this is the year for Kura to put in the real hard work."

Kura's mother, Rangi, said her daughter relishes every moment she is out working hard on the golf course.

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