Three-time winner of the World Long Drive Championships, Phillis Meti, receives the 2019 KFC Golf Scholarship.
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Auckland golf professional Phillis Meti will be aided in defending her title at the 2019 World Long Drive Championships after becoming the recipient of the 2019 KFC Golf Scholarship.
The scholarship has awarded a total of $14,000 in funds for 2019 – the largest amount given away to date.
Helping to further the golfing careers of young New Zealand women, the scholarship aims to create opportunities to allow golfers to attend qualifying school, play on tour or develop their coaching career.
Speaking about receiving the 2019 KFC Golf Scholarship, the three-time winner of the World Long Drive Championships, Phillis Meti, highlights that the scholarship will allow her to compete in 2019 Long Drive Tour events.
“It is an honour to be the recipient of the 2019 KFC Golf Scholarship. It will allow me to build a strong network around me, providing opportunities to continually develop into a more sustainable athlete.”
“The NZPWG has done a tremendous job with encouraging professional women golfers to make the next step in their individual golfing endeavours. I’d like to thank the NZPWG Board and KFC for their continued support of women’s golf along with my own support team. My efforts reflect those who have helped me along the way, big or small, I am truly grateful,” she says.
Phillis, who credits her success to those who have helped her along the way, turned professional in 2009. She broke the women's world record for the longest drive with a record-setting 406 yards (371m), in Denver in 2017.
Her ambition and drive were recognised by NZPWG, whose trustees continue to recognise Kiwi golfers performing on the world stage.
Phillis will be looking to add to her World Long Drive victories this year and this scholarship will support her development both on and off the range this year,” commented NZPWG Board Member, Kristin Farrell.
Joining Phillis as a recipient of the KFC Golf Scholarship is 26-year-old Aucklander, Munchin Keh, who has received the 2019 NZPWG Fellowship. The $5,000 fellowship will assist Munchin to attend LPGA Qualifying School later this year
Munchin has completed her second season on the Chinese Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour (CLPGA) with three top 10 finishes in 2018, finishing 10th on their order of merit. Munchin recently placed joint-second at the New South Wales Women’s Open in March, which was her best finish on the ALPG Tour. Her ALPG season ended on a high, placing her 9th on their order of merit.
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