An Olympic dream in the middle of the Pacific for an employee of the Golf de Biarritz

Diandra Mawhinney will compete from this Tuesday in the Pacific Mini-Games in the Mariana Islands 12,684 kilometers from the Golf of Biarritz where she is an employee. Golf Planète tells you this beautiful story.

Representing your city, your club, is always an honor. But representing his native land, moreover when it comes to Games, it becomes a dream for all sportsmen in the world. That’s what will live Diandra Mawhiney this week. This employee of Golf of Biarritz le Phare is going to play in a rather special Games, not the traditional Summer or Winter Olympic Games, which are so publicized, but the Pacific Mini-Games.

This term may mean nothing to you; yet this event brings together 21 states and territories of the Pacific, including New Caledonia, French Polynesia (Tahiti) and Wallis-and-Futuna on the French side, but also Fiji, Tonga or even Papua New Guinea through nine disciplines.

For a thousand athletes, the event will start last Friday and end on June 25 in Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands.
The competition was originally scheduled to take place last September but had to be flagged due to the health crisis.

The golfers proudly display the colors of their island. Credit Diandra Mawhinney

A suprise

It is in the golf event that Diandra Mawhiney will represent Tahiti, the island where she was born.
“VSit’s not something that happens every dayshe confides. At first I felt stressed, but I am very happy and very proud to represent our archipelago “.

The native of Papeete did not expect this selection. ” I had competed in Moorea at the end of last year and it was someone who had seen me play there who offered me to be part of the selection. It was then the president of the Polynesian Golf Federation who called me. I was very pleasantly surprised “.

Diandra Mawhinney will represent her native island for the first time. Credit Diandra Mawhinney

A family matter

The young woman who also recently created her clothing brand adapted to golf, Ekinui, will not be the first of her family to represent her island. If his father is a professional, his maternal grandmother, Maina Dean, was several times medalist at the Pacific Mini-Games as well as at the Pacific Games (same principle, but with more nations).

Golf is a family affair, with my pro father and my maternal grandmother who regularly represented Polynesia in tournaments.she summarizes. I returned to Tahiti at the end of last year for a vacation, my grandmother took out her outfit that she had worn during one of the Games and two months later, I was asked to return to take part. So yes, it’s a huge pride. She is a role model for me “.

Do his best

With an index of 10, and no knowledge of her opponents, it is difficult for the 26-year-old amateur golfer to set herself a goal. ” I will try to give my all but it will be very hardresume Diandra Mawhiney. Beyond my personal result, it will also be important to play well because we must not forget the team score “.

This Coral Ocean Resort is located in the middle of the Pacific. Credit: Diandra Mawhinney

There are indeed two rankings in this tournament over four days played in Coral Ocean Resort located on the island of Saipan, a sumptuous complex where there is an equally magical par 72 with idyllic views of the sea. The first classification will be individual and will be calculated with the sum of the scores of the four days played in stroke play (without cut ). A second team will also be established and could allow her to win two medals with her three teammates whom she does not know before arriving on site.

The course is a little dry, quite long but it is playable we said the player after discovering this golf course.

The Tahitian team was able to recon the course before the start of the race. Credit Diandra Mawhinney

The SGB agreement

This wonderful experience was also made possible thanks to his employer, the Biarritz Golf Society (GBS). If his entire trip was taken into account by the Polynesian Olympic Committee, the director of the Biarritz Golf, Marc Tremelagreed to give him time to train and participate in this international meeting.

the Biarritz Golf, and in particular the director, were very understanding and agreed to release me for three weeks just before the summer so that I could go and play the tournament “.

©Nathan Cardet and Diandra Mawhinney

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