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On Friday Green and Felton will face off against each other in the WA Golf Guns Charity Shootout Challenge at Gosnells Golf Club in Perth, Green partnering with 2019 IMG Academy Junior World Championship runner-up Maddison Hinson-Tolchard against Felton and WA Boys’ State team member Josiah Gilbert.

It’s the first of two charity events that Green and Felton have put their names to in addition to the time they are spending with juniors at their respective home clubs of Mount Lawley and Gosnells.

Friday’s nine-hole match that will be broadcast on Instagram Live from 4pm AEST will raise money for Challenge and the Wright family and on 5 July Green and Felton will be joined by Braden Becker, Hayden Hopewell, Haydn Barron and Kathryn Norris in a ‘Birdies for Breast Cancer’ initiative at The Cut Golf Club.

Felton
acknowledges that he is playing second fiddle to the reigning Women’s PGA
champion and Greg Norman Medal winner but has been inspired to do what he can
to support worthy causes and promote golf in a positive manner.

“Hannah’s
doing a lot of stuff for Mount Lawley playing with the juniors which has been
great and I thought I could do something similar,” said the 2017 NZ PGA
champion.

“I was never
really too big on it but what she has been doing made me want to get involved
as well.

“I’m
obviously not in as good a position as Hannah is in, I’m really just following
on behalf of her.

“She’s in a
position where she can really grow the game and perhaps one day take over from
what Karrie Webb has done.

“She knows
herself that she’s got some shoes to fill in that department. Once Karrie
finishes up I think she and Minjee (Lee) will be the ones to grow the game at a
junior level in particular.

“It’s been a
tough road the past three or four months sitting around and doing nothing so if
we can do our best to help out these families and raise some money – and stay
competitive – then that’s something positive.”

Both the
causes that Green and Felton are supporting in the next few weeks are close to
their heart.

In addition
to raising funds for Challenge, Friday’s match will benefit the Wright family
who lost their son Luan in tragic circumstances less than four years ago.

“I knew Luan
on a personal level. He was a junior member at the golf club for quite some years
before he passed away so I knew him quite well,” Felton revealed.

“It was
pretty crazy because it all happened so fast. He was fine one day – he was
doing his Year 12 exams – and then all of a sudden he had a brain tumour and no
one knew what was going on.

“It was only
three or four months later that he passed away so it was quite sudden.

“It just
happened way too fast and just shows you how short life is that’s for sure.”

Captain of the WA Womens State team, Kathryn Norris’s mother Lynda is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer and is the inspiration for the 5 July fundraiser where the six golfers will attempt to play 18 holes in 27-under par playing a twoball ambrose format and try to raise $20,000.

“We grew up
with Kathryn in the state team,” Felton adds.

“Hannah and
I are both a little bit older than Kathryn but she grew up playing golf around
the same time as us so we know the family quite well.

“She asked
if Hannah and I could come on board to help out and we jumped at it.”

While both
days are first and foremost in aid of charity, Felton concedes that it is an
opportunity to get the competitive juices flowing again before both he and
Green return to the European and LPGA tours in the near future.

“We play
nine holes every now and again and it’s pretty competitive sometimes,” said
Felton.

“We don’t
play as much golf together as what people would think. Coming into tournament
time we play a fair bit together but at the moment Hannah’s going to Mount
Lawley and I come to Gosnells so we go in two separate directions.

“Hopefully it’s not over too quickly on Friday and Josiah and I don’t get fleeced too much.”

The WA
Golf Guns Charity Shootout Challenge will be broadcast live on Friday at 4pm
AEST through the Gosnells Golf Club Instagram page (@gosnellsgolfclub).

If you
would like to support the ‘Birdies for Breast Cancer Challenge’ on July 5 visit
the GoFundMe page at
www.gofundme.com/f/birdies-for-breast-cancer-challenge.




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