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Golfers herald new wind of change

20 March 2012 08:35

The Veterans Golf Course was decimated by a tornado last year

The Veterans Golf Course was decimated by a tornado last year

The start of a new season usually heralds the arrival of fresh optimism among sportsmen and women - and none more so than among golfers at a weather-beaten 18-hole public course in the United States.

For 2011 was a year to forget for players at Springfield's Veterans Golf Course in Massachusetts, who saw their greens hit by a tornado last summer.

However, great strides have been made since the course was hit by this devastating natural phenomena, which illustrated the widespread benefits of having the right sports travel insurance.

A total of 1,000 trees were lost and there are still visible signs of the tornado-damaged trees on the back nine. However, a lone tree survived the tornado - and it stands defiantly between the 14th and 16th fairways.

"The course is starting to get nice and green," said assistant golf pro Ryan McDowell. "It is going to take some time but we anticipate a great year."