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A BRIEF TIMELINE OF NEW ZEALAND GOLF HISTORY
 
1871   Attempts to establish a golf club in Otago
 
1890   Golf begins to flourish in the South Island and consequently spreads north
 
1893   Inaugural New Zealand Amateur Championship 
            Inaugural New Zealand Ladies Amateur Championship is played as part of the men’s Championship             tournament
 
1899   A national organisation called the Golf Council is established
 
1903   Clubs affiliated to the national organisation number 15
 
1905   Twelve ladies clubs become affiliated to the British LGU
 
1907   Inaugural New Zealand Open Championship
 
1908   Women’s club based Home Links introduced with the Coronation Medal competition    
 
1910   New Zealand Golf Association is formally established 
            New Zealand Ladies’ Golf Union is formed as a separate branch of the British LGU
 
1924   Affiliated clubs number 100 with regular players of 6,000 men and 4,000 women
 
1932   First radio coverage of the New Zealand Open Championship
 
1933   Inaugural women’s Tasman Cup – New Zealand v Australia, New Zealand wins
 
1935   Funds are allocated by the New Zealand Golf Association to turf research 
 
1939   Affiliated clubs number 328 with 29,000 registered men and women golfers
 
1946   Traditional fixtures are resumed after WW2 (Victory Tournament – first important local sponsored tournament)
 
1949   Inaugural women’s Interprovincial Tournament (Russell Grace Cup)
            Formation of the New Zealand Institute for Turf Culture
 
1951   First men’s Interprovincial Team Tournament played
 
1952   Men’s Interprovincial Tournament (Freyberg Rosebowl) comes under New Zealand Golf Association control
 
1954   Inaugural men’s Commonwealth Tournament (St Andrews, Scotland)
 
1955   Rules approved for formation of ladies’ district associations, Waikato Ladies’ District Golf Association the first             Association formed in 1955 with others following in subsequent years
 
1958   Inaugural men’s World Amateur Teams Championship, (Eisenhower Trophy, St Andrews, Scotland) New             Zealand finishes in fourth place
 
1959   Inaugural women’s Commonwealth Tournament (St Andrews, Scotland)
 
1963   R J (Bob) Charles wins the British Open Championship (Royal Lytham & St Annes) 
            Inaugural men’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Teams Championship (Nomura Trophy)
 
1964   Inaugural women’s Espirito Santo Trophy, (Paris, France) New Zealand finishes tied in sixth place
            Men’s District Associations formed number 16
 
1970   Registered members of golf clubs number 59,000 men and 35,000 women
 
1975   First women’s professional tournament in New Zealand (Benson and Hedges Ladies’ Classic at The Grange             Golf Club)
 
1979   New Zealand competes in the men’s Asia-Pacific Teams Championship for the first time finishing in fourth             place
 
1984   New Zealand competes in the women’s Queen Sirikit Cup for the first time and wins the tournament
 
1986   Inaugural men’s Freyberg Masters Interprovincial Teams Championship
 
1987   Inaugural men’s Pacific Amateur Teams Championship 
 
1990   New Zealand hosts the Eisenhower Trophy (Christchurch Golf Club) and the Espirito Santo Trophy (Russley             Golf Club) and achieves second place in both events
 
1991   Registered men and women members of golf clubs number 98,189
 
1992   New Zealand wins the Eisenhower Trophy, (Capilano Golf Club, Canada) Philip Tataurangi shooting the             lowest individual total
 
1993   New Zealand Golf wins four Halberg Sports Awards – Philip Tataurangi, (Sportsman) Grant Clements             (Official) and Eisenhower Trophy Team (Team and Halberg Award)
            New Zealand professionals win on four tours on the same Sunday – Grant Waite, (US PGA Tour) Greg Turner,             (European Tour) R J (Bob) Charles (Seniors Tour) and Grant Moorhead (Australian Tour)
 
1995   Registered men and women members of golf clubs number 113,587
            Marnie McGuire wins Halberg New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year Award
 
1996   New Zealand Ladies Golf Union (NZLGU) becomes Womens Golf New Zealand (WGNZ)
 
1997   WGNZ introduces (Honda) 9-Hole Golf
 
1998   Registered men and women members of golf clubs number 124,977
            World Cup of Golf held at Gulf Harbour Country Club
 
1999   R J (Bob) Charles receives a knighthood
 
2000   New Zealand Golf and Womens Golf New Zealand adopt the USGA Slope Course Rating and Handicap             System
 
2001   Registered men and women members of golf clubs number 132,063
 
2002   Tiger Woods competes in the New Zealand Open finishing in sixth place, Craig Parry won the event
            New Zealand professional golfers win on every major tour - Craig Perks and Phil Tataurangi (Players             Championship at TPC Sawgrass and Invensys Classic, Las Vegas respectively, US PGA Tour) Michael             Campbell (European Open, European Tour) and David Smail (Japan Open, Japan Tour)
            April world rankings include eight New Zealand professional golfers in top 200 
            Craig Perks wins Halberg New Zealand Sportsman of the Year Award 
 
2005   Michael Campbell becomes the second New Zealander to win a major championship, holding off Tiger             Woods to win the US Open at Pinehurst
            The New Zealand Open co-sanctions with the European Tour
            On 1 November, after nearly 100 years as two separate entities, the New Zealand Golf Association and             Womens Golf New Zealand amalgamate to form New Zealand Golf Incorporated
 
2006   Nine-hole golf introduced for men 
 
2008   New Zealand Golf launches the Charles Tour, following the initiative of Greg Turner in setting up elite golf             events for aspiring professionals and elite amateurs
            Danny Lee becomes youngest ever player to win the US Amateur Championship, attains the position of world             number one ranked amateur and receives the Mark H McCormack Medal
 
2009   Inaugural New Zealand Women’s Open held at Clearwater, won by Gwladys Nocera (France)
            Danny Lee becomes the youngest ever player to win on the European Tour (Johnnie Walker Classic, Perth,             Australia)
            New Zealand Golf introduces the HSBC 9 Hole Challenge
 
2010   New Zealand Golf celebrates a century of golf administration
            New Zealand Golf Hall of Fame is launched - Sir Bob Charles and Michael Campbell becoming the inaugural             inductees
            New Zealand Golf launches Junior Tiger
 
2011   Women’s amateur world rankings launched with Lydia Ko comfortably attaining the number one ranking and             receiving the Mark H McCormack Medal
            Lydia Ko becomes the first New Zealander to win both the New Zealand and Australian Stroke Play             Championships in the same year
 
2012   New Zealand golf courses feature in the top 100 world list – Cape Kidnappers (33) and Kauri Cliffs (80) -             Kinloch, Jacks Point, Wairakei and Paraparaumu Beach highly rated
            Lydia Ko wins the Australian Amateur and the NSW Women’s Open and, aged 14, becomes the youngest             player ever to win a professional golf event
            Oliver Hollis and Stuart Jones inducted to the New Zealand Golf Hall of Fame
            Lydia Ko, aged 15, becomes the first New Zealander ever to win the US Women’s Amateur Championship, a             LPGA Tour event, (Canadian Open) youngest ever winner of a LPGA event and receives the Mark H             McCormack Medal for the second consecutive year.
 
2013   Lydia Ko (amateur) is the first New Zealander to win the New Zealand Women's Open and, aged 15,
            becomes the youngest player ever to win a Ladies European Tour event; presented with the 2012 Halberg
            Sports Emerging Player Award; receives the Mark H McCormack Medal for the third consecutive year;
            defends Canadian Open title; youngest player to win twice on the LPGA Tour and climbs to the highest
            world ranking ever held by a New Zealand golfer - to number 7 on the Official World Rankings.
 
2014   Lydia Ko wins both Sportswoman and Supreme Halberg Awards
            
 


 

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