The winner of this week’s ninth annual Anita Boon Pro-Am will receive an unexpected bonus with a wild card entry to the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open.

The Anita Boon Pro-Am, to be staged at North Shore Golf Club on Thursday and Friday, was established in 2009 as the first all-women’s Pro-Am in this country in memory of former New Zealand representative Anita Boon who passed away from ovarian cancer.

The tournament, promoted by the New Zealand Professional Women Golfers, includes a range of female professionals, former Tour players, club professionals and teachers as well as amateurs, and also raises funds for charity.

There are 15 professionals competing in the ALPG-sanctioned Pro-Am who will also play in the first LPGA event in this country at Windross Farm next week.

If the Anita-Boon Pro-Am winner is not one of those 15 players, then they will have an automatic wild card spot confirmed for the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open starting on Thursday 28 September and carrying a prize purse of NZ$1.85 million.

“It is great news to hear that the winner if not already exempt will get a spot in the star-studded McKayson NZ Women's Open,” said NZPWG trustee and former European Tour player, Liz McKinnon.

“The Anita Boon Pro-Am was set up to provide further playing opportunities for developing kiwi women professionals, to provide pathways to major tours and events and to raise money for chosen charities. So a spot in an LPGA event the following week is just awesome and proves why the Anita Boon Pro-Am is an important event in the ALPG schedule.”

New Zealand professional Jenna Hunter, who is already in the field for the New Zealand Open, will defend her Anita Boon title this week in the event again sponsored by KFC and Coca-Cola.

“I am really looking forward to defending the Anita Boon Pro-Am title. It is great preparation for the McKayson NZ Women’s Open and is always such a fun event to play in while raising money for charity,” said Jenna Hunter.

Also in the field is Lynnette Brooky, a former multiple winner on the Ladies European Tour, who will be competing for the first time and specifically as preparation for the New Zealand Open the following week.

Hospitality packages for the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women's Open are available. A limited number of four-day season passes are available at $99 plus booking fee. Single day passes are available at $39 for Thursday and Friday and $49 per day for Saturday and Sunday – both plus booking fee. All children 16 years and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.




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