The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is a cornerstone event on the PGA Tour of Australasia and the trophy has returned home to New Zealand for the first time in 14 long years after Michael Hendry won is an exciting playoff at the surrounded island green at Millbrook Resort.
2018 has a slight date change with the tournament to be played a week earlier from 1-4 of March. The tournament will be hosted at two of the country’s finest golf courses, The Hills and Millbrook Resort. The event incorporates a unique Pro-Am format that brings together a prestigious blend of Professional and Amateur golfers.
The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open will include a minimum field of 140 amateurs and 140 professionals playing alongside one another. The professional golfers will compete for the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open title whilst simultaneously a pairing of one professional and one amateur will play a best-ball format for the New Zealand Pro-Am Championship.
The field will be split across The Hills and Millbrook Resort for the first round of competition with all players alternating to the other course for the second round.
After the second round the top 60 + ties professionals will continue to the final two rounds of the tournament to be played at Millbrook Resort. Each year the batten will be passed between Millbrook and the Hills for who plays host in the weekend.
For the Pro-Am teams, the top 40 pairings will progress to compete in round three at Millbrook Resort, before a third round cut will see the top 10 Pro-Am teams progress to the final round at Millbrook Resort.For more information or to get your tickets CLICK HERE
The McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open
Late in 2016 New Zealand received arguably the biggest news in the golf’s national history when it was announced that the LPGA Tour will be coming to Auckland for the McKayson New Zealand Women's Open.
This will take place September 28 to October 1, 2017 at the brand new Windross Farm Golf Course in Ardmore, Auckland.
The tournament will boast a purse of US$1.3m and will mark the first LPGA or PGA Tour event to take place in New Zealand.
The announcement will present an historic first opportunity for Rolex Rankings No.1 Lydia Ko to compete in an LPGA event in her home city of Auckland. It is no secret that Ko was a huge part of making this happen and the 19-year-old has once again given back to golf in this country, this time by bringing the world's best golfers to our back yard.
The LPGA is the world's leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Florida, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women's golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.
MCKAYSON is a newly created sports brand in apparel and accessories, owned by MCS Holdings Inc based in Seoul, Korea. The spirit of MCKAYSON comes from the home of golf in Scotland where its brand identity, concepts and mood derive. The company's adage "We are MCKAYSON" encompasses all the sports the clothing represents from golf, yoga, running, general fitness and active lifestyle. MCKAYSON has established itself first in the golf apparel market in Korea and Asia but will expand to global markets, with its golfwear a mix of artistic sense with functional and performance materials.
ABOUT WINDROSS FARM GOLF COURSE
Set amongst picturesque panoramas south of Auckland is New Zealand's brand new golf course, Windross Farm. It is a welcome addition to the North Island golf course offering and a facility that promises a special golfing experience. The new course traverses 60 hectares of pristine farmland with 360 degree views of spectacular tree-lined hills and lush green countryside. Windross Farm has been developed as a unique inland links-style course that offers a mixture of flat and undulating ground, man-made lakes and strategically placed dramatic bunkers to offer the best of golf and the natural environment.
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