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NZ OPENS

NZ OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 
 
 
 

The New Zealand Open is a Tier 1 tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

In 2015 it will be hosted in Queenstown at two of New Zealand’s most spectacular courses, The Hills and Millbrook Resort from March 12 - 15

The tournament runs two concurrent competitions resulting in a blended field of professionals and amateurs players. Alongside the traditional 72-stroke Championship, a Pro-Am competition is played in a best ball format with each professional paired with an amateur.

A highly competitive professional field will contest for the silverware. New Zealand No. 1 Michael Hendry is joined by a number of compatriots vying for the title including David Smail and Mark Brown. Colourful Rocco Mediate, an American player from the US Champions Tour, comes to Queenstown on-form after winning his two Champions Tour events in 2013. Defending champion Jake Higginbottom joins fellow Australia Matt Griffin who led the OneAsia Tour money list in 2013, was third in 2012 and has been a two time winner on that Tour. Eleven professionals competing at the New Zealand Open this year come from the Japan Golf Tour, including World No. 240 Toshinori Muto who recorded three top-five finishes in Japan in 2013 and finished 32nd on the money-list in 2013. He will be joined by Yuki Kono (33rd on the money list and Winner of Challenge Tour in 2012), Sushi Ishigaki (49) and Hiroshi Iwata (59) as the leading players coming to NZ from the 2013 Japan Tour money list.

This year’s amateur field includes a host of local and international celebrities including Masterchef host Josh Emett, Amazing Race presenter Phil Keoghan and US dancer Cris Judd. Former sporting legends will also compete including trans-Tasman cricketing rivals Ricky Ponting, Allan Border and Stephen Fleming, All Black greats Jeff Wilson and Justin Marshall, and dual international Australian rugby union and league player Wendell Sailor.

Following two rounds of play at both courses, the top 60 + ties will make the New Zealand Open cut. The top 30 + ties Pro-Am teams will make the Pro-Am cut. The third and fourth rounds are played at The Hills. Following the third round, an additional Pro-Am cut will be made with the leading 10 pro-am teams progressing to the final round.

The 19th Hole provides an outdoor setting for the enjoyment of good food, wine and music. A highlight of the event promises to be the Open Sounds concert with Anika Moa. This occurs on the Saturday of the tournament at the 19th Hole with local artist Holly Arrowsmith and the Sweet Mix Kids also performing onstage during the day.

 

www.nzopen.co.nz 

 

   
 



 

 
 2014 EVENT:

The ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open hosted by Christchurch was once again a fantastic event in the Garden City.
 
The tournament, which is the largest women's sporting event in New Zealand, attracted a world-class field headlined by World No.4 Lydia Ko.
 
The defending champion was laid low by a stomach bug and showed incredible character and fight to stay in contention.
 
In the end, after a brilliant clutch biride on the 17th, Ko missed out on a playoff with South Korean professional Mi Hyang Lee by only one stroke.  
 
Lee, who is playing in her second year on the LPGA Tour, was superb in the final round as she carded a nine-under par 63 to break the course record and win her first title.
 
Many South Koreans have threatened to claim the title but Lee was the first breakthrough winner and she did it in style.  
 
The 2014 ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open hosted by Christchurch added another great chapter to the short but successful history of the tournament.
 
We look forward to returning to the Clearwater Golf Club in 2015 as the National Women's Open goes from strength to strength in Christchurch.  
 
Visit the official ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open website: www.nzwomensopen.co.nz

HISTORY:

2009 was an exciting year for womens golf in this country when the first New Zealand Womens Open was played at Clearwater Golf Club.

The inaugural winner was ladies European Tour star Gwladys Nocera.  In the following year, one of the all-time greats Laura Davies added our national championship to her long list of success.

The four events to date have attracted quality fields out of Australia and Europe and provided a platform for the likes of the world’s leading amateur Lydia Ko to measure her game and continue her growth as a world class player.





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