New Zealand Golf is delighted to announce a new partnership with Atsugi City in Japan. Atsugi City and New Zealand Golf recently signed an agreement for Atsugi to become our host city for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Atsgui has been supporting New Zealand Golfs Tokyo 2020 preparation for some time but the recent signing ceremony has made the partnership official.

Atsugi City is located approximately 30 minutes west of Tokyo and will provide support to New Zealand Golf and our Olympic golfers in the lead up to next year’s Olympic Games.

This partnership has already supported Lydia Ko to visit the Tokyo 2020 venue, Kasumigaseki Country Club, where she played last November following the LPGA’s Toto Classic in Japan.

While the focus will be on golfs preparation for next year’s Olympic Games Atsugi City and New Zealand Golf both agree a longer-term relationship will be beneficial for both organisations.

To that end, Atsugi City and New Zealand Golf already have a cultural exchange scheduled with next week’s Asia-Pacific Junior Team Championship squad heading to Atsugi City as part of their preparations.

The New Zealand Junior team of Jayden Ford, Kazuma Kobori, Fiona Xu and Vivian Lu will take on some of the best young golfers from Atsugi in a friendly match before heading to Hakone to contest the Asia-Pacific event.

New Zealand Golf’s High Performance Manager Gregg Thorpe says “Atsugi City have already helped us immensely with our Tokyo 2020 preparations, and we are very thankful for that, but to be able to immerse our young golfers in Japanese culture by coming to Atsugi is a great by-product of our Olympic relationship, to have our juniors gain this sort of experience will be invaluable for them.”

Atsugi City

Atsugi City is officially New Zealand Golf’s Host City for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, assisting New Zealand Golf and our Olympic hopefuls prepare for next year’s Games.

The Asia-Pacific Junior Team Championship

This annual event is run by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation and will be played over the 28th, 29th, and 30th of August at the Hakone Golf Club, Japan.

Team 1 – Kazuma Kobori and Viviane Lu

Team 2 – Jayden Ford and Fiona Xu




    1 Kobori, Kazuma 128.65
    2 Lee, Jang Hyun 112.36
    3 Wood, Tyler 92.45
    4 Brown, Luke 83.91
    5 Hillier, Daniel 81.78
    1 Chung, Darae 124.32
    2 Khoo, Caryn 113.33
    3 Lee, Jeong Hyun 103.20
    4 Dryland, Brittney 91.91
    5 Xu, Fiona 89.60