Four day golf feast
The NZPGA Championship in Queenstown: Putting the spotlight on the golfing mecca of Central Otago. Golf at its highest calibre will be showcased when the 2013 event tees off at Sir Michael Hill’s private course, ‘The Hills’, on Thursday February 28. This four day feast of golf, brings golfing legends to play alongside rising amateurs and offering golf enthusiasts a rare chance to see some of the world’s top sporting stars in action. The tournament has a unique format and incorporates two separate competitions - an individual professional tournament with a NZ$450,000 prize fund, and a team competition which features 68 invited amateur golfers including Mahe Drysdale, Justin Marshall and Lydia Ko playing alongside the professionals: defending champion Michael Hendry, Hale Irwin and Brendan Jones to name but a few. View the championship board which dates back to 1920 and it is heavy with names who are now legend in golf, some of them Kiwis. Kel Nagel, Frank Nobilo, Bob Charles Greg Turner. There is even a connection to NZPGA Pro-Am Director Michael Glading whose father Bob features, having won the tournament back in 1949. Turn the clock on many years, and the tournament has already moved up several levels and now is a veritable showcase of talent and entertainment.