Four day golf feast

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

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.

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