FIRST WORD

Ge­off Wit­ton casts his eye over what is go­ing on this month.

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - CONTENTS - Ge­off Wit­ton / Pub­lisher

The LPGA is for the very first time com­ing to Win­dross Farm, the newly de­vel­oped course by Ard­more Air­port at the end of September.

Apart from our very own Ly­dia Ko, we have su­per stars ar­riv­ing with eight Ma­jor winners, in­clud­ing three from last month's win­ning USA Sol­heim Cup team, that have com­pleted fi­nal con­fir­ma­tion for this month's New Zealand Women's Open.

The trio of Paula Creamer, Brit­tany Lin­ci­come and young gun Danielle Kang were part of the win­ning Amer­i­can Sol­heim Cup team. The other Ma­jor winners com­prise Canada's Brooke Hen­der­son, Korea's Na Yeon Choi, Tai­wan's Yani Tseng, Scot­land's Ca­tri­ona Matthew and of course Ly­dia Ko.

These eight play­ers, have 14 Ma­jor wins and more than NZ$88 mil­lion in prize­money be­tween them, are in the fi­nal con­firmed 90 LPGA play­ers to con­test the NZ$1.85 mil­lion event from 28 September to 1 Oc­to­ber.

There is a fi­nal field of 132 play­ers com­pris­ing the 90 con­firmed play­ers from the LPGA with a fur­ther 42 play­ers to be con­firmed with 15 to come from the Aus­tralian Ladies Pro­fes­sional Golf, 10 from New Zealand Golf and 17 Spon­sor in­vites.

So, these stars are a must watch. I have heard that tick­ets are rapidly be­ing snapped up so get to their web site for lots of in­for­ma­tion. It is a good web site!

www.nz­wom­en­sopen.com

So, whilst we are on the sub­ject of golf events it was with great de­light to see the an­nounce­ment of the 2018 PGA Cham­pi­onship. It will be held, again, at Manawatu Golf Club late February the week be­fore the Men's Open in Queen­stown so the field should be very strong in­deed. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Board of Manawatu Golf Club for hav­ing the will and for­ti­tude to take this on again.

Also, in­side this is­sue is a very in­for­ma­tive and thought­ful piece about the process of golf rules and hand­i­cap re­form. Dean Mur­phy CEO of NZ Golf Inc. went to the USA a few weeks ago to at­tend one of the many world­wide meet­ings and as a re­sult gave us his thoughts and opin­ions as to progress in this very im­por­tant sub­ject.

So, en­joy this mag­a­zine.

Paula Creamer.

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