Tak­ing place at the Manawatu Golf Club

After the very suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion from Re­muera in 2016 to Palmer­ston North in February this year the Manawatu Golf Club will again host the 2018 NZPGA Cham­pi­onship.

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T he event will be played

from February 22nd – 25th at the lovely and beau­ti­fully pre­sented Hokowhitu course in Palmer­ston North. The tour­na­ment will be a PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia event and will carry prize money of $125,000.

The event will again pre­cede the 2018 Men's Open in Queen­stown.

We chat­ted to PGA Gen­eral Man­ager Do­minic Sains­bury who said “The 2017 LawnMaster Hori­zon Golf NZPGA Cham­pi­onship was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess, the play­ers loved the hos­pi­tal­ity shown by the Palmer­ston North com­mu­nity and the Hokowhitu course that was pre­sented in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion, the tour­na­ment ex­ceeded all our ex­pec­ta­tions and we have been do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to get the event back to the re­gion for an­other year. With longer lead in time to the 2018 Cham­pi­onship, we are very ex­cited we can make next year's event even big­ger.“

Do­minic Sains­bury pointed out that the PGA Cham­pi­onship would again take place the week be­fore the ISPS Handa NZ Open in Queen­stown and would con­se­quently at­tract a strong field of pro­fes­sional golfers from Aus­tralia, New Zealand and likely Asia, Europe and the USA. We con­cur. Michael Wil­liams who was the Manawatu Golf Club Gen­eral Man­ager dur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions, plan­ning and run up to the 2017 event trans­ferred to the Mount Maun­ganui Golf Club the week after the tour­na­ment. Michael handed over the role to War­ren Col­lett from Auck­land's North Shore Club who en­dorsed these com­ments. “We are de­lighted to host this pres­ti­gious event again and build on the suc­cess from 2017. This will be a first for me to be in­volved in such an his­tor­i­cal tour­na­ment, and be­ing able to stamp my mark on the event. The sup­port from the mem­ber­ship in 2017 was huge and the ex­pec­ta­tion is they will all come on board again in the many vol­un­tary roles as­so­ci­ated with run­ning an event like this.

The club was very grate­ful with the on­go­ing sup­port of the Hori­zon Golf Trust and Lawnmaster who have in­di­cated they will be on board again and they are backed up by the many sup­port­ing lo­cal spon­sors. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing a top class field to Hokowhitu next February.” Work will now com­mence work­ing along­side the strong band of spon­sors.

Manawatu Golf club in Palmer­ston North, New Zealand.

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