Anita Boon

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The ninth annual Anita

Boon Pro-Am re­turns to the North Shore Golf Club this year, with the best women in golf from New Zealand and Aus­tralia set to vie for an AU$30,000 prize purse, thanks to long stand­ing spon­sors KFC and Coca Cola Amatil NZ.

Co-sanc­tioned again by New Zealand Pro­fes­sional Women Golfers (NZPWG) and Aus­tralian Ladies Pro­fes­sional Golf (ALPG) Tour, the two-day women's pro­fes­sional tour­na­ment al­lows am­a­teurs the op­por­tu­nity to play along­side the up-and­com­ing stars of the game on one or both days.

This year's event has been moved for­ward to be held on Thurs­day, September 21 and Fri­day, September 22, 2017. The move aims to pro­vide fur­ther play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Kiwi pro­fes­sion­als as they head into tour schools and ma­jor events in the sum­mer, in­clud­ing the McKayson New Zealand Women's Open the fol­low­ing week.

The prox­im­ity to the McKayson New Zealand Women's Open is ex­pected to boost the com­pe­ti­tion. “We are ex­pect­ing a great field while still giv­ing our up-and-com­ing Kiwi golfers the op­por­tu­nity to play along­side their Aus­tralian coun­ter­parts, as well as some of the world's best golfers,” says Vicki Aitken, NZPWG Trustee.

Also, in­creas­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness is the Tran­sTas­man Tro­phy, cre­ated for the 2015 tour­na­ment in re­sponse to the in­creas­ing num­ber of Aus­tralian golfers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event. Aus­tralians have taken out the tro­phy for the last two years, but this year is an­other op­por­tu­nity for the Kiwi's to claim the tro­phy and its nam­ing rights, chris­ten­ing it a jan­dal rather than a thong.

This year is the first year the Anita Boon Pro-Am will sup­port Look Good Feel Bet­ter. The char­ity started in 1992, and has sup­ported 38,000 women through their cancer treat­ment. Ninety-seven per­cent of LGFB par­tic­i­pants felt that the pro­grammes ef­fect on their con­fi­dence and self­es­teem helped their out­look on treat­ment.

As in pre­vi­ous years the Anita Boon Pro-Am also sup­ports the KFC Golf Schol­ar­ship, which was awarded to Liv Cheng in 2017 to sup­port her devel­op­ment and pro­gres­sion on the Symetra and LGPA tours.

2016 Anita Boon Proam win­ner Jenna Hunter.

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