NZ Masters Re­turns

This event has had a his­tory che­quered with hia­tus but is now firmly back in the golf­ing cal­en­dar after a 2-year ab­sence.

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Auck­land is once again go­ing to be host­ing a high­qual­ity men's Pro­fes­sional golf tour­na­ment with the an­nounce­ment of the 2018 New Zealand Masters to be held at Wainui Golf Club from 11-14 Jan­uary 2018.

The tour­na­ment is the brain­child of two die hard golf­ing fans and well-known Auck­land busi­ness­men, Ger­ard Peter­son and Rod Duke. Long­time sup­port­ers of many New Zealand golf pro­fes­sion­als, they saw an open­ing for this type of tour­na­ment in Auck­land.

The tour­na­ment will tee off the 2018 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia sea­son and will carry an AU$100,000 prize purse as well as Of­fi­cial World Golf Rank­ing points and the tra­di­tional Black Jacket.

The 2018 New Zealand Masters will be the first event of the sea­son on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia and will be pro­vid­ing an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for PGA Pro­fes­sion­als to kick start their year on one of New Zealand's most test­ing lay­outs.

Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of one of New Zealand's pre­miere events – the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open, the New Zealand Masters will see ama­teurs join­ing the Pro­fes­sion­als, al­beit un­der a new, slightly dif­fer­ent and ex­cit­ing for­mat.

After the tra­di­tional sec­ond round cut, 50 ama­teurs will join the re­main­ing 50 pro­fes­sion­als. The Pro­fes­sion­als will con­tinue to com­pete for the New Zealand Masters ti­tle, as well as en­gage in a sep­a­rate team com­pe­ti­tion with their am­a­teur part­ner.

This will pro­vide a unique op­por­tu­nity for ama­teurs to com­pete along­side pro­fes­sion­als as well as see the cul­mi­na­tion of a sig­nif­i­cant tour­na­ment right from in­side the ropes.

Si­mon But­terly, Gen­eral Man­ager – Tour­na­ments for

“The New Zealand Masters has found an ex­cel­lent home at Wainui Golf Club and I am sure it will be well sup­ported by our play­ers. I en­cour­age all golf fans in Auck­land and New Zealand to not just come and watch the New Zealand Masters but get in­volved and play along­side one of our Pro­fes­sion­als.”

the PGA of Aus­tralia, which over­sees the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia, be­lieves the tour­na­ment will be well sup­ported by the tour pro­fes­sion­als.

“The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia is very pleased to see the ad­di­tion of another tour­na­ment in New Zealand on the 2018 sched­ule,” said But­terly.

“The New Zealand Masters has found an ex­cel­lent home at Wainui Golf Club and I am sure it will be well sup­ported by our play­ers.

“I en­cour­age all golf fans in Auck­land and New Zealand to not just come and watch the New Zealand Masters but get in­volved and play along­side one of our Pro­fes­sion­als.”

With tal­ent such as Ryan Fox and Michael Hendry ex­press­ing se­ri­ous in­ter­est in the tour­na­ment, those lucky enough to se­cure a spot in the field could be play­ing along­side world class, proven per­form­ers. With both Fox and Hendry cur­rently rank­ing within the top 140 play­ers in the world and both com­pet­ing in Ma­jor Cham­pi­onships dur­ing their 2017 cam­paigns, their pres­ence will be a great draw­card if their sched­ules per­mit.

Rod Duke, of Briscoes fame, com­mented “We were keen to show­case what a phe­nom­e­nal course Wainui is and at the same time get an Aus­tralasian pro­fes­sional men's golf tour­na­ment back into Auck­land”

“It is im­por­tant for the growth of the game that our pro­fes­sion­als have the chance to com­pete in as many big tour­na­ments right here at home - we are ex­cited to see if a Kiwi can take home the jacket in the first year”

Lo­cated on the North Shore and a brief 25-minute drive from the Auck­land CBD, Wainui has been open just over 12 months, but al­ready has gained a rep­u­ta­tion as a cham­pi­onship course with world class fa­cil­i­ties. Gen­eral Man­ager Terry Ya­cyshen can­not wait for the Pro­fes­sion­als and am­a­teur play­ing part­ners to see the fan­tas­tic and chal­leng­ing lay­out at Wainui.

“The Wainui course is now fully bed­ded down and will be in ab­so­lute pris­tine condition come Jan­uary. It is go­ing to be a stern test of golf from our back tees which I know the pros are go­ing to en­joy and we are equally ex­cited about grow­ing the game in our re­gion and hon­oured to be as­so­ci­ated with the PGA of NZ and work­ing closely with Ger­ard, Rod and a team of vol­un­teers to show­case the pride of Wainui.”

Nick Gille­spie PGA of NZ

“The Wainui course is now fully bed­ded down and will be in ab­so­lute pris­tine condition come Jan­uary. It is go­ing to be a stern test of golf from our back tees which I know the pros are go­ing to en­joy and we are equally ex­cited about grow­ing the game in our re­gion and hon­oured to be as­so­ci­ated with the PGA of NZ

mem­ber and Tour­na­ment Di­rec­tor fin­ished by say­ing "We are ex­cited to work with the ISPS Handa Aus­tralasian Tour to not only pro­vide a great chance for NZ pro­fes­sion­als to start the year at home in a tour event but to also give the am­a­teur con­tes­tants the chance to po­ten­tially play with the leader com­ing down the stretch on a Sun­day after­noon. It is some­thing we see as be­ing a pretty spe­cial op­por­tu­nity".

So this is def­i­nitely one to put into your sum­mer cal­en­dar dur­ing the break.

Daniel Pearce.

Ryan Fox.

Josh Geary.

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