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.
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.