Weather dashes Kiwi hopes
A typhoon that roared through Hong Kong washed away any hopes New Zealand’s top amateurs had of challenging for the Asia-Pacific
Amateur Championship title. Kiwis Josh Munn and Tae Koh were well placed going into the final day, both of them tied eighth, six shots behind third-round leader, Jin Cheng of China. But the final day’s play at the Clearwater Country Club had barely begun before it was all over and
Cheng declared the winner. New Zealand Golf’s high performance manager Gregg Thorpe was pleased with how the Kiwi team performed. “Josh and Tae were in with a chance at the end of the third round so it was
disappointing that the last day got rained out and they were not able to
vie for the win,” he said. The championship, established by the R&A and the Masters to promote
youth golf, has been part of the amateur golf calendar since 2009.
“For our players, the tournament offers a chance to prepare and be comfortable in an environment at that level, to see how they manage and cope with tournament golf playing for some pretty big carrots, a place in the Masters and Open Championship
qualifying,” said Thorpe. “The opportunity also offers them
an insight into the world of professional golf. Most of the players who take part in the Asia-Pacific are looking to turn pro and this event
helps to prepare them for that.” Two years from now the Asia-Pacific
Championship will be held in New Zealand, the tournament to be hosted
by Royal Wellington. “It’s a pretty exciting prospect,” says Thorpe. “As host country it is likely we will have
ten players involved. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the new design of Royal Wellington and to
show off New Zealand itself.” The NZ team to the 2015 Asia-Pacific
Championship was: Josh Munn, Tae Koh, Nick Voke, Ryan Chisnall, Luke Toomey and Nicholas Coxon. amie Curry, one of the world’s most recognisable teenagers with some 10 million social media followers, is an ambassador for New Zealand Golf’s She Loves Golf campaign launched this November to encourage women to give golf a go.
Curry (pictured above, second right, with Amber Peebles, Laura McGoldrick and Toni Street) has a genuine love of the game, having grown up living just down the road from the Napier course where she had lessons and played as a youngster. She will undertake a tailored coaching package at the Institute of Golf, currently also training fellow She Loves Golf Ambassadors Toni Street (Seven Sharp) and Laura McGoldrick (Holden Golf Show).
To date, She Loves Golf has seen four nationwide popups take place in Dunedin, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Pop-ups give the public an opportunity to give golf a go via the likes of first touch programme SNAG golf and be rewarded with She Loves Golf partner product and golf offers.
New Zealand Golf marketing manager Jan Rowsell said: “We’ve already seen excellent tangible results with clubs across the country reporting wellsubscribed events and even new memberships, an outcome that while longer term is nonetheless the campaign’s ultimate goal.”