THE 2019 NZPGA CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE STAGED AT THE PEGASUS GOLF & SPORTS CLUB, JUST NORTH OF CHRISTCHURCH MARCH 7TH-10TH 2019, THE WEEK FOLLOWING THE NEW ZEALAND OPEN IN QUEENSTOWN.
Being held the week after the NZ Open at Pegasus Golf & Country Club.
Both events have co-sanctioning with the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia so a field of top quality professionals is assured at Pegasus at a time when international tournament golf will have a high profile in New Zealand.
The Pegasus Golf & Sports Club is situated 20 minutes north of Christchurch in the fast - growing North Canterbury area. Occupying an area of 80 hectares and forming a landmark entranceway to the town of Pegasus, it’s just a quick 3 minute drive to the beach and within walking distance of the town centre.
Pegasus Town is planned around a beautiful 14 hectare lake and sits alongside the Tūtaepatu Lagoon a spring-fed 49 ha lagoon and constructed wetlands within the 575 ha Tūhaitara Coastal Park (between the Waimakariri River mouth and Waikuku). It feeds a coastal freshwater system that runs the entire length of the park and is home to a diverse range of species including fish such as mudfish, inaka (whitebait), eel and birds such as bittern, banded dotterels, black-fronted dotterel and wrybill.
Along with its proximity to the beach at Pegasus Bay, living in Pegasus means an active lifestyle of golf, swimming, biking, walking and beach life that has attracted many people north from Christchurch. Its residents are a mix of retirees, business owners, professionals and younger families so a typical New Zealand town in a rich rural area.
The Par 72 Pegasus golf course presents bunkers, lakes and areas of natural wetland at varying distances from the tees. Alternate lines of play and greens of varying size and undulation demand the use of a carefully considered game strategy as well as a reliance on accuracy of shots. Cleverly designed by Kristine Kerr, it is a true 'risk and reward' golf course. No stranger to ‘big time tournament golf’, the Pegasus Golf & Sports Club has hosted the NZ Women’s Opens in 2010. 2011 and 2012 that at that time the tournaments were co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour. making each the richest women's sporting events in New Zealand.
The golf club has an allweather driving range and grass practice facilities under cover, 2 practise greens and a bunker and short game practice area to accommodate the many users that the club attracts from its members and the many visitors from around the North Canterbury area and from those many golfers that make the short drive up from Christchurch.
The Pegasus Golf & Sports Club has enjoyed an extraordinary growth in membership, from just over 292 members in 2014 to now have 505 members and the strength of the membership is even more impressive by the fact that the average age of its membership is just over 40 years old as opposed to the national average of 60 years plus. There are 87 'junior members' as well to build on the numbers and ensure that the club stays strong and successful into the future.
The Pegasus 'inter club' teams have sufficient strength to challenge in all the top metropolitan grades that are available in the greater Christchurch area competitions. The top men's team made the semi-finals of the Woodward Cup in their first year in the competition and the top women’s Pegasus team also made the top 4 in the Pollack Cup.
The Pegasus Golf & Sports Club is owned by Sports and Education Corporation Ltd (SEC). SEC is a management company that owns various brands in international sports and education sectors. The company is dedicated to promote New Zealand distinctive sports and international education capabilities to Asia, especially to China, through designing high quality training courses to attract international students to New Zealand. The SEC objectives from the event are about raising their profile in New Zealand and Asia, especially in China and profiling the Pegasus Golf & Sports Club with an eye on developing educational and golf activity at Pegasus
SEC have a hotel and a golf education facility planned for Pegasus.
The NZPGA Championship has a long and celebrated position in New Zealand history. The first official 'PGA' was won by Ted Douglas in 1913 and he defended the title again in 1914, pocketing the winners cheque of 10 pounds! Fast forward to string of NZPGA Championships from 2004 to 2010 when as a co-sanctioned event to the USPGA Nationwide Tour the players competed for a share of over $1,000,000!
Many famous international names that have won the show piece of professional golf in New Zealand have included, Peter Thomson, Bruce Crampton, Frank Phillips, Kel Nagle, Bob Tuohy, Jumbo Ozaki, Nicolas Thompson and home grown New Zealand golf heroes winning the 'PGA' have included Sir Bob Charles, Ross Newdick, Bob Glading, John Lister, Simon Owen, Greg Turner, Frank Nobilo Steve Alker, Michael Hendry and the latest champion Ben Campbell.
It's a good sign that an event that has such a rich credentialed golf history, steeped in reverence for those that have preceded is now to be hosted by one of the newest, fastest growing and progressive golf clubs in New Zealand.