NZ Amateur Golf Tournaments Take a Front Seat

One Auckland teenager is well-known for her women’s national golf title. Larissa Eruera won the title at the tender age of 14, making her the youngest in history. That is, however, not the only reason she will be remembered. Due to a cancellation of the tour, on which she was set to defend her title, Larissa will also be recognised as the titleholder who held the honour for the most prolonged period. Larissa won the title in December last year in Taupo and was scheduled to defend it at Whitford Park towards this year’s end.

Golfing Through the Season

Men’s and women’s golfing championships will be held on the Kapiti Coast. The locations are scheduled at Waikanae and Paraparaumu Beach, between 22 and 29 April. Royal Wellington will host the junior, and senior, women and men’s teams a few short days later. Strokeplay tournaments for the women will be held at Waikanae while the men will do their stuff at Paraparaumu. All match play events will take place at Paraparaumu, regardless of gender. By running the games in the same area at the same time, the coverage will find a broader audience base.

Highlights in NZ Golf in the Coming Year

20 to 23 March is the scheduled North Island strokeplay event, which will be held at Whakatane. The same strokeplay event for the South Island will take place from 27 to 30 March, at Oreti Sands. The field of players is expected to reach almost 144, with as many as 30 spots being reserved for women in the sport. New Plymouth will host an under-23 women’s championship between 23 and 25 January. The national senior championships for both men and women will be hosted in Auckland. The men will show their stroke skills off at Akarana, while the women do the same at Whitford Park. The event is scheduled for 20 to 22 February.