Dates have been announced for the 2010 New Zealand Open. It will be held 28 - 31 January 2010 at jeweller Michael Hill's private golf course, The Hills in Central Otago near Queenstown.
The event is co-sanctioned with the Australasian Tour and the Nationwide Tour and carries a US$600,000 purse.
The Hills, opened in 2007, is set over 101 hectares (250 acres) of former deer farm on the outskirts of Arrowtown and is a great setting for this premium New Zealand tournament.
Native and exotic trees are a feature of the course and wetland areas have been expanded and planted with varieties of NZ flax, toetoe, cabbage trees and wetland grasses and reeds. More than 50,000 red and silver tussock grasses create a spectacular visual statement on the course.b_top.gif
Thirty-Something golfer Scott Johnson will make
his international debut in the senior men’s New
Zealand team to contest the Four Nations Cup in
Canada in August.
The North Harbour policeman is joined by
Auckland’s Ben Wallace as the newcomers in the
team to compete against Australia, Canada and
Japan in Quebec from 5-7 August.
They will join Wellington twins Peter and Thomas
Spearman-Burn, Auckland’s Ryan Fox and Hawkes
Bay’s Daniel Pearce in the team for the biennial
contest to be played at Le Club Laval-sur-le-lac.
Johnson, 32, goes against the trend of teenage
golfi ng talent, making his breakthrough after
strong domestic form over the last two years.
The team is:
Ryan Fox (Auckland), Scott Johnson (North
Harbour), Daniel Pearce (Hawkes Bay), Peter
Spearman-Burn (Wellington), Thomas Spearman-
Burn (Wellington), Ben Wallace (Auckland).
Coach: Gregg Thorpe, Manager: Dave Howie.