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20 THE CUT OPEN FOR BUSINESS SEPTEMBER’S 2017 MCKAYSON NZ WOMEN’S OPEN IS A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW ZEALAND TO PUT GOLF – AND GOLF TOURISM IN PARTICULAR – ON THE WORLD MAP. 20 NEW ZEALAND WOMEN’S OPEN WORDS Heather Kidd W hen Women’s Open players tee off at Windross Farm on 28 September, they’ll be competing in the first-ever LPGA Tour event to be staged in New Zealand. Just how momentous an occasion that will be is perhaps something golf fans have yet to come to terms with, but what is not in doubt is that the tournament represents another brilliant occasion for New Zealand to showcase golf and golf tourism to the world at large. The tournament is being organised by sports marketing company The Clubhouse (NZ) Ltd and managing director Michael Goldstein expects it to be the biggest spectator event in this country in a decade – bigger even than when Tiger Woods took part in the 2002 New Zealand Open at Paraparaumu Beach. The prize purse is bigger, too, than the $1 million that was on offer at the 2002 event. The Women’s Open has a prize purse of $1.9 million, the winner collecting $350,000, which is a considerable increase on the $48,000 Lydia Ko took home following her victory in last year’s event. Having an LPGA Tour event in New Zealand represents a major coup for New Zealand golf and the organisers.
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