There’s a lot happening!
We are getting utterly bored by some of the ill-informed rantings of some golf writers, it is hard to call some of them journalists, over Lydia Ko, her state of mind and her caddies. So, we were delighted to receive Dean Murphy’s Final Word this month. It sets the real situation in stone, sorry that’s concrete!
We went to a Media presentation at Windross Farm last month regarding the upcoming LPGA event in September. It is very encouraging to look at the progress of the course, the infrastructure and the advance ticket sales. This is going to be huge so if you want to lock in 4 days of history you will need to buy your tickets or packages very quickly. It is a smallish course so get in soon. Ko is coming!
One small challenge, for all tournaments, is volunteers. They need lots of them. So “Calling all volunteers” here is your chance to be part of the action amongst some of the best golfers in the world. Go to http://www.nzwomensopen.co.nz/ for the full details.
Tiger Watch. Tiger Woods underwent an anterior lumbar interbody fusion in April, an operation designed to alleviate lower back and leg pain and one that was “dramatically different” to his three prior surgeries. While his recovery is continuing, Woods commented that this latest procedure brought about an immediate improvement to his health. He did not offer specifics on a potential return to golf, and the fusion recovery means he still can’t twist for up to three more months but he remains optimistic that he’ll someday be able to renew his ambitions for major title No. 19. Mmmhm. We will see!!
Inside we give an update on the 6 year long amalgamation talks between the two official bodies of golf. New Zealand Golf Inc. and the PGA of New Zealand. This has been thankfully slow, as in our opinion a quick rushed job would have resulted in turmoil and regrets in years to come. The two Boards and their respective executive teams are the best we have seen in many a year and we are confident that with a bit of education and retention of the brands that this amalgamation will be a long term success, indeed maybe a model for other markets/countries of our size and depth!
Late breaking news. Michael Hendry has finished runner-up at the Road to The Open Mizuno Open on the Japan Tour to qualify for his first major, The 146th Open Championship. To qualify for the Open Championship, which will be held at Royal Birkdale, in the UK, in July, Hendry had to finish inside the top four which he did comfortably with a 10-under par total. Well done Mike. However, Danny Lee slipped a tad on the final round of the Dean and Deluca International and let his solid chance of a PGA Tour win lapse.