L ooking out the window of our offices I am reminded we are definitely in the grips of winter, albeit an Auckland one and not as bitter as down south. As usual it has had an impact on day to day golfing as courses are restricted or some even closed due to damage control being exercised. As well as not being much fun for some of us. The PGA Tour in the USA is seemingly going from strength to strength; however, readers need to remember that the vast majority of the tour events are based on the USA Charity model. This makes it so much easier to raise high value sponsorship funds as the sponsors write it off against their taxes. For the first time in 14 years, the number of golfers in the United States as counted by the National Golf Foundation has shown a significant increase as the number of people in the U.S. age 6 and older who played at least one round of golf in 2018 increased to 24.2 million, up from 23.8 million in 2017. While these stats are technically within a margin of error for the NGF report’s methodology, they make good reading. However, when you read Scottish writer Mike Wilson’s article on the European Tour it paints a very different picture. It seems a very tough market to grow in as some, maybe a lot, of aspiring tour players have found. The ongoing battle to preserve Chamberlain Park as an 18 hole golf course suffered a knock back in June. The Albert- Eden Local Board has voted in favour of developing a business case to scale Auckland's 18-hole Chamberlain Park golf course down to nine holes, using the freed- up land to develop a public park. Originally announced in 2017, the project was delayed by opposition group Save Chamberlain Park, who wanted the retain the full size course and claimed the local board was pursuing a “vanity project”. This battle will get a bit messier over the next few months! New Zealand Golf Inc. last month named a mix of youth and experience to play for the Astor Trophy in Canada in August. This year’s Astor Trophy will take place at Royal Colwood Golf Club, Victoria, British Columbia, August 26th – September 1st. Formerly known as the Commonwealth Tournament, the Astor Trophy is contested every four years between teams of top women amateur golfers from Great Britain and Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. The format is two foursomes and four (previously five) singles matches each day. Auckland is well represented with Wenyung Keh and Carmen Lim making the team. Wellington’s Julianne Alvarez makes her third Astor Trophy appearance and Canterbury’s Amelia Garvey is selected for her first.New Zealand, who has finished runner-up five times, has never won the Astor Trophy, but this team will head to Canada looking to go one better this time round. Enjoy this Magazine Geoff Witton / Publisher NEW ZEALAND GOLF MAGAZINE LTD www.nzgolfmagazine.co.nz MANAGING EDITOR Elizabeth Witton P: +64 (0)27 4373 498 E: [email protected] PUBLISHER & ADVERTISING Geoff Witton P: +64 (0)27 4222 809 E: [email protected] DESIGN & PRODUCTION Blockstart E: [email protected] PHOTOGRAPHY Getty Images, Elizabeth Witton & supplied CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Peter Thornton, Peter Williams, Chris Cox, Carl Fenton, Andrew Whiley, Mike Wilson, Phil Aickin, Warwick Neilson SUBSCRIPTIONS Freephone: 0800 GolfMagazine (465 362) Online: www.nzgolfmagazine.co.nz See p40 in the magazine for details. NEW ZEALAND GOLF MAGAZINE LTD PO Box 302800, North Harbour, 0751 Freephone: 0800 GolfMagazine (465 362) P: +64 (0)9 480 9264 New Zealand Golf Magazine is endorsed by both the Professional Golfers Association of New Zealand & NZ Golf Inc. The information contained in this publication is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable and accurate. However, neither New Zealand Golf Magazine Ltd, nor any person involved in the preparation of this publication accept any form of liability whatsoever for its contents including advertisements, editorials, opinions, advice or information or for any consequences from its use. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or ink-jet printing without prior written permission of the publishers. INCORPORATING New Zealand Golf, Leisure and Lifestyle Magazine Ltd, New Zealand Golf Digest and NZ Golf Update ISSN 1176-9556 LIKE US ON FACEBOOK @NewZealandGolfMagazine FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @nzgolfmag THE UPS AND DOWNS OF GOLF 6 | NZ Golf Magazine | July 2019 FIRSTWORD Chamberlain Park.