The New Zealand Open, or more formally known as the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open, has been around for 99 years as of this year. It is a tournament that is typically played over the course of 3-4 days by some of the best golfers. This past year, the tournament was held from March 1 to March 4 (2018). The tournament is held at two major and beautiful courses; both The Hills and Queenstown.
The tournament dates back as far as 1893, but in 1907, over 130 players participated, which was a new record. There were 123 amateurs among these players and only 7 professionals. The tournament was won by Arthur Duncan, a golfing legend who therefore was the first New Zealand Open winner.
The format of the tournament today is a Pro-Am formal and therefore still holds true to its roots by incorporating and bringing together a healthy blend of professional as well as amateur golfers.
The event is a cornerstone tournament on the Australaisa PGA Tour. There is also a co-sanction agreement with the Asian tour and Japan Golf Tour Organization which has resulted in at least 30 players from the Asian Tour and 20 from the Japan tour playing is this monumental tournament annually.
This year, Australian golfer Daniel Nisbet was the 99th winner of the tournament. It was an exciting win as he overturned and outshot the overnight leader Pilakadaris and won shooting a 62.
2019 marks the centennial of the tournament and there are big things planned for the upcoming tournament. Some of the biggest names will return and the event will be the biggest one to date. Many spectators will travel from all four corners of the earth to participate and partake in the monumental event. Tickets go on sale for this event in November.