The NZPWG Anita Boon Pro-Am is New Zealands leading pro-am starring women pros from home and abroad. Its a fun day of golf that showcases our professional golfing talent and we raise money to fight ovarian cancer in honour of Anita Boon.
Sarah Nicholson, originally from Wellington lead after round one with an even par 72. But with windy conditions and tight pin positions scoring was tougher with only a few bettering their first round scores including eventual winner, Katelyn Must, who jumped into a tied lead with a second round one over 73.
This event is Katelyn Musts first professional event in New Zealand. “I arrived five days early and have had amazing hospitality. It has been great to play in a professional event of this calibre before I head off to the Ladies European Tour School in two weeks”. Sarah Nicholson was surprised with her second place finish. “Ive really enjoyed the last two days and performing well has just been the icing on the cake” said Sarah, former Ladies European Tour professional player, who travelled up to play in memory of Anita. “Ive taken time away from golf to refresh myself. Golf started to not be enjoyable and I needed a break. Ive been back living in NZ the last six months and to have an opportunity to play in a professional event on home soil was a great reason to dust off the clubs”.
The low round of the day went to guest future pro and New Zealands golfing super star, Lydia Ko who shot a three under 69. Lydia was rather pleased with her performance. “I had a great day at the office. I had lots of fun with the KFC team. My legs are sore as this is my first 18 holes in one month as I have been studying and sitting my school exams.”
Lydia Ko met with Golden Girl Lisa Carrington on the second day of the Anita Boon Pro-Am event, to compare success stories. Lisa Carrington, who did not play in the event, had her Olympic Gold Medal that she won this year in London in the K1 200m final. Many of the pro-am players including Lydia enjoyed holding the medal and getting photos. With golf now an Olympic sport, this was a fantastic opportunity for Lydia, a likely contender in the next 2016 Rio Summer Olympics to hear Lisas experiences and advice. Lydia and Lisa delighted the pro-am players before prize giving showing their bubbly and down to earth personalities in a Q&A, the enlightened the audience on just how hard they both work to achieve what they have so far in their young lives.
The NZPWG Anita Boon round one All Women Pro-am was won by Susan Farrons Team of young juniors Brooke Hamilton and Shantael Ligaliga and New Zealand Golfs former Board member Susie Simcock. Round two Mixed pro-am event was won by Emily Perrys Team of Pip Dunphy, Mi Hyeon Shin and Aontach Breatnach. Both winning teams were delighted by their KFC sponsored Panasonic TVs.
The NZPWG Board are pleased to announce that as a result of this tournament we have been able to set up a scholarship for Kiwi women to become better professional golfers and $10,000 to help towards funding a new Community Educator post within the NZ Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. Awesome!