• the NEW ZEALAND PROFESSIONAL women
    GOLFERS TRUST

  • We've been supporting New Zealand's women golfers since 2009.

    WHAT DO WE DO?

    • organise and promote golf tournaments to fundraise for women's charities
    • educate, coach, financially assist and support New Zealand women professional golfers

    • encourage and promote good health through participation in sport, in particular golf

    WHO ARE WE?

    We have all been involved in golf - as players, coaches and supporters.

  • Our Board

    We've got a top notch team!

    Liz McKinnon (nee Aitken)

    Founding Board Member

    My life long journey and love of the game started when I was 6 years old, when our family all started together.

     

    I’ve been a club junior golfer, played professionally and now I support the growth of the game by working for New Zealand Golf. I’m hoping my proudest achievement will come when my two kids, my husband and I all play 18 holes together.

     

    As a founding trustee, I’ve been involved to support out future stars of the game and to help promote women’s golf.

    Vicki Aitken

    Founding Board Member

    I started playing golf seriously when I was 14 years old. But I soon figured that my over thinking could be put to better use in helping others play better golf. I ended up pursuing a career in golf psychology including 7 years working out on the Ladies European Tour.

     

    My proudest moments are seeing players I have worked with go from 'zero to hero' (personal best finishes). Returning to NZ in 2008, it was on my mind and several others to do something more for women’s professional golf in NZ and in 2009 Liz McKinnon, myself and the other founding members got together round my dining room table and the vision became reality.... the New Zealand Professional Women Golfers! It’s been awesome to watch the NZPWG Women's Pro Am, in memory of Anita Boon, go from a $4k purse to a $40k purse over the years and to be co-sanctioned with the ALPG and to see our Kiwi players (and the Aussie players) benefiting from it.

    Esther Cowper

    Board Member

    I’ve had a long-time passion for golf although my finest playing moments are behind me now. I am proud to have represented Auckland in both Senior and Masters teams for many years. I won my club championships at Remuera GC on two occasions and I’m looking forward to hosting the tournament this year at my home course.

     

    I’m a Stage 3 Rules Official and have run the rules and course setup for the tournament since coming on board as a trustee of NZPWG.

     

    My experience with charities is lengthy and I have been working with recipients of the Black & White Golfers Trust for over ten years. I take great pride in supporting both amateur and professional golfers to take their games to the next level.

    Kristin Farrell

    Board Member

    I started golf aged 15 and instantly loved the challenge. I was fortunate to play competitively for 10 years including representing my club and two provinces. As my competitive career wound down, I worked for the PGA of Australia in Western Australia which was a great opportunity to learn about professional golf and support Trainee professionals.

     

    My proudest achievements involve being part of the North Harbour team who won the 2010 Women’s Interprovincial and winning my club champs on five occasions.

     

    It’s a great opportunity to give back to the game I love and to support New Zealand women professionals to further their careers.

    Larissa Blackbourn

    Board Member

    My first taste of golf was when I was 7 years old and by 8 I was hooked! I was a tournament golfer from the age of 10, playing for Auckland and New Zealand for several years. After retiring from competitive amateur golf to focus on a career, I couldn’t imagine not being involved in golf so wanted to combine the two. I am now a PGA Professional dedicated to growing the game and making it more enjoyable for others through coaching.

     

    My proudest achievement in golf is winning the NZ Amateur Championship. At age 14 I was the youngest winner at the time. That record was broken by Lydia Ko, so I guess I’m in pretty good company!

     

    I’m passionate about supporting professional women golfers in furthering their careers and hope that others may be inspired to pursue a career in professional golf.

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