ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open: Highs and Lows at Clearwater - Wednesday, 5 February 2014
The 6000 strong gallery that attended the final day of the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open didn’t get the result they were hoping for but the championship will last long in the memory for being a great event. New Zealand Golf Media and PR Manager Peter Thornton looks back on the highs and lows from the sixth staging of the New Zealand Women’s Open at the Clearwater Golf Club in Christ... Read more
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NZ Women's Open: Close but Ko cigar at Clearwater - Sunday, 2 February 2014
 South Korean professional Mi Hyang Lee shot the round of her life today to upset Lydia Ko and claim her first professional win at the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch. The 20-year-old LPGA Tour player, who began the final round eight shots back from the lead, carded a... Read more

Hole by Hole FINAL ROUND LIVE BLOG with Lydia Ko - Saturday, 1 February 2014
World No.4 Lydia Ko will begin the final round of the ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open hosted by Christchurch two shots back from the lead of Anya Alvarez. Follow her progress below as she looks to defend her title at the Clearwater Golf Club. Hole 1: (Par Four) BOGEY (-5) Lyds is chipper to... Read more

Ko fights back at Clearwater, Tate leads - Friday, 31 January 2014
There is a Kiwi golfer atop of the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open leaderboard but not the one that everybody expected. Sydney-based Kiwi Stacey Tate fired a four-under par 68 in the cold conditions of the afternoon round to claim a share of the lead alongside South Korean professional Seon Woo... Read more

Ko shakes off illness to stay in contention - Friday, 31 January 2014
After an awful bout of gastro-illness Lydia Ko considered withdrawing from the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open last night in Christchurch. Almost a day later she was fronting media after another remarkable round – a three-under par 69 at the Clearwater Golf Club – that sees her only... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch: Trade Me winner has time of his life - Thursday, 30 January 2014
Jason Rowling’s wife Sharlene spent $7500 for the chance for him to play with World No.4 Lydia Ko in the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open Pro-am and the Tauranga golfer said it was worth every cent. Rowling, who owns a retirement home with his wife, loves his golf and plays off a 9.9 handi... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch: Davies: “Ko is overwhelming favourite” - Thursday, 30 January 2014
She might be playing mind games but Laura Davies believes that Lydia Ko deserves to be labeled as the overwhelming favourite for the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch. The 2010 NZ Open Champion, who is one of the legends of the game with four major titles to her name, said t... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch: Hull wants to follow Ko’s lead - Thursday, 30 January 2014
Teenage Charley Hull will be hoping she can put into practice what she has picked up from playing with fellow teenage sensation Lydia Ko and capture her first professional title at this week’s ISPS Handa New Zealand’s Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch. The 17-year-old from Eng... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch: Nocera loves New Zealand - Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Frenchwoman Gwladys Nocera says that being a former champion of the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open doesn’t count for much when she tees it up this week at the Clearwater Golf Club. Nocera is one of five former champions - alongside Laura Davies (England), Kristie Smith (Australia), Lindse... Read more

Draw announced for Clearwater - Wednesday, 29 January 2014
World No.4 Lydia Ko will begin her title defence of the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch alongside two of her leading challengers for the title.     The 16-year-old, who won the NZ Open last year to become the youngest winner in LET history aged only 15, will pl... Read more

Former Champions confident at Clearwater - Tuesday, 28 January 2014
The two former Australian winners of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch arrive at the Clearwater Golf Club on the back of contrasting seasons in 2013. Western Australian Kristie Smith, who won the title by three shots at the Pegasus Golf Club in 2011, feels like ... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch: Final six found for Clearwater - Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Christchurch amateur Amelia Garvey is one of 18 junior golfers playing alongside a leading professional from the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch field this evening at the Clearwater Golf Club. It’s an annual event for Kiwi junior golfers to learn from and be... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch: Play with Lydia at Clearwater - Monday, 27 January 2014
Lydia Ko will only play at home once this year and New Zealand Golf is giving golfers all over the country the chance to play alongside the World No.4 in the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open Pro-Am. The prize, which will be bid for on a Trade Me auction (link below), is a once-in-a-lifetime oppo... Read more

Million dollar Hole in One competition announced for NZ Women's Open - Thursday, 23 January 2014
One million dollars will be up for grabs at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch. The tournament which will be staged from January 31 to February 2 at the Clearwater Golf Club, and see the return of World No.4 Lydia Ko as she looks to defend her title, will also in... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open: Hull ready to start again in 2014 - Wednesday, 22 January 2014
England’s Charley Hull is not worried about backing up her dream debut season on the Ladies European Tour. The 17-year-old hit the ground running in the professional ranks in 2013 when she recorded nine top 10s, finished sixth on the Order of Merit, comfortably claimed the LET Rookie of the... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open: Bristow excited for Clearwater - Monday, 20 January 2014
For Cathryn Bristow, the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open is her favourite week of the year. The 29-year-old North Harbour professional, who last year qualified again for a full card on the Ladies European Tour in 2014, is excited about coming home for the championship from January 31 t... Read more

Amateurs named for ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open hosted by Christchurch - Friday, 20 December 2013
Eight New Zealand amateur golfers and two Australian amateur golfers will play the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch from January 31 to February 2 at the Clearwater Golf Club. The New Zealanders to book their place in the National Open are Julianne Alvarez, Chantelle Cassid... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch dates confirmed for 2014 - Thursday, 19 September 2013
New Zealand Golf is pleased to announce the dates for the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open as a co-sanctioned event on the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) Tours. The Championship, which holds the largest purse (€200,000 or NZ$334,000) f... Read more

Highs and Lows of the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Wednesday, 20 February 2013
 It will be remembered as one of the finest moments of New Zealand Women’s Golf, if not New Zealand Golf. The 15-year-old superstar teen Lydia Ko upstaged a world-class field to become the youngest winner in Ladies European Tour history and the first Kiwi to win the event. Ko had won th... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open: Ko enjoys historic win at Clearwater - Sunday, 10 February 2013
Amid a drama-filled final half hour, 15-year-old Lydia Ko has created history to win the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open in Christchurch today. Ko made a clutch three foot putt on the final hole to become the first Kiwi to win the New Zealand Women’s Open and the youngest player to ever wi... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open: Lydia the Ko-leader at Clearwater - Saturday, 9 February 2013
It was a moment that summed up Lydia Ko’s brilliance. The most famous 15-year-old in New Zealand hit her eagle putt from the fringe of the green on the par 5 14th at the Clearwater Golf Club and watched. The 12m putt down and across the slope had the perfect pace, hit the flag and found the... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open: Ko part of glamour grouping - Thursday, 7 February 2013
World No.1 amateur Lydia Ko is part of a glamour grouping that will tee off early in tomorrow’s first round of the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch. The young Kiwi star will be joined by world No. 19 ranked Angela Stanford (USA) and Europe’s No 1 ranked Carlota ... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open: Swedish golf star excited to be in New Zealand - Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Swedish star Anna Nordqvist, ranked in the world’s top-30 golfers, does not have high expectations for her first visit to the ISPS Handa NZ Open, presented by Christchurch. In four short years in the professional game, the 25-year-old has chalked up two victories on the LPGA, the sport̵... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open: Champion back in her favourite land - Wednesday, 6 February 2013
The 2011 ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open golf champion Kristie Smith is back in her favourite place and in good space ahead of the tournament starting on Friday at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch. The Western Australian scored a breakthrough victory in the 2011 event at Pegasus Golf Club no... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open: Ko well prepared for Clearwater - Wednesday, 6 February 2013
World No.1 amateur Lydia Ko has been at Clearwater for over a week preparing for this week’s ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch. The 15-year-old from the Gulf Harbour Country Club was offered a place in the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast last week but turn... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open – Ko looking forward to Clearwater - Tuesday, 5 February 2013
There is no doubt that Lydia Ko will be the most talked about golfer at Clearwater this week. The World No.1 amateur, who is World No.38 on the pro rankings after only playing 11 professional events, will once again be the leading New Zealand hope in a world-class field at the ISPS Handa NZ Women... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open – Nine amateurs in the field at Clearwater - Tuesday, 5 February 2013
World No.1 amateur Lydia Ko leads the amateur charge at this week’s ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch. There are a total of nine amateurs playing at Clearwater this week from February 8 – 10 through various points of the qualification criteria.Ko, Wellin... Read more

Korean pros dominate Final Qualifier - Monday, 4 February 2013
Five Korean professionals dominated the Final Qualifying event for the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch today in testing conditions at the Christchurch Golf Club. Twenty four golfers were playing for the six remaining places in the fifth edition of the national championship... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open - Nordqvist ticks off bucket list - Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Swedish major champion Anna Nordqvist said that coming to New Zealand has always been on her bucket list. Coming new places always excites the Swede and she can’t wait to tee it up in the world-class field at the Clearwater Golf Club in the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christc... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open hosted by Christchurch - Gustafson can't wait for Clearwater - Thursday, 17 January 2013
Swedish major champion Sophie Gustafson cannot wait to come and play in New Zealand for the first time. The 39-year-old, who is famous for winning the British Open at Royal Birkdale in 2000, has enjoyed an illustrious career that includes 14 wins on the Ladies European Tour and five titles on the... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open – World-class field confirmed for Clearwater - Tuesday, 15 January 2013
The ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch has attracted a world-class field for the championship staged at the Clearwater Golf Club from February 8 – 10. It is the strongest field ever assembled for the NZ Women’s Open and the best line up, in terms of world rankings... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open - Wright back to defend - Friday, 11 January 2013
Lindsey Wright believes that winning the 2012 ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch changed her career. Wright, who at her best in 2009 climbed to No.12 in the world, had not won a tournament for eight years and had recessed into a dark hole, a period that she called the lowest ... Read more

NZ Women's Open returns to Clearwater - Thursday, 15 November 2012
New Zealand Golf and Event Promoters Tuohy Associates (NZ) announced today the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch would return to the Clearwater Golf Club from February 8-10 in 2013. With the ongoing support from the City of Christchurch and the International Sports Promotion... Read more

Lindsey finds Wright way to win ISPS Hands New Zealand Open hosted by Christchurch - Sunday, 19 February 2012
The 32 year old Australian golfer Lindsey Wright has returned from the golfing wilderness to win the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch. Wright, once No 12 in the world before taking time out of the game with a loss of form, nailed a 4m birdie putt on the final hole ... Read more

Ko shares lead at the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Saturday, 18 February 2012
Super-teen golfer Lydia Ko has battled her way into contention going into tomorrow’s final round of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open hosted by Christchurch. The 14 year old, one of the smallest in the field, braved the blustery winds best to shoot a three under par 69 and move into a six-way... Read more

Kiwis in first round lead at ISPS Handa NZ Open hosted by Christchurch - Friday, 17 February 2012
Waikato amateur Emily Perry and European-based Kiwi Lynnette Brooky share the first round lead at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch. The 44-year-old Brooky, for so long an advocate for a national open but playing for the first time, fired a five-under par 67 to ... Read more

Emotional Kemp draws strength for ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Thursday, 16 February 2012
An emotional Sarah Kemp drew strength from the earthquake-hit central city ahead of the fourth ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch which tees off tomorrow. The 26 year old Australian, runner-up twice in the New Zealand Open, is chasing a breakthrough victory in the ... Read more

Exciting round one draw for the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Wednesday, 15 February 2012
World No.1 amateur Lydia Ko has been paired with top ranked Australian Sarah Kemp and leading European player Becky Brewerton in the feature group for the first two rounds of the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch. Kemp, who has finished runner-up twice at the event and 10th ... Read more

Youngsters get to play with NZ golf stars at the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Wednesday, 15 February 2012
It was Girl Power to the fore for a group of Canterbury youngsters at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open at Pegasus this week. Fifteen young golfers aged eight to 16 years were paired with some of New Zealand’s stars in a special exhibition game, on the course set up for the cham... Read more

Emotional Kemp draws strength for ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Wednesday, 15 February 2012
An emotional Sarah Kemp drew strength from the earthquake-hit central city ahead of the fourth ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch which tees off tomorrow. The 26 year old Australian, runner-up twice in the New Zealand Open, is chasing a breakthrough victory in the 54... Read more

Ko relaxed ahead of the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Wednesday, 15 February 2012
If Lydia Ko is feeling any pressure after being labeled the favourite for this week’s ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch it certainly isn’t showing. The World No.1 amateur, who became the youngest winner of a professional golf event when she claimed the Bing Lee S... Read more

Lunn has unfinished business at ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Tuesday, 14 February 2012
As chairman of the Ladies European Tour, Australian professional Karen Lunn knows the importance of the support of Dr Haruhisa Handa towards the New Zealand Women’s Open. The Japanese philanthropist’s sponsorship of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch ... Read more

Lydia Ko rated as the bookies favourite for the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Tuesday, 14 February 2012
World No.1 Lydia Ko is regarded as the bookies favourite for the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch which will be played at the Pegasus Golf and Sports Club from February 17 – 19. The 14-year-old amateur, who became the youngest winner in golf history when she won the N... Read more

Two amateurs qualify for the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Monday, 13 February 2012
Two local amateurs are among the four women to secure final qualifying places for the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch today at the Russley Golf Club. Canterbury amateur reps Sylvie Williams and Georgia Wayman (both from Waimari Beach) made the most of the opportunity to jo... Read more

Ewart a star on the rise at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Monday, 13 February 2012
The ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch has a penchant for unveiling tomorrow’s golf stars today. Last year it was Swedish rookie Caroline Hedwall, who progressed from the event to win four times to be third on the Ladies European Tour money-list.This week it ma... Read more

Kemp looking to reignite her game at the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Australian golfer Sarah Kemp is looking for something special in her game in 2012 and hopes to find it next week at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch. Kemp came close to winning the event in 2010 at the Pegasus Golf and Sports Club when she finished joint-runner... Read more

Nine amateurs named for ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Wednesday, 8 February 2012
World No.1 Amateur Lydia Ko is the leading player in the nine amateurs named to contest the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch from February 17 – 19. Seven New Zealand golfers and two Australian golfers will play in the national open next week with an additional four pl... Read more

Ko excited for ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Tuesday, 7 February 2012
It has been a whirlwind few weeks for 14-year-old Lydia Ko and the golfing prodigy is still getting her head around becoming the youngest winner in golf history. Ko, who finished as the leading amateur at the Australian Masters on the weekend in a share of 32nd place, has been hounded by media bo... Read more

Bristow confident ahead of ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Cathryn Bristow would like nothing more than to become the first Kiwi golfer to win the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch but she is not getting ahead of herself. The left hander from the Huapai Golf Club, who recently enjoyed a breakthrough win on the ALPG Tour whe... Read more

Smith back to defend her ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open title - Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Western Australian Kristie Smith believes winning the New Zealand Women’s Open “changed her life.” The 23-year-old, who won the tournament by three shots from American Tiffany Joh and Italian Giulia Sergas with a four under 68 in the final round, is excited to return to defend h... Read more

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch confirmed for February 2012 - Monday, 9 January 2012
New Zealand Golf is pleased to announce a new title sponsor the International Sports Promotion Society which will ensure the New Zealand Women’s Open keeps its co-sanctioned status on the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) Tours in 2012. The tourna... Read more
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