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The hunt is on for two high performing female amateurs to compete in the professional field of the LPGA Tour’s MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open. 

Dubbed “The Search for the Next World #1”, will see high performance coaching group Institute of Golf co-founders Craig Dixon and Guy Wilson travel to Korea and China to assess golfers thanks to support for the project from national government agency Tourism New Zealand and local government agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

High performing female golfers will have the chance to register their interest in a free assessment to take place in Seoul on June 10 and 11, Beijing on June 13-15, and at the world famous Mission Hills Dongguan June 17 and 18.  For information on locations or to apply for an assessment, visit, or WeChat ID instituteofgolf.

Assessments will be data driven, benchmarking the aspiring amateur golfers against current LPGA Tour stats to identify those with significant talent.  The most successful golfers will be invited to Auckland, New Zealand the weekend before the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open to participate in a 36-hole stroke play event overseen by New Zealand’s governing body for golf, New Zealand Golf.  The top two players in the stroke play event will have their golf lives changed forever, with a full week inside the ropes as a competitor in the professional field of the MCKAYSON event. 

Institute of Golf co-founder Craig Dixon said: “We are excited to have the opportunity to visit Korea and China to meet with some of the most talented female amateurs.  We have a proven history of identifying and developing talent, and are continually astonished by the level of players in Korea and China.”

The MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open is the first ever LPGA Tour event to be held in New Zealand and is fronted by New Zealand’s own golf superstar and world #1, Lydia Ko. With a strong field expected and the event broadcast to a worldwide audience, this is the chance of a lifetime for two skilled amateurs. 

Tournament director and Managing Director of The Clubhouse, Michael Goldstein said: “It is exciting for us to open up this unique qualification pathway for two amateur golfers to play in the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open.  Our country has a great history of developing some of the world’s best golfers, and along with our partners we welcome more aspiring golfers to come to New Zealand to hone their games.”

To find out more, or register for an assessment, visit

Trent Harnett

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