Queenstown International tees off in style
Hosted by New Zealand Golf and Travel, players from Australia, China, the UK and New Zealand were treated to both courses (Millbrook and Jack’s Point) being in fantastic condition, whilst providing plenty of challenges along the way.
The tournament was a team’s stableford event with the best three scores on each hole contributing to the overall team total. Players competed for prizes for the best group scores across the three days as well as for the highest team total on each day.
The event kicked off with a welcome dinner at Millbrook, hosted by New Zealand Golf and Travel Director and renowned professional golfer, Greg Turner. The evening function gave everyone a chance to get to know each other and have a bit of friendly banter on the prospects for the week ahead.
A beautifully fine day greeted the field on day one of the tournament and Millbrook was at its picturesque best. But with a 1.00pm shot gun start a stiff breeze set in, playing its part to ensure players would be firmly challenged in the opening round. Despite the wind, there were some fantastic scores put up, with players enjoying the sun on their back in the beautiful Arrowtown setting.
Day two again dawned fine with Millbrook taking it up a notch from the previous day. The wind had dropped away and conditions could not have been better for the field to make thier move. Back to back days of golf must have made a impact however as the scoring was not as impressive on day two, despite the wind dropping away. Moves were made on the leading teams from day one and set up the tournament perfectly for an exciting final day on the demanding Jack's Point.
Folowing the round, players got to sit back and enjoy a Lake Wakatipu cruise and oak barrel BBQ whilst taking in the breath-taking views of the Queenstown landscape and sampling the local Akarua Pinot Nior.
The final round shoot out was a very different picture from the first two days. With the weather turning, the usually stern test that Jack’s Point presents was to prove even tougher than normal as the dramatic setting at the foot of the Remarkables was being battered by a strong southerly wind.
Despite the conditions the field made the most of a course in superb condition and produced some very good golf considering the challenge that the elements presented. Seeking some welcome respite from the bitter southerly wind, the field welcomed the warmth of the Jack's Point club house. Over a couple of quite beverages players celebrated a great few days while the prize giving took place and then long into the night. It was a fantastic week of golf, food and wine, ensuring the Queenstown International will be a reqular event on the NZ Golf and Travel calandar.