New Zealand Women's Open joins US LPGA Tour in 2017

Save Story
Leer en español

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand Women's Golf Open will be part of the U.S. LPGA Tour from next season.

The tournament, which will carry a $1.3 million purse, will be played at Auckland's Windross Farm Golf Club from Sept. 28, moving from the Clearwater course in Christchurch where it has been staged for the last four years.

New Zealand's top-ranked women's golfer, Lydia Ko, is the first player to sign up for the tournament. In a video link on Thursday, Ko told a launch ceremony in Auckland she was excited to have a U.S. LPGA event in her hometown.

"It is going to be amazing for me and my family to host my LPGA friends in my country," she said.

U.S. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said it was exciting to include a tournament in New Zealand for the first time.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent National Sports stories

Related topics

GolfNational Sports
The Associated Press


    From first downs to buzzer beaters, get’s top sports stories delivered to your inbox weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast