Media Releases

Millbrook Resort hailed best New Zealand hotel by leading website Wotif.com

Millbrook Resort hailed best New Zealand hotel by leading website Wotif.com

Fri, 27th Jun 2014

Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort continues to ride the wave of awards success notching up another best hotel in New Zealand title, this time from the world’s leading travel website Wotif.com....more

Award-winning Millbrook Resort installs New Zealand's first state-of-the-art GPS system for golf carts

Award-winning Millbrook Resort installs New Zealand's first state-of-the-art GPS system for golf carts

Mon, 16th Jun 2014

Queenstown’s award-winning Millbrook Resort is once again leading the way in world-class guest experiences investing in a state-of-the-art GPS system for its brand new fleet of golf carts....more

Millbrook Resort named a 'Stellar Stay' in Australia and New Zealand by leading travel website HotelsCombined

Millbrook Resort named a 'Stellar Stay' in Australia and New Zealand by leading travel website HotelsCombined

Tue, 20th May 2014

The world’s leading hotel price comparison website, HotelsCombined, has named Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort one of the best properties in Australia and New Zealand in its second annual ‘Stellar Stays’ awards....more

Passion for Perfection at the 2014 MercedesTrophy New Zealand Final

Passion for Perfection at the 2014 MercedesTrophy New Zealand Final

Mon, 28th Apr 2014

The 2014 Mercedes Trophy New Zealand Final was held at Millbrook Resort near Queenstown from April 25-27....more

New dates announced for 2015 New Zealand Open

New dates announced for 2015 New Zealand Open

Wed, 5th Mar 2014

Organisers of the New Zealand Open today (Wednesday March 5) announced that the 2015 New Zealand Open will be moved back two weeks to be held from March 12 to 15 2015....more

New Zealand Open: Contenders in form ahead of Queenstown

New Zealand Open: Contenders in form ahead of Queenstown

Thu, 27th Feb 2014

Many of the leading contenders for the New Zealand Open Championship are in good form in the countdown to the tournament from February 27 to March 2....more

Japanese Pros in awe of Queenstown

Japanese Pros in awe of Queenstown

Tue, 25th Feb 2014

Japanese professionals Toshinori Muto and Yuki Kono are thrilled to be in Queenstown for the New Zealand Open Championship which tees off on Thursday....more

New Zealand Open: Pre-qualifiers found across NZ

Wed, 29th Jan 2014

The road to the New Zealand Open Championship started yesterday for around 190 golfers across New Zealand at four iconic venues that have all hosted major New Zealand Golf tournaments.

A total of 25 golfers advanced to the Final Stage of the Qualifying for the New Zealand Open Championship in Queenstown.

The tournament, a tier one event on the PGA Tour of Australasia, will be hosted at The Hills and Millbrook Resort from February 27 to March 2 and with a purse of $NZ 900,000 is expected to be the biggest tournament staged in New Zealand for many years.

Four pre-qualifying events were held across New Zealand yesterday at the Royal Auckland Golf Club, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Christchurch Golf Club and Chisholm Park.

Twelve golfers from Royal Auckland advanced with Bay of Plenty golfer Bailey Smith, who recently won a junior title in Australia, the winner of the event with a one-under par 71 in the hard and fast conditions.

Waikato rep Denzel Ieremia and Bay of Plenty rep Charlie Hillier, who recently won the North Island Under 19 Championship, were also among the qualifiers from Middlemore.

Four players finished on four-over par 76 and Joshua Leitch birdied the first playoff hole to secure the 12th and final place from Royal Auckland.

Wellington No.1 Marc Jennings, who was superb for his province in the Toro NZ Men’s Interprovincial at North Shore Golf Club, won the event at Paraparaumu Beach when he carded a two-under par 70.

Manawatu reps Hayden Ring and Lachie McDonald, who were standouts in their province’s historic winning of the Toro title in December, also advanced with rounds of 73 and 74 respectively at the 12-time host of the NZ Open.

At the Christchurch Golf Club, seven golfers advanced to the final qualifiers in the warm and windy conditions.

Former New Zealand rep Jordan Bakermans won the event on his home course when he carded a two-under par 70.

He was joined by six others with four golfers - Jun Hyeong Seok (South Korea), Carl Brooking (P), Jordan Green (Ashburton), Byung Chae Ryu (South Korea) - sneaking in by one shot when they finished on even par 72.

Meanwhile at the Chisholm Park Golf Club in Dunedin three players - Jeremy Hall (67), Michael Smith (69) and Brendan Hodgson (69) – advanced to final qualifying. 

The final stage of qualifying will be held at the Omaha Beach Golf Club and Cromwell Golf Club on Monday February 24 and Tuesday February 25 respectively.

A total of 10 spaces in the final New Zealand Open field will be played for at the final qualifying tournaments. 

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Picture Captions:
1/ Paraparaumu Beach in Wellington will be one of the golf courses hosting the first stage pre-qualifier event
2/ The stunning 17th hole at The Hills golf course, Queenstown

Golfers to qualify through to final stage of qualifying for the NZ Open:
Royal Auckland (Par 72):

71           Bailey Smith
72           Jong Yup Kim, Vikrant Chandra
73           Sean Tan, Johnny Tynan, Denzel Ieremia, Kyle Wong
74           Nicolai Walynetz
75           Lee Neumann, Daniel Graham, Charlie Hillier
76           Joshua Leitch* (*Leitch birdied the first playoff hole to take the final and 12th place)

Paraparaumu Beach (Par 72):

70           Marc Jennings
73           Hayden Ring
74           Lachie McDonald

Christchurch Golf Club (Par 72):

70           Jordan Bakermans (Christchurch)
71           Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui), JJ Love (Christchurch)
72           Jun Hyeong Seok (South Korea), Carl Brooking (P), Jordan Green (Ashburton), Byung Chae Ryu (South Korea)

Chisholm Park (Par 72):
67           Jeremy Hall
69           Michael Smith, Brendan Hodgson

NZ Open Final Qualifying (Two Events):
When: Monday February 23, 2014
Where: Omaha Beach Golf Club, Northland
When: Tuesday February 24. 2014
Where: Cromwell Golf Club, Central Otago  

For more information, contact:
Peter Thornton
New Zealand Golf Media and PR Manager
021 482 788

New Zealand Open: Quality Japanese Tour players confirm for Queenstown

New Zealand Open: Quality Japanese Tour players confirm for Queenstown

Tue, 28th Jan 2014

With the announcement today that 11 golf professionals will be travelling from Japan to compete in the New Zealand Open, the overall field in 2014 will now comprise a total of 20 professionals who ply their trade on the lucrative Japan Golf Tour....more

Millbrook Resort named Top Hotel in New Zealand for second year running

Millbrook Resort named Top Hotel in New Zealand for second year running

Thu, 23rd Jan 2014

Multi-award winning Millbrook Resort has been lauded the Top Hotel in New Zealand for the second year running in Trip Advisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice awards....more

New Zealand Open: Countdown to Pre-Qualifying on January 28

New Zealand Open: Countdown to Pre-Qualifying on January 28

Thu, 16th Jan 2014

The countdown is almost over for golfers hoping to play in the New Zealand Open Championship in Queenstown....more