Extended NZPGA tour announced

GRANT BRYANT
Last updated 12:18 11/10/2012
Southland Times
Grant Bryant
NZPGA tournament chairman John Hart.

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Prime Minister John Key today announced a $650,000 investment for an expanded NZGPA Pro Am golf tournament in Queenstown.

''The tournament is a great way to show case New Zealand and I am looking at it as a form of tourism promotion featuring Queenstown, which is a jewel in the crown of New Zealand tourism,'' he said.

The inaugural event was played earlier this year at The Hills golf course near Arrowtown, the venue for the next tournament from February 28 to March 3.

Prize money for the golf tournament increased from $500,000 to $600,000.

The tournament also has another drawcard with former ex-England cricket captain Ian Botham taking part.

He will be in Queenstown when The New Zealand Invitational Team plays against England.

The invitational team will play England in Queenstown in a four-day warm up test from Wednesday, February 27.

Tournament chairman John Hart said announcing the golf tournament early would give sports fans from around the country the chance to plan early to take advantage of the double-header.

"The timing gives sports fans the time to organise a trip to Queenstown to enjoy what will be a huge week of sports," he said.

The tournament will close with a concert featuring New Zealand talent, but no names have yet been announced. 

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