McCall in NZ team for Ten Nations Cup in SA

Southland's Vaughan McCall - along with Blair Riordan, Josh Munn and Tyler Hodge - has been named in the New Zealand team for the inaugural Ten Nations Cup in South Africa in February.

New Zealand moves into a new golfing era, with amateur representatives Ben Campbell and Mathew Perry having stepped up to the professional ranks in recent months.

Kiwi No 1 McCall is now the only player with extensive top-level team experience for New Zealand.

Riordan, from Takaka, Munn, the Manawatu player who has won twice on the Charles Tour, and Levin talent Hodge have been given first crack in 2013, alongside the in-form McCall.

New Zealand Golf high performance manager Gregg Thorpe said it was the time for a new group of leading amateur players to emerge.

"The four selected players have all performed well, both domestically and internationally, over the past 12 months and will no doubt relish the opportunity to put the Silver Fern on and proudly represent New Zealand," Thorpe said.

The tournament, which will be staged at the Kingswood Golf Estate in George, from February 6 to 9, is an amalgamation of the Four Nations Cup and the Southern Cross Trophy. It will be played over four rounds of strokeplay.

The teams confirmed to play include Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, England, Scotland and Ireland, with three teams to be added.

After the Ten Nations Cup, the four-man New Zealand team will compete in the South African Strokeplay Championship from February 12 to 15 at the Ernie Els-designed Oubaai Golf Club in George. 

The Southland Times