More spots on offer for NZ Open

01:13, Nov 19 2012
NZ Open qualifier
Mathew Holten plays in the New Zealand Open qualifying tournament at the Russley Golf Course.
NZ Open qualifier
Oscar Cadenhead competes in the qualifying tournament at the Russley Golf Course.
NZ Open qualifier
Owen Burgess competes in the New Zealand Open qualifying tournament.
NZ Open qualifier
Rodney Yee is all concentration in the New Zealand Open qualifying tournament.
NZ Open qualifier
Troy Ropiha competes for a spot in the New Zealand Open.
NZ Open qualifier
Brook Hale competes in the New Zealand Open qualifying tournament.

Injuries and late withdrawals from this week's New Zealand Open have ballooned the number of spots on offer at today's qualifying tournament at the Russley Golf Course.

Originally 10 places were on offer and that number jumped to 19 last night, but this morning there were a whopping 26 spots up for grabs.

Less than 100 players - both professionals and amateurs - are teeing up at Russley today in an attempt to earn a start in the New Zealand Open, which begins on Thursday at the Clearwater Golf Course.

Mathew Holten
HOPEFUL: Mathew Holten plays in the New Zealand Open qualifying tournament at the Russley Golf Course.

Scoring was solid this morning with little wind and Christchurch amateur and Canterbury team member Tom Turner is the early leader with a two-under par 70 and looks certain to qualify.

Anything less than 74 should qualify, a New Zealand Golf spokesperson said.

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