Sir Bob Charles will return to where his career started when New Zealand Golf celebrates its centenary this weekend.
He will be a special guest at celebrations that begin with a centenary golf day at the Royal Wellington Club on Friday.
Sir Bob will hit the commemorative first tee shot at the Heretaunga course where he won the New Zealand Open 56 years ago.
The left-hander, then aged 18, went on to win the British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes in 1963.
His 68 professional victories include four New Zealand Opens.
New Zealand Golf chairman Philip Hassall says Sir Bob has made invaluable financial contributions to junior golf over many years and it is appropriate that he will start the centenary celebrations.