18 Feb 2014

Invites announced for New Zealand golf Open

11:23 am on 18 February 2014

Three New Zealand golf professionals - Brad Shilton, Ben Campbell and Mathew Perry - have been given tournament invites to the New Zealand Open Championship in Queenstown later this month.

The National Open to be staged at The Hills and Millbrook for the first time has a purse of $900,000 and is expected to be the biggest tournament staged in this country for many years.

Shilton, Campbell and Perry are all worthy recipients having excelled as amateurs when they represented New Zealand and are promising professionals.

Tournament invites have also been given to the resident professionals at The Hills and Millbrook Craig Palmer and Ben Gallie respectively.

The final places in the field have been allocated to other non-exempt players who finished in the top 10 in the PGA of New Zealand Order of Merit from 2013.

These players include Richard Lee, Daniel Pearce, Jarred Pender, Grant Moorhead, Fraser Wilkin, Troy Ropiha, Dominic Barson and Doug Holloway.