Clearwater Classic now the New Zealand PGA Championship
BY Bruce Young | Web.com Tour | 2004 New Zealand PGA Championship | General | 25 Sep 2003
The news today of the reinstatement of the New Zealand PGA Championship provides the opportunity to further consolidate an already established event in New Zealand’s South Island.
Previously known as the Holden Clearwater Classic and earlier this year the Clearwater Classic, the event will once again be held at the Bob Charles designed Clearwater Resort’s course near Christchurch. The Clearwater Classic has provided the base for an event of this stature to develop and with the added profile the New Zealand PGA can bring to the event then there is every reason to be further confident of the longevity of the event.
It retains its status as a co-sanctioned event with the Australasian and Nationwide Tours. Peter O’Malley won in 2002 and earlier this year Ryan Palmer took the title when he edged out Andre Stolz. Palmer has gone on to now be assured of a place on the PGA Tour in 2004.
The New Zealand PGA Championship was for several years held in the North Island holiday destination of Tauranga alternating between there and the nearby Mt Maunganui course until it succumbed to sponsorship woes in the mid-80’s.
It has seen some fine winners over the years including Bob Charles, Kel Nagle, Graham Marsh, Peter Thomson, John Lister and Frank Nobilo to name but a few. It was also at this tournament in 1972 where Jumbo Ozaki won his only event outside of Japan with a six shot victory over Bob Charles.
The event will take place from February 26th to the 29th next year and will carry prizemoney of NZ$1.125 million.