After a great start for the domestic Pro Am season at Whitford Park attention now turns to the Guthrie Bowron 125th Birthday Hastings Pro Am. where some of New Zealand’s leading professionals wilbe playing for their share of the $12,500 prize purse.

Its fantastic to have professional golf back at Hastings and the Pro Am aims to raise money for the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter with all proceeds being donated at the end of the days play.

Headlining the field is Cardinal Logistics Whitford Park Pro Am winner Harry Bateman but hot on his heels are a long list of quality players ready to make their mark on the 2021 season. They are ready to get their season underway on the right foot, including the world class Josh Geary, Dongwoo Kang, Ryan Chisnall, Kieran Muir, Mark Hutson and Luke Toomey. Hutson and Toomey both won the New Zealand Strokeplay title at this venue as Amateurs so be sure to look out for them as you follow the event.

Also don’t discount in form PGA NZ Q School graduates Johnny Tynan, Jerry Ren and Trent Munn who will also be looking to continue the start to their professional careers well on a course they have played many times throughout their amateur career.

The Pro-Am season is alive and kicking with plenty to watch and follow.

Next week we preview Tommy’s Kapiti Paraparaumu Beach Pro Am, Spark Business Martinborough, Recreational Services Masterton & Eketahuna and BDL Dentures Mates Rates Palmerston North Pro Am.

You can also stay in touch on our Facebook for updates as each Pro Am unfolds.

Results US PGA Tour

Sony Open in Hawaii

Tim Wilkinson and Danny Lee both managed to shoot under par for each of their two rounds. Tim had rounds of 69, 68 to be -3 and Danny had 69, 69 to be -2 after 36 holes. It was unfortunate our kiwi players missed the cut and given their performances it goes to show how competitive and deep the fields are out on Tour.


The American Express

The PGA Tour returns to the mainland with The American Express being played at the PGA West Stadium course in California. Two kiwis in the field this week are again Danny Lee and Tim Wilkinson.

European Tour

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Ryan Fox makes his long-awaited return to the European Tour as he begins a swing of events in the middle east. Ryan is the lone kiwi flying the flag. Ryan is firing and ready to go after a summer of preparation with a good warm up at Whitford Park. Congratulations to Ryan and family with the birth of his baby girl here in New Zealand. All the best to Ryan and his family.

PGA Tour of Australasia

Gippsland Super 6’s The PGA Tour of Australasia is back underway after a Covid affected ending to the 2020 season. The Gippsland Super 6’s is to be played at The Yallourn Golf Club and features a number of kiwi professionals who are based in Australia or have made the trip across the ditch. These players include Campbell Rawson, Dan Hillier, Mike Hendry, James Anstiss, Luke Brown, Chang Gi Lee, Sung Jin Yeo and Luke O’Sullivan. One to watch in this particular format will be Dan Hillier who claimed the Manawatu Super 6’s last year on The Charles Tour. All the best to the players and we look forward to following the progress.