Press Release 2021 NZ Autumn Foursomes @ Walton GC
Walton Golf Club this week will play host to the 86th annual Golf New Zealand Autumn Foursomes Championship 23-25 March 2021. This is the first time the golf club will host a national golf tournament and the members and local volunteers have put a tremendous effort into the course and new clubhouse facilities to prepare for the event. The tournament was opened on Monday 22 March by local mayor Ash Tanner who is a strong supporter of bringing sporting and tourism events to the local district.
The 2021 Golf New Zealand Autumn Foursomes this year has attracted a sell-out field of 128 ladies of all ages and handicap levels. The average handicap of the players is 17.5 which is highly competitive. In the field there is a strong representation of 21 local members from Walton GC and Matamata GC. Golfers have travelled from as far south as Motueka, Christchurch and Timaru in the South Island (including the 2020 Champions Carol Bates and Jenny Stephens from Tai Tapu GC). From the north golfers have travelled from Whangarei and Kerikeri including the lowest ranked player in the field Jenny Peters from Northland GC playing off scratch. Local hopes may rest with the assistant greenkeeper of Walton GC, Pam Wright playing off a 3 handicap and her partner Liz Bartlett from Ngaruawahia GC.
The tournament format includes a random draw involving all 64 pairs. Winners from round one go on competing for the Autumn Foursomes Cup (donated by Mrs Guy Williams) and losers drop out to the left side of the draw, competing for the NZLGU Salvers. There are seven flights in each division ensuring all players get at least five rounds of golf. Round 1 & 2 will start on Tuesday 23 March and the finals will be played on Thursday afternoon 25 March. The tournament will conclude with a diner and prize giving ceremony.