Young Kiwi Silvia Brunotti wins NZ Amateur Golf Championships

Brunotti, 14, beat defending champion Rose Zheng this afternoon to take out the tournament. Source: 1 NEWS


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Video: Drone footage captures Eden Park transformed into golf course – and you can play

Eden Park has hosted some historic sporting moments in New Zealand history in the past but tomorrow it will make its own history with the staging of a unique golf event.

The iconic Auckland stadium has seen its pitch, usually reserved for rugby, league or cricket, transformed into a nine-hole course that the general public can play in the inaugural G9 event.

However, golfers won't have to trek around the course all day  - instead they'll have a 90 minute time slot to tee off from numerous spots around the stadium onto the turf, with scores tallied based on how close each ball gets to the hole.

Players are able to bring their own clubs, however they will be restricted to only an 8-iron-, 9-iron, wedge and putter.

The event runs from tomorrow until November 8.


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'In the scale of things, it's a big deal' – Royal Wellington Golf Course gears up for Asia Pacific Amateur Championship

When next week's Asia Pacific Amateur Championship tees off at the Royal Wellington Golf Course, eyes won't just be fixed on the action on the course.

Greensman John Spraggs has taken charge of preparing for the grounds for the event, fresh from a stint at Augusta's Masters earlier this year - where he oversaw the 16th hole - and that's left him with high standards.

"There was not a blade of grass out of place," Spraggs told 1 NEWS.

"A pine needle dropped anywhere on the golf course and it was picked up within seconds."

The course's Masters connection doesn't stop there however, with the winner gaining entry to next year's tournament, along with the Open Championship.

"In the scale of things, it's a big deal," NZ Golf chief executive Dean Murphy said.

Spraggs though, is just hoping that his course comes up trumps as soon as play gets underway.

Asked if there were any nerves, the greensman simply replied:

"Always."


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