New Zealand Open Golf Championship attracts new naming rights sponsor

New Zealand Golf and Millbrook Tournaments Limited (promoters of the New Zealand Open) are delighted to announce the signing of ISPS Handa as the new naming rights sponsor for the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open for a minimum three-year term, covering the 2017, 2018 and 2019 events.

This follows the co-naming rights agreement that was in place for the 2016 BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open, with ISPS Handa now taking the sole naming rights position for the next three years.

In addition to the naming rights agreement, the organisers are also pleased to announce that the partnership agreement with the Japan Golf Tour (JGTO) has been renewed for 2017. Under this agreement a minimum of 25 players from the JGTO will compete in the 2017 ISPS Handa New Zealand Open.

“In view of the fact that the first five finishers in the 2016 event all ply their trade on the Japan Golf Tour, this partnership agreement again represents an excellent investment that the tournament continues to make in terms of securing quality Professional players from this tour,” said Tournament Chairman John Hart.

Mr Hart also thanked BMW for their enormous support for the Queenstown event over the past three years, which has helped grow the event into one of Oceania’s premier sporting events since it’s re-launch as a Pro-Am format in 2014.

“With the tournament’s focus on Japan in particular, it is especially exciting to have ISPS Handa on board as a naming rights partner for the next three years. It gives the tournament enormous stability, and further cements our relationship with Japan.”

CEO of New Zealand Golf Dean Murphy added his delight at this significant addition to the national Open.

“ISPS Handa sponsors over twenty tournaments around the globe, and to have them add our premier men’s golf event to their huge stable of events is a real vote of confidence to the event that we deliver.”

Dr Handa, ISPS Chairman and Founder was equally thrilled. “I thoroughly enjoyed playing in the Pro-Am section of the tournament this year, and saw for myself how this innovative tournament brought so many business and sporting people together.

“I am pleased to have our organisation support the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open, and to use this opportunity to highlight our goal of adding assistance to blind and disabled golf throughout New Zealand, Australia and SE Asia.”

The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open will be played in Queenstown at Millbrook Resort and The Hills on March 9-12, 2017.

Photo Caption:
Dr. Handa, Chairman and Founder ISPS Handa, (L) celebrates the signing of the three year naming rights agreement with Tournament Chairman John Hart


About the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open

• The tournament is a sanctioned Tier One event on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia
• A professional field of 144 players will play the first two rounds alternately at The Hills and Millbrook Resort before the second round cut of 60 + ties
• The final two rounds of the championship will be played at Millbrook Resort
• The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open Champion will be the leading player after 72 holes of stroke play
• The tournament also hosts 144 amateur players, each partnering with a Professional in a two-man best-ball event, competing for the ISPS Handa NZ Pro-Am Championship

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About ISPS Handa:

International Sports Promotion Society (known as ISPS or as ISPS Handa) is a corporation designed to carry out activities contributing to social welfare and international co-operation through the promotion of sports and sports values. Founder Dr Haruhisa Handa is known as ‘The Father of Blind Golf in Japan’ due to the leading role he played in introducing the game of blind golf to the country.

ISPS Handa has a long history of supporting golf events around the globe, sponsoring tournaments on almost every major golf tour including the European Tour, PGA Tour, European Senior Tour, Asian Tour, Legends Tour, LPGA, Ladies European Tour, Japan PGA, Sunshine Tour, Golf Australia and the Australasian PGA.

ISPS Handa has expanded to advocate for the recognition of differently-abled golfers, such as wounded veterans, in addition to blind golf. ISPS Handa offers training academies and inclusion opportunities in co-operation with some of golf’s most prestigious events.

ISPS Handa is a strong advocate for the ‘power of sport’ and its ability to create hope, to inspire people, and transform society. It is this conviction that has been the backbone of ISPS ‘s dedication to providing opportunities for blind and disabled golfers worldwide, with the long-term aim of enabling golf to become a Paralympic sport.

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