2024 Golf New Zealand Womens Autumn Cup
25 - 27 March @ Rangiora
Golf New Zealand Women's Autumn Cup
Rangiora Golf Club, Canterbury
25 - 27 March, 2024
The 2024 Golf New Zealand Women’s Autumn Cup (previously the NZ Women’s Autumn Foursomes) will be hosted by the Rangiora Golf Club in Canterbury.
Rangiora is the proud home for Kazuma Kobori, who recently won the 2023 Western Amateur in Illinois – the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for male amateur golfers.
In line with many suggestions, players comments and changing times the Autumn pairs event will change in 2024 to a Four-Ball-Better-Ball (4BBB format) – played over 3 days. Four Ball is a match between two teams of two players (a total of four balls being played, hence the name) against each other using better-ball scoring.
The tournament will still be recognised as a National Golf Event with trophies and Golf New Zealand medals presented to the prize winners. PaR nz Golfing Holidays will manage the tournament under the auspices of Golf New Zealand.
Day 1 - 18-hole – Match play 4BBB format
Day 2 – 18 hole – Match play 4BBB format
Day 3 – Morning 18-hole Match play 4BBB format - semifinals
Day 3 – Afternoon – finals only – all divisions Match play 4BBB format.
Pairs will be split into divisions of 16 pairs – seeded by handicap. All play will be handicapped match play, as per the previous Autumn Foursomes terms of competition. Both players on the team play their own ball throughout the round. The low score, or ‘better ball’, by handicap, among the two on each hole is the team's score for that hole. The pair wins the hole if their ‘better ball’ is lower than their opposition. Matches all square after 18 holes continue until a result is achieved.
Trophies awarded will be
Division One – Golf New Zealand Autumn Cup
Division Two – NZLGU Salver
Division Three – PaR nz / Golf NZ Medal
Division Four – Rangiora / Golf NZ Medal
Maximum field size is 64 pairs / 128 players. The conditions allow for the modification of division sizes, should player / pair numbers, entered are not in multiples of 16 pairs.
The Autumn Foursomes has a strong history and been a very popular amateur women’s tournament, awarding a national trophy. In 2023 it celebrated its 87th anniversary at Inglewood. Both Golf New Zealand and PaR nz Golfing Holidays expect the new changes to be supported, particularly from the many playing levels of women golfers – it will ensure its continued popularity for this fun and challenging tournament.
Rangiora Golf Club opened in 1908, is located in beautiful North Canterbury, just 20 minutes from Christchurch city. Originally a 9-hole course, it survived disaster when in January 1953 the Ashley River covered the entire course in waist-deep water. As the floodwaters disappeared a new team spirit from members and the local community had the course back in playing condition before long.
The last significant change to the golf course was in 1966 when the course was developed from 12 to 18 holes, which is the same highly rated course in play today. The club boasts country hospitality with all the city conveniences. The well-manicured course, complemented by a practice range, chipping green with practice bunker, putting green, and a golf shop is well suited to host the new 2024 format.
The 2024 New Zealand Women’s Autumn Cup will be played on the par 73 course – measuring 5203 metres.
The programme includes a player welcome function on Sunday 24 March at the Rangiora Golf Club, with an optional final dinner and prize giving on Wednesday 27 March.
Format & Playing Notes
The 2024 NZ Women’s Autumn Cup is open to all affiliated women golfers – with no age restriction. The maximum index of 40.4 or an overseas equivalent applies. Refer the Golf NZ standard Tournament Conditions for the full list of eligibility criteria.
The competition is handicap, 4BBB Match Play. The format has the 64 pairs seeded by combined handicap into divisions of 16. Handicaps will be frozen for all rounds.
Each pair competes in their division, in their opening round. Winners advance to the second round, with losers relegated to compete for the division plate. Winners in the championships and plate advance to the semi-finals, the losers of round two dropped down to respective flights, 1 & 2. Winners in the 3rd round, compete for finals in the championship, plate and flights 1 &2. Only the winning pairs in all categories on day 3 morning round, advance to the 4th round finals.
Prizes will be awarded in pairs as follows, all divisions
Flight 1 Winners
Flight 2 Winners
The tournament is a walking tournament. Players can request the supply of a trundler – best possible trundlers will be made available, complimentary. The club cannot accommodate requests for electric trundlers and any player needing such should make their own arrangements.
Carts are limited, (all club carts are reserved by PaR nz Golfing Holidays) and strictly reserved for medical reasons only. Players should note requests on the entry registration form and may be asked to provide a medical certificate. All charges for carts to be paid to the club direct on arrival at the club.
Rangiora Golf Club will provide a complimentary practice round for players on Sunday 24 March – any requests for tee times at other times will be chargeable at normal green fee rates. Players should make their tee bookings with the club direct.
PaR nz Tournament Team
Denise Langdon Kim Buckley Kristin Rewha-Langdon
Phone 0275 662 385 Phone 021 373 502 Phone 022 152 5029