2023 Golf NZ Seniors Women’s Championship:
The 75th New Zealand Women’s Seniors is due to get underway at the Bay of Plenty’s Whakatane course, Monday 13 February. And what a striking field has entered.
The New Zealand players welcome back the ever-strong and competitive Australian contingent – no less than 23 entered who will make the trip over the Tasman – the first time since 2020. Past champions include Jacqui Morgan who has also won the Women’s Trust Shield, for the Golf New Zealand Mid-Amateur Championship.
Defending champion Di Syer will lead the New Zealand players competing for the Curtis Cup; the Gross Championship up for grabs in Monday’s 18-hole stroke play round. Players then qualify into divisions of 16 for match play, four rounds Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 February.
Interesting facts on the field
In total over 150 entered with the final field set at 128
In addition to the 23 Australian’s players from around New Zealand stretch from Invercargill in the south to the Northland Golf Club
33 players registered with handicaps of 10, or less
Average handicap 17.84
New Zealand players include six international representatives and 18 district representatives
The Senior Women’s Championship has been hosted by Whakatane on two previous occasions, 1961 and 1970.
Two players are in their 80’s with three players hitting the 50’ milestone qualifying to enter this senior women’s age group championship.