Social and serious golfers are being asked to “take part in the action” at the 2014 New Zealand Open tournament held at The Hills and Millbrook Resort Golf Clubs in Queenstown (February 27 – March 2 2014).
An iconic sporting event returning to Queenstown, the New Zealand Open will be played in a Pro-Am format incorporating 132 professional players and 132 amateur players over the first two days.
Over 150 caddies will be required for the tournament, a tier one event on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
Caddy Master Andrew Whiley said while there were a number of returning caddies, there’s still plenty of places available for those keen to take part.
“With the extended tournament next year played across two courses we need more caddies than previous years, so we’re putting the call out now to anyone interested in being part of this phenomenal event,” said Mr Whiley.
“Caddies need to have some golf knowledge but most importantly they need to be fit, keep up with the players and carry a tour bag around the course,” said Mr Whiley.
“Caddies do receive payment depending on how well the player plays, and if the Pro makes the cut, however it’s really about the taking part and being involved in the play.”
Mr Whiley said at last year’s event most caddies received $50 per day on average and “usually end up with some extra golf balls to take home”.
“This is such an amazing opportunity for budding golfers or golf nuts to get up close and personal with some of the world’s best golfers and, of course, celebrities.
“Last year Queenstown local Regan Pearce had the honour of being Lydia Ko’s caddy, which was a great opportunity and one I’m sure he’ll never forget,” said Mr Whiley.
There is a $39 cost to register and all caddies will receive an NZ Open golf shirt and hat to wear while caddying and to take home as a souvenir.
During the event week caddies will need to register on site at The Hills Driving Range no later than Wednesday 10am February 26 2014 as most players will want to get a couple of practice rounds in.
To register go to: http://www.nzopen.co.nz/caddies.html