Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Aces NZ Open Deal

Sky continues to cement ambitions to be the ultimate platform for NZ sport with the “presenting sponsorship” of golf’s The New Zealand Open.

Here’s this morning’s press release in full:

New Zealand Open announces partnership with Sky Sport

The country’s premier golfing event, The New Zealand Open, is delighted to announce a new long-term partnership agreement, whereby current broadcast partner Sky Sport will also be the Presenting Sponsor for the event.

Sky Sport have supported the New Zealand Open as its broadcast partner since the tournament’s move to Queenstown eight years ago.

New Zealand Open Tournament Chairman John Hart is delighted to have Sky and the Sky Sport team continue their support and invest in the future of the tournament.

“It’s pleasing to have such an iconic New Zealand company providing support for our tournament” said Mr. Hart

“Sky have been there from the start of our involvement with the event, and to now see them grow their part in the tournament is both reassuring and gratifying.”

“This commitment from Sky allows us to continue planning for a positive long-term future for the tournament, as we strive to become one of the world’s pre-eminent Pro-Am events.”

Sky Chief Executive Martin Stewart says Sky is delighted to be supporting the New Zealand Open which has become a staple in the New Zealand sporting calendar.

“Sky has been broadcasting this special event for a number of years. It’s been fantastic to see how this tournament has grown into one of the leading events in the country in that time. We’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with the team at the New Zealand Open and its partners to take it to the next level.”

The tournament will now be known as The New Zealand Open, Presented by Sky Sport.

About the 101st New Zealand Open:

  • The tournament is one of New Zealand’s leading sporting events with a long and prestigious history.
  • The tournament was founded in 1907 and will be played for the 101st time in 2020.
  • The tournament dates are February 27 to March 1, 2020.
  • The tournament is a co-sanctioned event on the PGA Tour of Australasia and Asian Tour schedules.
  • The tournament also has a partnership agreement with the Japan Golf Tour.
  • A professional field of 152 players will play the first two rounds alternately at Millbrook Resort and The Hills before the second round cut of 60 + ties.
  • The final 2 rounds will be played at Millbrook.
  • The New Zealand Open Champion will be the leading player after 72 holes of stroke play.
  • The tournament also hosts 152 amateur players, each partnering with a Professional in a two-man best-ball event, competing for the NZ Pro-Am Championship.
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