New Zealand Women's Amateur

Organised women's golf matches were first played in New Zealand in 1893, when a match play competition was established as part of the men’s championship tournament. The ladies played for a trophy donated by Mrs G. G. Stead (née Lucie Maria Wilkinson), the wife of George Gatonby Stead, who was a grain merchant, racehorse owner and breeder from Christchurch.

New Zealand Women's Amateur Championship Trophy

The inaugural New Zealand Women’s Amateur championship took place at Otago, with Ethel Lomax-Smith, the South African-born wife of a general practitioner, winning the event. Mrs Lomax-Smith, a successful golfer, tennis player and member of a ladies’ rowing team, was also well known for her participation in amateur dramatics, playing the lead actress in several local productions.

In 1905 it was decided at a meeting in Napier that the women’s sections of twelve clubs – including Auckland, Napier, Manawatu, Wanganui, Wairarapa, Hutt-Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru, North Otago and Otago – should affiliate with the Ladies' Golf Union in Great Britain and further autonomy arrived five years later when a meeting in Christchurch decided to form the New Zealand Ladies’ Golf Union as a separate branch of the overseas union.

Eileen Williams from Masterton Golf Club in Wairarapa, was a leading light in the early years of the women’s game, winning the stroke play championship (that was established in 1911) seven times between 1911 and 1925 and the match play competition five times between 1907 and 1922. She became an administrator for many years, a life vice-president, and patroness of the union.

Another woman who made her mark between the wars was Olive Kay, who won nine straight stroke play titles starting in 1926,...

New Zealand Women's Amateur host courses

Boulcott's Farm

40th North Island - Best in Area

The golf clubs of Hutt (formed in 1892) and Boulcott (founded in 1938) were amalgamated in 2010, thus creating New Zealand’s first Heritage Golf Club at Boulcott’s Farm.

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Hamilton

17th North Island - Best in Area 24th New Zealand Ranking

Named St Andrews, the course at Hamilton Golf Club has been in play for nearly a century. It's a fine example of a solid parkland layout that has stood the golfing test of time...

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Harewood

11th South Island - Best in Area 30th New Zealand Ranking

In 2012, Harewood Golf Club upgraded their main course and they hired Greg Turner & Scott Macpherson who have completed a number of well-crafted redevelopments in the South Island.

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Hastings

21st North Island - Best in Area 32nd New Zealand Ranking

Members and guests of Hastings Golf Club – better known locally as Bridge Pâ – play their golf on a wonderful, free-draining, parkland course...

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Invercargill

12th South Island - Best in Area 33rd New Zealand Ranking

Invercargill Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in New Zealand; the town may be a little remote from the rest of the country but its inhabitants love their golf as much, if not more than, those who live in the major centres.

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Manawatu

18th North Island - Best in Area 25th New Zealand Ranking

Manawatu is a very pleasant parkland course laid out on a compact, 110-acre site between a lagoon, Massey University College of Education, and the Manawatu River.

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Mount Maunganui

25th North Island - Best in Area 38th New Zealand Ranking

Mount Maunganui Golf Club shares its name with the extinct volcano that rises above the course and also the town – known locally as “The Mount” – which is a popular surfing resort...

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Napier

35th North Island - Best in Area

Established in 1896, Napier Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in New Zealand and was host venue to the inaugural New Zealand Open in 1907.

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Nelson

16th South Island - Best in Area 44th New Zealand Ranking

The course at Nelson Golf Club has been gradually evolving, and in recent years over 450 trees have been felled, revealing a more traditional links layout that was obscured for years.

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New Zealand Women's Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Matt Richardson Courses Played 17
= Patrick Kennelly Courses Played 17
3 Mark Hillson Courses Played 13
4 Joshua Stevens Courses Played 12
= Brian Wood Courses Played 12
6 Richard Souter Courses Played 11
7 Martin White Courses Played 10
= Jared Fenwick Courses Played 10
= Peter G Courses Played 10
10 Neil McGregor Courses Played 9