Caddies wanted for the New Zealand Open
More than 140 caddies will be required for the next year’s ISPS Handa New Zealand Open in Queenstown at The Hills and Millbrook courses from March 9-12.
At the previous event, last March, there were several volunteer caddies involved on the final day’s play, either caddying for professionals or assisting some of the amateur players.
At the 2015 New Zealand Open one of our volunteer caddies, Jaimes Wood from Royal Wellington Golf Club, had the thrill of carrying the bag for the eventual winner, Jason Zunic.
Jaimes described it as an “incredible experience that he will never forget”. Unfortunately the pair did not make the cut this year but needless to say Jaimes will be on Zunic’s bag again next year.
With the format of 132 professional players and their amateur partners teeing off at Millbrook and The Hills on the Thursday and then swapping courses on the Friday, approximately 140 volunteer caddies are required for the professional and amateur players.
On the Friday evening, there will be a pro-am cut of the top 30 amateurs and top 60 professionals (plus ties), who will go on to play at Millbrook on the Saturday and Sunday of the tournament.
Caddies will need to register on site at Millbrook no later than Wednesday, March, 8. Most of the caddy jobs will be pre-assigned ahead of arriving at the golf course.
There is a $39 cost to register as a caddy. All caddies receive a NZ Open logo-ed golf shirt and cap to wear while caddying and to take home as a souvenir. Caddies should be social or serious golfers with a good level of fitness to carry the golf bag around Millbrook and The Hills golf courses.
To register, please visit our official New Zealand Open website, nzopen.co.nz and click on the volunteers tab for the caddy registration page.
One of Golfer Pacific’s columnists Andrew Whiley is the caddy master and he looks forward to seeing you next March.