9 Nov 2017

No New Zealand Women's Open in 2018?

4:13 pm on 9 November 2017

The New Zealand Women's Golf Open organisers have confirmed they're exploring the option of moving the tournament to February 2019.

Brooke Henderson wins 2017 NZ Open.

Brooke Henderson wins 2017 NZ Open. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

This year's event at Auckland's Windross Farm in September was LPGA sanctioned for the first time, but was severly disrupted by wet and windy weather.

If the date is changed there will be a 16-month gap between the first and second tournament.

The LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan told the Golf Channel the event is to be re-scheduled for early 2019 to dovetail the Australian Women's Open.

"There are benefits to staging our tournament in either the Spring like this year or in Summer to piggyback with the Australian Women's Open. If it proves the latter, then it would result in a 16-month gap to the next tournament," New Zealand Women's Open tournament director Michael Goldstein said.

"We are currently working with all parties to secure the best time for the ongoing growth and development of the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women's Open as another international event on the LPGA schedule."