Wānaka Golf Club member and Trout’s Head Chef Peter Chaney has just under a year to up his golf game, after winning an amateur spot in next year’s New Zealand Open Pro-Am Championship in a draw at the 2020 volunteer’s BBQ.
An avid golf player who joined the Wānaka club four years ago, Chaney has volunteered at the event in Queenstown for the last two years. This year, he was one of several members who “adopted” the 17th hole at the Millbrook Resort - which means looking after the hole from a crowd control perspective.
As a thank you, all volunteers were given a golf kit, the chance to play a round at the Hills or Millbrook golf courses, and an invite to the SBS Volunteer BBQ, where they could mingle with the players and be part of a draw for a place in the 2021 tournament. Chaney was the lucky one in 521 volunteers this year, meaning he will receive two practice days before becoming one of 156 amateurs paired with 156 golf professionals playing the 2021 Pro-Am Championship.
Pro-am pairs play two rounds in a best-ball format, where the best single net score from the two players will count towards the team score. The top forty pairings then progress to a third round, and the top ten proceed to the final round over the weekend.
Chaney told the Wanaka Sun, “I’ve got eleven months to improve my golf handicap, which is a challenge I’m keen on. The NZ Open is next year and I’m playing in it, so bring it on.”