They also put together a fantastic prize package to go to one lucky earlybird ticket buyer drawn at random – which is where Ken comes in.
Told he had won the prize – which includes two tickets on Shotover Jet, ski equipment, day passes and lessons for two at Coronet Peak, a BBQ dinner for two at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant at Walter Peak, passes to The Champions lounge at the Open and a two-night accommodation package at Eichardt’s including breakfast and cocktails – Ken was thrilled.
“I’m always very excited to come to the Open but even more so this year due to winning this fantastic prize,” he said.
A regular visitor to the Open, he is coming down with three ‘golfing mates’ and is delighted to be able to take them into the Champions Lounge at Millbrook Resort for a birds-eye view of play during the tournament.
Ken, 67, plays golf most days when at the event, and clearly remembers his first New Zealand Open experience a few years ago.
“I was hit on the back with a ball from one of the pros while watching Sir Bob Charles and Lydia Ko playing,” he says. “Sir Bob heard about it and signed a glove for me, which has pride of place amongst my golfing memorabilia.”
He’ll return in August with wife Linda to enjoy the remainder of the stunning prize package.
Early ticket sales for this year’s Open are very strong – tickets have remained the same price as the 2016 event, from $25 for a day pass and $60 for a four-day pass.