1925 New Zealand Open: Ninety-two entries were accepted for this championship held on 25th and 26th September at the Shirley course of the Christchurch Golf Club which had a bogey (par) of 76.
Brisk north-west winds on an opening day assisted to improve conditions by drying a course described as “soggy in all hollows” but a “much more exacting test of golf” than the previous year’s venue.
Twenty-two-year-old J.A.Mcintosh with rounds of 75 and 76 led fellow professionals Clements and Shaw on this day. A stinging southerly on the second morning, however, completely altered their approach for all players, and provided an opportunity for the host club champion of 1922 and 1923.
E.M.McFarlane, a Christchurch member since 1908 scored 73 and though McIntosh regained his poise in much improved afternoon conditions, McFarlane held on to become the first amateur winner since the 1911 victory of A.D.S. Duncan.