Queenstown turns on the charm for SGA Golfers


Queenstown Turns on the Charm for SGA Golfers

Amazing golf, jaw-dropping scenery and perfect weather greeted SGA Golfers in 2022

SGA's inaugural golf trip to Queenstown, New Zealand, for the 2022 SGA International, proved to be everything (and more) that golfers look for in a golf trip.

With all 5 courses within a quick 20 minutes' transfer from Queenstown, our golfers enjoyed a relaxing and stress-free week. The weather was absolutely MINT, with full sunshine all week, and temperatures in the 19-24-degree range, with only a bit of clouds and wind.  In truth, you could not ask for better golf conditions. Or better golf courses. Or a better group of golfers.

2022 Queenstown Golf Week Recap


Following a short 3-hour flight from Australia, golfers made their way to the new Ramada Queenstown, our home-base for the week. That night, guests enjoyed a hosted Welcome Party at the Pig & Whistle pub, just a few minutes' walk from the hotel. Golfers were treated to good food and drinks, a relaxed vibe, and a jovial atmosphere as they met their fellow golfers (many set to be life-long friends) for the week.


The event kicked off at the gorgeous Arrowtown Golf Club. Simply an amazing location, with plenty of fun had by all. The course features gorgeous scenery all around, which (if you're not careful) can distract you from the golf itself. Overall, it was a challenging and enjoyable golf course. The course staff were friendly and helpful, and our golfers had a great time. Thanks to the course and staff for hosting us and making it a memorable day.


Day 2 was an absolute corker. Played at the magnificent Queenstown Golf Club, (one of the top-5 most scenic courses in the world) the day featured some stunning scenery, challenging golf and plenty of smiles. Surrounded by Lake Wakatipu, the course has lake views at nearly every turn, with the feature hole running along the lake itself. Wow.

This is a must-play course for any time you visit Queenstown, New Zealand.

Thanks to Andrew and the team (and members) at Queenstown GC for hosting us at your lovely course.


A well-earned "rest day" for many of our golfers in Queenstown. There is SO MUCH to do in the area, it's hard to choose just one or two activities. While a dozen lucky golfers teed-off at the ultra-exclusive The Hills GC (featuring a perfectly-manicured course, surrounded by eclectic works of art), some of our guests took the day to explore. Some visited a variety of amazing wineries; others took on a more adrenaline-packed adventure on the Skippers Canyon Jet Boats. Still others took the scenic Skyline Queenstown Gondola to enjoy the views (while one intrepid golfer even HIKED to the top of the mountain!). It's no wonder why Queenstown is named "the Adventure Capital of the World"

Overall a great day was had by all. Thanks to our golfers for sharing these great photos with us.



Day 3 of the 2022 SGA International - NZ was an ABSOLUTE CRACKER! Jacks Point was a jaw-dropping, eyeball-widening, heart-pumping golf-bag-full-o-joy. There is a reason that our Media Manager rates this course as his #1 on the planet, and it's hard to argue. With GORGEOUS views at EVERY HOLE, it is a bucket-list course that had our golfers taking more photos than golf swings. Trust us when we say: PLAY THIS COURSE!

Thanks to Luke and the entire team at Jack's Point for hosting us. Everyone had an absolute blast.


Five fun-filled days of world-class golf came to a fitting conclusion on Friday, as our golfers played the AMAZING Millbrook Resort (Coronet course). A relatively new layout on the 36-hole facility, this club hosts the NZ Open, and it was a real treat for our golfers to experience it in all its glory.


Of course, this week was about more than just enjoyable golf. There was also a tournament going on!

When the 4-round scores were tallied, checked and re-checked, we had a TIE at the top of A-grade, with both Bill Marriott and Anthony Harwood locked-in on 134 total stableford points. On countback, Anthony took the bikkies, courtesy of his final round 33, just edging Bill on 32. SGA stalwart Drew Hallam finished 2 shots back on 132, capturing the final podium spot.
In B-Grade, it was also a close race, with the lead shifting over the four days. In the end, Cheryl Kelly captured the trophy, with a total of 136 points (the highest of all golfers throughout the week!). One shot back, capturing second, was Bill Hogg, with “Happy, Not Happy, Bro” Frank Elisaia taking third on 131. ( See Full scores below.)


Following the day, golfers and their non-golfing partners converged at the Pig & Whistle Historic Pub for the Presentation Dinner. With some tasty food (and PLENTY of beverages) consumed, the night was a relaxing and fun evening where golfers chatted about their glorious (and not-so-glorious, LOL) golf shots and moments across this memorable week.

2022 Queenstown Golf Week - Final Scores

Individual Stableford Aggregate

A Grade Flight
Pos. Player Total Points R1 R2 R3 R4
T1 Anthony Harwood 134 30 34 37 33
T1 William Marriott 134 38 30 34 32
3 Drew Hallam 132 36 36 31 29
4 Russell Potter 130 33 34 32 31
5 Alan Holloway 126 34 31 29 32
6 Jenny Bolger 124 29 31 34 30
7 Arvin Kumar 122 37 35 25 25
8 Jane Schendzielorz 121 30 38 25 28
9 Ronald Naidu 119 30 25 38 26
10 Kevin Biddle 118 32 30 28 28
T11 Peter Calverley 117 32 27 30 28
T11 Russell Dent 117 33 25 30 29
13 Rhys Hugglestone 115 28 32 33 22
14 Gary Moller 110 29 35 18 28
15 Sally Napier 109 27 31 20 31
16 Brenda Uren 104 26 33 19 26
17 Geoff Turner 90 27 23 26 14
18 Dean Miller (Staff) 65 34 31
19 Richard Fellner (Staff) 60 32 28
B Grade Flight
Pos. Player Total Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Cheryl Kelly 136 39 38 30 29
2 William Hogg 135 33 33 32 37
3 Frank Elisaia 131 39 30 36 26
4 Susan Dawson 124 28 29 29 38
5 Steve Virag 116 32 26 28 30
T6 Geoff Hannah 115 36 27 28 24
T6 Ian Steer 115 32 33 27 23
8 Andrew Sexton 114 27 28 37 22
9 Bill Chung 112 34 26 27 25
10 Graham Ball 111 25 33 30 23
T11 Narelle Lopez 107 30 26 30 21
T11 Deborah Phillips 107 23 27 25 32
13 Ivan Jones 106 30 26 20 30
14 Gayle Scantleton 103 36 24 17 26
15 Cheryl Tamlin 102 21 29 27 25
16 Brett Messner 101 22 26 24 29
17 Kerrie Cooper 100 28 30 22 20
18 Kym Buckley 91 21 30 18 22

Special Thanks

Thanks to all of our host courses and clubs: Arrowtown Golf Club, Queenstown Golf Club, The Hills, Jacks Point, and Millbrook Resort for allowing us to enjoy your world-class courses.

Thanks to Stephen and his team from the top-notch Peak Golf Queenstown for all of their help and arrangements on ground.

Thanks to the Pig & Whistle Team for taking care of us for our welcome and awards dinners!

Thanks to our amazing partners/sponsors: Srixon-Cleveland, Garmin, Heathcote Winery, TCN Gift Cards and Drummond Golf.

Most importantly, thanks to ALL of our golfers and their non-golfing partners for joining us this week. You were all a wonderful and fun-filled group, and you helped make this event extra special!

The 2023 SGA Queenstown Event

(The 2023 SGA Queenstown Golf Week is in the final planning stages, and will be available for booking soon!)

The 2022 SGA International, New Zealand Sponsors

Srixon Cleveland Golf
Cleveland Golf
Garmin Australia
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