Queenstown impresses (again) at 2023 Queenstown Golf Week

2023 Queenstown Golf Week

Queenstown impresses (again) at 2023 Queenstown Golf Week

Amazing golf and jaw-dropping scenery greeted SGA Golfers in 2023

SGA returned to Queenstown, New Zealand, for the 2023 Queenstown Golf Week, and the trip proved to be everything (and more) that golfers look for in a golf trip.

With some of New Zealand's top courses on offer, including Millbrook's Coronet and Remarkables courses, Jack's Point and Queenstown Golf Club, our golfers were treated to an exceptional week of golf.

2023 Queenstown Golf Week Recap

ARRIVAL AND WELCOME DINNER

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 Queenstown Skyline Stratosfare restaurant, at teh top of the famous Queenstown Gondola. Golfers and their partners were treated to good food and drinks, a relaxed vibe, sweeping views of Queenstown, and a jovial atmosphere as they met their fellow golfers (many set to be life-long friends) for the week.

DAY 1 - FIRST ROUND, MILLBROOK (CORONET)

The event kicked off at the gorgeous Millbrook Golf Club. 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. The course featured 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.

In the competition, David Morriss jumped into the early lead in A-Grade, with a stellar 40 points. Next best were Steve Stoward (35) and Ricardo Walkes (34).  In B-Grade, SGA stalwart Thijs van Berkel had a crazy 46 points (wow!) to lead Kevin Biddle (42) and Wayne Meiklejohn (36).

In the Novelty prizes, David "Diesal" Warwick had an absolute DAY OUT, capturing the THREE of the four NTPs. Only Gary Moller kept him from a clean sweep.

  • Hole 2 – David Warwick
  • Hole 6 – David Warwick
  • Hole 12 – David Warwick
  • Hole 16 – Gary Moller

DAY 2 - SECOND ROUND, MILLBROOK (REMARKABLES)

Our golfers returned to Millbrook to enjoy the second of the two spectacular 18-hole courses. Great weather and a solid layout kept the smiles coming! Once again, thanks to the staff at Millbrook for your hospitality.

In A-Grade, Gary Moller had a solid 37 points, followed by David Warwick and Matthew Pitt, both on 35 points. In B-Grade, John Brugman scored an impressive 42 points, with Julie Ridler and Kevin Biddle on 37 points.

After 2 rounds, David Morriss led A grade on 72 points, with Ricardo Walkes in 2nd on 68. Steve Stoward, David Warwick and Matthew Pitt were T3 on 65 points. B Grade saw Kevin Biddle on a solid 79 points (!), ahead of Thijs van Berkel on 76 and John Brugman on 75.

NTPs were

  • Hole 2 – Sandy Allan
  • Hole 6 – Gary Moller
  • Hole 13 – Justin Gao
  • Hole 18 – Jason Pratt

DAY 3 - REST DAY, OPTIONAL GOLF AT THE HILLS

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 handful of 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 Queenstown, "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 4 - THIRD ROUND, JACK'S POINT GC

Day 3 of the 2023 Queenstown Golf Week was an ABSOLUTE CRACKER! As was the case in 2022, Jack's Point was a jaw-dropping, eyeball-widening, heart-pumping golf-bag-full-o-joy. 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 the entire team at Jack's Point for hosting us. Everyone had an absolute blast.

In A-Grade, David Morriss continued his solid form, with 37 points on the day. Next best were Matthew Pitt and Steven Clare on 36. in B-Grade, Justin Gao had an impressive 40 points, followed by John Brugman (39) and Joan Swallow Hannah on 35.

After 3 rounds, David Morriss had the sole lead in A Grade, on 109 points. He was followed by a pair of SGA staffers, Matthew Pitt and Ricardo Walkes on 109. Rounding out the top-5 were Greig Little (96) and Gary Moller (93).
In B Grade, John Brugman was on top, with 114 total points. Kevin Biddle was next best on 111, followed by Simon Dobson (97) and Thijs van Berkel (97). Rounding out the top-5 was SGA partner Julie Ridler.

NTPs:

  • Hole 3 – Nicola Dress
  • Hole 7 – Matthew Pitt
  • Hole 11 – Gary Moller
  • Hole 13 – David Morriss

DAY 5 - FINAL ROUND, QUEENSTOWN GC

Five fun-filled days of world-class golf came to conclusion on the Friday, as our golfers played the picturesque Queenstown Golf Club. The amazing weather all week also came to a conclusion, of sorts, as early morning rain and a drop in temperatures saw the beanies, gloves, vests and raingear all make an appearance for the first time in the week. Nevertheless, the sun came out for the final nine, treating our golfers to more amazing scenery and some truly spectacular golf.

In A-Grade, Steve Stoward fired a solid 37 points, followed by David Morriss (36) and Jason Pratt and Gary Moller, both on 34 points. In B-Grade, Thijs van Berkel found a notable book-end to his first-round fireworks, recording the best-of-the-day score of 39 points. He was followed by Frank "Hey Bro" Elisaia  and Simon Dobson, both on 36 points.

NTPs

  • Hole 7 – Justin Gao
  • Hole 10 – Geoff Hannah
  • Hole 13 – Greig Little
  • Hole 17 – Sharon McCarthy

EVENT RESULTS

After 4 rounds on some of the planet's best courses, the event winners were revealed. Topping A-Grade, with a 13-point buffer, was David Morriss on 145 points. Congratulations David! Second went to Matthew Pitt and Ricardo Walkes on 132 points. Rounding out the top-5 were Gary Moller (127) and Greig Little (124).  In B-Grade, it was John Brugman on 147, 10 points ahead of Kevin Biddle (137) and Thijs van Berkel (136). 4th went to Simon Dobson (133), with Frank Elisaia on 130. Special mention to Julie Ridler, who was the top woman player, on 120 points.

AWARDS DINNER

Following the day, golfers and their non-golfing partners converged at Brazz Steakhouse 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.

2023 SGA Queenstown Golf Week Photo Galleries

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2023 Queenstown Golf Week - Final Scores

Individual Stableford Aggregate

A GRADE FLIGHT

Pos. Player Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 David Morriss 145 40 32 37 36
T2 Matthew Pitt 132 30 35 36 31
T2 Ricardo Walkes 132 34 34 33 31
4 Gary Moller 127 27 37 29 34
5 Greig Little 124 33 29 34 28
6 Steve Stoward 123 35 30 21 37
7 Tagavaitautama Papua 118 32 31 25 30
8 David Warwick 117 30 35 27 25
9 Jason Pratt 115 29 27 25 34
T10 Steven Clare 113 31 25 36 21
T10 Steven Hing 113 32 30 27 24
T12 Nicola Dress 109 31 29 23 26
T12 Ian Crotty 109 29 25 26 29
14 Sharon McCarthy 108 27 24 30 27
15 Stephen Cameron 105 23 25 30 27
16 Tom Tomlin 97 27 26 21 23
17 Donn Jefferis 90 20 23 17 30
18 Jay Carter 85 31 28 26 0
19 James Carter 83 25 27 31 0

 

B GRADE FLIGHT

Pos. Player Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 John Brugman 147 33 42 39 33
2 Kevin Biddle 137 42 37 32 26
3 Thijs van Berkel 136 46 30 21 39
4 Simon Dobson 133 35 28 34 36
5 Frank Elisaia 130 29 35 30 36
T6 Julie Ridler 120 32 37 27 24
T6 Mick David 120 32 26 30 32
8 Justin Gao 119 27 19 40 33
9 Stephen Morris 118 28 29 26 35
10 Geoff Hannah 117 27 35 29 26
11 Diane Moody 112 29 31 22 30
12 Jun Gong 110 28 31 28 23
T13 Joan Swallow Hannah 109 28 27 35 19
T13 Stephen Ellis 109 25 25 29 30
15 Wayne Meiklejohn 94 36 33 25 0
16 Tracey Grigoriou 93 23 30 22 18
17 Kathryn Morris 86 30 32 24 0
18 Sandy Allan 81 15 24 20 22
19 Chris Moody 76 29 20 14 13
20 Carmel Meiklejohn 53 25 28 0 0

Special Thanks

Thanks to all of our host courses and clubs: 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 Stratosfare Restaurant and Brazz Teams 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 2024 SGA Queenstown Event

The 2024 SGA Queenstown Golf Week is in the final planning stages, and will be available for booking soon!)

The 2023 Queenstown Golf Week Partners

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