The Jennian Homes Charles Tour has found a new home in Christchurch with the DVS Pegasus Open to take place on October 3–6, at the Pegasus Golf Club.
After seven successful years at Harewood, Pegasus is taking over the reins with DVS coming onboard as the headline sponsor for the event in association with NewstalkZB. Pegasus already plays host to the PGA Tour of Australia’s SEC NZPGA Championship, which was held there for the first time in March.
The new Jennian Homes Charles Tour venue is set to deliver another exciting week of golf, one that DVS Home Ventilation Directors, Pete Roberts and Tony Sandes, are very excited about. “DVS Home Ventilation is pleased to be involved with a strong New Zealand Golf Tournament, there are plenty of very talented golfers in this country and we are proud to be able to support these people in their quest for success, we are delighted for this opportunity to be involved with the DVS Pegasus Open” says Pete Roberts.
“Having this support from DVS is a big boost for golf in Canterbury and having NewstalkZB Christchurch in association with them will provide a very strong local flavour to the event,” says Mike Godinet, Director of Golf Management and Marketing the promoter of the 72 Hole Strokeplay tournament. The Jennian Homes Charles Tour continues to grow from strength to strength, and New Zealand Golf General Manager for Tournaments and Golf Operations Dave Mangan says keeping the Charles Tour in Christchurch is a great result.
“We have been fortunate to have seven great events at the Harewood Golf Club and its fantastic that DVS and NewstalkZB have come onboard to ensure that we will continue to have a Charles Tour event in the South Island and in Sir Bob’s hometown of Christchurch.”
Amateurs that entered into the DVS Pegasus Open have received good news this week with local Canterbury and leading funeral directors, Lamb & Hayward, offering their support by sponsoring development grants for the top four amateur placings at the October Charles Tour event. The leading amateur will be presented with the Lamb and Hayward Cup.
Stephen Parkyn, CEO of Lamb & Hayward, commented from their perspective it was important to see the Jennian Homes Charles Tour event continue in Christchurch. “This opportunity seems fitting for us to support the amateur players and encourage their development. I look forward to watching the new Lamb & Hayward Cup for best amateur being contested for the first time. I am sure it will bring another level of interest to the tournament.”
Mike Godinet, the event promoter said, “the Lamb & Haywood Cup is a fantastic addition to the event, well done to Stephen Parkyn and his team and we thank him for his keen interest in the development of the amateur players through this event.”
Dave Mangan, General Manager of Championships and Golf Operations at New Zealand Golf expected the addition of the development grants to add depth to the amateur field. “The Jennian Homes Charles Tour is an ideal pathway for our elite amateur golfers and rookie professionals to progress to the highest level. With the development grants up for grabs from Lamb & Hayward, the leading amateur players will be able to put them towards further development of their golfing careers,” Mangan said.