Cris Judd lists golf as one of his first loves. Photo by
Cris Judd has had his share of memorable moments as a
choreographer, dancer and actor, but this week in the Wakatipu
he is ticking off an item on his bucket list.
The 44-year-old New Zealand's Got Talent judge was
invited to play as an amateur in the pro-am at the New
Zealand Open at The Hills and Millbrook Resort, near
The American and professional partner Mathew Perry, of New
Zealand, finished yesterday with a team score of 9-under-par,
missing the cut by one shot.
Speaking to media following his round yesterday afternoon, a
''freezing'' Judd said despite the brutal southerly wind,
driving rain and bitter temperatures lowered further by fresh
snow, the area was ''beautiful''.
''It's been tremendous just being here . . . it's the first
time I've been here; just to be asked to be part of this
tournament is amazing. They [the organisers] didn't have to
entice me with much . . . it's like a check on the bucket
list, I couldn't pass that [opportunity] up.''
Judd took up golf as a child and played in junior tournaments
before making a name for himself as a dancer. While it was
the latter which had made him a household name, golf would
always be one of his first loves.
Judd said the key to attracting more high-profile celebrities
to the NZ Open, back at The Hills for the first time since
2010, was simple exposure.
''For me, it's going back to the States and saying, 'Hey man,
this is a really great tournament.' It's a great event, so
far it's amazing.''