Choreographer, dancer, actor, golfer

Cris Judd lists golf as one of his first loves. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Cris Judd lists golf as one of his first loves. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
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 Arrowtown.

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.''


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