Southland event added to South Island tour

The House of Travel Tour tees off with the Canterbury strokeplay championships on the Waitikiri course in Christchurch this weekend.

The tour began last year with $2500 of travel vouchers for the top players in the Canterbury and Otago strokeplay events.

But this year the event has expanded from a double to a treble with the inclusion of the Southland event on the Otatara course in Invercargill next month.

Otago players have not always competed well on the Waitikiri course which has a plethora of dogleg holes requiring line and length from the teeing blocks.

The only Otago course with a similar design is the Lower Waitaki course north of Oamaru.

But then Otago players may hold an advantage on the hilly Balmacewen course in the Otago event the following weekend.

The Southland event is on February 10-11 at the familiar Otatara course which was the venue of the now defunct SBS Bank Southland Invitational team tournament.

This new incentive for top amateur players is a welcome innovation as there are no senior teams named in the early part of the year.

The value of the vouchers has also risen to $3250 this year with the top male, top female and best under-19 male benefiting for the lowest totals in the three events.

The travel vouchers also assist the winners to attend the New Zealand Amateur, the North Island championships or other tournaments of their choice.

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