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Govt puts nearly $1m into golf tournament

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/06/2016
<span style="font-size:13px;">The government is putting nearly a million dollars into supporting the hosting of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship.</span> © Bloomberg The government is putting nearly a million dollars into supporting the hosting of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship.

The government is putting up $900,000 to support the hosting of next year's Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship.

The four day tournament is being hosted by the Royal Wellington Golf Club and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says it will be broadcast live to more than 150 countries.

"The tournament provides a strong platform to showcase New Zealand as a great tourism and golf tourism destination," he said on Thursday.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand and a real coup for the Wellington club."

The 72 hole stroke play tournament will run from October 23 to 30, 2017, and see 120 of the best amateur male golfers from 40 Asia-Pacific countries travel to New Zealand.

The money is coming from the government's Major Events Development Fund.

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