Fox begins golf campaign towards New Zealand Open success

Media Release from ISPS Handa New Zealand Open Rio Olympic golfer Ryan Fox makes a busy start this week to life on the European Tour with a two-month block that he hopes will be culminate in victory in the 2017 ISPS Handa New Zealand Open. The 29-year-old makes his debut on to the European Tour in…

While he knows this opening span of games is a big ask, he would like nothing more than to add his name to the Brodie Breeze Trophy when the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is decided at Millbrook Resort, Queenstown on March 12 2017.

“I would love to have my name on that trophy. That could be tough with my travel schedule but sometimes it is good to go in with no expectations – I can go out and if it works it works and if it doesn’t then Queenstown is an awesome place to spend a week regardless,” Fox said.

He begins his venture on the European Tour at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, followed by the Qatar Masters and Dubai Desert Classic. He returns home for a few days before playing at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Perth and two tournaments in South Africa before returning to Queenstown.

“I always hope to put the New Zealand Open on my schedule every year. It will be tough coming back from two weeks in South Africa and I won’t get down to Queenstown until late on Tuesday but I am happy I can make it back in time.

“I have played Millbrook and The Hills many times and therefore I don’t need to play a practice round.”

Fox believes his game is more suited to Millbrook which will help his chances.

“You get to hit driver a little more at Millbrook. As long as I hit driver straight, that is an advantage for me,” he said.

“Both are great golf courses. I have been hit and miss around the greens at The Hills – I find them hard to read. So going to Millbrook for the final two rounds might help me.

“First of all, I want to make a good start to my life on the European Tour. I would love to come home with some good performances under my belt and take some real confidence into the New Zealand Open.”

The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is a NZ$1 million Tier One event on the PGA Tour of Australasia, in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour, to be played in Queenstown at Millbrook Resort and The Hills on 9-12 March.

Click here to visit ISPS Handa New Zealand Open’s website.

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1/ Ryan Fox in action

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Olympic and World Medallist Swaps Shot Put For Golf Clubs

Media Release from ISPS Handa New Zealand Open Olympic shot put medallist Tom Walsh is taking some time out in his early-season competition phase for his new-found passion of golf. The 24-year-old World Indoor Champion and Rio Olympic bronze medallist, will take part in the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open at Millbrook Resort and The Hills…

Walsh, currently training for upcoming summer season in New Zealand and Australia, has become a golfing tragic and the game is an important part of his “downtime” especially when he is based overseas.

The Christchurch-based athlete got the golfing bug from his coach Dale Stevenson and strength and conditioner John Wilson.

“They are both very good golfers on low single figure handicaps. We are away for large parts of the year and in the downtime they would play golf,” Walsh said. “I started to play two years ago and I’ve definitely caught the golf bug.”

Walsh is now a 12 handicapper and a member, along with his coaching team, at Christchurch Golf Club “where they have been really welcoming.”

“I am looking forward to playing at Millbrook and The Hills. I’ve never played those courses yet. I guess I might be more nervous than when I am competing in my shot put.”

Walsh said he and his coaches have strict rules when they play.

“There is a fair bit of banter of course. But we are not allowed to talk shop when we are on the course. For me it is completely different than my sport and its fun.

“I really enjoy the technical aspects and the mental side of the game and of course the rivalry with my coaches.”

No doubt there will be more than just a little interest in just how far the 125kg super-strong athlete can hit the ball off the tee.

Tournament Director Michael Glading said he is thrilled that Walsh has accepted the invitation to play and will join a number of likely sporting celebrities who will be confirmed in the coming few weeks to take part in the New Zealand Open.

“This tournament not only boasts some world class golfers playing for $1 million dollars, but also 144 amateur players who get to play alongside the professionals,” said Glading.

“This unique format allows us to attract some world leaders in sport and business to join us in Queenstown for the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open. Adding sporting and other celebrities really adds an extra dimension to our unique event, and we are really pleased to have Tom come and join us this year.”

Other celebrities will be announced in the coming weeks.

Click here to visit ISPS Handa New Zealand Open’s website.

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1/ Shot put star Tom Walsh will play in the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open

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A true taste of Italy comes to Queenstown’s Remarkables Park Town Centre

Media Release from Napoli Street Café and Pizzeria Italian eatery Napoli Street Café and Pizzeria has opened its doors to locals and visitors this week, serving true Neapolitan-style pizzas and street food from Naples. The new Italian pizzeria, located on the ground floor of Ramada Hotel & Suites at Remarkables Park Town Centre, uses quality local…

Owners Alberto Calabrese, originally from the Naples region, and Lucia Macedo from Brazil, have opened Napoli Street together with daughters Isabella and Adriana.

Experienced restaurateurs, Alberto and Lucia have worked in the hospitality industry for 25 years, and are “excited to introduce authentic Italian flavour” to the local community.

“Stunning coffee, authentic food and the friendly atmosphere of a family-owned business is offered, and locals and visitors can choose to dine in or take away,” says Alberto.

“Naples is the home of pizza. Many of the best pizzas in Naples are found in small places with queues running out the door – that’s what we want to achieve!

“We hope to join the AVPN – an association promoting “true Neapolitan pizza”. To meet the strict requirements, we’ll use typical ingredients from Italy including Le 5 Stagioni flour, renowned for making particularly ’elastic’ Neopolitan pizza dough, and La Bella San Marzano tomatoes grown in the Agro Nocerino region.”

The Italian pizzas will cook directly on the stone of the oven at 460 to 500 degrees for no more than 80 seconds. The Italian ingredients and cooking techniques will ensure authentic Neapolitan pizza.

“We’re currently finalising our street food menu which will launch later this week, and include family favourites – potato croquettes, suppli (a type of arancini), fried pasta and the traditional Cuoppo,” he says.

A Cuoppo is a cone filled with “fried goodies” that is traditionally eaten on the streets of Naples. Napoli Street’s speciality Cuoppi will be filled with calamari, prawns, zucchini and eggplant chips and sweet cinnamon dough balls.

The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch Sunday to Wednesday from 8am to 3pm, and breakfast, lunch and dinner from Thursday to Saturday from 8am to late.

Alberto says the family is passionate about sharing their “love of Naples”.

“A typical Naples street is depicted on the wall. This, paired with the smell of good coffee and an open kitchen for guests to watch us prepare pizzas creates the look and atmosphere we want to achieve.”

While Napoli Street Pizzeria is sure to be a hit for its pizzas, Alberto and his team are also putting considerable effort into producing the best Italian-style breakfasts in town, with melt-in-the-mouth croissants and brioche, and home-made paninis for breakfasts or lunch.

Alberto, Lucia and their family already operate the hugely popular Terra Mia Italian café and restaurant in Arrowtown’s main street, which they opened just six months ago.

Click here to visit Napoli Street Café and Pizzeria’s Facebook page.

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1/ Queenstown gets a taste of Naples at Napoli Street Café and Pizzeria

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