Making great strides

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Michael Hill – and his flamboyant trousers – stole the show at yesterday’s Pro-Am tournament at his golf course.

The local jewellery magnate’s threesome won the exclusive $5000-a-team competition – put on by Open organisers Tuohy and Associates – that’s a forerunner to today’s main event.

Teamed with Colombian pro Manny Villegas – brother of golfing poster boy Camilo Villegas, NZ Golf board member Richard Taylor and NZ Golf chairman Philip Hassall, Hill won with 55 stableford points on a countback from NZ Golf II, who had Aussie pro Terry Price in their ranks.

  •  Every NZ Open volunteer is being thanked for their time with jewels – or at least a voucher to put towards some. Hill is doling out $25 gift cards to be spent at his nationwide jewellery chain to the 300 volunteers helping at this year’s event.