Joining the team: Caption: Craigs Investment Partners Auckland and Queenstown GM Ross Bradding,, left,, and private wealth and markets head Jeremy Williamson,at Millbrook Resort last week

Craigs Investment Partners has come on board as one of next year’s New Zealand Open golf tournament’s major sponsors.

The 103rd Open, being held at Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort from February 29 to March 3, is the only National Open in world golf played in a pro-am format.

The tourney, which attracts 156 pros and an equal number of paying amateurs, is a co-sanctioned event on the PGA Tour of Australasia and Asian Tour schedules, and has a partnership agreement with the Japan Golf Tour.

Craigs Investment Partners private wealth and markets head Jeremy Williamson says supporting a world-class sporting event like the Open, which brings a global perspective into Kiwi homes, is a ‘‘perfect alignment’’.

‘‘Our 19 local branches nationwide all have a strong connection to supporting charities and the communities they serve, and golf raises more
money for charities in New Zealand than any other sport, so it makes sense for Craigs Investment Partners to grow our involvement with NZ’s most-played sport and help us connect with communities, our clients and further enhance our charitable endeavours.’’

Tournament chair John Hart says the company’s commitment to helping Kiwis achieve success and local community focus ‘‘align perfectly with the values of our tournament’’.

‘‘We’re very much looking forward to working with the team at Craigs Investment Partners to develop a successful partnership together.’’

Craigs is already involved in several ‘charity golf days’ annually — as an added incentive this year, participants in some of those will have the chance to win a prized pro-am spot for next year’s tourney.

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