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Star Jamie McDell to headline NZ PGA Championship concert

November 13 2012

Rising star Jamie McDell to headline NZ PGA Championship concert in Queenstown

While big name sports stars and up-and-coming young golfers plan to take the spotlight on The Hills golf course next February, another rising young star has plans of her own.

Young Auckland musician Jamie McDell has been announced as headline act for a free open-air concert to be held at The Hills as part of the 2013 NZ PGA Championship, being held from Thursday February 28 to Sunday March 3 2013.

The 20-year-old rising star, already being hailed by critics as the next Brooke Fraser and compared to Jewel and Taylor Swift, is a relatively new arrival on the music scene with her debut album out this week.

Her single ‘You’ll Never Take That Away’ spent four weeks at the top of the New Zealand singles chart earlier this year, and another song ‘Rewind’ also made number one.

NZ PGA Championship organisers said bringing her to Queenstown for her first appearance in the resort town was “a coup” for the event.

“Following last year’s inaugural event we always had plans to ‘up’ the entertainment factor of the championship, so a concert was definitely on the cards,” said NZ PGA tournament director Michael Glading.

“It makes perfect sense to add to the enjoyment of a day at the golf on the Saturday (March 2) with a relaxing and enjoyable, family-friendly and free concert that evening to add to the atmosphere of ‘The 19th’ entertainment area with plenty of food and drink on offer.”

A highlight of this year’s event – apart from the extraordinary standard of golf - was The 19th’, the ‘final hole’ for the best in Central Otago food, wine and entertainment.

Singer and songwriter Jamie McDell will be performing original tracks from her debut album ‘Six Strings and a Sailboat’ as part of an entertainment package scheduled to start late afternoon on the Saturday.

She said the album title reflected the fact that the sea had always been part her life, as a diver, surfer and sailor who had spent a number of years in the Mediterranean with her family.

Having first picked up a guitar at the relatively late age of 15, she was offered a development contract by EMI Music a year later. “Writing music is very much part of who I am,” she said. “At the end of the day my passion is about music, not becoming famous.”

She said she was looking forward to bringing her music to a Queenstown audience at the NZ PGA event on her first appearance in the resort.

“The escalation in popularity and people knowing about me has been a bit overwhelming at times,” she said. “But as long as it’s about getting my songs out there, I’m very grateful.

“I’m looking forward to singing at The Hills and hearing my music resonate in a stunning natural amphitheatre, then exploring the mountains,” she said.

Mr Glading said they were very much looking forward to having Jamie’s beautiful voice grace the stage at The 19th.

“I’m sure she’ll win herself a whole new legion of fans in the South Island,” he said.

Further information on the Championship is available on Tickets for the event go on sale soon and are $55 for the season (all four days), $20 for the Thursday or Friday and $30 for the Saturday or Sunday. Children under 10 are free. Children aged 10 to 17 are $15 for the weekend.

The Tournament Format: NZ PGA Championship

Up to 144 Professionals will tee up on Thursday February 28th, 2013 with the top 68 professionals making the cut on the Friday progressing through to the weekend to play for the NZ PGA Championship.

A field of 68 Amateurs (friends, sponsors, celebrities) will play a seeding tournament on Friday 1st March at Millbrook. Following this each amateur will be placed with a professional and that pair will play as a two-ball, best-ball team on the Saturday and Sunday for the NZ PGA Championship pro-am title.

The Course: The Hills

In its stunning amphitheatre encircled by the Remarkables Mountains, with 180 degree views taking in Coronet Peak and the Crown Range, The Hills has the x-factor as a tournament golf course.

Designed by Darby Partners, the course was initially Michael Hill’s own private golf course. Set over 500 acres of former deer farm land close to Arrowtown, Central Otago, it is home to an incredible array of flora including native brown top grasses and wild native mountain tussocks.

Another unique element of the course is a significant sculpture park that links outdoor art pieces into the course design, creating a magical playing environment.

The Hills is proud to have hosted three consecutive New Zealand Open Championships since opening in 2007 and is now the home of the NZ PGA Championship.

The Location: Queenstown

With mountain peaks as far as the eye can see, shimmering lakes and crisp alpine air, Queenstown is quite simply a place of pure inspiration. It’s also a golf lover paradise.

With six stunning golf courses all within 25 minutes’ drive of the town centre, Queenstown is fast gaining a reputation as an internationally renowned golf destination. Choices range from the immaculately groomed greens of resort courses to breathtaking fairways with rugged mountain peaks as a backdrop.

Golf facilities are world-class and there’s plenty of variety between The Hills, Millbrook Resort, Jack’s Point, Arrowtown Golf Club, Queenstown Golf Club at Kelvin Heights, and the Frankton Driving Range and Golf Course.

A range of different courses means no two rounds need be the same and a week-long trip can be both technically challenging and fun. Tailored tours and packages cater for the solo golfer right through to larger groups. Every style and level of golfer will be well looked after.


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