Golf: Queenstown man to play round with famous family

Ryan Fox with his father and caddy Grant Fox during the 2014 New Zealand Open. Photo / Getty Images
Ryan Fox with his father and caddy Grant Fox during the 2014 New Zealand Open. Photo / Getty Images

Queenstown-based construction company boss Steve McLean has won the ultimate prize of a round of golf with two of the country's legendary top sportsmen, thanks to the BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open.

Mr McLean's name was 'pulled out of a hat' by Ticketek to win a 'money can't buy' experience with leading Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox and his famous father - former All Black Grant Fox.

He and a lucky friend will enjoy 18 holes of 'Fox fun and banter' at the stunning Millbrook golf course the day after the Open, Monday March 14.

As part of the package he also receives a tournament merchandise pack.

Stunned by the news, he said it was "awesome" to be picked for the fantastic prize.

"I bought the season pass tickets as a present for my sister and brother-in-law back in December," he said.

"It's a great treat as my wife Tracy and I love going to the New Zealand Open, in fact we've gone every year for the past four years.

"I've watched with interest young Ryan Fox's career and have seen him play a few times, so it'll be interesting to play alongside him on the day.

"There's some great pedigree in Ryan Fox and it must be pretty exciting for his father Grant to see how well he's playing. I'm looking forward to playing with both of them."

McLean, a former member of Millbrook Golf Club, where he played off a handicap of 23, said he was in the process of "getting back into golf".

"I've just bought a brand new set of golf clubs ready to join a club, so hopefully they'll help improve my game," he laughed.

"I think it's going to be great fun for me, but challenging for the Foxes - they'll need to show me a bit of patience. I've got three weeks to get in some much needed practice rounds."

Any day or season pass ticket to the BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open bought online before February 15 was automatically entered into the prize draw.

New Zealand Open tournament director Michael Glading is "delighted" that the prize has gone to a keen local Queenstowner.

"These are a legendary couple of Foxes so imagine the fairway talk; it'll be priceless," he said. "Let's hope Steve's new clubs go well for him and it seems the post-round drinks could be about as entertaining as the golf."

- NZ Herald

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