Vandals strike ahead of NZ Open
The New Zealand Open will go ahead despite three greens being vandalised on the eve of the tournament.
Holes were dug in the 11th, 12th and 13th greens at Gulf Harbour Country Club, and the word `murderers' was sprayed on one putting surface.
It is believed the incident relates to last week's authorised cull of Paradise ducks which damage to the course. Club spokesman Peter Wall said: "It is very disappointing but our greens staff have repaired the damage."
Police are investigating and the club will increase security throughout the rest of the tournament. Tournament director Gus Seebeck told New Zealand's Radio Sport that as well as holes being dug, petrol had also been drizzled across some of the greens. Last week about 18 of the 30 Paradise ducks at the course were culled.
The club have donated $2,000 NZ to a conservation group as a gesture of goodwill.