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Winner “thrilled” after taking home $10,000 diamond from the NZ Open

March 4, 2014 Golf Tourism No Comments Email Email

A lucky visitor to the hugely successful 2014 NZ Open in Queenstown walked away with more than memories yesterday(Sunday March 2) after winning a $10,000 diamond courtesy of Michael Hill Jeweller.

Michael Coutts of Arthurs Point near Queenstown had his name ‘pulled from the hat’ to win the glittering one-carat diamond on offer in the ‘Diamond in the Rough’ competition.

Sir Michael Hill with the stunning $10,000 diamond won by a visitor to the 2014 NZ Open (1)“I’m a little bit numb because I’ve never won anything before,” said 28-year-old scaffolder Michael.

“It’s pretty exciting news because it will help us set up life here in Queenstown,” he said.

The couple got engaged on February 1 when Michael proposed to teacher girlfriend Hannah Wilson, also 28, on the top of Ben Lomond.

Michael said he and Hannah entered the competition on their way to the Saturday night concert with Holly Arrowsmith and Anika Moa.

“We walked through The 19th and just entered on the spur of the moment,” he said. “It’s really only just sinking in that we’ve won.

Sir Michael Hill with the stunning $10,000 diamond won by a visitor to the 2014 NZ Open (2)“We want to live here full time because we love it so much and I’d like to join the police force so hopefully this helps set us up.”

Michael Hill Jeweller gave visitors to ‘The 19th’ the chance to win big by inviting them to navigate around a digital version of The Hills course, which had been mapped by world renowned sports graphics company Animation Research Limited of Dunedin, and to select a piece of ‘virtual rough’.

Thousands of visitors made their way to the Michael Hill Jeweller display marquee at ‘The 19th’ entertainment centre to enter the competition.

“The competition was hugely popular, not only was it easy to enter but it cleverly combined the two things I’m most passionate about, beautiful jewellery and The Hills, ” said Sir Michael Hill.

“The diamond on offer was one with superb clarity and colour, and was a beautiful cut, so there were a few people, ladies in particular, who had their eye on it for a very special ring or necklace.”

The winner’s name was announced by cricketer and TV presenter Mark Richardson in front of a large crowd gathered at the 18th hole at The Hills for the tournament winner’s presentation.

The 2014 New Zealand Open tournament was held at The Hills and Millbrook Resort Golf Clubs from February 27 to March 2.

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