New Zealand golf loses great friend

Veteran New Zealand broadcaster Phillip Leishman passed away overnight after a twelve month long battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

61 year old Leishman was well known for his role as a sports broadcaster but in more recent times he has become highly respected for his work in golf as a producer, a broadcast host and an entertaining MC at industry functions.

Through his production company, Sports Inc, Leishman produced a regular golf show which played on both free to air and pay television in New Zealand and, at times, Australia

That show began in 1997 and has played a key role in the promotion of the game within New Zealand and in bringing colour pieces to a New Zealand audience from every corner of the Globe.

Leishman played host to the coverage of many live tournaments in New Zealand including the New Zealand Open and the New Zealand PGA Championship and this week his company, in what will be an emotion charged week, are producing a highlights package for the New Zealand PGA Championship in Queenstown.

In 2011 Leishman was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to broadcasting and the community.

In the passing of Phillip Leishman New Zealand golf has lost one of its greatest supporters.

As is so often the case is such situations, Leishman's contribution to the game may only be fully recognised and acknowledged in his passing.

Bruce Young
About The Author : Bruce Young

A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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