Played at Tieke Golf Estate in a top field. Opened with a 70 that included 5 birdies and a terrible triple bogey on the par 3 13th. Lying 2nd one off the lead. Second round played really solid and had the best round of the afternoon in awful conditions for 69 to carry a two shot lead into round 3.
Next day in the third round lost my way somewhat when a couple of guys went low, I stumbled with 4 bogeys to shoot 73. Not the worst but not good and I was now two shots behind the leader. Final round and found my swing again. Putted pretty well throughout. With a birdie 2 on 15, I was leading the tournament by 2 shots with three holes to play. Second placed Dale birdied 16 and 17 so we were tied playing the last par 5 – in the near dark. Good tee shot and second to be greenside. Chipped to 7 feet and holed the putt – birdie – and to win the tournament by a shot! Yeah boi.
First attempt at this tournament at a tough course – Wainui Golf Club – and with the new clubs too. Everything came right and I hit the ball really well. I managed 10 birdies and had 3 three putt bogeys on those large undulating greens for a 65 to open a 6 shot lead on a pretty good field. All the birdies were around the 5-10 feet range.
Second round I played just as good with 7 birdies, an eagle and a double bogey for another 65 to win the tournament by 9 shots. Great result – played awesome -love the clubs.
Another local tournament this weekend. OOM even for HB Mens and Junior selections so hoping for some stiff competition. Had a 68 for the first 18, two eagles 3 birdies. Bit unlucky to have a lost ball, another competitor found it later in the day plugged in the middle of the fairway. Had the lead by one shot after 18 so good to feel a bit of pressure. Took control with another eagle and two birdies in the next 9 holes to win by 6 shots at 8 under par.
Hastings open last week. Went into the tournament feeling good hoping to improve on my 3rd place finish last year.
Ended up a disappointing 6th place. Tee to green I was really happy but struggled reading the greens this week. Hit alot of good putts and had alot of lip outs but they just wouldn’t drop. Always good to have work ons. Bring on the next tourament
One days rest then off to Levin GC to defend my title at the Horowhenua open. Wanting to test myself and see if I can back up my performance from Taupo. Honestly it was a little slow over the first ,5-6 holes but managed a respectable 4 under par to lead by 1 after the first day. Day 2, I started well, I was 3 under after the first 9 holes. I had 2 disappointing holes on the back 9 but a birdie on the 17th after driving the green was enough to take the win by 2 shots. Very happy and learnt a lot about myself and my game.
Great way to finish my junior (Under 16) career by winning the North Island Under 16s played at Centennial Course – Taupo Golf Club. Really happy with with the result, always things to work on but to win by 6 shots over some world class players, couldn’t be happier. Looking forward to competing in the Under 19 division later this year
Awesome to get out of town and play some junior golf. BOP age groups, partly taking the place of the NZ age groups without Auckland and North shore. The weather was terrible, I’ve never seen greens so wet. But BOP golf was amazing, they were out with squeegies clearing greens before and during the first 2 rounds. The event was played at 3 different courses. The first round was at Springfield, considering the weather I was happy with my 2 under and a 2 shot lead. Next day we were at Lake View, I had a great start to my round and after a hour or so rain delay and a suggestion of calling it a day due to flooded greens I finished with a 6 under 66. Stoked. Final round at Rotorua GC, clear sky’s fast greens, bogey free 6 under 64 to finish a good few days.
14 under par, winning margin was 17 shots. Happy days!
On Sunday May 30 2021 I played in this event and the first 18 holes setup the win with an eagle and six birdies for a 65. I won the tournament by 6 shots in the end for my first away open victory. Great feeling!!