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2023 Junior 6’s

Adidas 6’s at Royal Wellington GC. Quick turn around, 1 days rest after winning NI Under 19’s in Taupo and back into it. Definitely lethargic during my first round. Unusually fast and undulating greens didn’t help my cause either. Finished with a 75. ? 2nd round started really well with some nice birdies but fell off at the end. Finished 1 under, leading tournament by 3 shots.

Final round. Off my game the first 9. Had glimpses of great golf throughout the day but too many silly mistakes and ended up in a tie for 2nd place. Really disappointed but learnt how important rest and recovery is after tournaments. Hastings Open is coming up in a couple of weeks. It will be the first Charles tour event of the year. Really looking forward to it.

2022 InterProvincials

Finally finished all my exams…next up NZ interprovincials in Tauranga. Very excited to be up against NZ’s best amateur golfers again. We have a good team this year and we were expecting big things but a couple of tight losses stopped us making the quarter finals. I finished with 3 wins/2 loses and a half. Played some really good golf but a few to many mistakes for my liking. Time for a couple of weeks off. It’s been a long year but I’m very happy with my results for 2022. Bring on 2023

2022 Greenwood Second Weekend

Greenwood cup done and dusted for 2022. Napier were sitting at the top of the table after the first weekend. Finals started really well with a good win over Hawkes Bay GC. Boys ran out of steam in the second round against Hastings and lost 6/4.

Sunday morning saw us up against Maraenui and on a personal note my match up with NZ men’s academy member Mako Thompson. After letting him off the hook a couple of times on the front 9, I played solid golf to take a 3/2 win and even better the team had a good win. With everything to play for unfortunately the team ran out of steam in the last match against Onga Onga. I won my match against former professional Doug Hollaway 7/6, played really well but the team ended up a 1/2 point shy of taking the trophy. Gutted. I ended up with 7/7 wins and took out the trophy for the highest ranked unbeaten player.

Two more exams this week then off to Tauranga for the NZ Men’s Interprovincials. Exciting 👍👍

2022 Sean Foley World Stars of Golf

Decided to play this event as the winners get entry into a couple of tournaments in the USA. Played the Te Puke GC. Tight fairways and hard fast greens. Shot 1 under my first round. Few dumb boogies but a hole out eagle from 115m into the 10th helped my round. Round 2, I wanted to put a round together I could be proud of. Played some good golf and finished 3 under. 4 under total. Took the win – Happy days. Qualified for the Sean Foley world’s in Las Vegas 2023 and hopefully gain entry into the IMG world’s at Torrey Pines.

2022 Jack Newton International

I was selected to represent NZ so great to play as part of the NZ squad. Played Cypris lakes golf course just out of Sydney. Good tough challenging course. Had a great first 2 rounds shooting back to back 68s. Bit of a hiccup with the third round with a 73 but still had the lead by 1 shot going into the last round.

The flat stick wasn’t working on the front 9 but considering, even par was acceptable. A couple of bad tee shots found the OOB and I was playing catch up. Tried pushing too hard which didn’t work out for me. Really gutted with my day. Probably the worst I’ve ever felt after a round of golf. I won the 16yrs division and represented NZ for the first time. Very proud to wear the silver fern. It hurts but I’ll learn from it and be stronger for it.

2022 Gary Player Classic

Dad and I went over to Queensland in September and I played in the above tournament 16-17 age bracket. At Pacific Golf Club – Brisbane 20th/21st I had rounds of 71 and 68 to be one under par and alone in 3rd place going into the final round.

Final round was delayed a day due to rain so on Friday 23rd, got off to a bad start being 6 over after 8 holes before an eagle and a couple of birdies and bogeys to finish with 74 and tied 3rd.

Great experience traveling and playing overseas. Not the result I wanted but learnt a lot. Hit the ball nicely for 2 days and struggled a little on those big grainy greens.

2022 NZ Under 19’s

I had shot 75 and 71 on the opening two days to be four-over, and knew it would be a tall ask to catch the leader. I got off to a slow start, too, playing his opening three holes in one-over. But then I found my groove, making three birdies on the trot from the fourth, and would make the turn in a couple under. With the leader Liu shooting one-over in his opening nine, I had cut the lead to two.

After making seven pars in a row, followed by a birdie on the 17th, now I had taken sole possession of the lead and stood on the final hole four shots in front.

Packed full of adrenaline, blasted my second shot to the par 5 final hole over the green and out of bounds, leaving the door slightly ajar for Liu. However, I kept my composure, hitting my fourth shot short of the green, where I was able to make up and down to save bogey and win by three.

It felt great to come from behind and win a national title. “I’m really stoked. It was a tough fight out there; I really had to work for it, but it was awesome. I just wanted to hit 18 greens; that’s all I was working on. If I’m hitting lots of greens, it minimises the chance of making bogeys, so that was a big part of the game plan today.”

My heart rate increased after hitting his second shot on the last hole out of bounds, but was happy with a final round of 69. “That was tough. My heart was in my mouth for a second there. Thankfully, I hit my provisional short, so I could chip it up to the hole and hole the putt. I’m smiling.”