Turner makes the weekend in US Senior PGA25 May 2013
Greg Turner of Queenstown has put together rounds of 74 and 70 to make the cut in the US PGA Senior Championship, being played at Bellerive Golf Club, St Louis, Missouri.
In what is the 50 year olds first senior start outside of New Zealand Turner is tied 49th with his good friend Peter Fowler.
The event is being lead by fellow Kentukians Russ Cochrane and Kenny Perry, both putting together rounds of 69 and 66.
The leading Australasian is Peter Senior, rounds of 68 & 71 to be in 7th place.
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So long, goodbye to anchor putters from 2016 22 May 2013
Golf's governing bodies announced today that they will ban the anchoring of putters from 2016 in a move which will please traditionalists but could lead to a split in the game among the professional ranks.
The ban was first proposed by the Royal and Ancient (R&A) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) in November. Players and the golfing community were then given 90 days in which to discuss the proposal.
The European Tour expressed its support for the idea but both the PGA Tour and PGA of America voiced opposition.
"We took a great deal of time to consider this issue and received a variety of contributions from individuals and organisations at all levels of the game," R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said in a statement.
"We recognise this has been a divisive issue but after thorough consideration we remain convinced this is the right decision for golf," he added ahead of this week's PGA Championship at Wentworth, England.
USGA president Glen D. Nager said the new rule would uphold the "essential nature of the traditional method of the stroke and eliminate the possible advantage that anchoring provides".
"Having considered all the input that we received, both before and after the proposed rule was announced, our best judgment is it is necessary to preserve one of the important traditions and challenges of the game - that the player freely swing the entire club," said Nager.
While anchoring will be banned from 2016, long putters can still be used as long as players freely swing the club away from their bodies.
Golf could become extremely muddled, or messy at the very least, as it waits to see whether the PGA Tour and the PGA of America back the ban.
"The PGA Tour acknowledges the USGA has adopted Rule 14-1b which prohibits anchored putting as of January 1, 2016," it said in a statement.
"We will now begin our process to ascertain whether the various provisions of Rule 14-1b will be implemented in our competitions. We will announce our position regarding the application of Rule 14-1b to our competitions upon conclusion of our process."
November's announcement by the rulemakers came after three of the previous five major champions had used 'belly' putters - Keegan Bradley (2011 US PGA Championship), Webb Simpson (2012 US Open) and Ernie Els (2012 British Open).
Australian Adam Scott then followed suit when he won last month's US Masters while using a long putter anchored to his chest.
Dawson said the recent successes in majors by players using anchored putters had not been a factor.
"No, I can say unequivocally that that had absolutely no impact," he told Britain's Sky Sports News.
"The greater concern was the increasingly widespread use of them in Tour events, up to 26 percent in one case. There was also the concern that young people coming into the game are being taught that that is the way to putt."
Many of the game's leading players, including world number one Tiger Woods and second-ranked Rory McIlroy, have backed the ban.
"I just believe the art of putting is swinging the club and controlling nerves," 14-times major champion Woods said.
"Having it as a fixed point ... is something that's not in the traditions of the game. We swing all other 13 clubs. I think the putter should be the same."
South African great Gary Player welcomed the joint announcement.
"Must congratulate the R&A," he said. "I think three years is a long time - I think one year would have been right but I'm not going to argue with it.
"I spent hours and hours training my mind to have good nerves under pressure. The long putter takes away the nerves, it allows you to hide the nerves and nerves are an integral part of the game of golf."
Eight-times European number one Colin Montgomerie also agreed with the ban.
"Glad to see that common sense has prevailed," said the Scot. "I have used an anchored putter and it was easier to putt with it, rather than without, but I'm in favour of the ban."
Puymbroeck at home in Emerald19 May 2013
Sven Puymbroeck, resident in Australia but still proud to put the NZ flag alongside his name, has claimed the biggest win of his professional career and his first win on the Queensland Sunshine Tour today, taking out the 2013 Emerald Golf Club Pro Am.
Puymbroeck who was the Queensland Sunshine Tour rookie of the year last year closed out the win with a four under par 66, after an opening round of nine under par 61 yesterday. His 13 under par total would be good enough for three shot victory over Ian Esson.
After winning the Middlemount Pro Am last week, Jim Cusdin of the Waikato has continued on his fine form finishing in outright third on eight under par, while Waipukurau's Pieter Zwart finished a further two shot back in outright fourth. Tauranga's Jared Pender was one further shot back in 5th place, putting Kiwis in four of the top five spots.
The scores that professionals have been shooting so far in the Mining Towns has been nothing short of amazing and Pyumbroeck knew that if he was to secure a win, that two low rounds would be required. “There are plenty of good professionals taking part in the mining towns this year and after the scores that had been shot over the first two events I knew that it was going to take some of my best golf if I was to feature at any of the events,” Puymbroeck said.
“The Emerald Golf Club was again in great shape this year and it is a place I really do enjoy coming back play to each year. The people here are just so welcoming and I guess that is the reason why I continually play good golf at this event,” remarked Puymbroeck.
Pymbroeck’s opening round of 61 also equals the course record set by last year’s Pro Am champion Grant Scott, who has unfortunately had to withdraw from the remainder of the mining town events due to illness.
Professionals will now make their way to the inaugural Tieri Pro Am which gets underway on Tuesday.
FULL SCORES HERE
Kiwi Puymbroeck leads Emerald pro-am with 6118 May 2013
Sven Puymbroeck, a New Zealander living in Australia, has taken the first round lead in the Enerald Pro-Am with an outstanding nine under par round of 61.
However he finds himself just a couple in front of Aussie Ian Esson (63), with a bit more of a gap back to the rest of the field.
Jared Pender continues his good form in this Mining Town series of events, sharing third place on 67, and Jim Cusdin is 5th equal on 69. Pieter Zwart is tied ninth on 69.
FIRST ROUND SCORES
Pender third in Blackwater Pro-Am16 May 2013
On a water logged Blackwater Country Club, Sam Eaves has held his nerve over the closing holes to take out the 2013 Blackwater Mineworkers Club Pro Am in Queensland, holding on to win by one shot from fellow Australian Brock Sampson.
Jared Pender and Chris Wood finished in a tie for third a further shot behind though for Wood it would be a round he won’t forget in a hurry. After opening with a 72, Wood reeled off ten birdies without a bogey in today’s second round to a new course record a 10 under par 62. “It was just one of those rounds we all dream about,” Wood said after his round.
Professionals will continue the mining towns series by moving on to the Emerald Pro Am tomorrow.
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Cusdin wins Middlemount Pro-Am13 May 2013
Jim Cusdin broke a long drought with a quality win over the weekend in the Anglo American Middlemount Pro-Am in Australia.
Cusdin from the Waikato, but currently residing in Australia, put together rounds of 65 and 67 to finish 12 under par and two shots clear of Adam Blyth from Queensland.
Cusdin was the only Kiwi in the field, but sometimes one is enough!
Hendry wins Muriwai12 May 2013
New Zealand No.1 PGA professional Michael Hendry has confirmed his place in an elite club on The Charles Tour by winning the ask>metro Muriwai Open but not before a spirited fight back from good mate and fellow PGA pro Richard Lee in the final round.
The 33-year-old Hendry carded a three-under-par 69 in the warm and benign conditions of the final round to finish on a tournament record 18 under par total to win by two shots from Lee who battled to the end for his first win on the Charles Tour.
Northland amateur Kadin Neho carried on his fine form to finish alone in third place and as the leading amateur for his best result in a national stroke play event.
It looked like Hendry was on track for a comfortable win before Lee kicked into gear to stir memories of the great battle the pair shared for the 2010 Muriwai Open.
Lee, who began the day six shots back, rallied with five birdies in a row after the turn to put the heat on the two-time NZ PGA Champion but Hendry was good enough to hold on for his fourth win on the local tour.
“I am very happy to win my fourth Charles Tour title,” said Hendry.
With his fourth win Hendry (2009 Carrus Open, 2009 Taranaki Open, 2010 and 2013 Muriwai Open) joined Doug Holloway (2005 Taranaki Open and Wairakei Open 2006 - 2008) as the most successful players on the Charles Tour since it began in 2004.
“It is nice to be leading little stats like that. If you can keep putting yourself ahead in the record books then it continues to put your name forward among the best New Zealand golfers.”
The 2010 Muriwai Open Champion paid credit to his good mate “R.Lee” who never gave up despite being six back at the turn.
“You don’t expect to be four under for the day and taking a six shot lead into the final round and to be under pressure. He played fantastic today. He has driven the ball so well and he got a good feel on the greens to give me a flutter coming home. It was great to hold my own nerve and finish it off with the pressure he was putting on me.”
Hendry made a crucial birdie putt on the par four 15th which he saw as the turning point in the championship.
“It sort of stunted any momentum he had and it gave it back to me. I hit a pretty good shot in there and once he missed his putt I said to myself this would be a great one to make and when it went in that proved to be a massive momentum shift in the match.”
Lee was pleased with his effort to take the match down the 72nd hole with his seven under par 65.
“I made a few putts on the front nine and my caddy said to me: Try to make two birdies out of the next three and I ended up making five in a row,” said the 39-year-old. “It was a lot of fun and why I play the game.
“I love competing. I love the pressure of coming down the back nine and being in contention. Mike is solid though. He didn’t play well today but he putted well. If he didn’t make three clutch putts on the sixth, 12th and 15th today then I reckon I had a chance at winning. But he is a great player and handled the pressure of leading this event well.”
Hendry broke a number of records on the local series in the process.
His 18 under par total, 270, was a record score for the Muriwai Open beating his own 17-under-par. He became the first player to win the Muriwai Open twice and the first player to win a Charles Tour event wire-to-wire on the second occasion.
“Thankfully I have had a bit of experience with leading now. When it is your first or second time there is a pressure there that you are not used to. I have lost tournaments with a 54 hole lead too but I hung in there well today. I like to be under pressure.”
He walked out of the Muriwai Golf Club with the trophy in hand and the sun setting after a good week’s work. After growing up on Auckland’s North Shore winning the local pro tournament twice was a special feeling.
“I have been coming to this course for a long time. It is a special place. The first time I played here it was 18 different holes. The entire course has changed and I think it is even a better course. I have some fond and old memories of this course and this just adds to them.”
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Hendry stretches lead at Muriwai Open11 May 2013
Michael Hendry continues to show his class at Muriwai, adding a 67 to his already impressive total, now 15 under par with one round to play.
He finds himself 6 shots in front of Richard Lee (71) and NZ Amateur champion Kadin Neho (70).
Hendry was rock solid making birdies on 2 and 5 before his only blemish when he chipped and two putted the seventh hole. He then proceded to make four more birdies on the back nine, 11, 12, 14 and 16 to come home in 32.
Lee was impressive with his shotmaking, but could not buy a putt, so while it looks like a done deal tomorrow there is a glimmer there for him to close the gap through the front nine and then see if he can apply some pressure coming home.
Neho was equally impressive with his game, the 17 year old from Northland seeming to enjoy playing with the two tournament favourites, and at no stage did he appear to be out of his depth.
Nick Gillespie had the round of the day, a 66 scarred by him having to take an unplayable lie drop on the last hole. He is now tied fourth with Mathew Perry who put a 67 on the board.
Dominic Barson moved up 10 spots with his 68 to be tied 6th with Fraser Wilkin and amateur Nick Voke.
Craig Palmer, Director of Golf at The Hills in Queenstown, was five under par today with a 67, moving past 18 players, his score impressive with ten straight pars before making five birdies in his last eight holes to be home in 31.
THIRD ROUND SCORES
Muriwai Open Day 2 - Hendry leads by two 10 May 2013
Michael Hendry is looking forward to playing with Richard Lee over the weekend at the ask>metro Muriwai Open for the comedy he offers on course.
The 33-year-old North Harbour professional carded a three under par 69 in the wet and windy conditions today at the Muriwai Beach Links to lead by two shots from his good mate.
The two most experienced players in the field have set up a rematch of the 2010 Muriwai Open where Hendry made a birdie from 2m on the last hole to win the title by one shot from Lee.
Another great battle is in store but Hendry is looking forward to sharing some stories with an old mate in the final group.
“I just enjoy his company because he is such a funny bastard,” the New Zealand No.1 said of one of the characters of the local game.
“You know you are going to have a good day when you get to play with him. There are a few stories that I have heard from the boys up in Japan that I am keen to talk to him about and get the word from the horse’s mouth as it were.”
Hendry and Lee will be joined by New Zealand Amateur Champion Kadin Neho in the final group as the 17-year-old from Northland continues to impress. He carded a four under par 68 today to be three shots back at the halfway stage.
Tauranga professional Jared Pender and Auckland amateur Nick Voke are in a share of fourth place with promising Waikato amateur Luke Toomey and Daniel Pearce a further shot back.
Hendry earned his lead with a better tee-to-green round than yesterday and apart from a short miss for birdie on the 15th he was satisfied with his round in the testing conditions.
“The fluky wind conditions made it tough out there. It was blowing a hurricane when we started and then it died down and then a squall came through so it was hard to get a gauge of the direction and strength of the wind.”
The final groups finished their round in the dark tonight after heavy rain flooded several greens and forced a suspension of play for around 30 minutes.
A good battle is in store between two old mates with a host of talented amateurs and young pros in pursuit of the pre-tournament favourites.
In the womens event North Harbour rep Sai Ma birdied the final two holes this evening to earn the lead at the halfway stage.
Ma leads by three strokes from North Harbour PGA pro Jenna Hunter at the halfway stage.
Hunter, who opened with a superb four under par 68, faded with a seven over par 79 in the wind to slip back to second place.
Round Two Scores: Men: 134 Michael Hendry (P) 65 69 136 Richard Lee (P) 67 69 137 Kadin Neho (Whangarei) 69 68 138 Nick Voke (Manukau) 68 70, Jared Pender (P) 67 71 139 Daniel Pearce (P) 70 69, Luke Toomey (Lochiel) 67 72 140 Hamish Robertson (P) 69 71, Jordan Bakermans (Christchurch) 69 71, Fraser Wilkin (P) 68 72, Josh Carmichael (P) 68 72 141 Victor Janin (Rotorua) 74 67, Jonathan Ratcliffe (Akarana) 69 72, Mat Perry (P) 68 73, Fraser MacLachlan (Royal Wellington) 67 74 142 Joshua Leitch (Maungakiekie) 71 71, Clarke Osborne (P) 71 71, Dominic Barson (P) 69 73, Denzel Ieremia (Hamilton) 68 74, Nick Gillespie (P) 68 74, Jason Gulasekharam (North Shore) 66 76 143 Martin Pettigrew (P) 71 72, 144 Leonard Morgan (P) 75 69, Ben Campbell (P) 72 72, Tae Koh (Manukau) 72 72, Thomas Brockelsby (Hamilton) 72 72, Kieran Muir (P) 71 73, Grant Moorhead (P) 70 74, Jonathan Park (North Shore) 70 74 145 Thomas Spearman-Burn (Miramar) 75 70, Marcus Wheelhouse (P) 73 72, Joonsang Chung (P) 72 73, Compton Pikari (Te Awamutu) 70 75, Leighton James (P) 69 76 146 Troy Ropiha (P) 75 71, (Harry) Woon Chul Na (Aviation) 75 71, James Kupa (P) 73 73, Alex Tait (P) 73 73, Craig Palmer (P) 72 74, Peter Spearman Burn (P) 71 75, Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui) 67 79 147 Sam Carswell (Thames) 75 72, David Feeney (Muriwai) 74 73, Jake Meenhorst (Huapai) 73 74, Oscar Cadenhead (Clearwater) 72 75, Gareth Chitty (Titirangi) 71 76, Brad Hayward (New Plymouth) 71 76, Peter Lee (Rotorua) 70 77 148 Daniel Graham (Lochiel) 75 73, Jonny Dittmer (P) 74 74, Joshua Munn (Manawatu) 74 74, Shiv Sabherwal (Howick) 71 77, Braden Keown (Waipu) 71 77 149 David Klein (P) 76 73, Peter Giles (P) 76 73, Chase McKeown (Waipu) 73 76, Hogan Cho (P) 73 76, Will Monnery (Royal Wellington) 71 78 150 Chris Harrop (Australia) 77 73, Doug Holloway (P) 76 74, Sam Reese (Peninsula) 76 74, Ryan Leslie (Muriwai) 76 74, Steven Han (P) 76 74, Brian Joe (Titirangi) 74 76, Jay Law (North Shore) 74 76, Patrick Moore (P) 72 78
The following players missed the cut: 151 Cameron Jones (Muriwai) 79 72, Dean Sipson (P) 78 73, Kyung Hoon Kim (P, South Korea) 77 74, Trent Munn (Manawatu) 76 75, William Howard (Rotorua) 73 78, Ho Jun Sung (Hamilton) 72 79, Pieter Zwart (P) 71 80 152 Chris Charlton (Tauranga) 77 75, Leonard Powell (Clarks Beach) 75 77, Brenden Stuart (P) 75 77, Jonathan Morley-Hs (Waiuku) 74 78, Craig Hamilton (P) 74 78, Andrew Gurney (P) 72 80, Tadhg Campbell (Muriwai) 72 80 153 Alex Neely (Bay of Islands Kerikeri) 77 76, Mitchell Hunt (P) 76 77, Kunaal Singh (Whitford Park) 74 79, Glenn Millin (P) 71 82 154 Wesley Jeon (Whitford Park) 78 76, Ben Taylor (P) 76 78, Sam An (Titirangi) 76 78, Harry Yang (Pupuke) 74 80 155 Max (J) Gill (Hastings) 80 75, Steve Tan (Pakuranga) 77 78, Nick Coxon (Narrows) 75 80, Jordan Golding (Omanu) 75 80, Michael Li (North Shore) 73 82 156 Henry Spring (Whakatane) 79 77, John Campbell (Te Puke) 77 79, Johnny Tynan (Titirangi) 77 79, Chang-Gi Lee (North Shore) 76 80 157 Josef Edge (Hamilton) 81 76, Lee Neumann (Northland) 78 79, Joshua Rookes (Mt Maunganui) 76 81, Tony Simpson (Akarana) 75 82 159 Fionntan Lawlor (Titirangi) 81 78 160 Keiran Brook (Whitford Park) 77 83 161 Rhys Harold (Palmerston North) 83 78 162 Scott Pickett (P) 80 82, Luke Nobilo (P) 79 83 163 Nick Johnson (Whangamata) 83 80, Nathan Kim (Akarana) 79 84, Mason Lee (The Grange) 76 87 164 Mike Ensoll (P) 82 82 165 Matthew Vogel (Royal Auckland) 81 84 167 Gareth Millar (Remuera) 82 85 170 Kevin Seo (Huapai) 86 84 172 Mark Hutson (North Shore) 82 90 175 Leslie Eckard (Huapai) 87 88 WD - Scott Johnson (Muriwai) 70 73
Women’s Scores: 144 Sai Ma (North Shore) 73 71 147 Jenna Hunter (P) 68 79 148 Sally Choi (P) 73 75 150 Brittney Dryland (Titirangi) 76 74, Alanna Campbell (Omanu) 75 75, Mun Chin Keh (Titirangi) 73 77 151 Sarah Bradley (Cambridge) 75 76, Caroline Bon (P) 71 80 152 Hanna Seifert (Lochiel) 76 76 153 Wenyung Keh (Pakuranga) 76 77 154 Jesse Hamilton (Maungakiekie) 78 76 155 Joanna Kim (Manukau ) 77 78
The following players missed the cut: 156 Brydie Hodge (Levin) 78 78 158 Siyi Keh (Pakuranga) 78 80 159 Phillis Meti (P) 79 80 162 Bohyun Vyan (Ww) Park (Gulf Harbour) 76 86 164 Heather Keefe (Rotorua) 84 80, Kimberely McPhatter (Maungakiekie) 81 83 165 Fleur Reynolds (Royal Auckland) 82 83 166 Larissa Eruera (Akarana) 83 83 168 Nicole Nathan (Ashburton) 85 83, Stephanie Johnson-Grant (P) 83 85 179 Erikah Waiariki (Taupo) 92 87
Muriwai Open - Hendry shows his class9 May 2013
North Harbour PGA professional Michael Hendry showed why he is the No.1 ranked Kiwi golfer on the Official World Golf Rankings in cool but fine conditions at the Muriwai Beach Links today.
The 33-year-old, who is ranked 157th in the world, wasn’t at his best but still opened the ask>metro Muriwai Open with a seven-under-par 65 to lead the Charles Tour event by one shot from North Harbour amateur Jason Gulasekharam.
PGA professionals Richard Lee and Jared Pender and amateurs Luke Toomey (Lochiel), Fraser MacLachlan (Royal Wellington) Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui) and are in a five-way share of third place after rounds of five under par 67.
North Harbour PGA professional Jenna Hunter carded a superb four under par 68 in round one to claim a three shot lead over fellow professional Caroline Bon in the women's field.
Hunter, who began her round on the 10th tee, made the turn in three under par 33 in the fine but cold morning conditions. She dropped a shot at the par four fourth hole but made up for that with back to back birdies on 8 and 9 to finish her round.
The chirpy pro has been in New Zealand for the past eight years after moving here from South Africa. She has been a PGA professional for the past year and a half after completing her three year New Zealand PGA Traineeship.
“To win on the Charles Tour would be a huge accomplishment for me but that is a long way away. I can’t get ahead of myself. I just need to stick to my processes.”
Round One Scores Men’s Scores: Pros in Bold
65 Michael Hendry (P) 66 Jason Gulasekharam (North Shore) 67 Jared Pender (P), Richard Lee (P), Luke Toomey (Lochiel), Fraser MacLachlan (Royal Wellington), Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui) 68 Denzel Ieremia (Hamilton), Nick Gillespie (P), Fraser Wilkin (P), Josh Carmichael (P), Nick Voke (Manukau), Mat Perry (P) 69 Hamish Robertson (P), Jordan Bakermans (Christchurch), Dominic Barson (P), Leighton James (P), Kadin Neho (Whangarei), Jonathan Ratcliffe (Akarana) 70 Scott Johnson (Muriwai), Jonathan Park (North Shore), Compton Pikari (Te Awamutu), Grant Moorhead (P), Peter Lee (Rotorua), Daniel Pearce (P) 71 Will Monnery (Royal Wellington), Pieter Zwart (P), Kieran Muir (P), Glenn Millin (P), Peter Spearman-Burn (P), Shiv Sabherwal (Howick), Jon Bevitt (P), Clarke Osborne (P), Braden Keown (Waipu), Brad Hayward (New Plymouth), Joshua Leitch (Maungakiekie), Martin Pettigrew (P), Gareth Chitty (Titirangi), 72 Andrew Gurney (P), Joonsang Chung (P), Patrick Moore (P), Thomas Brockelsby (Hamilton), Tadhg Campbell (Muriwai), Oscar Cadenhead (Clearwater), Ho Jun Sung (Hamilton), Tae Koh (Manukau), Craig Palmer (P), Ben Campbell (P) 73 Alex Tait (P), William Howard (Rotorua), Michael Li (North Shore), Chase McKeown (Waipu), Jake Meenhorst (Huapai), Hogan Cho (P), Marcus Wheelhouse (P), James Kupa (P) 74 David Feeney (Muriwai), Jonny Dittmer (P), Kunaal Singh (Whitford Park), Victor Janin (Rotorua), Jonathan Morley-Hs (Waiuku), Jay Law (North Shore), Craig Hamilton (P), Harry Yang (Pupuke), Brian Joe (Titirangi), Joshua Munn (Manawatu) 75 Leonard Morgan (P), Brenden Stuart (P), Tony Simpson (Akarana), Sam Carswell (Thames), (Harry) Woon Chul Na (Aviation), Jordan Golding (Omanu), Leonard Powell (Clarks Beach), Troy Ropiha (P), Daniel Graham (Lochiel), Thomas Spearman-Burn (Miramar), Nick Coxon (Narrows) 76 Steven Han (P), Mason Lee (The Grange), Sam Reese (Peninsula), Peter Giles (P), David Klein (P), Trent Munn (Manawatu), Ben Taylor (P), Mitchell Hunt (P), Sam An (Titirangi), Chang-Gi Lee (North Shore), Doug Holloway (P), Joshua Rookes (Mt Maunganui), Ryan Leslie (Muriwai) 77 Johnny Tynan (Titirangi), Kyung Hoon Kim (P, South Korea), Alex Neely (Bay of Islands Kerikeri), Steve Tan (Pakuranga), Chris Harrop (Australia), Keiran Brook (Whitford Park), John Campbell (Te Puke), Chris Charlton (Tauranga) 78 Lee Neumann (Northland), Wesley Jeon (Whitford Park), Dean Sipson (P) 79 Henry Spring (Whakatane), Nathan Kim (Akarana), Cameron Jones (Muriwai), Luke Nobilo (P) 80 Scott Pickett (P), Max (J) Gill (Hastings) 81 Matthew Vogel (Royal Auckland), Fionntan Lawlor (Titirangi), Josef Edge (Hamilton) 82 Mark Hutson (North Shore), Mike Ensoll (P), Gareth Millar (Remuera) 83 Rhys Harold (Palmerston North), Nick Johnson (Whangamata) 86 Kevin Seo (Huapai) 87 Leslie Eckard (Huapai)
Women’s Scores: 68 Jenna Hunter (P) 71 Caroline Bon (P) 73 Mun Chin Keh (Titirangi), Sai Ma (North Shore), Sally Choi (P) 75 Alanna Campbell (Omanu), Sarah Bradley (Cambridge) 76 Brittney Dryland (Titirangi), Wenyung Keh (Pakuranga), Bohyun Vyan (Ww) Park (Gulf Harbour Country Club), Hanna Seifert (Lochiel) 77 Joanna Kim (Manukau) 78 Siyi Keh (Pakuranga), Brydie Hodge (Levin), Jesse Hamilton (Maungakiekie) 79 Phillis Meti (P) 81 Kimberely McPhatter (Maungakiekie) 82 Fleur Reynolds (Royal Auckland) 83 Stephanie Johnson-Grant (P), Larissa Eruera (Akarana) 84 Heather Keefe (Rotorua) 85 Nicole Nathan (Ashburton) 92 Erikah Waiariki (Taupo)
PGA and NZ Golf move towards merger9 May 2013
The PGA of New Zealand and New Zealand Golf have started a formal process towards a possible merger of the two organisations.
The signing of a Heads of Agreement document agreeing the process was announced in Auckland yesterday by PGA CEO Duncan Simpson, and NZ Golf CEO Dean Murphy.
For the full release, please see link below
New Zealand Golf and the PGA of New Zealand head towards merger (217K)
Zwart claims PNG Open Championship5 May 2013
In what has been an exciting end to the 2013 South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open, New Zealand PGA professional Pieter Zwart
of Waipukurau has come from one shot behind overnight leader Lincoln Tighe to claim the 2013 South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open.
Zwart’s final round of six under was good enough for a 15 under par total and a two shot victory over Tighe, while Peter Martin showed that a lay off from competitive golf can do wonders for your game finishing in outright third on 11 under. Fellow Kiwi PGA pro Matthew Perry (Hamilton) and Heath Reed finished a further shot behind on 10 under.
The week though belonged to Zwart who made an impressive chip in birdie on the 17th hole in today’s final round which wound turn out to be the crucial shot on the way to victory. “It was one of those shots that you dream about when you practise, but to pull it off when a championship is on the line is unbelievable.” Zwart said.
“It is a pleasure to now be known as the National Champion of Papua New Guinea and hopefully golf has been the big winner out of this year’s championship. This victory has no doubt set me up for the year and I look forward to defending the title in 12 months time,” said Zwart.
With his win, Zwart will also be exempt into almost every Pro Am played across Australia for the next 12 months, while also gaining Category 14 on the Australasian Tour giving him number of start’s later in the year.
Zwart will return home and line up next week in the ask<metro Muriwai Open, the last Charles Tour PGA event this side of winter, and must start as one of the favourites.
For all scores from the South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open see here
Player to watch at this weeks Ask<Metro Muriwai Open 3 May 2013
Marcus Wheelhouse – PGA of NZ Tour Professional
Ranked Number 1 in World as an Amateur Was a Touring Professional for 11 years on tours in Australia, Europe, Asia and USA.
Background and Credentials
After spending the early years being involved in a lot of sports my decision to concentrate on golf was realised when I represented New Zealand at the age of 15. By the age of 20 I was the best player in the country. My playing years lead to my now broad outlook on coaching and began with Mal Tongue. I worked with Mal for the following 7 years. I then started to work with the late Ross Herbert from the AIS(Australian institute of sport). I then spent time with Dennis Pugh from the UK but settled with Jonathan Yarwood from the David Leadbetter Academy in Florida. In this time I had some lessons from David himself. I have now come full circle and see Mal on occasions but mostly do things myself. My time on tour allowed me too visit the Scotty Cameron studio in California a couple of times and talk and learn from Scotty himself. I felt I learnt some invaluable lessons in this time.
Favourite Golfing moment / Quote
Golf has been pretty good to me I have managed to play golf on some of the greatest pieces of property in the world. I have seen places and met people i would never have dreamed of. One of my favourite moments in golf is having top ten finishes in the NZ open. Having a hole in one in the last round of the Canon Challenge and finishing 8th. I also received the Rookie of the year award from the Australasian tour from Greg Norman. Also being 1995 "Auckland Sportsman of the year" favourite quote in golf ' The harder I work the luckier I become'