Aotea stu­dent’s golf crown

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Aotea Col­lege’s Daniel Hil­lier was crowned the na­tional men’s am­a­teur golf cham­pion in Auck­land on Sun­day.

It was the battle of the teens in the fi­nal at Ti­ti­rangi, as 16- year- old Hil­lier beat Sam Vin­cent, 17, of Lochiel, 6 and 5.

Hil­lier trailed for two holes against Vin­cent but took a 3- up lead into the lunch break.

He ex­tended that to four on the first hole of the af­ter­noon round. Hil­lier made only one bo­gey in the af­ter­noon, shut­ting out Vin­cent.

‘‘I felt my whole game was solid this week,’’ he said.

‘‘I holed some good shots and hit some re­ally good iron shots, but it was re­ally more a mind­set of tak­ing it one shot at a time and putting pres­sure on my op­po­nents con­sis­tently through­out the match that re­ally helped me get the re­sults this week.’’

While Hil­lier was dom­i­nant in his fi­nal, his fel­low Manor Park club­mate Ju­lianne Al­varez, 18, had to fight the en­tire way in hers, de­feat­ing Alanna Camp­bell of Omanu on the 36th hole.

Of her na­tional No 1 rank­ing Al­varez said, ‘‘ It’s some­thing I’ve al­ways aimed for. I’ve been work­ing at it for a long time and things are com­ing into fruition.

‘‘It sits well with me – it’s where I want to be, it feels good.’’

Al­varez and Hil­lier share the same coach, Kevin Smith.

New Zealand Golf con­firmed the com­bined ages of the two men’s fi­nal­ists – 33 years – was the youngest in the com­pe­ti­tion’s his­tory.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

Daniel Hil­lier is now a na­tional cham­pion.

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