No­mura Cup

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New Zealand Golf have named

a strong team to con­test the 2017 No­mura Cup at Sun­gai Long Golf and Coun­try Club, Malaysia, 8 – 11 Novem­ber.

The team in­cludes Nick Voke (Auck­land), Ryan Chisnall (Tas­man), Daniel Hillier (Welling­ton) and Luke Brown (North­land).

Two ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers lead this team in Voke and Chisnall, both in­cum­bent Eisen­hower team mem­bers from last year's suc­cess­ful Worlds Team Cham­pi­onships cam­paign.

Voke, who is the top ranked New Zealand Am­a­teur on the R&A World Rank­ings has also been per­form­ing well of late, with three top 10s in his last four events, in­clud­ing a T5th at the pres­ti­gious Western Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship.

Tas­man's Chisnall is the rock of the team, a steady player who has found his feet at the in­ter­na­tional level of play. His con­sis­tent play is a fea­ture of his game and he will be looked to as the an­chor of this team. His three top twenty fin­ishes in his last three starts at the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship, the South­ern Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship and the Western Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship are a tes­ta­ment to that.

The third player of the four man team is Hillier, while still young at just 19, he has al­ready amassed a num­ber of key ti­tles, in­clud­ing two New Zealand Ju­nior U19's Cham­pi­onships, the 2017 Aus­tralian Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship a Charles Tour event in the Hare­wood Open as well as a New Zealand Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship. This will be Hillier's de­but in a se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive team, but one he is more than ready for.

Brown rounds out the four play­ers to rep­re­sent New Zealand in Malaysia. He has shown steady im­prove­ment over the last 12-18 months and has earnt his po­si­tion in the team through im­proved per­for­mances as a re­sult of his hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to­wards bet­ter­ing his game. Brown, who suc­cess­fully made three cuts while trav­el­ing and play­ing in the United King­dom in May and June, has won both his most re­cent tour­na­ments, tak­ing out the Bream Bay Clas­sic and The North Har­bour Stroke Play ti­tles.

Den­zel Ieremia (Waikato/ Iowa State) has also been named as the non-trav­el­ing re­serve for this event. While in pre­vi­ous years, play­ers have been able to at­tend the var­i­ous pro­fes­sional tour schools that are held dur­ing the lat­ter parts of the year, with­out miss­ing out on na­tional hon­ours, sadly this year there is a clash. With Nick Voke reg­is­ter­ing for this year's Tour Qual­i­fy­ing Series there is the po­ten­tial for his sec­ond stage to clash with the No­mura Cup. If Voke makes it through his first stage in early Oc­to­ber, and we hope he does, Ieremia will step in to take the then open fourth po­si­tion within the team.

The last time New Zealand held the No­mura Cup was in 1995, when Rus­s­ley Golf Club in the Gar­den City of Christchurch hosted the event.

The No­mura Cup, is a bi­en­nial com­pe­ti­tion ro­tated among the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion. It was first held in the Philip­pines in 1963.

Con­ducted by the Asia-Pa­cific Golf Con­fed­er­a­tion, each team con­sists of four male play­ers, con­test­ing 18 holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the low­est three in­di­vid­ual scores con­sti­tute the team score for the round.

The four-day (72-hole) to­tal is the team's score for the cham­pi­onship.

Ryan Chisnall.

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