PEARCE & KHOO PULL THROUGH AT NGAMOTU CHARLES TOUR
Daniel Pearce held off a large charging pack to claim his second victory on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour by just one-shot at the Augusta Funds Management Ngamotu Classic, presented by PipeTech last month.
On a dramatic final day, up to five players including Jared Pender, Mark Brown, Harry Bateman and Troy Ropiha all had a realistic chance to claim top honours, but it was the experience of Pearce that prospered.
Playing in the penultimate group, Brown looked to take control of the tournament with three birdies on his front nine. However, he was unable to get anything going on the back nine before making a 72nd hole birdie to become the club house leader at 10-under.
With Pearce making a crucial birdie on the 17th he entered the final hole with a one-shot lead at 11-under. The attention quickly turned to Jared Pender who had a slippery five-foot putt to advance the tournament to a playoff. This sadly slid by and cleared the stage for Pearce to claim the title.
“It's great to get another win on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour and to get it here in Taranaki where I have been playing for nearly ten years is awesome,” said Pearce.
“I had no idea what was going to happen out there with the conditions, but happy to get away with the win, but the main goal was to stay patient.”
In the women's field, Caryn Khoo broke through to win her first event by a convincing three-shot margin over Carmen Lim. Khoo carded rounds of 74, 72, 75 & 76 in challenging conditions to prove her class.
While her nearest rival Rose Zheng quickly dropped off the pace, Carmen Lim had other ideas and mounted a final round charge to give Khoo something to think about. Three birdies in her first 12 holes saw Lim close the gap before a disastrous double bogey on 17 ruined her chances and gave Khoo her first taste of success on the Charles Tour.
“It feels great to win here and I'm probably more relieved right now. It's been a long time since I have won here, so I'm very happy,” smiled Khoo.
“Carmen was coming at me all day, so it wasn't until the final putt dropped that it sunk in.”
Khoo aims to make the Auckland Interprovincial side before heading back to America as she attempts to turn professional.
Augusta Funds Management Ngamotu Classic 2017 Winners.