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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.

Caryn Khoo.

Daniel Pearce.

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