Win a ‘big deal’ for Cassidy
Tokoroa’s Chantelle Cassidy claimed her first national title by winning the women’s section of the New Zealand Strokeplay tournament at Paraparaumu Beach yesterday.
The 20-year-old shot a final even par round of 74 to triumph by three shots from North Harbour’s Lita Guo.
‘‘It just feels really good to win a tournament,’’ Cassidy said.
‘‘It means a huge amount to get over the line. I have been to a lot of tournaments around New Zealand and to win the New Zealand Strokeplay is really special for me. It hasn’t really hit me that I have won. I am sure it will in a few days. This is a big deal.’’
Hamilton’s Fai Tongdethsri finished fifth, Lochiel’s Hannah Seifert seventh and Cambridge’s Sarah Bradley eighth.
Te Awamutu’s Compton Pikari and Hamilton’s Luke Toomey tied for seventh in the men’s event with Hamilton’s Tom Brockelsby tied 11th.
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s Mathew Perry won his second pro-am event in a month in Australia on Saturday. He shot a sizzling seven-under-par 65 to win the one-round $10,000 Midlands Golf Club Pro-Am in Ballarat.