WAGC: Ki­wis tri­umphant

WAGC NZ team from left: Wayne Kevey, Henry Gao, Hal­dane Lee (man­ager), Thomas Spear­man-Burn, Grant Whe­lan, Rex Gil­bert

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - NEWS -

New Zealan­ders had great suc­cess at the coun­tries first out­ing at the World Am­a­teur Golfers Cham­pi­onship with two first plac­ings and a run­ner-up in three of the five di­vi­sions. To round that off the team placed 5th in the team event af­ter four tough days of golf in blis­ter­ing 32deg C heat and 80% hu­mid­ity.

The win­ners from each divi­sion of the New Zealand na­tional fi­nals, held at Paku­ranga Golf Club in June this year trav­elled to Jo­hor, Malaysia, to play against rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 27 other coun­tries.

The cham­pi­onship’s 72 holes of stroke play were played over 4 cour­ses, with hand­i­cap ad­just­ments af­ter each round. Play­ers com­peted for in­di­vid­ual ti­tles within each flight, as well as a team ti­tle.

Thomas Spear­man-Burn, a for­mer win­ner of the Bledis­loe Cup for the lead­ing am­a­teur at the NZ Open, started the fi­nal round two shots be­hind. He shot a 70 in the fi­nal round to win his divi­sion by two shots.

The other Kiwi win­ner Henry Gao shot 68 in his fi­nal round to take the lead af­ter be­ing 7 shots be­hind at the start of the day.

Grant Whe­lan placed 2nd in his divi­sion. Grant started the fi­nal day 4 shots be­hind the leader and shot a round of 72. New Zealand or­gan­is­ers Premium Golf are tak­ing reg­is­tra­tions for the 2019 qual­i­fy­ing rounds. Go to: www.pre­mi­um­golf.co.nz/wagc

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