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