New Zealand Golf Magazine
LUKE TOOMEY WINS SECOND CARRUS OPEN
For the second year running at his home course, Luke Toomey won the Carrus Open by one shot after a final round 68, 2-under the card, to finish on 14-under for the tournament at the Tauranga Golf Club.
On a day where Toomey started two shots behind overnight leader Ryan Chisnall, he began well on the front nine with an eagle on the 6th hole, for the second day in a row, before dropping a shot on the next to share the lead with James Hydes after seven holes.
Toomey began the back nine in style making birdies at the 10th and 11th holes to move two shots clear with seven holes to play.
Toomey made another birdie at 15 to be in full control of the tournament and keep the challengers at arm’s length with three holes to go.
He hit a speed bump at the penultimate hole, losing his tee shot down the left to bring both Woonchul Na and James Hydes back into the tournament.
Disaster looked like it was about to ensue as he hit his fourth shot into a fairway bunker about 40 metres short of the hole. He hit a miraculous bunker shot to six-feet and holed the putt with authority and a fistpump and walked to the 18th tee holding a one-shot lead.
Par was good enough to win his second Carrus Open in a row, one shot in front of Woonchul Na and Hydes.
After the victory, Toomey said it was the perfect way to give back to a club that has given him so much.
“This feels bloody awesome,” Toomey said, “Like I’ve said, being able to give back in that fashion means everything to me and I know it does to them too, I’m ecstatic.
“I told myself all week to expect the unexpected and take everything as it comes.
I told my caddie, Nick after I lost the ball on the 17th that I should just make birdie with the second ball.
“I made a remarkable up and down out of the bunker to make double, and that was just enough to spur me on and give me the energy to make par up 18 and win the golf tournament and bring it home.
“This means everything.”
Darae Chung finished as the leading female at nine-under and in a tie for ninth, after making history being the first female to tee it up in the final group of the new-look mixed-gender Jennian Homes Charles Tour events.
“I just wanted to learn as much as I could today as it was an amazing opportunity for my development,” Chung said after the round.
“I love how New Zealand Golf has given us this opportunity to test ourselves against the best players in the country.”