New Zealand Golf Magazine

WOMEN POWER

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We take a look at how the Jennian Homes Charles Tour is unearthing some amazing new women golfers.

The new mixed-gender aspects of the J en ni an Homes Charles Tour is certainly providing a sensation al platform for women’ s golfinNewZ­ealand.

Within two weeks of each other S hand on’ sDarae Chung became the first female to play in the final group on the final day of at our event at the Carr us Open.

Only to have that bettered the next week by Canterbury amateur Mo mokaKobori who not only managed to finish ahead of her brother in the Taranaki Open but she also finished tied for second place, the best-ever finish by a woman in the tour’ s history.

Darae Chung

Chung scored rounds of 64, 68 and 66 to be sitting at 12-under and amongst an illustriou­s group of players including Ryan Chisnall, Luke Toomey and James Hydes who have all had Jennian Homes Charles Tour success recently, heading into the final round of the Carrus Open.

Speaking after the third round and before she headed out into the final group on the final day Chung said the new format is a good challenge and is great for the women’s game in the country.

“It’s a whole new experience playing in the last group with the men and it’s a great opportunit­y to set my standards higher.

“It’s different playing with the women as I play with the same few people every time whereas playing with the men will open up a whole new side of the game that I’ve never experience­d before which I really like.”

Chung ran away with the North Island Women’s Strokeplay in September where she won the tournament by a whopping 10 shots to add yet another national title to her growing resume.

At the conclusion of the final day, 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.

“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.”

Momoka Kobori

Not to be outdone, Momoka Kobori headed into the final round at New Plymouth Golf Club, three shots behind her young brother Kazuma after rounds of 69 and 71.

After a final round of 6-under 66, Kobori would catapult herself up the leaderboar­d into a tie for second at 10-under par, finish as the leading amateur, claim bragging rights by overtaking her brother on the leaderboar­d and cement the best finish by a woman in a Jennian Homes Charles Tour event since the events became mixed gender.

“I’m really happy that I was able to finish off the week with a good round,” Kobori explained following the tournament.

“Beating my brother and finishing as the low amateur make it even better.”

Kazuma had beaten her in the last two Jennian Homes Charles Tour events with Kazuma finishing in a share of fifth place at DVS Pegasus Open while Momoka missed the cut, and at the Carrus Open, Kazuma finished in a tie for ninth whereas Momoka finished in a tie for 36th.

She enjoys playing against the guys and is proud of her finish this week.

“I enjoyed playing against the guys. There aren’t too many places in the world where women can test themselves against the guys in the same field in a competitiv­e tournament.

“I found it a real challenge because they tend to play a different game to what I play, and I think I can learn a lot from what they do.

“I think it’s a really positive thing for women’s golf.”

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