New Zealand Golf Magazine



James Hydes is having a year to remember as he has added yet another trophy to his growing trophy cabinet by taking out the New Zealand Amateur Championsh­ip after defeating 2018 champion Charlie Smail 3&2.

In the 36-hole final at Poverty Bay Golf Club, Hydes was able to etch his name in the history books and become the 118th champion of the most prestigiou­s amateur tournament in New Zealand.

Hydes’ golf has reached a new level this year after also winning the Autex Muriwai Open back in August.

“Man, I’m not sure what’s clicked,” Hydes said after the victory.

“Every part of my game has improved, and I know it sounds stupid, but I’ve been loving my golf and I’ve loved travelling around with my mates playing against them week after week.

“I’m just loving what I’m doing right now.”

“It’s so special to get my hands on this piece of silverware. I know all the history behind it, I was standing on the first tee this morning having a look at all of the names on it and trying not to get psyched out by it by all of the good names that are on it.

“It’s just so special.”

He said this year has proved he’s on the track to achieve his dreams.

“I know I can do it now and I want to carry on this path and make a career out of this game.”

He’ll now shift his attention to the New Zealand Men’s Interprovi­ncials at the end of November.

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