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25/03/2021golf.queenstown A Magazine for the Modern Man Photography by Jopwe1ll



Contents Contents Article One Article Two Article Three Article Four Golf Information Tournaments Local Information 4

Vivian Lu and Kazuma Kobori Win New Zealand Amateur Stroke Play Titles Vivian Lu and Kazuma Kobori continued their stunning recent form by seeing off most of the field and winning the New Zealand Amateur Stroke Play titles at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club on the weekend. Vivian Lu has added the Mellsop Cup next to her New Zealand Amateur trophy for the first time to further cement herself as one of the country’s premier women golfers. Lu began the final day a shot behind Darae Chung and the pair were locked in a tight tussle for the entirety of the final round. She opened with five straight pars before making a birdie at the sixth followed by an eagle at the par-five 17th to tie Chung’s lead. Lu played her back nine in 1-under par to get the job done over Chung who came home in 1-over. Lu said it feels awesome to get another big national title to her name. “This feels really good. I didn’t expect too much as the first rounds weren’t great. I was trying to hang in there and not let Darae get too far ahead of me which I managed to do. I was then able to put the foot down and try and go for the win,” Lu explained. Kobori’s trophy cabinet is growing at a rapid pace and he has yet another piece of silverware to add next to his NZPGA Championship. The New Zealand Amateur Stroke Play is a title he’s desperately wanted and has been within touching distance in the last two years, only to come up just shy. 5

MDaikyeTHherenedoryf NMZaSktersoakeMPolvaey onMichael Hendry takes a four-shot lead intoHendry started the day two shots back and was faced with blustery conditions as he the final day of the Renaissance Brewing looked to make a charge up the leaderboard. New Zealand Stroke Play Championship He opened the day with five straight pars and after shooting a 3-under round of 68 on found himself in a tie for the lead after Brown day three to put some distance between double-bogeyed the tough par 3 fifth. Hendry had a round that included five birdiesohimanddaytwoleaderMarkBrown. Hendry had a short amateur career before he and two bogeys that enabled him to make the transitioned into the professional ranks. He break on the field and finish on 10-under for now has an opportunity to win a tournament the tournament. he previously thought had passed him by as Golf New Zealand has elevated it’s premier Hendry’s score of 68 was one of the best of stroke play event to be a Jennian Homes the day in the conditions, beaten only by Josh Charles Tour event. Geary who managed a 4-under 67 to move up 17 places on the leaderboard sitting in outright third position one shot behind Brown and a shot ahead of new Pro Kerry Mount- castle. Brown finished with a 2-over 63 on day three but managed to hold onto second place and will be hoping he can bounce back tomorrow and give Hendry a run for his money at Para- paraumu Beach Golf Club. Photography by Courtney Cook 6



Mark Brown Leads By a Shot After oDayTwo at Paraparaumu Mark Brown has taken the lead after two around the country, especially out here, it’s a rounds of the Renaissance Brewing New great concept. Zealand Stroke Play Championship held at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. “Generally, it was really good out there. I missed a couple of tee shots; one down the Brown sits at 8-under for the tournament 12th which pretty much took birdie out of the after a second round of 2-under 69 to lead equation and the same thing happened down by one over Michael Hendry. the 18th where I hit it in the fairway bunker against the lip and was struggling from there,” After teeing off early on Friday morning, Hendry said. Brown struggled on his opening nine and made the turn at 1-over par. However, he “I then made a bad error around the green. I heated up on the back nine and made birdies suppose I wasn’t paying attention to the shot on the 10th, 12th, and 18th holes to sign for that was required; I should have bump and 2-under and take the clubhouse lead. ran one, instead I went for the lofted shot. “It was a bit hard to get going this morning, I was a little stiff and sore which is the nature of my body at the moment. It was a little cold as well, but I managed to get moving as the round went on,” Brown said after the round. “It’s been a long time since I’ve played in the New Zealand Stroke Play but it feels pret- ty much the same as all the other Jennian Homes Charles Tour events out here. It’s great to play with some of the top amateurs Photography by Erik Brolin 9



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