Nick Voke summed it up simply in his post round interview.
“It was the golf of my life,” said the talented 17 year old from Manukau Golf Club in Auckland.
Voke, who was inducted into the Srixon Development Squad earlier this year, was simply stunning on the Muriwai links shooting rounds of 69, 65, 67 and 70 for a four round total of 17 under par.
The remarkable total was good enough for a seven shot win over North Harbour No.1 Cameron Jones (North Shore) and the always consistent Josh Munn (Manawatu) who won the ask>metro Muriwai Open on the Charles Tour in 2011.
Voke’s margin of victory however was not as comfortable as it seemed.
He was pushed all day by both Jones and Munn. Starting the day tied with Jones at 10 under par he short a superb front nine 32 including a holed wedge for eagle on the ninth to take a comfortable lead into the last nine of the third round.
However Munn continued to press with some birdies of his own and the long hitting Jones, after staggering round the front nine in 38 shots, came home in 31 including four birdies in a row to gain rapid ground.
Going into third round Voke took a one shot advantage over Munn and two over Jones but continued to play steady golf and when Munn found trouble on the front nine and Jones made two bogeys in a row on 11 and 12 Voke held a comfortable five shot lead with six holes to play.
Some late mistakes from Voke allowed Jones to get to within two shots of the lead standing on the 16th tee. Voke held tough in the driving rain.
He consolidated his lead with a par on the tricky 16th when Jones made bogey.
When Jones’s tee shot flew the green into an impossible position on the par three 17th and Voke found the green safely making a clutch birdie putt it was effectively all over.
In the gathering gloom and rain he holed out on 18 for one of the biggest wins of his young golfing career.
North Harbour Men’s Stroke Play Final Scores
271 Nick Voke (Manukau) – 271
278 Cameron Jones (North Shore), Josh Munn (Manawatu)
281 Compton Pikari (Te Awamutu)
284 Luke Toomey (Ngaruawahia)
288 Harry Bateman (Nelson), Jonathan Ratcliffe (Akarana)
292 Steven Kuggeleijn (Lochiel)
295 Tom Lee (Rotorua)
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