AUSTRALIAN YOUTH OLYMPIC FESTIVAL: PIKARI AND KIWIS CLAIM BRONZE MEDAL

22/01/2013

New Zealand has enjoyed a successful week at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney with Compton Pikari and the New Zealand mixed team claiming bronze medals.

 


Waikato amateur Pikari led the way in the men’s championship when he carded a four under par 68 in the final round at the Twin Creeks Golf Club to finish in third and enjoy his place on the podium.

 

There was more to come as he combined with Jason Yoo (Waitakiri), Wenyung Keh (Titirangi) and Lita Guo (North Shore) in the mixed New Zealand team to claim the bronze medal.

 

New Zealand finished third ahead of China by only three shots as their four players combined for a 286 two under par final round total.

 

The 17-year-old Pikari from the Te Awamutu Golf Club, who enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2012 in New Zealand, had rounds of 70, 68, 69 and 68 to finish on a 13 under par total. 

 

He finished five shots back from Australian Kevin Yuan who claimed the gold medal and two shots behind Briton Ashton Taylor who took home the silver medal.

 

Fellow Waikato golfer Nick Coxon and Northland golfer Sean Masters finished in a share of 13thplace at the prestigious event.

 

Jason Yoo and Kadin Neho completed the Kiwi effort to finish in a share of 21stand 23rdplace respectively.

 

Meantime in the women’s competition North Harbour golfer Guo was the best of the Kiwis when she finished in a share of sixth place after an impressive four under par 68 in the final round.

 

The North Shore golfer will rue a six over par 78 in the third round that hurt her chances of medalling. Guo finished five shots back from Great Britain’s Chloe Williams who claimed the bronze medal.

 

Otago’s Laura Hoskin shot a one under par 71 in round four to finish in a share of ninth place.

 

Auckland No.2 Keh, who finished runner-up in the New Zealand Amateur Final in 2012, was 12th.

 

While Bay of Plenty rep Tyla Kingi finished the week in 18thplace and Wellington golfer Te Rongopai Clay, who last week finished runner up at the Maori Golf National Championship in Taupo, placed 22nd.

 

Nine teams of the best age group golfers from around the world were competing in Sydney with an eye on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

 

The event format included competitions for men’s individual, women’s individual and a team event (two men and two women) in 72 holes of Stroke Play.

 

Golfers were under the age of 18 at 17 January 2013 and there was a handicap limit of 3.4 for the men and 6.4 for the women at the time of entry.

 

There was a maximum of 90 golfers playing in the event with a limit of 10 golfers per team (five men and five women).

 

The tournament, which was run by Golf Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee, saw golf return into the stable of Olympic sports for the first time since 1904.

 

Golf was an Olympic sport in only two Games – 1900 and 1904 – and in 2009, the International Olympic Committee decided to reinstate the sport for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

 

Australian Youth Olympic Festival Final Scores - Twin Creeks Golf Club, Sydney (Par 72)

Men’s Scores:

270         Kevin Yuan (Australia) 69, 68, 64, 69

273         Ashton Turner (Great Britain) 64, 68, 74, 67

275        Compton Piakri (New Zealand) 70, 68, 69, 68

277         Bradley Neil (Great Britain) 69, 70, 69, 69

278         Zecheung Dou (China) 69, 67, 69, 73

279         Brett Coletta (Australia) 70, 67, 70, 72, Jin Zhang (China) 67, 68, 74, 70

280         Ewan Scott (Great Britain) 72, 67, 72, 69

281         Harry Ellis (Great Britain) 72, 72, 70, 67

285         Blake Proverbs (Australia) 74, 66, 71, 74, Cheng Jin (China) 71, 70, 70, 74

287         Jack Sing Brar (Great Britain) 73, 73, 67, 74

290         Blake Windred (Australia) 75, 73, 71, 71)), David Micheluzzi (Australia) 71, 70, 71, 78,Nick Coxon (New Zealand) 68, 73, 74, 75, Sean Masters (New Zealand) 69, 79, 73, 69, Yuan LI (China) 73, 69, 74, 74

 292        Frazer Droop (Australia) 76, 68, 76, 72

 294        Colin Coleman (Australia) 69, 74, 75, 76

 295        Jacob Semmens (Australia) 73, 74, 73, 75

 296       Jason Yoo (New Zealand) 75, 75, 72, 74

 297        Joel Shields (Australia) 76, 78, 72, 76

 298       Kadin Neho (New Zealand) 79, 73, 73, 81

 

Women’s Scores:

282         Georgia Hall (Great Britain) 71, 72, 68, 71

284         Celina Yuan (Australia) 72, 73, 69, 70

286         Chloe Williams (Great Britain) 74, 69, 75, 68

287         Jienalin Zhang (China) 73, 75, 69, 70

289         Gabriella Cowley (Great Britain) 71, 72, 73, 73

291        Lita Guo (New Zealand) 73, 72, 78, 68, Weiwei Zhang (China) 75, 73, 71, 72

293         Amber Ratcliffe (Great Britain) 75, 75, 70, 73

294         Danting Cai (China) 72, 76, 71, 75,Laura Hoskin (New Zealand) 74, 74, 75, 71, Lauren Whyte (Great Britain)  76, 67, 76, 75

295        Wenyung Keh (New Zealand) 76, 71, 72, 76

300         Amy Walsh (Australia) 80, 67, 75, 78, Xiyue Wang (China) 76, 74, 77, 73

301         Xinying Wang (China) 79, 71, 76, 75

304         Bianca Ling (Australia) 75, 73, 81, 75, Tess MacDonald (Australia) 76, 74, 78, 76

307        Tyla Kingi (New Zealand) 80, 78, 73, 76

312         Alyssa Keir (Australia) 79, 79, 79, 75

314         Acacia Curits (Australia) 82, 80, 77, 75

315         Kate Law (Australia) 85, 75, 75, 80

319        Te Rongopai Clay-(New Zealand) 79, 81, 79, 80

332         Jessica Widarma (Australia) 86, 79, 79, 88

 

Mixed Team Results:

1125       Great Britain 286, 276, 284, 277

1137       Australia (Green) 286, 282, 284, 286

1157      New Zealand 294, 286, 291, 286

1160       China 295, 280, 290, 294

1197       Australia (Gold) 312, 280, 297, 308

 

 

 

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