BONNY DAY FOR CAROLINE AT LION FOUNDATION NZ AMATEUR GOLF

17/04/2010

Twenty-two-year-old Whangarei golfer Caroline Bon burnt up the Napier course with a final round of four-under-par 69 to win the national women's strokeplay title by five shots today.

It was Bon's biggest win by far and a tribute to her toughness under pressure on a final day when the 36 holes were often swept by a freezing southerly wind at Napier Golf Club in the Lion Foundation NZ Amateur Championships.

Bon began the last round one shot clear of 16-year-old Japanese Eri Joma and the visitor drew level at one stage. But Bon, straight off the tee and laser-like with her approaches, played the first eight holes level par and birdied the ninth to turn three ahead.

She birdied the 12th, 16th and 17th to finish with a 72-hole total of 289, three under par. Pakuranga's Cecilia Cho was second after a final round of 70, while the big-hitting Joma shared third with Lovelynn Mary Guiogui of the Philippines and 12-year-old Lydia Ko (North Shore), two shots further back.

"It was my biggest win by far," said a delighted Bon. "It was my mental game that did it, allowing me to stay positive.

"It was a tough day out there and I made a few putts that I might not have done on another day."

The round of the day was a seven-under 66 by North Harbour representative Rebekah Brownlee. She faded to a 77 in the afternoon to finish eighth.  The top 32 will move to Hastings on Sunday for the matchplay.

The men played only one round today at Hastings where Mt Maunganui teenager Brad Kendall continued his great run of sub-par rounds with a four-under 68. He leads the field by four shots with a 54-hole total of 206, 10 under par.

The big mover was Australian Matt Jager, who moved from 19th to second with a round of 65, seven birdies and no dropped shots. One shot further back is Ben Campbell (Masterton), who had 67 in the third round.

With the top 32 after tomorrow's final round to proceed to the matchplay, Auckland international Ryan Fox moved into positive with a 69. 

The matchplay phase begins on Sunday with both women and men competing at Bridge Pa.

Women’s leading final scores, Napier GC, par 73

289 Caroline Bon (Northland) 73 73 74 69

294 Cecilia Cho (Pakuranga) 76 73 75 70

296 Eri Joma (Japan) 77 68 76 75, Lovelynn Mary Guigui (Philippines) 73 76 77 70, Lydia Ko (North Shore) 79 74 71 72

297 Caryn Khoo (Pakuranga) 70 77 78 72

299 Faye Nickson (Peninsula) 75 79 73 72

300 Rebekah Brownlee (Gulf Harbour) 77 80 66 77

304 Kate Chadwick (Napier) 74 78 77 75, Rica Tse (Muriwai) 79 75 74 76

305 Julianne Alvarez (Manor Park) 80 78 74 73, Charlotte Brooks (Walton) 78 78 74 75

306 Zoe Brake (Whakatane) 74 73 79 80, Hayley Clinning (Manukau) 79 78 74 75, Emily Eng (Remuera) 86 74 79 77

 

Men, leading scores after 3 rounds, Hastings GC, par 72:

206 Brad Kendall (Mt Maunganui)69 69 68

210 Matt Jager (Australia) 73 72 65

211 Ben Campbell (Masterton) 67 73 72

212 Ben Wallace (Royal Auckland) 67 73 72

214 Fraser Wilkin (Royal Auckland) 72 71 71, Tane Robson (Cambridge) 72 70 72

215 Adam Church (Miramar) 78 67 70, Kevin Budden (Waitemata) 75 67 73, Mathew Perry (Hamilton) 67 73 75

216 Cameron Jones (North Shore) 72 74 70, Tyler Hodge (Levin) 70 73 73, Gary John Hill (Titirangi) 69 71 76

 

 

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