Wellington No.1 Julianne Alvarez’s dream of going back to back in the New Zealand Amateur Championship is over early in the tournament in Nelson.

The 17-year-old from the Manor Park Golf Club, who qualified easily as the No.1 seed, continued her momentum on day one when she defeated Sam Maree Brown 6 and 5.


The New Zealand rep was defeated in her second round match this afternoon when Auckland rep Celyn Khoo got the better of her to claim an impressive 1up win.

Alvarez was 1up with four holes to play but lost her touch with her short game in the crucial moments and the Pakuranga golfer held on to claim a prized scalp.

“It was a really tight match right from the get go,” said Alvarez.

“I had the feeling that it was always going to go down to the last and I made a couple of silly mistakes on the final few holes to hand her the win.”

The defending champion wasn’t alone in a premature exit. Her New Zealand team-mate Wenyung Keh was also upset by her Auckland team-mate Brittney Dryland 1up.

The rest of the favourites were fortunate to survive scares in the second round.

Auckland No.1 Munchin Keh, the 2012 NZ Amateur Champion, edged out Auckland team-mate Joanna Kim 1up in a close battle.

Waikato rep Chantelle Cassidy also booked her place in the quarterfinals when she held on to defeat Otago golfer Laura Hoskin 1up at the last.

The former New Zealand Stroke Play Champion is looking to add the other main amateur trophy in NZ Golf and will face a tough quarterfinal match when she meets Munchin Keh tomorrow morning.

Bay of Plenty golfer Tyla Kingi showed her renewed maturity when she beat Fai Tongdesthri 4 and 3 to make the final eight.

The New Zealand Amateur Championship is heading for a dramatic conclusion on Sunday afternoon with many golfers up for the challenge of taking down the favourites.




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    3 McLean, Matthew 97.46
    4 Lee, Jang Hyun 90.89
    5 Koong, Kevin 83.38
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    2 Jung, Miree 137.32
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