Waikato golfer Chantelle Cassidy will start the NZ Amateur Final as the favourite after she sealed an emotional semifinal win today. 

Cassidy broke down into tears when she defeated Celyn Khoo 1up and later dedicated her win to her Great Grandad who passed away during the week of the NZ Amateur last year.


“It was pretty special to do it for him,” said the Cambridge golfer after her round.

“He was on my mind a lot today and I am just relieved to make it through to the championship final.”

The 21-year-old said the key to her performance in the tight match with Khoo was staying in the moment and playing her own game.

The lead swung between the pair with Cassidy making birdies at crucial times.

None more so than on the par four 16th where the former NZ rep drove her ball to the bottom of the hill and then chipped to three feet. She made the putt to take a 1up advantage down

the last two holes.

“My hands were shaking over that putt,” she said. “It wasn’t long but I knew that was an important moment in the match.”

Cassidy has fought back to her best in recent time. She is determined to add the New Zealand Amateur title to the New Zealand Stroke Play trophy she won in 2013 at Paraparaumu Beach.

“I would love to add this title to my record. I am just going to go out there and play my game and try to not get ahead of myself.”

Not getting ahead of herself was hard for Hawkes Bay golfer Kate Chadwick.

The Napier golfer, who has won the NZ Maori title on three occasions, admitted that she had never been this close to claiming a prized piece of NZ Golf silverware.

“My goal for the week was to just make the 32 and then not get knocked out in the first round,” said the 22-year-old.

“This is a total shock and I will try to get my head around it tonight so I can play my best tomorrow.”

Chadwick also had a great battle with Brittney Dryland. The lead seesawed between the pair all afternoon. It looked like the Auckland golfer had seized the advantage when she made a fine

birdie on the 15th hole but there was more drama to come.

Chadwick made par on the 16th to get back on level terms and then two putted the last hole. It was enough to secure the win when Dryland’s par putt on the last horse-shoed out of the hole.

“It was a really tight match and I just tried to hang in there all day. I made some really good clutch putts under pressure and in the end that was the difference.”

Chadwick is looking forward to the battle with Cassidy tomorrow in what shapes as a battle of the big hitters.

The Maori golfer, who finished 8th at the New Zealand Stroke Play Championship in Hastings, has loved playing at the Nelson Golf Club this week and with some family in the region she has been well supported.

“It has been great to have them out every day cheering me on. Hopefully I can carry this on. It is hard to believe that I am playing in a New Zealand Amateur Final but I want to make the most of my chance.”




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