NZ AMATEUR: CASSIDY CLAIMS WIN IN STYLE AT NELSON

27/04/2014

When her final birdie putt dropped on the 13th hole at the Nelson Golf Club, Chantelle Cassidy took a moment to pause and reflect on what she had achieved.

It was the only moment where the 21-year-old paused all day.

 

The former New Zealand rep claimed the championship final in emphatic fashion when she defeated Napier golfer Kate Chadwick by 7 and 6 in the fine conditions.

Cassidy dedicated the biggest win of her amateur career to her late Great Grandad who passed away the week of the championship last year.

“It means so much to do it for my Great Grandpa,” said Cassidy of the Cambridge Golf Club.

“He has been on my mind all week and I am so happy to have won this tournament. Last year this event was really emotional for me so it is nice to change that feeling today.”

Cassidy saved her best for the final round and was proud of her emphatic win.

“I played really good today. I always knew that Kate could come back, because she is a great player, but I did enough all day and to finish it off with a birdie was a great moment. I can’t believe it really.”

She became only the fourth golfer from Waikato to be engraved in the NZ Amateur trophy and the first from the Cambridge Golf Club for 90 years.

The previous winners from Waikato were Mrs. JW Peake (Cambridge) in 1924, Miss Gina Scott (Kawhia) in 1995 and Mrs. J Oliver (Waiterimu) in 1997.

“This win is also for all the people who have supported me in the Waikato and at the Cambridge Golf Club. I look forward to getting back to the club this week with the trophy.”

Cassidy earned a place in the NZ Golf annals as she added the New Zealand Amateur title to the NZ Stroke Play trophy that she won in 2013.

Her win was set up by her opening 18 holes. She made four birdies on the outward nine to jump quickly to a 4up lead.

The former NZ rep added another birdie on the 12th to be five-under par and 5up in the final in what was the defining stretch of the championship final.

There were moments where Chadwick fought back in the match – like the birdies she made on the 14th or 27th to get back to 5down – but her challenge came in fits and starts and Cassidy was always in control.

The Napier golfer, who is a part-time golfer and full-time nurse, kept dreaming of an improbable comeback on the closing stretch. She ran out of holes and was beaten by the better player on the day.

Still the 22-year-old, who is a three-time NZ Maori Champion, was pleased with her performance.

“It was a great achievement for me to make the final, I am really proud of how I played here this week and I go home happy,” she said.

On her way to the final, Cassidy defeated Robin White (7/5), Laura Hoskin (1up), Munchin Keh (2/1) and Celyn Khoo (1up).

“I played great all week and I think the key to my performance was never giving up. There are a lot of moments in the week where you are tested and I think I showed a lot of character.

“I hope that this performance helps me to represent NZ again. I would love to compete at the Worlds.”

The New Zealand Women’s Amateur Championship will be remembered for the performance of Chantelle Cassidy and a time when she joined a select club of golfers who have won both

the Mellsop Cup and the NZ Amateur Trophy.

 

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