Local legend Grant Moorhead is among the leading trio in the opening round of the Augusta Funds Management Ngamotu Classic, brought to you by PipeTech.

In the second event of the Jennian Homes Charles Tour season, the 47-year-old carded a round of 69 which included five birdies and a double bogey on a typical Taranaki afternoon where high winds featured once again.

For someone who hasn’t played many events, he was more than satisfied with the days play.

“I’m very happy with the round, I don’t have a whole lot of expectations coming into this week without having played a lot of golf, so it was very pleasing,” said Moorhead.

“I have put a lot of work into my putting so to see it all pay off today was very encouraging. You have to scramble heaps in these conditions, so if you can get this part right, you will go a long way.”

Joining him at the top of the leaderboard was the morning leaders of Pieter Zwart and Kieran Muir who, like Moorhead, have both experienced victories on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour.

Although the leaders will be pleased with round one, they can’t afford to rest on their laurels with an experienced chasing pack just one shot behind.

Dan Pearce who had a very colourful scorecard with six birdies and four bogeys is joined by Mark Brown, Hayden Beard, Kerry Mountcastle and last week’s champion, Harry Bateman.


Rose Zheng showed her class on a challenging day to record a round of one-over par to lead the women’s field at the Ngamotu Classic by just one shot.

It was this time last year where Zheng won her first Jennian Homes Charles Tour title at the Harewood Open and she is in good stead to put a new trophy in her cabinet.

Caryn Khoo is just one shot back after displaying her strength off the tee in the wind to be in contention after a round of two-over par.

Play will once again tee off at 7:30am with ROUND TWO TEE TIMES HERE





    1 Hillier, Daniel 173.14
    2 Mountcastle, Kerry 135.83
    3 Koong, Kevin 115.66
    4 McLean, Matthew 102.43
    5 Lee, Jang Hyun 87.42
    1 Dryland, Brittney 178.76
    2 Jung, Miree 157.69
    3 Hung, Juliana 125.33
    4 Lu, Vivian 104.67
    5 Chung, Darae 89.85