New Zealand have completed their amazing week at the World Amateur Team Championships to finish in fourth place overnight, with Denmark claiming their maiden Eisenhower Trophy victory in Ireland.

It was another solid night for the team of Daniel Hillier, Denzel Ieremia and Kerry Mountcastle but still ended the week four shots behind Denmark who had an incredible final round of 13-under combined and a tournament total of 39-under.

The New Zealanders combined total of five-under par today and 35-under par total wasn’t enough to remain at the top with Hiller’s three-under and Mountcastle’s two-under the best of three that counted today.

USA have picked up the silver medal at 38-under with Spain claiming bronze at 36-under.

Hillier, who has enjoyed a superb run of form while travelling the world, has ended the week as our top Kiwi and finished in a tie for fourth in the individual standings. His efforts at the Amateur Championship in Scotland, the US Amateur at Pebble Beach and now the Eisenhower Trophy prove why he is ranked 26th in the world.

Ieremia ended a memorable week with a forgettable final round of three-over, but will take a huge amount of confidence from Ireland after leading the individual standings through 54-holes and guiding his team into contention.

He now travels back to Iowa State University while the rest of the New Zealand squad return home to rest and start turning their attention to the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Singapore at the start of October, where the winner receives invitations to the 148th Open Championship and The Masters Tournament.

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ROUND TWO - New Zealand Rocket into Lead at Eisenhower

New Zealand have rocketed into the lead at the World Amateur Team Championships after a great night for Daniel Hillier, Denzel Ieremia and Kerry Mountcastle who now lead by one shot at the biggest amateur golf team’s event on the planet.

Once again it was New Zealand’s number one amateur in Hillier, who led the way with a stunning round of seven-under par while Ieremia also fired to be just one behind carding a six-under par round.

Mountcastle was solid once again but found it hard to keep up with his two teammates who were unstoppable at Carton House Golf Club.

New Zealand hold a one-shot lead over the strong chasing contingent of Ireland, Thailand and Denmark who will be looking to take their place at the top in the third round starting late tonight (NZT).

Hillier, who is now tied fourth in the individual standings after eight more birdies today, couldn’t believe the day they had and enjoyed riding the wave.

“I’m pretty shaken to be honest. It was an awesome day. I didn’t have any idea what the boys were doing in front of me but every time I looked they had their heads high and it really helped me kick on. It was a great team effort,” said Hillier.

He then made a birdie putt on the 18th for the New Zealand team to take the outright lead without being aware of their position.

“Absolutely not – I saw there was a scoreboard on 16. I didn’t even want to look at it. I just thought I’ve got a job to do and I’ve got to do it. And I managed to finish strong which was nice.”

After a clinical round of six birdies and zero bogeys to be tied eighth in the individual standings, Ieremia was hungry for more after a fun day.

“I’m feeling good but I’m a little bit hungry. It was a fun day, it was cool looking back and seeing the guys in good spirits the whole way around. I couldn’t tell if they were playing good or bad which is always a good thing. I just played solid golf and holed a few putts coming in – it’s cool.

“It’s halfway through the tournament so it’s nice to be in front, it’s a good position. I am confident in our team. We will go through our process and see what happens.”

Mountcastle was stoked for his teammates, he enjoys the format and knows that his good round is just around the corner.

“It’s pretty special for the team to be leading. It’s a massive tournament and something we have only won once. For me personally I haven’t scored well but to have these two playing as they are it builds a lot of confidence in me to know I can just go out there and keep playing and wait for that round to turn up,” said Mountcastle.

“You don’t have to be on it every time – you’ve got two other people that can help you out.


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It’s been a massive morning of golf all around the world with both Tiger Woods and Rory McIroy on fire in the FedEx Cup playoffs, but Ryan Fox and Josh Geary have grabbed the attention after making a great start on the European Tour.

Fox has carded a round of three-under par and in a tie for 10th while Geary is just two behind him in a tie for 18th to complete a great night of New Zealand Golf success.

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Adding to a successful night of New Zealand Golf, Phillis Meti has claimed her third World Championship at the Volvik World Long Drive Championship.

She recorded a 313 yard drive in the clutch to defeat Chloe Garner in the final.





    1 Kobori, Kazuma 144.73
    2 Lee, Jang Hyun 126.40
    3 Hillier, Daniel 122.67
    4 Brown, Luke 109.87
    5 McLean, Matthew 109.40
    1 Khoo, Caryn 170.00
    2 Dryland, Brittney 137.87
    3 Lee, Jeong Hyun 123.84
    4 Lee, Roun 100.00
    4 Lim, Carmen 100.00