MOUNTCASTLE A CHANCE FOR THE MASTERS & OPEN

28/10/2017

 

China’s Yuxin Lin has claimed the lead at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship to enjoy a one-shot advantage at eight-under par, while Masterton’s Kerry Mountcastle is just four shots behind entering the final round tomorrow.

 
A chance to play in the Masters Tournament and The Open Championship is just 18 holes away for one lucky player and Mountcastle who finished one-under today (70) will be hoping for all the luck he can get to make up the achievable deficit at Royal Wellington Golf Club.

It was a rollercoaster day for all New Zealand players in benign Wellington conditions, but it was Mountcastle’s chip in eagle, followed by a tap in birdie which raised anticipation around the club.

“It all just fell into place on 14 and I hit a nice chip which dropped in for eagle. Then on 15 I had a terrible lie, but luckily I chunked it up there and it ran out to just a foot away,” said an overly calm Mountcastle.

The moment doesn’t seem too big for the full-time sparkie who has taken six weeks off work to focus on focus on golf.

“It was a good day and I’m enjoying the occasion, but to then realise I was right up there was awesome, so I will go for it and see where I can get tomorrow.”

New Zealand’s leading amateur Nick Voke pulled the largest galleries of the day as he made his way to six-under for the tournament with four front nine birdies including a chip in to be just one shot behind at the turn.

The dream of a local winner was becoming a reality before he had an afternoon to forget making five back nine bogies for card a two-over (73) and bail out of contention.

With a tournament score of one-under he now joins a huddle of Kiwis with James Anstiss also in a tie for 11th and Daniel Hillier one better at two-under.

Hillier was turning heads early after making four birdies in his opening four holes, but couldn’t continue this hot streak, finishing with a three-under (68) to be in a tie for ninth.

ROUND THREE RESULTS HERE

The fourth and final round is starting a 7:45am with the final putt expected to drop early at 2:15pm followed promptly by the trophy presentation which will bring an amazing week to a close.

ROUND FOUR TEE TIMES HERE

 

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  • OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Hillier, Daniel 145.33
    2 Hutson, Mark 129.70
    3 McLean, Matthew 104.28
    4 Mountcastle, Kerry 89.34
    5 Chisnall, Ryan 79.35
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Garvey, Amelia 150.50
    2 Cassidy, Chantelle 147.85
    3 Hung, Juliana 126.72
    4 Zheng, Rose 117.00
    5 Campbell, Alanna 101.00