It proved a good day for the Waikato on the opening day of the Lion Foundation New Zealand Amateur Golf Championships in Hawkes Bay.

The Waikato pair of Tane Robson and Matt Perry combined to take out the men’s foursomes title in a fog-delayed one-rounder at Hastings Golf Club today.

Down the road the women managed two rounds at Napier golf Club where Lochiel’s Emily Perry combined with fellow international Caroline Bon (Northland) to share the women’s honours with the Philippines pair of LoveLynn Guiguio and Chihiro Ikeda.

The men’s battle was reduced to just one round after fog set in early morning to force a late start at Bridge Pa.

Robson and Perry fired a three-under par 69 to win by one shot from five chasing teams.

“We had a good day and hit some good shots. We scrambled pretty well and made some good putts,” Perry said. “We worked together on yardages. This is the third of fourth time that we have played together. We worked pretty well as a team and fed off eachother.”
Robson commented that the famed Bridge Pa course was in mint conditions.
Their 69 was a shot ahead of five teams including that of Australian Matt Jager, the defending champion, and Auckland’s Ben Wallace.
Bon and Perry, who played together for the first time at the recent Trans Tasman Cup, formed a solid pairing to bag two rounds of three-under 70 at Napier Golf Club.
They shared the honours with Guiguio and Ikeda, who matched them with two rounds of 70. They were late entries after last week’s Queen Sirikit Cup in Hamilton.
Big hitting was a key for the kiwi combination.
“We both hit good shots and drove the ball well especially on the par 5s where he hit them all in two. And we putted well,” said Perry.
The two teams were five shots clear of third placed Eri Joma and Risa Iwachika from Japan, another team who entered after competing in the Queen Sirikit Cup. They had a remarkable day with their first round one-over 74 including an 11 on the 13th hole.
The strokeplay competition begins tomorrow with women at Napier GC and men at Hastings GC.
Men’s foursomes, Hastings GC, par 72:
69 Mathew Perry and Tane Robson
70 Josh Munn & Lachie MacDonald, Ben Wallace & Matt Jager, Hamish Campbell & Blair Riordan, Paul Sainsbury & Chris Akers, Mark O’Malley & Owen Burgess
72 Nick Gillespie & Aaron leech, Kevin Budden & Tom Cardno.
73 Jonny Dittmer & Marc Jennings, Jaehak Lee and Moonhak Lee, Daniel Pearce & Ben Taylor, Ben Campbell & Harry Bateman, Landyn Edwards & Andrew Stewart, Drew Atkins & Scott Fox.
Women’s foursomes, Napier GC, par 73
140 Caroline Bon & Emily Perry 70 70, LoveLynn Guiguio & Chihiro Ikeda (Philinnes) 70 70
145 Eri Joma & Risa Iwachika (Japan) 74 71
146 Charlotte Brooks & Lydia Ko
151 Chantelle Cassidy & Hanna Siefert, Rebekah Brownlee & Zoe Brake
152 Faye Nickson & Jessica Gunserodt


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