Royal Auckland golfer Brent Paterson won the NZ Senior Men’s Championship by nine shots at the Centennial Course of the Taupo Golf Club on the weekend.



The former Eisenhower rep carded a final round one under par 71 in the three round event to comfortably hold off the challenge of fellow Auckland golfer Mike Leitch (Maungakiekie).


Paterson, who shot rounds of 70 and 72 to lead by four shots heading into the final round, was put under pressure early by Leitch who came out of the blocks to attack his lead.


He got to within two shots of Paterson on a couple of occasions before the wire-to-wire winner made birdies on holes eight and nine and then played the back nine in one under to secure the title.


“It was a hell of a lot closer than the nine shot win suggests,” said the 52-year-old.


“There were a couple of times there that he put a lot of pressure on me and I was happy with how I responded. I think he got tired on the back nine – he played some erratic tee shots – and I was just solid coming home.”


Leitch finished alone in second and John Batley (Titirangi ), Frank Borren (Paraparaumu Beach ) and Michael Barltrop (Royal Auckland ) all shared third place.


Paterson, who has finished third in the previous two New Zealand Seniors, was pleased to finally secure his first win.


“It is a thrill to win at any stage of your career and this victory means a lot to me. It is nice to win this time. I was in the same position at this time last year leading Rodney

Barltropp heading into the final round and I played horribly. I wanted to hide at the prize giving and I didn’t want that to happen again.”


Paterson said the key to his week was his play from tee to green.


“I figured out early in the week that the key to scoring around Taupo was to drive the ball well and hit as many greens as possible. There were some fiery lies around

the greens so if you missed it was really hard to get up and down.


“I never got up and down but I hit 49 from 54 greens in regulation and that was the difference.”


Paterson said his role with New Zealand Golf as a Team Manager for international tournaments and his friendship with Michael Barltrop have been big factors in his improved golf.


“Being with the New Zealand teams that go to events like the Eisenhower is a huge help because I see a lot of the leading edge technology and coaching the players are getting. And I enjoy travelling with Michael. We talk golf all the time and have a love for the game.


“This event is a really special one and it’s the camaraderie that I enjoy the most.” 





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