Canterbury rep Oscar Cadenhead has completed a wire-to-wire win of the North Island Stroke Play Championship at the Poverty Bay Golf Club in Gisborne.


The Clearwater Golf Club member, who shot a five under par 67 in round three to lead by seven shots, fought off all the challengers to secure his first national title in style.


The 18-year-old fired a one over par 73 in the final round for a 14 under par total to win by three shots from 2012 New Zealand Amateur finalist Peter Lee (Rotorua) who came home strong with a four under par 68.


Auckland golfer Nick Voke (70) finished on 10 under par, four shots back in third, and New Zealand rep Josh Munn (71) was fourth on an eight under par total.


This was Cadenhead’s time to shine. The big hitter was still getting his head ahead around his remarkable week. 


“It feels amazing,” said Cadenhead after his round. “I have felt nothing like it before. It is better than winning the old Saturday comps.


“I felt pretty good out there today which I was quite surprised about. I thought I would be quite nervous but I was pretty happy with how I handled the final round and to be in this position is just awesome.”


It wasn’t always likely. The challengers came from all corners to take on Cadenhead’s lead and reduced it to two strokes at one stage. Cadenhead was forced to rally and he did.


He made crucial birdies on the 10thand 12thto restore his advantage and it was the time he knew he had to step up.


“Yeah I could feel the pressure and those birdies were great.  I made a great up and down on the 11thas well to chip it dead there got me started again.”


He went onto par his way home, apart from a bogey on the par four 16th,but it didn’t matter as by that stage he was comfortably home.


Cadenhead adds another chapter to the special history of the North Island Stroke Play title which has been won by many of New Zealand’s best golfers over the years since it began in 1938.


Past champions of the men’s trophy include the names of Bob Glading, Stuart Jones, Ross Newdick, Marcus Wheelhouse, Mark Brown, Tim Wilkinson, Bradley Iles, Josh Geary and Danny Lee.


Cadenhead will always remember his special week at the Poverty Bay Golf Club where he managed a wire to wire breakthrough win. 



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