There will be history made if either Kadin Neho or Ryan Chisnall wins the New Zealand Amateur Championship.


Neho, from the Whangarei Golf Club, holds a 2up advantage at the halfway stage. The 17-year-old is looking to become the first golfer from Northland to win the New Zealand Amateur Championship that dates back to 1893.

“I am happy to be 2up heading into this afternoon,” said Neho.

“I made four birdies in a row on the back nine so that was good. I started to feel a lot more comfortable out there and play the golf I wanted to.

“I will just try to do what I did on the back nine – keep playing attacking golf and see what happens. This is a good chance for me.”

Chisnall would also make history if he can turn it around. The Greenacres Golf Club member would become the first golfer from the Tasman district to win the title in 92 years.

There has been only one golfer from Tasman claim the NZ Amateur trophy A. G. Sime, from the Greymouth Golf Club, who won the event back in 1921 at the Christchurch Golf Club.

He missed a short birdie putt on the 18th to get back to 1down and walked off for lunch with a bitter taste in his mouth.

“I am struggling to be honest,” said the 18-year-old. “I started off well but I lost it on the back nine. Kadin has played really nice though. I think he played the back nine in four under which was good golf.”

Chisnall, a member of the Srixon Development Squad, still believed he had a chance to win.

“Oh yeah, there is a long way to go. This would mean a lot for him to win so it is going to be interesting to see how he holds on this afternoon.”

There is still a long way to go but at the halfway stage Neho is on the cusp of making history at the Manawatu Golf Club.




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