North Harbour professional Jenna Hunter shone on day one of the ask>metro Muriwai Open.


The local carded a superb four under par 68 in round one to claim a three shot lead over fellow professional Caroline Bon who recently won a NZPWG Scholarship.

Mun Chin Keh, Sai Ma and Taranaki Energy Open champion Sally Choi are in a share of third place.

Hunter, who began her round on the 10th tee, made the turn in three under par 33 in the fine but cold morning conditions. She dropped a shot at the par four fourth hole but made up for that with back to back birdies on 8 and 9 to finish her round.

She was wrapped with her best start in a Charles Tour event

“I feel really good about today,” said the 24-year-old North Shore professional.

“I felt like everything came together finally. A score like this has been a long time coming and the result of a lot of hard work so it is really satisfying.”

Hunter has played Muriwai a lot. She comes out west about once a month as it is “always in good condition.” She said she feels at home at the course and is excited about her position.

“The key to my round today was just hitting a lot of greens, I gave myself a lot of chances for birdie and I putted pretty well.”

The chirpy pro has been in New Zealand for the past eight years after moving here from South Africa. She has been a professional for the past year and a half after completing her three year bridging course.

“To win on the Charles Tour would be a huge accomplishment for me but that is a long way away. I can’t get ahead of myself. I just need to stick to my processes.”




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