New Zealand rep Mun Chin Keh delivered a delightful chip-in on the par four 16th at the Muriwai Beach Links from 25m which proved to be the championship winning shot at the ask>metro Muriwai Open.

At that stage the overnight leader, North Harbour professional Jenna Hunter, was in a share of the lead and in the middle of the fairway. Keh’s chip-in rattled her as she went onto four-putt the 16th and make a costly double bogey.

It was a three-shot swing late in afternoon sun that decided the women’s title. From there Keh went onto birdie the 72nd hole to win her first Charles Tour title.

“My second shot was short because I hit it into the rough so I just tried to chip it onto the last tier and it went in and that put the pressure on her a bit,” said Keh.

“I had 148m with a rescue and it lipped out on the last for eagle so it was a good shot. I was happy to win like that.”

She carded back to back rounds of 69 on the weekend to finish on an even par four round total of 288 and win the title by five shots from Hunter (75). Northland pro Caroline Bon (72) finished in third on a seven over par total.

Keh’s win confirms her stature as one of the promising amateurs in the local scene.

“I am pretty happy to finally win on The Charles Tour,” said the 20-year-old.

“I played really well today and the last three holes decided the win. I played good shots in and those two shots helped me win. This has been a goal of mine for a while now so I am happy to get it done.”

The next Charles Tour event is the Carrus Open at the Tauranga Golf Club on September 26 – 29.



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