Wellington No.1 Julianne Alvarez showed why she is regarded as the woman to beat in round one of the John Jones Steel Harewood Open today.


The defending champion of the Charles Tour event opened with a bogey free one-under par 71 in the testing winds to earn a one shot lead from Christchurch amateur Elisha Crosbie.

The New Zealand Amateur Champion, who won the NZ U19 in Christchurch in September, is looking to win her third title in 2013.

“I am feeling pretty good,” said the 17-year-old from Manor Park.

“I am happy with my start it was pretty solid and now I am looking forward to the rest of the tournament.”

Alvarez put on a ball-striking master-class as she hit 14 from 14 fairways and almost every green in regulation in the gusting winds.

“I had a solid game plan going into today, it was great to execute and putt pretty well. It all came together.”

Alvarez said that there was an expectation on her performance as the defending champion.

“It is always nice coming back to a place where you have won. I love this golf course. I enjoyed it last year and I am enjoying it so far. There is always a bit of pressure but it is putting that aside and focusing on myself and my game and what I need to do.”

The New Zealand rep said that her first national title win at Harewood last year was a turning point in her self-belief.

“The rain was coming in sideways and I remember saying to myself that everyone had to play in the same conditions. I took a lot of confidence from how I played in that final round. I have great memories from that round.”

“Harewood is a thinking golfer’s course. You can’t just step up on the tee and stripe a big drive – you have to think about where you are placing it. It makes it quite interesting and quite fun.”




    1 Clarke, Dale 96.00
    2 Curnow, Brent 48.00
    2 Millington, Douglas 48.00
    4 Cormack, Matthew 25.92
    4 Wilson, Mike 25.92

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