Alvarez and Hataoka lead the way in the New Zealand Women's Stroke Play.

Wellingtons Julianne Alvarez and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka share the lead at the New Zealand Women’s Stroke Play after a pair of two under par 72’s today at the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

Alvarez was able to make six birdies on the day, taking particular liking to the par fives, where she made four birdies in total. Starting on the back nine, Alvarez was immediately out of the blocks with a birdie on her first hole. Three more bridies on the back nine (her front nine) and a solitary bogey saw her turn in three under par. Three bogeys on the front nine saw her stumble slightly, however it was good enough for a share of the lead on day one.

Hataoka fnished strongly in her first visit to New Zealand stealing the limelight from her more fancied fellow country woman and defending champion Minami Katsu. With three birdies in her final seven holes, all on par 5’s, Hataoka charged up the leader board to send a warning to the rest of the field.

Katsu who won this event at the Hastings Golf Club last year and is the highest ranked player in the field at 34th in the world started strongly with five birdies in an opening nine of three under par. She struggled on her closing holes late in the afternoon dropping two shots on the back nine to sign for a one under 73. She is however handily placed and again will be a handful for the kiwi players hopeful of winning their national stroke play championship.

The Keh sisters Wenyung and Munchin follow closely behind with rounds of 73 and 74 respectively. Wenyung, who won the women’s Lawnmaster classic last week was solid today with three birdies and two bogeys and looks in good form to challenge for the lead tomorrow. Older sister Munchin managed five birdies in her round but a horror triple bogey at the clubs signature 13th hole meant that she had to settle for an even par round.

The New Zealand Women’s Stroke Play concludes at lunchtime on Sunday.

Photo Caption: in action during round one of the New Zealand Women’s Stroke Play Championship

New Zealand Women’s Stroke Play Championship

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club (Par 74)
Round One Scores


72 Julianne Alvarez (Manor Park), Nasa Hataoka (Japan)


73 Minami Katsu (Japan), Wenyung Keh (Pakuranga)

74 Glenn Hayward (Paraparaumu Beach), Grace Senior (Wairakei International Golf Course), Munchin Keh (Titirangi), Catherine Bell (Christchurch)

75 Celeste McLean (Manaia), Momoka Kobori (Rangiora), Brittney Dryland (Titirangi), Alanna Campbell (Omanu)

76 Siyi Keh (Pakuranga), Tyla Winter (Te Ngutu)

77 Brooke Hamilton (Maungakiekie)

78 Amber-Rose Thompson-Newth (Castlecliff), Gabrielle Palado (Manor Park), Hillary O'Connor (Russley), Sonia (Se Eun) Bak (Whitford Park)

79 Subin Wui (Gulf Harbour Country Club), Brydie Hodge (Levin Inc.)

81 Amelia Garvey (Kaiapoi)

82 Yena Chang (Akarana)

83 Ela Grimwood (Gulf Harbour Country Club), Holly Winter (Fitzroy), Krystal Hu (Gulf Harbour Country Club), Chantelle Cassidy (Cambridge)

84 Carmen Lim (Manukau)

85 Danielle Price (Kingston)

86 Emma Hayward (Paraparaumu Beach)

87 Sam-Maree Brown (Royal Wellington)

93 Olivia Dempster (Remuera)



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