Alvarez storms home to win the New Zealand Women’s Stroke Play Championship



Julianne Alvarez has stormed home in the New Zealand Women’s Stroke Play championship at the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club today. Tied with Wenyung Keh at the start of the day and with defending champion Minami Katsu of Japan within striking distance, Alvarez blew her rivals away with a blistering back nine finishing with a sublime seven under par 67.

While her margin of four shots was comfortable in the end, at the start of the day it was a different story. Wenyung Keh, who also played superb golf today, took an early lead with a birdie at the 4th hole only to give it back with bogeys at the 5th and 8th. While she was able to play some great golf on the back nine with four birdies, Alvarez was playing better and was able to race away. On most other days Keh’s three under par 71 would have been good enough to win, but she came across a fired up Alvarez in today’s final round.

Alvarez started things off with a birdie on the 6th hole, playing the front nine comfortably without dropping a shot. Making the turn she had a two stroke lead over Keh and Katsu, who had made a small charge to present a danger to the leaders. Alvarez then began to turn up the heat. A birdie on the 12th was followed by an eagle on the 13th to give herself breathing space playing the last few holes. Alvarez though wasn’t in the mood to give the others a chance and went on a birdie blitz on the 16th, 17th and 18th signing for a new course record and leaving the rest of the field in her wake.

It was Alvarez’s second major national title adding to the New Zealand Amateur title that she won in 2013.

“I’m very proud of myself, I went out thinking I have to play solidly and I did that all week. I had no idea it was a course record today as I was treating the round very much like a match play round with Wenyung” said Alvarez.

Her coach Kevin Smith coaches out of the Paraparaumu Beach golf club which means that Alvarez manages to practice a lot at the course.

“I enjoy the difficulty and challenge of this course and links golf. It has this extra challenge that not many other courses have, it always sets up well and the greens are always good.”

I shot seven under in the last round of the lawn master but this feels like a lot better a round, so I guess you could say that this is my best round ever. My ball striking was good and I was able to put myself in good positions to make putts. On a course like Paraparaumu Beach you have to keep yourself in play and in the right position and I did that well today” added Alvarez.

Alvarez will now turn her attention to the New Zealand Amateur Championship at the Titirangi Golf Club in a few weeks time. In the meantime she will be able to savour a special round and victory today.

Photo Caption : Julianne Alvarez with the New Zealand Women’s Stroke Play Trophy

Final Scores

New Zealand Women’s Stroke Play
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club (Par 74)

284 Julianne Alvarez (Manor Park) 72 73 72 67

288 Wenyung Keh (Pakuranga) 73 74 70 71

291 Minami Katsu (Japan) 73 76 72 70

299 Munchin Keh (Titirangi) 74 78 70 77

300 Nasa Hataoka (Japan) 72 74 74 80

302 Brooke Hamilton (Maungakiekie) 77 76 72 77

303 Grace Senior (Wairakei International Golf Course) 74 76 79 74

306 Alanna Campbell (Omanu) 75 76 74 81

307 Momoka Kobori (Rangiora) 75 76 78 78, Catherine Bell (Christchurch) 74 76 78 79

308 Siyi Keh (Pakuranga) 76 77 77 78

309 Brittney Dryland (Titirangi) 75 80 75 79

310 Chantelle Cassidy (Cambridge) 83 76 78 73

314 Brydie Hodge (Levin Inc.) 79 78 77 80

316 Amber-Rose Thompson-Newth (Castlecliff) 78 85 74 79, Sonia (Se Eun) Bak (Whitford Park) 78 78 80 80

317 Hillary O'Connor (Russley) 78 83 77 79

319 Ela Grimwood (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 83 81 78 77

320 Amelia Garvey (Kaiapoi) 81 82 79 78

324 Holly Winter (Fitzroy) 83 81 77 83, Gabrielle Palado (Manor Park) 78 77 81 88

325 Tyla Winter (Te Ngutu) 76 85 81 83

326 Krystal Hu (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 83 79 79 85, Celeste McLean (Manaia) 75 81 83 87

327 Emma Hayward (Paraparaumu Beach) 86 87 73 81, Yena Chang (Akarana) 82 76 82 87

332 Carmen Lim (Manukau) 84 81 81 86

334 Glenn Hayward (Paraparaumu Beach) 74 88 84 88

344 Subin Wui (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 79 85 88 92

351 Sam-Maree Brown (Royal Wellington) 87 84 88 92

352 Olivia Dempster (Remuera) 93 87 87 85

359 Danielle Price (Kingston) 85 88 88 98



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