New Zealand Amateur Ryan Chisnall is set to defend his title at the John Jones Steel Harewood Open this week.

This event is third on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour calendar and after two exciting weeks in Tauranga and Taranaki, we can expect nothing less on the new course coupled with a prize pool of $40,000 on the line.

Commencing tomorrow this event means a lot to the Tasman local being his debut career win.

“It was perfect, the dream start to a good year for me so no doubt some nice memories. Definitely the biggest win I have had which kick started a few things.” Said Chisnall

He has since gone on to represent New Zealand in multiple team and individual events, none bigger than the recent Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at the start of the month. This has provided him with very good preparation for tournament this week.

“It was an awesome trip, the event is one of a lifetime. It’s like the Masters of amateur golf so we were treated like royalty. We played some awesome tracks with some good players over there so it was perfect prep for this event that’s for sure.”

Much like 2014 it is no secret that Harewood is predicting strong winds throughout the week.

“With the tough winds last year you had to control your ball flight well and I managed to do that.”

“In terms of the conditions this year it’s going to be brutal so you just have to knuckle down and get through it. Par will definitely be good out there if the wind is to arrive on schedule.”

Chisnall is playing alongside Nick Gillespie and Brad Shilton which is a feature group for the first two rounds showing there is certainly a strong field turning up in the Garden City.

“It’s always great to play in Charles Tour events, the fields are always strong and it’s good to have a few of the boys playing this week.” Commented Chisnall

Brad Shilton is one of many returning from the Fiji International this week. Shilton had an impressive tournament finishing in sixth place, not far behind Ryan Fox and the 2015 Champion, Matt Kuchar.

The Fiji International provided some of the windiest conditions seen in golf which will no doubt be a massive help in build up for Harewood so expect a strong showing from the group of players who are returning from Fiji.

Another draw card for the event is Dan Pearce. He has been a very late entry returning from China after a successful few weeks over there moving to seventh on the Order of Merit and confirming his spot in the final stage of Tour School. His most recent success being an impressive out-right third last week at the Chongqing Open.

The Pro-Am is underway today with Sir Bob Charles making his way out to Harewood in support for the event.

Round one of the John Jones Steel Harewood Open is to commence at 7:30am tomorrow morning.



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