The New Zealand Open now has a field is now complete after the final eight players qualified for the ISPS BMW New Zealand Open this afternoon.

In the first of two qualifiers across the country, Royal Auckland played host in the North Island as Woonchul Na and Steven Han both recorded impressive rounds of 68 to receive their boarding pass to the Open in Queenstown starting this Thursday.

Players found it hard to find consistency in the wind, which meant their three under par rounds were solid enough to hold off the 58 strong field.

Joining them in the departure lounge will be Sam Daly (69), Joonsang Chung (70), Teina Hotene (70) and Mason Lee (71).

It wasn’t without drama as Auckland’s Mason Lee scraped through in a four man playoff holding off Henry Spring, Brad Hayward and Nathan Buzimkic in a marathon six holes of sudden death.

It was Deja Vu as they kept repeating the 18th hole with Brad Hayward the first to drop out after having bunker troubles three holes in. Mason Lee then made birdie after a beautiful nine iron saw him pin seeking and was rewarded with the final qualifying spot.

This left Henry Spring and Nathan Buzimkic to fight it out for the first reserve position. Now playing the 18th hole for the seventh time today Bay of Plenty’s Spring finally defeated Buzimkic to claim first reserve. Spring will be hoping tradition continues as the next on the list usually sneaks into the field.

The second qualifier of the day was hosted by next door neighbours, Cromwell Golf Club where new professional James Beale and amateur Nick Borren came out of the gates firing to also secure a birth in Queenstown.

Both were four under par at the turn finishing with solid rounds of five under (67). With only two spots available from the field of 24, aggression was rewarded as they finished two shots clear of the field.

James Beale has recently made the transition to professional after being through the New Zealand High Performance system and four years at University in America, he will be excited about his second professional tournament being the nation open.

Otago’s Nick Borren showed talent at the Toro Interprovincials late last year and proved it once again today. There is no doubt he will get a lot of local support travelling from all across Highlanders Country to support his first New Zealand Open.

The final two players that leave with an alternate reserve spot were Dong Min Lee and Oscar Cadenhead which leaves the following five with a nervous wait.

#1 Henry Spring
#2 Dong Min Lee (Korea Pro)
#3 Nathan Buzimkic 
#4 Oscar Cadenhead
#5 Brad Hayward


Final Qualifying Results

Monday 7 March, 2015

Cromwell Golf Club NZO Qualifier

67 James Beale (P), Nicholas Borren (Otago)

68 Dong Min Lee (P, South Korea)

69 Oscar Cadenhead (Clearwater), Duncan Croudis (Otago)

70 Timothy Wood (P, Australia), Peter Brinsdon (Shandon), Scott Hellier (Gore)

71 Tom Parker (Russley), Ryan Carter (P, United States)

72 Cameron Elers (Paraparaumu Beach), John Bae (P), Nic Kay (Coringa Inc.), Benjamin Gallie (P)

73 Willie Moore (P)

74 Brock Gillard (P, Australia)

76 Michael Smith (Otago), Cameron Leigh (Cambridge), Donald Edwards (P, Australia)

77 Richard Reed (Christchurch), Kazuma Kobori (Rangiora)

78 Scott Sando (P, Australia), Daniel Morrison (P, Australia)

79 Regan McConaghty (Manawatu)

Royal Auckland NZO Qualifier

68 Woonchul Na

68 Steven Han

69 Sam Daly

70 Joonsang Chung

70 Teina Hotene Amateur

71 Mason Lee Amateur

71 Henry Spring Amateur

71 Nathan Buzimkic
71 Brad Hayward

72 Sam An

72 Luke O'Sullivan

72 Alex Katholos

73 Pieter Zwart

73 Dominic Barson

73 Josh Cabban

73 Simon Hawkes

73 Steven Heyes

73 Victor Janin

73 Andrew Martin

73 Jack Williams

74 Hayden Beard

74 Harry Hillier Amateur

74 Mark Hutson Amateur

74 Samuel Phillips

74 Jon Ratcliffe

74 Taylor Cooper

74 Tyler Hodge

74 Jonny Tynan Amateur

74 Christopher Wood

74 Joshua Ingram

75 DJ Loypur

75 Craig Hamilton

75 James Perkinson

75 James Hydes

75 Patrick Wilson

75 Kevin Koong Amateur

75 Simon Viitakangas

76 Jordan Golding Amateur

76 Martin Pettigrew

76 David Randall

76 Josh Whitehouse

76 Leigh McKechnie

76 Jack Sullivan

76 Charles Wright

76 Nathan Kim Amateur

77 Campbell Rawson

77 Daniel Bringoff

77 Sean Tan

77 Dylan Higgins

77 Kelvin Jones

78 Dale Brandt -Richards

78 Josh Longney

80 Sam Lee

81 Tommy Liu Amateur

82 Minsoo Ko

Raymond Beaufils WD

Theodore Coroneo WD



    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 124.00
    2 Jones, Samuel 80.25
    3 Kobori, Kazuma 70.00
    4 Smail, Charlie 66.83
    5 Hydes, James 62.00
    1 Chung, Darae 100.13
    2 Son, Yeonsoo 86.85
    3 Kang, Sumin 69.60
    4 Kobori, Momoka 66.67
    5 Im, Amy 60.64