MUIR HUNTS FOR MAIDEN VICTORY

15/04/2016

Kieran Muir has shot a career best round of nine under par (61) to lead the Akarana Open at the penultimate event on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour.

Starting the day five strokes in the rear of Jordan Loof, Muir came out of the gates on fire with an eagle three on the tenth. He went on to complete each nine in four under par to produce one of the most colourful scorecards seen on tour. 

On his way to leading after 36 holes, Muir only had one thing in mind this afternoon and that was the magic number, even with his four bogeys.

“Ohhh having the lead is nice, I was in the hunt for a 59 which was what I focused on because those don’t come around very often, but 61 is very pleasing,” said Muir.

“After being seven under through ten I had a feeling and was just aiming to continue the form.”

Akarana is all about putting well with the course being reasonably short and Muir was on point with the flat stick.

“As the boys will tell you I holed everything. I feel like that’s the difference out here. You can cruise around and play well, but you need to make up the shots on the putting green here.”

Muir has been in this position multiple times this summer yet hasn’t got over the line, so he will be looking to use the experience to build and maybe turn his lead into a maiden Jennian Homes Charles Tour victory.

“I have made more progress in the last six months than the last year or so and I am in a good mental space, so this is just a result of that.”

Jordan Loof was sitting pretty in the clubhouse at 11 under the card, but once again the afternoon field was the more dominant.

Defending Champion Gareth Paddison also lit up Akarana carding an eight under round to be right back in the mix heading into the weekend.

“Really happy, hit a lot of good shots, but the putter was working a charm today,” said the defending champion.

With an eagle two on the par four seventh, it was clear the 2015 champion was on a mission.

“It was down wind today which helped and after missing an easy birdie putt on the previous hole, to see my wedge go in from 110m made up for that ten-fold!”

Paddison was the ring leader in a group that shot a collective -21 with New Zealand amateur Ryan Chisnall going seven under and Nick Gillespie six under.

Professional Rica Tse has taken top spot in the women’s field after firing a three under (69) to lead by that margin of three shots.

The former North Harbour representative made four birdies and just the one bogey in what was clearly a very solid 18 holes.

“To be honest I haven’t been thinking about the leaderboard, but returning to New Zealand and being in the lead is a nice feeling,” said Tse.

“The standard and numbers have lifted heaps since I left so it is nice to see a lot of progress being made by New Zealand Golf.”

The players who made the three over par cut line will be getting a little sleep in with play to commence at 8:30am.

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Akarana Men’s Open
Round Two Scores - Par 70
Fri 15 Apr 2016

128 Kieran Muir (P) 67 61

129 Jordan Loof (Royal Wellington) 62 67

131 Gareth Paddison (P) 69 62, Oscar Cadenhead (Clearwater) 64 67, Brad Shilton (P) 63 68

132 Mark Purser (P) 67 65, Lachie McDonald (P) 66 66, Hayden Beard (P) 64 68, Brad Hayward (P) 62 70

133 Nick Gillespie (P) 69 64, Victor Janin (P) 66 67, James Beale (P) 66 67

134 Ryan Chisnall (Greenacres) 71 63, Troy Ropiha (P) 70 64, Wesley Jeon (P) 67 67, Matty Tiplady (Maungakiekie) 66 68

135 David Smail (P) 70 65, Luke Brown (Muriwai) 68 67, Tyler Hodge (P) 66 69

136 Jared Pender (P) 69 67, Daniel Pearce (P) 66 70, Jake Meenhorst (Huapai) 66 70, Fraser Wilkin (P) 63 73

137 Dane McArdle (P) 70 67, Sam An (P) 70 67, Regan McConaghty (Manawatu) 69 68, James Betts (P) 68 69, William Howard (Tauranga) 68 69, Martin Pettigrew (P) 67 70

138 Joonsang Chung (P) 70 68, Steven Han (P) 70 68, Chang Gi Lee (Pupuke) 69 69, Leonard Powell (Clarks Beach) 68 70, Cameron Jones (Muriwai) 66 72

139 Joshua Bernhard Rookes (Waitemata) 70 69, Christian Nitsche (Whangarei) 70 69, Tony Simpson (Titirangi) 69 70, Kit Bittle (Peninsula) 69 70, Kyle Wong (P) 67 72, Doug Holloway (P) 67 72

140 Jim Cusdin (P) 70 70, Mark Brown (P) 70 70, Dominic Barson (P) 69 71, Jason Gulasekharam (North Shore) 69 71, Chase McKeown (Akarana) 68 72

141 Harry Bateman (P) 72 69, Nick Ming (Akarana) 69 72

142 Nick Coxon (Riverside) 76 66, Jake Lee (Huapai) 74 68, Cathryn Bristow (P) 70 72, Jared Edwards (The Grange) 70 72, Ben Williams (P) 70 72, Joshua Munn (P) 70 72, Minsoo Ko (P) 69 73, Sam Vincent (Riverside) 69 73

143 Mark Hutson (Muriwai) 75 68, Taylor Gill (Bay of Islands Kerikeri Incorporated) 72 71, Grant Moorhead (P) 71 72, Sam Yoshifuji (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 71 72, Shanon Holden (P) 69 74


144 Joshua Leitch (Maungakiekie) 73 71, Dean Sipson (P) 72 72, Karan Nalam (Royal Auckland) 72 72, Tom Parker (Russley) 72 72, Steven Heyes (P) 72 72, Davis Oh (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 71 73, Connor Barker (Remuera) 71 73, Julian Fowler (Northland) 71 73, Ho Jun Sung (St. Andrews of Hamilton (Hamilton)) 70 74, Shaun Jones (P) 69 75

145 Charlie Smail (Walton) 73 72

146 Daniel Graham (P) 73 73, Johnny Tynan (Titirangi) 73 73, Willy Eady (Muriwai) 72 74, Jimmy Zheng (Howick) 69 77

147 Cameron Leigh (Cambridge) 76 71, Kazuma Kobori (Rangiora) 76 71, Sam McGovern (St. Andrews of Hamilton (Hamilton)) 76 71, Sanjay Modgill (New Plymouth Inc.) 74 73, Kevin Koong (Huapai) 73 74, Will Song (Whitford Park) 72 75, Craig Hamilton (P) 71 76

148 Matthew McLean (Harewood) 77 71, Ethan Jones (Manaia) 77 71, Kunaal Singh (Whitford Park) 76 72, Sul (Banaba) Im (Huapai) 70 78

149 Rakesh Patel (Remuera) 75 74, Andrew Meng (Remuera) 73 76

151 Agni Bhorkar (Riverside) 77 74, Cameron Harlock (Royal Auckland) 77 74, Nathan Kim (Akarana) 73 78

152 Sung Jin Yeo (North Shore) 76 76, Jin Sung Kim (Christchurch) 73 79, Keiran Brook (Whitford Park) 70 82

153 Nick Botica (P) 79 74, Shiv Sabherwal (Manukau) 74 79

154 Matthew Friend (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 78 76, Jamie Connell (Manawatu) 74 80

156 David Riordan (P) 82 74, Kenneth A Meaden (Muriwai) 79 77, Keegan Wiltshier (Omanu) 78 78, Hugh Gunson (Akarana) 74 82

157 Jonathan Morley (Waiuku Golf & Squash Club) 76 81

159 Paul Jung (Whitford Park) 80 79, Jonathan Blair (Riverside) 80 79

160 Fletcher Broderick (New Plymouth Inc.) 84 76

166 Gary Cannell (Omanu) 83 83

Akarana Women’s Open
Round Two Scores - Par 72
Fri 15 Apr 2016

137 Rica Tse (P) 68 69

140 Jenna Hunter (P) 72 68, Chantelle Cassidy (Riverside) 68 72

141 Brittney Dryland (Titirangi) 71 70

143 Cheerie Tan (Australia) 74 69, Munchin Keh (Titirangi) 72 71

147 Siyi Keh (Pakuranga) 69 78

149 Hillary O'Connor (Russley) 75 74, Jessica Huang (Pakuranga) 74 75, Rose Zheng (Pakuranga) 74 75

150 Yena Chang (Akarana) 75 75

151 Juliana Hung (Russley) 79 72, Silvia Brunotti (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 75 76, Jocelynn Katu (Aviation Country Club of NZ) 73 78

153 Shani White (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 79 74, Carmen Lim (Manukau) 74 79

154 Katie Pryce-Jones (Peninsula) 76 78

155 Darae Chung (Shandon) 74 81

156 Bridget Connolly (Waitemata) 75 81

158 Vivian Lu (Howick) 84 74, Olivia Choo (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 81 77

168 Subin Wui (Pupuke) 82 86

192 Danhee Kim (Maungakiekie) 98 94

77 J'aime Bellingham (Royal Auckland) 77

 

    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 165.33
    2 Smail, Charlie 82.67
    3 Jones, Samuel 82.00
    4 Kobori, Kazuma 66.67
    4 Zheng, Jimmy 66.67
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Son, Yeonsoo 117.08
    2 Kang, Sumin 104.40
    3 Chung, Darae 100.00
    4 Im, Amy 61.07
    5 Ju, Angela 60.00