MUIR HOLDS MAMMOTH LEAD

16/04/2016

Bay of Plenty Professional Kieran Muir will enter the final round of the Akarana Open with a monstrous five shot lead in search of his maiden Jennian Homes Charles Tour victory.

In blustery conditions, scoring was difficult yet Muir managed to play consistently to card a round of three under par (67). 

It is no secret Muir has been in this position before and tomorrow we will find out whether he has gained experience from previous Jennian Homes Charles Tour events.

“Nothing changes heading into tomorrow, hopefully things will change from the last two efforts results wise,” laughed Muir.

“I have been working hard on what goes on upstairs, so I am excited for tomorrow and am feeling comfortable.”

Backing up a round of 61 is always tough, but Muir realised early that he needed to adjust his targets.

“It feels good, I played well in the conditions and stuck to my game plan,” said Muir.

“I obviously didn’t play as well as yesterday but still hit most of the greens and the putts weren’t quite dropping. The wind played a big part because it was blowing in the other direction which made for a challenge.”

“I haven’t even asked myself that question but I am looking to head over to tour school in Europe and this would be another step in the right direction. The people at Akarana are close to me and I love coming here so it would mean a lot to get it done here.”

However, it’s common knowledge that there are low scores out there and defending champion Gareth Paddison will be hunting back to back titles. Paddison is joined by Brad Shilton on -10 and with their combined experience, they could apply big pressure on Muir throughout proceedings tomorrow.

Auckland’s Brittney Dryland has all of a sudden found herself in the lead at the Akarana Open after back to back solid rounds.

The Titirangi young gun holds a slim one shot lead over professionals Rica Tse and Jenna Hunter in what is simply a three way shootout tomorrow as they are six shots clear of the pack.

Dryland is pleased with her recent form and won’t be looking to change anything tomorrow.

“I am very pleased with how I am hitting it at the moment. I have played here enough in the past to know my way round, so it’s been a good week so far,” said Dryland.

“I won’t be changing anything heading into tomorrow and will stick to the game plan and enjoy the chance to play in the final group.”

The tournament team has prepared for rain by bringing many squeegees into the clubhouse late this afternoon. Play is to commence at 7:30am in an attempt to beat the rain and complete the tournament with ease.

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Akarana Men’s Open
Round Three Scores - Par 70
Sat 16 Apr 2016

195 Kieran Muir (P) 67 61 67

200 Brad Shilton (P) 63 68 69, Gareth Paddison (P) 69 62 69

201 Wesley Jeon (P) 67 67 67, Oscar Cadenhead (Clearwater) 64 67 70, Jordan Loof (Royal Wellington) 62 67 72

202 Jared Pender (P) 69 67 66, Troy Ropiha (P) 70 64 68, Ryan Chisnall (Greenacres) 71 63 68

203 Daniel Pearce (P) 66 70 67, James Beale (P) 66 67 70, Victor Janin (P) 66 67 70, Nick Gillespie (P) 69 64 70, Brad Hayward (P) 62 70 71, Lachie McDonald (P) 66 66 71, Hayden Beard (P) 64 68 71

204 James Betts (P) 68 69 67, Tyler Hodge (P) 66 69 69

205 David Smail (P) 70 65 70, Mark Purser (P) 67 65 73

206 William Howard (Tauranga) 68 69 69, Luke Brown (Muriwai) 68 67 71

207 Mark Hutson (Muriwai) 75 68 64, Doug Holloway (P) 67 72 68, Sam An (P) 70 67 70, Martin Pettigrew (P) 67 70 70, Jake Meenhorst (Huapai) 66 70 71

208 Dominic Barson (P) 69 71 68, Jim Cusdin (P) 70 70 68, Cameron Jones (Muriwai) 66 72 70, Steven Han (P) 70 68 70

209 Chase McKeown (Akarana) 68 72 69, Mark Brown (P) 70 70 69, Chang Gi Lee (Pupuke) 69 69 71, Leonard Powell (Clarks Beach) 68 70 71, Matty Tiplady (Maungakiekie) 66 68 75

210 Harry Bateman (P) 72 69 69, Joshua Bernhard Rookes (Waitemata) 70 69 71

211 Sam Vincent (Riverside) 69 73 69, Joshua Munn (P) 70 72 69, Tony Simpson (Titirangi) 69 70 72, Joonsang Chung (P) 70 68 73, Dane McArdle (P) 70 67 74

212 Kit Bittle (Peninsula) 69 70 73

213 Jared Edwards (The Grange) 70 72 71, Nick Ming (Akarana) 69 72 72

214 Minsoo Ko (P) 69 73 72, Kyle Wong (P) 67 72 75, Fraser Wilkin (P) 63 73 78

215 Cathryn Bristow (P) 70 72 73, Jason Gulasekharam (North Shore) 69 71 75, Regan McConaghty (Manawatu) 69 68 78

216 Sam Yoshifuji (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 71 72 73, Grant Moorhead (P) 71 72 73, Ben Williams (P) 70 72 74, Jake Lee (Huapai) 74 68 74, Christian Nitsche (Whangarei) 70 69 77

217 Taylor Gill (Bay of Islands Kerikeri Incorporated) 72 71 74

219 Nick Coxon (Riverside) 76 66 77

220 Shanon Holden (P) 69 74 77

Akarana Women’s Open

Round Three Scores - Par 72
Sat 16 Apr 2016

209 Brittney Dryland (Titirangi) 71 70 68

210 Jenna Hunter (P) 72 68 70, Rica Tse (P) 68 69 73

216 Munchin Keh (Titirangi) 72 71 73, Chantelle Cassidy (Riverside) 68 72 76

219 Cheerie Tan (Australia) 74 69 76

221 Yena Chang (Akarana) 75 75 71

224 Juliana Hung (Russley) 79 72 73, Jessica Huang (Pakuranga) 74 75 75, Hillary O'Connor (Russley) 75 74 75

226 Rose Zheng (Pakuranga) 74 75 77

229 Siyi Keh (Pakuranga) 69 78 82

233 Silvia Brunotti (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 75 76 82

236 Jocelynn Katu (Aviation Country Club of NZ) 73 78 85

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

 

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