Continuing a very good year in national events, Huapai Golf Club’s Jake Meenhorst secured a break through win at the North Island Stroke Play Championship, which concluded at the Waitangi Golf Club over the weekend.

Heading in to the third round the 18-year old Meenhorst was two behind overnight leader Taylor Gill and one back of Johnny Tynan. A double bogey on the opening hole pushed him further behind but all was back on track with birdies on the 3rd, 5th, 9th, 10th and 13th, balanced with bogeys on the 6th and 9th.

As the weather deteriorated Meenhorst made par’s over the final holes and when tournament organisers cancelled the final round his one under par 71 was good enough for a two stroke victory.


This has been an impressive year for Meenhorst who challenged for the New Zealand Stroke Play title at Christchurch Golf Club in March, finally finishing 4th and then only three weeks ago finished in a tie for 2nd in the New Zealand Age Group championship.

The win for Meenhorst moves him up to 6th in the national Order of Merit which is a fair reflection of his play this year.

Pakuranga Golf Club’s Rose Zheng lead after every round to win the North Island Women’s Stroke Play title. The 14-year old returned rounds of 72, 73 and a final round 76 in the wet conditions to finish two strokes clear from Brittney Dryland. Dryland could not find her form of day two when she fired an impressive four under par 69, allowing Zheng to take her first major stroke play championship.



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    2 Jones, Samuel 80.25
    3 Zheng, Jimmy 76.75
    4 Kobori, Kazuma 70.00
    5 Smail, Charlie 69.83
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    2 Son, Yeonsoo 86.85
    3 Kang, Sumin 69.60
    4 Kobori, Momoka 66.67
    5 Im, Amy 60.64