2015 New Zealand Amateur champion Daniel Hillier has survived a valiant effort from Canterbury’s Dominic Brettkelly finishing with a chip-in eagle and playoff hole birdie to steel victory.

Canterbury Golf were having a near perfect day before Hillier stole the show with a combination of brilliance and luck.

Entering the final hole, the former champion was one down and with his drive under a tree, tomorrow’s draw was almost certain to be reading Brettkelly’s name. This was all before he stung one out to finish just off the green before a stunning chip-in next to a packed Russley clubhouse.

“I don’t really know what just happened. It was a bit of a grind and Dom played so, so well and was holing a lot of putts and I was just very fortunate to hole that chip,” said a humble Hillier.

“I was even more lucky to stay in bounds in the playoff and it was just one of those situations where you don’t want it to end that way, but it just happened.”

Brettkelly will feel hard done by after playing 42 titanic holes today after his morning match against Scott Manyweathers continued for 23 holes.

Aside from this encounter, it’s been a great day for the home district with four Canterbury players advancing into the weekend, headlined by Tom Parker.

Parker made the knockout stages by a whisker making two birdies on his final two holes of strokeplay to grab the last qualifying spot. He has since beaten Scott Hellier, who shot a record-breaking round of 60 yesterday, in a playoff. He then followed that up by a masterclass against James Hydes to win 4&3.

“It’s been pretty crazy, obviously I know my way round here pretty well as I have played here all my life, but that’s match-play for you. It’s just all about what happens on the day,” said Parker.

He will now face another local in Oscar Cadenhead who is capable of anything in this form of the game.

The women’s field provided plenty of excitement with defending champion Rose Zheng defeating top seed Juliana Hung this morning. Zheng has been out of touch recently, but seems to have found some of last year’s form where she claimed this historic championship.

Chantelle Cassidy was a noticeable omission as she lost in a playoff against Australia’s Jade Shellback this afternoon which leaves the door wide open for the hot favourite Amelia Garvey.

Garvey made light work of her opponents today beating Brittney Dryland 4&3 and Tara Raj 5&4 to cruise into the quarter-finals.

Silvia Brunotti made one of the great comebacks this afternoon as the 14-year-old won her last four holes to advance to the weekend. This proved why she is one to watch as her career goes from strength to strength.

There were many more storylines as this historic event continues to create lasting memories. For all your scores and more see below. Play will commence at 8:00am tomorrow morning.



    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 124.00
    2 Jones, Samuel 80.25
    3 Zheng, Jimmy 76.75
    4 Kobori, Kazuma 70.00
    5 Smail, Charlie 69.83
    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