Sung Jin Yeo of North Shore Golf Club has won the Men’s New Zealand Age Group Championship after an exciting conclusion, while Focus Jonglikit of Riverside Golf Club has claimed her second women's title in three years today.

Four golfers were tied for the lead standing on the 18th tee with 18-year-old Yeo the only one who was able to manage a birdie and walk away with the trophy at the Manawatu Golf Club.


Jake Lee (Muriwai), Jang Hyun Lee (Titirangi) and Kazuma Kobori (Rangiora) were the other three tied at the top on the 54th hole but they we unable to match Yeo who puts his name in the history books alongside Jason Day, Adam Scott and Greg Turner.

Lee (Jake) and Lee (Jang Hyun) both made par on the last hole to lock up second place and were the best performers in the U17 category while Kobori made bogey on the final hole to finish the three-round championship in fourth (third in U17).

This title was also won more recently by Daniel Hillier in both 2015 and 2016 who has led our New Zealand team to top spot in the Eisenhower Trophy overnight. All three players in that team played numerous times in this championship which has clearly assisted in their careers.

Jayden Ford continued his progression with the best score in the under 15 category to claim yet another medal after a successful stint in Scotland at the Junior Open in July.

The under 13 title went to Zack Swanwich who returned a very impressive three-under par 71 in the final round for a commanding nine shot win.


Focus Jonglikit of Riverside joins an elite group today by winning her second Age Group Championship after engraving her name in 2016 at Greenacres Golf Club as well.

Her final round of two-under par was simply sensational with windy conditions in ‘Turbo Country’ playing a huge factor.

She was the only one able to handle the conditions on her way to a dominant five shot victory over two form players in Darae Chung (Shandon) and Vivian Lu (Royal Auckland).

Her stretch of three birdies in four holes from 8 to 11 was the crucial moment in the in middle of the final round where she was then able nurse the lead with professionalism to come home in comfort.

This week has provided challenging conditions and the greenkeepers at both the Manawatu Golf Club and Palmerston North Golf Club we still able to present both courses amazingly well.




Matamata’s Jack Trower recorded the round of the day by signing for a three-under 69 in the challenging conditions at the Manawatu Golf Club to be at a championship total of five under par.

With a colourful card of seven birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey he has given himself a two-shot advantage entering the final day. However, this isn’t a large number with the quality of players behind him which include Auckland’s up and coming star in Eric (Jang Hyun) Lee.

He produced some memorable performances on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour last year against some of the country’s best professionals where he made the final group at the Akarana Open alongside eventual winner Dan Pearce who spoke highly of Lee.

A further one shot behind at two-under par is the overnight leader Riley Sutherland who couldn’t back up his day one total of four-under to drop two shots.



Day one of the New Zealand Age Group Championship is complete with Darae Chung taking charge in the women’s field and Riley Sutherland leading the men’s field at the Manawatu Golf Club.

Chung carded an impressive round of six-under par (68) to take control of the championship and lead by two strokes over Ing Iadpluem who continued her form Monday’s Secondary Schools event.

It was an exciting 18 holes for the Wellington amateur that included six birdies and an eagle on her way to the leading total.

In much needed windy conditions, the course has slowly started to dry out after continuous rain early in the week, which kept the majority of scores in check.

Sutherland is leading the men’s field with a score of four-under (68) and was playing very steady in the wind before he broke through with an eagle on the par five 14th (started on back nine) which spark a nice run with birdies to follow on both 16 and 18.

This took him to his four-under total which is where it stayed with a further two birdies and two bogeys on his back nine.

The tournament favourites didn’t fire today with Jimmy Zheng following his astonishing round of 12-under 60 on Monday to card a round of 76.



    1 Jones, Samuel 115.78
    2 Lee, Jang Hyun 83.56
    3 Zheng, Jimmy 73.73
    4 Ford, Jayden 66.16
    5 Bai, Joshua 66.10
    1 Chung, Darae 260.13
    2 Son, Yeonsoo 110.19
    3 Xu, Fiona 93.60
    4 Im, Amy 69.80
    5 Kang, Sumin 69.60